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Sorry to those of you who checked this thing yesterday for the art project I’d promised.  I had a crazy night in the hospital Sunday night fearful that I was going into pre-term labor and spent the day at my in-laws yesterday sort of relaxing.  Not to worry though my friends.  Alls well and the baby and I are both just fine.  I just had a fever and some cramping but after an IV and a billion tests everything looks normal and I was sent home with strict orders for more R&R (rest and relaxation).  I’m really not a hypochondriac and I hate feeling like I’m always on the edge but thats how it goes when you have “high-risk” pregnancies I guess.  Anyway, so thats my excuse, but I promise to show you the art project today.

First though I want to show you my decorating plans for my DIY baby boy nursery.  The art project will be going into this room so I thought I’d let you take a peak at the BIG PICTURE before I showed you the art project itself.

My own personal decorating senses tend to lean more towards an “eclectic modern” look, even when it comes to kids rooms and baby nurseries.  I like to mix old and new pieces and prints and use bold accents.  (The baby’s getting excited, it keeps kicking me as I write).  🙂  So when I was trying to come up with my nursery plans I steered clear of the duckies and teddy bears and went a completely different way.  Not that theres anything wrong with duckies and teddy bears,  I’ve seen some pretty dang adorable nurseries that are very baby-ish and still chic, its just my prerogative.

Ok.  To be completely honest, I was SUPER disappointed when I saw little boy parts on the ultrasound screen.  I had been kind of collecting things for a little girls nursery and was SO thinking that “if I build it, she will come.”  But nope.  Of course I was silly for thinking I had any say in the matter.  In order to get myself more excited about having a boy, I instantly started putting together my nursery decor plans.  I came up with a plan that I’m very excited about and now am not feeling so disappointed about having another boy.  I drew a VERY rough sketch of 3 walls in the room to give myself some guidance and show you a “preview”.

I found this great vinyl wall decal mural on Etsy that inspired the “woodsy” theme of the room. I LOVED it and decided to “splurge” on it since I really had nearly everything else I needed for the room already from my first son.  I love that it is oober-graphic and a little whimsical and my hubby loves that its kind of “manly”.  To tone down the adult-ness of it, I chose a color scheme in aqua, white, brown, and orange painting the accent wall where the mural will be a darker aqua and the other 3 walls light aqua and using the orange as an accent.  The trees will be white against the dark aqua wall and I order the deer and the bird in orange.  I would like to find white blackout shade to put on the windows and plan to copy the graphic birch tree design from the wall mural onto the shade (as an outline only) in aqua sharpie.  I already have white curtains that I got from ikea a while back to soften up the windows and add more privacy and all the furniture is from my son’s old nursery so that was easy.  I am debating on whether or not to paint the white jenny-lind crib and changing table orange to make it pop more but I think I will wait to see if I want that much orange in there after everything else is in and done.  I’m currently in the process of figuring out how to make a rag rug which I’m sure I will post a tutorial on soon.  And then of course the artwork which will go to the left of the window will be done today and I’ll show it to you after this post.  I got a pair of antlers from a thrift store for $4 a while back and I spray painted them white and will put them in the room over the changing table.  I also plan on using a tree branch as the curtain rod and for a homemade woodsy baby mobile above the crib.  I had some fun fabric and bought a few extra fun prints in orange and aqua and brown to make the baby quilt, artwork, and accent pillows which I’m excited to post tutorials about as well.  Keep in mind, I don’t sew that great so my sewing tutorials will be super simple consisting of basics and lots of straight lines.   I’m hoping that the woodsy theme will keep it graphic and not so baby-ish but while the colors and fabrics add some charm and whimsy.  I’m so excited to put it together (don’t worry, my sis is coming into town to help, I’ll pretty much just sit int the chair and direct her), and I’ll be sure to show you everything as I go.  Heres a glance at all my supplies.And heres a look at the BEFORE pics of the room:And this is another angle:Pretty ugly right now but you just wait!! FUN FUN!! I’ll post the art tutorial later!

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