A few months ago I was honored to reveal Connor’s nursery over on Style Me Pretty, but now I’m excited to share a bit more about my all time favorite room and the process of getting it ready for baby…

Before we moved into our current apartment this is what Connor’s future room looked like.  The sweetest little boy used to live here, which still feels like a good omen.

Right after we moved in the room that would be Connor’s nursery was turned into a home office, which we affectionately called “the green room”.  You can see the entire makeover and tour here.

Which brings us to today.  As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted an all white nursery.  We decided to add custom moldings to the walls for added interest.

We spent almost my entire third trimester working on the nursery, and while adding the custom moldings wasn’t difficult it was definitely time consuming.  We started hammering everything in by hand and eventually ended up borrowing a nail gun to move things along.

It also took us four coats of white paint, plus touching up the molding, to completely cover the previous green walls.

While we were putting the molding up, we had the ceiling wallpapered with a subtle texture for added interest.  The paper itself was white, but once it was installed we chose to paint it the same white as the walls so everything matched and just the texture shows through.

The finished ceiling is very subtle (and difficult to photograph) but it’s one of my favorite elements in the room.

I wanted a changing table that could grow with him as a dresser, and found the perfect one at MegMade.

A J. Schatz nightlight projects magical little pinpoints of light on the walls at night.

The leather chair in Connor’s nursery was a gift I had given Peter a few years ago.  I love that he used to sit and watch football in it, and now it’s where he reads to our son every night.  The chair keeps evolving with us.

A photo of my grandfather and his brother, who grew up in Chicago, sits on Connor’s side table, along with a couple rabbits which are a nod to my grandmother whose name was Bunny.

We use laundry hampers like this one to keep all of Connor’s toys organized and out of sight when they’re not in use.

Peter and I bought this kite for the nursery the week we found out I was pregnant.  We found it at a local shop, and didn’t even know if we were having a boy or a girl yet.

These hooks are perfect for hanging a couple of Connor’s outfits up behind the door.

This giraffe and book cube were a couple of my favorite shower gifts we received when I was pregnant.

[Nursery Photos By Hallie Duesenberg]

 

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3 Responses to Connor’s Nursery

  1. katie says:

    I love the molding and would like to do the same in our nursery but I was wondering how you picked the spacing? My husband is NOT a do-it yourselfer so we are going to have to hire someone to come in and do it but I am getting slight backlash from my MIL that it is old fashioned. We have a remodeled colonial in the burbs and I think it would be PERFECT! So I want to be ready with all questions. I am NOT a risky design girl and wish I was so any advice would be great!

    • thechicagolifeblog says:

      Hi Katie! Tell your MIL that it’s classic and always in style! ;) We determined the spacing by deciding how many panels we wanted on each wall, measuring the wall and doing some division. The panels are different sizes on different walls, but the one consistent is the space between panels is the same- 4″. That’s what creates the uniform look. If you’re hiring somebody they should be more than happy to guide you through the process of sketching it out and coming up with a plan. Good luck + send photos when it’s done!

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