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Nursery Standstill

Even though Oscar has joined us, the nursery isn’t done. I mean, it’s “done” in normal person terms, but you know us types, the ones that want to make a room “just right”. (Yes, the term “neurotic” comes to mind)

For some reason I’ve found it hard to finish this room. Maybe it’s because we’re on a budget and doing things in stages, maybe it’s because I don’t really have a good frame of refrence for the design of this room. You see, all along I’ve known we were having a boy, but I’ve wanted to stay very much clear of “boy” themed rooms or rooms that were too babyish. I wanted to make this a happy place for Oscar to be as he grew up.


Certain areas of the room are amazing + complete. Our bookshelves (Left hand picture) that Aubrey made me are slowly getting filled up with amazing books that we’ve been gifted and I’ve inherited from my Mom. And the crib area (right picture) is awesome. Love it. I’m not adding bumpers, not adding crib skirts. I adore the art above the crib and I’m leaving this area as is.

So, where are the issues in the room?

(1) Drapes
As I previously blogged about, we got Ikea curtains. We’re revisiting this. We’re likely going to have custom curtains made and pass off the Ikea ones to family members – the Ikea curtains are letting in too much light, and I don’t have the energy to add blackout lining to them. I’m pooped. I’m just picking the fabric and we’ll bite the bullet and get them done right, so I stop talking about them.

(2) Bed Area
The is the area that I consider the problem biggest area in the room.


The single bed/couch -This area is driving me bananas. First of all, the bed is used ALL of the time, so the bed is staying. (But it would be so much easier to just take it out.) Secondly, the wall is painfully bare.

Here is my thought process…

  • I think I need to find a duvet cover for this bed as my jumping off point, and then make big pillows to match. I’m hunting in my spare time to find the perfect single duvet, with some nice colour to ground this area of the room.
  • Art above the bed – I’ll probably figure this out after the duvet is picked, and I’ll design something to match.

The funny thing is, is that all of this fretting on my part is silly because Oscar is OUR bedroom, sleeping beside me in the King sized bed every night!

(Good morning! Oscar enjoying the King Size Bed, not realizing the room across the hall is his)

So, I’m now trying to find a duvet or quilt for this bed. Suggestions on a duvet are welcomed, or any inspirational pictures? I’ve been eyeing Serena & Lily (this, this, this or maybe this quilt?) Problem is, they are pretty pricey. So you can see, my ideas haven’t yet been clearly narrowed down, which is the biggest problem. 😉

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    July 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    The room is freaking fabulous!!! Why don't you check out home goods at tjmaxx. i was just there and saw some incredible quilts. really. tons of them.

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    Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy
    July 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    The room looks great so far! I like the idea of covering the bed with a duvet and making big pillows.

    And I miss sleeping with my little guy – he moves around too much now and ends up kicking me in the face, so he is in his crib 🙁

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    July 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I LOVE the Asher duvet, and wanted it for my sons room. Layla Grayce had a 30% off sale a few months back (keep on the lookout for these) and I was able to pick it up for around $100 and then found a duvet insert on sale for 60% off, so in the end the cost ended up not being that bad, and I got exactly what I was looking for!

    Your little guy is adorable!

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    Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    July 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Oscar is soo cute!

    You are off to a fabulous start. Best luck finishing it!

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    Mrs. Foot
    July 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    First off- I love your nursery. I have it bookmarked for my future children! 🙂

    Secondly- we had a similar problem with our IKEA curtains. What we did (just this last weekend!) was buy dark gray curtains to hang behind the white ones. The tabs worked out where we could turn the gray one backwards and just alternate them so we only used one rod. Might work for you, too?

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    Grace @ Sense and Simplicity
    July 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Have you considered adding a black-out blind that you wouldn't notice during the day, but would make naps and night-time darker. You could then keep the simple IKEA drapes which look great there.

    Have you thought about putting 2 rows of thin shelving above the bed and leaning an assortment of art, large-sized wooden letters, and even new books up against the wall. When Oscar is older, his own art could be put there in a rotating display as well. The other way I have seen it done, which is really cute, is to hang a clothes line and clothes pin art along the wall. You have the perfect wall for it because it is small and closed on both ends.

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    July 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Target has some great quilts and duvets right now that seem like they would go great in there! There is one in particular with orange that makes me think of your nursery! Good luck! It is just precious and so is Oscar!~

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    July 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Love your blog! I've been following ever since you were featured in Style at Home. Your nursery is so fabulous already… can't wait to see what you do with the bed!

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    July 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Homesense has some great duvet covers and at a really good price. Some vintage patterned wallpaper would look great in that spot above the bed layered with a mirror to reflect the light from the window!

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    July 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    It looks great so far! Do you have Homegoods by you or it might be called Homesense in Canada. They have great bedding for inexpensive.
    Also have you considered a roman shade or wood blinds under the curtains. Those would allow you to keep the curtains but provide great light control. Good Luck!

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    July 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Lindsay,
    First off…Oscar is SO cute and looks quite rested. 🙂 Secondly, I'm not sure how much you want to spend, but have you looked at Dragonfly Dry Goods? They also sell Pine Cone Hill's stuff. Check out the duvets called "Da Bomb" (really, I'm not making that up), "Dobry", and "Punch Stripe" …I think they would all rock in your nursery.

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    Rambling Renovators
    July 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    What is it with these kids wanting to sleep with mommy all the time? 🙂 Oscar is too cute.

    We have a bed in the nursery that also gets lots of use. I have a quilt on there – our first quilt, I've always been a duvet person – and I really like the quilt. Since the bed is only for occassional use, the quilt provides enough warmth for an afternoon nap. Its also easier to make the bed and it has a cleaner look. Washing the quilt is easier too.

    I think your super sewing mom or the person making your curtains could whip up a duvet cover much cheaper than Serena & Lily. 😉

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    July 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Another vote for blackout blinds. When Oscar gets older, he may become more sensitive to light at naptime (my kids did) and then it's a great boon to be able to darken the room. I don't think curtains darken as effectively as blinds.

    Good luck with your duvet hunt – but accessories are probably superfluous when there's a baby as cute as Oscar in the room!

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    July 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I think the room is shaping up well! Love the print over top the crib!! What colours are you hoping to bring in? Orange and green seem to be striking me (from the print and a couple of the stuffed animals)

    I love the Ronen room inspiration from Serena & Lily… thinking of something similar for my little man's room too. I did a post a little while back for boy room inspiration… here's the link…

    Lakeitha from Home to Three Dunkan boys is using the Ronen room as insiration too!

    * if you're liking the blue & white colour combo.. ikea has some fabric you could work your magic with! 9.99 / yard.

    Hopefully, I haven't added to the frustration – good luck!!! Wendy

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    July 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    My word! He is undeniably, absolutely, gob-smackingly, gorgeous!!! That's all I have to say. Have a great weekend dear.

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    Chesapeake Chic
    July 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    First of all– Oscar is simply adorable!! his eyes are amazing 🙂 As for the bedding, you should definitely check out Marshalls and Homegoods– I could live in the aisles of these stores if they'd let me 🙂 I certainly spend enough time there!
    Best of luck!

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    Scott and Heather
    July 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Hello ~ I don't know if this has already been suggested, but an art idea would be to frame photos of you and your husband from when you were babies or a small child. You could blow them up to 8x10s and then have a frame in the middle with a photo of Oscar. Something to personalize the room. Good luck!

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    July 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Oscar is adorable! Great photo 🙂 I had noted on Serena & Lily's site that they have fabric on sale that very similar to one of the duvets you chose – its $12/yeard (down from $40/yard. Maybe you can convince your Mom to sew you a duvet cover?

    Good luck – I know the room will be perfect when finished!

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    July 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Well, Oscar is just adorable and the room is (really – no kidding) coming along really well. You have already made such fantastic choices. I'm just going to pop in and throw another completely random thing out there. IF this room were in my house, I think I'd make an area rug the next step. And I'd pick the zig zag rub from West Elm. Do you all have access to West Elm in Canada? Maybe the room just needs a little something lively like that bold, chevron print to give the next phase of design a kick in the pants 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing what you choose!


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    July 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I love the big stripes duvets you have your eye on (the quilt is adorable too!). Have you thought of picking up stripe fabric and making the duvet? I think Ikea has a pretty decent selection of different colors. I know they have blue for sure. The stripes won't be as thick but it will be less costly. Good luck finishing the room! It looks adorable so far!

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    [email protected]
    July 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Hi Lindsay!

    Can I give my two cents?! For starters, the room looks great! And so does that beautiful baby boy of yours:-)

    The only thing that "I" would do to the room is instead of changing the curatins, add natural colered bamboo blinds to the room to bring in more of the woods tones found in the baskest on the bookcase. Yes do a duvet, or simply add a nice throw or coverlet to the bed (I'm pretty sure that IKEA has something that would look smashing!. Add some pillows done in pretty fabric that coordinates with the rest of the fun colors in the space. And finally add a gallery of photos of you and your husband and of Oscar (and don't forget the 3 of you together!).

    Like I said, the room is coming along great! Enjoy your beautiful baby boy!

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    July 17, 2010 at 3:44 am

    God, he's cute. Not just sayin' either. There are cute babies, but then there are babies that are just so great to look at. He's one of them.

    Okay, so I love the room too. How about a mirror on the wall above the bed. Bounce some light around, reflect the bunting (which I adore)? Just a thought–and I didn't peruse the comments, so maybe someone else has tossed that out there.

    Also, you have that amazing C&B bed. Why wouldn't he maybe prefer it in there? I might.


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    Lovely Little Nest
    July 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Wow that was a long post! Sorry about that, just wanted to help 🙂

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    July 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Have you considered painting that wall with the bed with an accent color? Even if you just do something really faint, I think it might help. Plus some nice art, and the duvet cover, etc. I love white, it's so clean, but I think some color would do the trick. Just my two cents anyway 🙂

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    July 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Oscar is absolutely adorable!

    but get him in his own bed asap! : )
    (speaking from experience)

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    Sarah La Rose
    July 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I really love the Ronan Duvet cover from Serena & Lily! It's fresh and not too boyish. The brown might be a little dull for your bright nursery. I love the look so far!

    Try a bold pattern for the drapes. Somethithat to tie in various colours throughout the room from the painting above the crip, books, etc.

    Good luck!

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    July 19, 2010 at 12:13 am

    We have a queen bed in the nursery as well, and it gets tons of use…playing, resting, changing (clothes and diapers), nursing… Ater 6 months of use, my suggestion would be to opt for a quilt rather than a duvet because they are easier to wash and you just throw it back on the bed (rather than having to stuff the comforter in, which I always hate doing!). I actually end up washing it a lot because we use the bed so much and Caleb inevitably spits up on it!

    Best of luck and congratulations on your little one – he is adorable!!

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    July 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Oscar is sooo cute! Awww. Great idea about having a bed in the nursery. We finally moved our daughter to her own room at 8 months and I slept on the floor on a yoga mat for around a week to ease the transition. You are very wise. No great suggestions for duvet covers (I turn to you for the great design ideas!) but happy shopping. The nursery looks AMAZING!

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    July 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Have you considered a day bed for the wall where the regular bed is now. When it's not being used it will look like a seating area. And you could hang some inexpensive art above it. By it being inexpensive you can always change it out as you change the covers of the daybed.


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    Melissa at
    July 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Such a cute room! I think you should try something with stripes. Boyish, forgiving with dirt, and versatile. I like Company Store for stuff like that, or even Lands End or LL Bean (often on clearance). The right thing will hit you – probably around the time you move him into his own crib.

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    July 20, 2010 at 1:51 am

    no suggestions here but i wanted to say Oscar is just adorable!! my goodness!

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    July 31, 2010 at 12:42 am

    i love white sheets. always reminds me of a hotel. 🙂

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    August 1, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I wanted to get the same art pi for our nursery on etsy i was just wondering what size yours is?
    i was told the largest is 13×19… what frame and how many inches of matting did you use? thanks

    you home is great!

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    Dina @ Honey & Fitz
    August 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I just finished customizing some IKEA Merete curtains. You can see the project on my blog. But I was having the same issue with blackout drapes/shades etc and solved it with some cordless Levolor blackout shades from Lowes. Here are the links to both posts:

    Love your blog and so happy I found it!

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