I am so excited to reveal Theo’s finished nursery today! If you missed the story behind this makeover, make sure you catch up on Part One here.
Let me just say, I’ve decorated plenty of houses in my time, but this is the most personally meaningful project I’ve ever undertaken. Both heartbreaking and hope-filled.
The rallying of support around Dean and Jen in their loss had to be seen to be believed. Once people heard through the grapevine what I was doing with the nursery, offers of help started pouring in. One friend babysit my kids while I worked on the room. Another helped me paint the walls. The grandparents on both sides jumped on board to cover a couple of the larger items we would need, a cot and change table. Other friends offered to chip in for some remaining items – an armchair, a rug, blinds, picture framing.
Our two-week deadline gave a sense of urgency and excitement. I wanted everything to be perfect for my little miracle nephew’s homecoming. I chose fabric for new curtains and a cot quilt to tie in with the colour scheme, and Jenny’s step-Mum (an awesome seamstress) set to work sewing those up to the design I gave her. With the painting complete, it was time to shop around town for the remaining furniture and decor items in order to pull the room together in time.
Here’s another look at what we started with:
And here is the transformed room!
The striped wall is a real feature in the room. If you missed the tutorial on how I painted those stripes, you can find it (and all the paint colours I used) over in Part One of this post. The elephant print was purchased at Ikea, and I had it framed locally. (Gotta love those distracting reflections on the glass – oops! I forgot to bring my tripod to take these photos, so curtains had to stay open!)
The absolutely gorgeous armchair was purchased from “Something Different” in Allenstown, Rockhampton. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for this room. It’s a real statement piece that just makes the whole space!
I wanted to create a cosy corner where Jen could cuddle up with little Theo and feel a sense of warmth and calm. Some soft, textural cushions in white and grey from Pillow Talk achieved this feel.
A rattan basket storage unit from Super A-mart became our side table, and to style the bare surface I added a collection of objects to help create a serene and calming atmosphere.
I started with a white ceramic lamp from Target, because every nursery needs a lamp, and I loved the all-white of the base and shade against the striped feature wall.
In choosing the other decor items, it was important to me to include something of Immy’s presence in the room. While this is a little boy’s nursery… I didn’t want to act as if precious little Imogen had never existed. Her memory is an integral part of this space.
The butterfly motif is a widely-recognised symbol of baby loss. A butterfly only lives a short time, but brings such beauty to the world. When I saw the white ceramic vase with the butterfly motif, and the same motif on a grey ceramic pot candle, I knew they would be the perfect decor items for the side table. The candle smells heavenly; the scent is “Serenity – Hyacinth.” I added an artificial plant in a pot which fit just right inside the vase. These items were all sourced from Target.
The final addition was this beautiful Willow Tree Figurine, given by a friend. I love the symbolism of the little one cradled in angels’ arms. A reminder that Immy is safe and healed and at peace in heaven until the day she is reunited with her Mummy and Daddy once more.
I saw this beautiful saying on Pinterest – “So many of my smiles begin with you” – and knew I couldn’t have come up with anything more appropriate for this room. In the middle of grief, baby Theo has been a lifeline for his parents. He’s given them a reason to carry on, and smiles in the midst of pain.
I found a tall, narrow frame at Target to fit the space, and used Word to DIY my own typography using a variety of fonts. I just set the page size to fit the dimensions of the inner frame. The beauty of making my own artwork was that I could match the colours exactly to the scheme of the room. Grey, white and a pop of yellow – perfect! I had the piece printed at Officeworks.
The hand-sewn cot quilt turned out beautifully, and brings some navy and green into the colour scheme. I love that wide chevron stripe. We also included some grey and white chevron in a panel at the bottom of the curtains, as seen in the photo above.
Here’s a view of the other side of the room. The gap on the right allows access to the sliding wardrobe.
The prints on the wall to the right were purchased from Etsy (you can find them here). They were digital files able to be downloaded and printed at home. The grey, white and yellow with a hint of chevron was a perfect fit for the room, and I love how the sunshiny sentiment brings a shot of happy to Theo’s nursery. I displayed the prints in frames bought from Target.
I added white wicker baskets to the change table for storage, and filled them with disposable nappies and spit cloths.
Above the change table I hung a series of small frames that I painted yellow (Dulux “Sunbound”) to tie in with the yellow accents throughout the room. The frame series is another special tribute to baby Immy. The top photo is of Immy. For the middle frame I DIYed another simple print in Word. It reads “watching over you.” The photo at the bottom is of the twins together – their last photo taken together in hospital before Immy died.
To bring softness to the room, the last step was to add a white flokati rug. I love the cosy, textural element it adds to the floor.
Here’s another look at some of the areas in the room…
I was so happy with how the room came together in just two weeks, to create a space that is both happy and tranquil for a precious baby boy. I’m so grateful to the many people who donated their time and money to make this dream come true!
Here’s one last before and after shot:
And finally, I’ll leave you with Jenny’s reaction when she first laid eyes on the nursery. Dean was in on the secret, but Jenny had absolutely NO idea – it was a total surprise! Dean lured her down the hall by asking her to come take a look at the new air-conditioning unit that had just been installed, and we all oh-so-casually followed after her. And then the door opened…
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