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Crosby’s Nursery Reveal

4th December 2017

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Notoriously, I have the world’s worst lighting in my house, but a home girl tries.  This is the most light in any room so, take what yo’ momma (mother nature) gave ya.  Without further adieu, here is my son’s small 10 by 11 nursery, complete with 6 ish DIY projects!

Greens, some blue and a pop of yellows with white walls and a subtle gray ceiling.  This boss simple clean lined crib is solid wood, down to the slats.  If you thought most cribs were all wood, think again, Sparky AND I got it for 100 dollars on a closeout.  Holler if you’re a baller!

(Hollering in the background…)

It’s compact and great for a small space.  Good job, tree, that became this crib.  You did a real swell job.


Just breath it in, because I like this wall.  FUN FACT ALERT:  The framed dino up there is a toy I used for his Lochness Monster 1st Birthday party.  It floated in a large bowl of chocolate milk like Nessie in the Lochness Strait of my dreams.  I used Velcro Command Strips to put him up there floating in the middle and used an old wood frame to go around him.  Fun for days.

In the bottom left, those are his hospital footprints…at least I hope or that would be weird.  No, they are.  I was there.  And in the top right, that is sheet music from a hymn by Fanny Crosby, the greatest hymn writer of all time.  That is where we got his name, Crosby.  Nope, it wasn’t from Parenthood, though that show was THE best.

I bought the cactus print 2 years ago during my pregnancy, along with the raccoon print off of Etsy.  Gotta love Etsy.  The globe which tied in all of my colors was purchased from a consignment shop.  It was an old globe from a school.  Neato.

The hat is my grandfather’s and I love seeing it in his room.  He wore this hat and ones like it all of the time.  Surprisingly, even with it on the edge of the wire basket we use for diapers, it never gets in the way.  It’s like a magic polite hat.

OH Bertha.  I bought a gumball machine, which I have always wanted, from Hobby Lobby, which is also where this polyresin Octopus came from.  I took out the guts of the gumball machine and added rocks and a succulent.  I give it 2 thumbs up.

I LOVE using old buffets in kid’s rooms as dressers and I have them in 2 of my children’s rooms currently.  The doors on the side give great extra storage!  This was an 80’s honey wheat wooden buffet I purchased from a cool consignment store in town for 90 ish bucks.  I painted it white, sprayed all of the original hinges and pulls and then added the round, flat brushed gold knobs to the doors.  I hate painting furniture, but I love when it’s done!

This green super cute bookshelf was old, layered in orange and black chipped paint and about to be trashed.  I thought the lines of it were so cute so i did what any good DIY-er does and sanded it to be painted…and then my husband hit it with his car.

(dramatic pause)

I hammered some nails in to straighten it up and all’s well that ends well.

The snail pillow is something I bought 3 kids ago handmade from Etsy and repainted it to meet the color scheme I needed.

This print is the very first thing I bought when I found out I was having my 1st son.  Go Hobby Lobby, it’s your birthday.  We’re gonna party like it’s your birthday.  The basket is from there also and the lamp, is from God’s country:  Target.

I bought a Jelly Cat Alligator because we call my son, Crosby Ryle Crocodile.  I know, I know, it’s an alligator, not a croc!  What are you?  Steve Irwin?

Do you love this dinosaur terrarium???!!!  I thought i came up with this idea and then I found some on Pinterest.  Boo.  Since it wasn’t my idea, I decided to copy the rock pattern I saw in someone else’s post to ease the burn and enjoy it anyways.

I sprayed painted tiny dinosaurs we got from goody bags at parties and I got the big dino from a dollar store because hey, dollar store.  The succulents are from Hobby Lobby.

When it all came together, I wished for a moment that dinosaurs weren’t extinct.

Rest in peace, brothers.

This wall hook was something I bought when this was my daughter’s nursery.  I spray painted it blue back then and decided to keep it in all of it’s glory.  I always hang a favorite outfit on it and admire their cute teeny clothes.  I wanted a cute hanger to put it on but there isn’t a large market for cute display baby hangers so, we deal and accept that ain’t nobody got no kinna time to worry about a hanger.

The door knob is from the greatest DIY bloggers of all time, Young House Love.  They did a run at Target a couple of years ago and angels sang.

THIS PIC IS THE WORST ALERT!  A bit blurry, bad light, so let’s just use it!  I wanted you to get a feel for how small the room is and I was going to jump off my roof if I had to take anymore pictures.  You get the idea.

The closet knobs are a natural wood here and dimensional and cute.  The end.

I made these curtains for under 20 bucks for 2!  I got a mega deal for 5 bucks a panel at Target and then I bought large width ribbon from Michael’s and hot glued them on in large chunky stripes.  Hey, hey!  Cute and clean like I like it!

This big print is a DIY and I made it all myself!!!!  It is my proudest art/DIY I’ve done because letters/spacing are harder than passing kidney stones.  I have a post that I’m working on just for this print.  This is a page from the classic book The Giving Tree and it strums all of the strings of my heart.

This is crib sheet is from Land of Nod because, it’s Land of Nod, my favorite one stop high quality and cute design kid’s decor and furniture.

I got this huge 8 by 10 big daddy rug from where I buy ALLL of my rugs, Overstock.  I got this big colorful rag rug for about 60 bucks, shipped!  It was better in person than on-line.  If you have a really high traffic area, I don’t recommend it because you can’t really vacuum it and it can get pulls.  Just ignore that I said all of that though because it’s colors perfectly tied in the room and it’s comfy under your feet.

This is the room dweller himself, sniffing or choking his “crocodile”.  I’m not sure which.  It’s his room.  He does what he wants.


Add a blanket to hang over the crib

Put out a cute sloth that Santa is bringing him

(I’m never REALLY done, it seems like.)

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Nursery Reveal: Home Sweet Home

4th October 2015


Hallelujah!  It only took me 13,000 years to post this!  Okay, she’s 8 weeks old, but it feels like forever. Especially it felt like forever to all my friends who weren’t allowed in the room the whole time it’s been done because I made them wait for this post. Off of our master,  this small little 10 by 10 room painted all white became the coziest little nursery and I love it.  Hope you do too! Read the captions to see what I did, what is still left to do, and where I got the decor.  Enjoy, pin, and please like this project on Project Nursery using the Facebook icon by my images and give me a star rating while you are at it!  Find it here. You guys are a bunch of rascals and I love ya’.

Before: Believe it or not, this was the original master bedroom of the house.  Here is the before picture from when we purchased the home.     beforeafter 006After: Wah-lah!  White floor to ceiling with pops of color.  New paint, new fixture, new everything but beadboard and floors!   20140725ParrottRoom050 20140725ParrottRoom045 20140725ParrottRoom051This stellar handmade blanket was a Land of Nod knock-off of one of their quilts but in transverse colors.  Want to snag this blanket or have one custom made?  Buy it here on the Etsy shop Slumber Spun.  This blanket was made for me and it was all the charm of Land of Nod for less expense with ALL of the same quality!  Anyone that has seen my nursery has commented on the cozy, thick crocheted blanket.  Stacy at Slumber Spun makes lots of items including the fox you will see below and baby booties that will make you smack your granny they are so cute.  Check her out!  You won’t be disappointed. 20140725ParrottRoom041You can really see how small the room is now when you see the crib and the closet on the other wall in the same close-up picture! 20140725ParrottRoom021This dresser was an antique buffet I bought in Tennessee.  I adored that it had the two doors on each side and not only was it cute, it has great storage!  It was originally cherry and I painted it white and used the original hinges, spray painting them a light gray color.  I don’t consider this part of the room totally done yet.  I want a small, subtle pattern lamp shade with gray tones for starters.  Now just to find one….. This lamp was originally 80 at Hobby Lobby and I snagged it on clearance for 25!  This rug is HUGE and indoor/outdoor so great for traffic.  I bought it from Target and had it shipped to my door, tax and all for 160! 20140725ParrottRoom047 The subtle theme of the whole nursery is “Home Sweet Home”.  It’s unique and not a phrase you see in nurseries and doesn’t it make your heart swoon to see a tiny baby next to this print?  I ordered the print from Katie Daisy, thewheatfield on Etsy.  You will DIE at all of her prints she makes.  They are all custom water colors of original art and you are buying a reprint of her work.  I had this large rectangle print trimmed into an oval and matted at Hobby Lobby and this awesome frame is from Ikea.  Ohhhh, Ikea.  I love you. WP_20140626_10_29_49_Pro I knew I wanted white walls with bright colors.  The color scheme of the room started with this sheet that I LOVE from The Land of Nod.  I want to marry that store.  It’s serious. Emerald, two tone pinks, off-beat orange, bright yellow….I mean COME ON!!!! WP_20140626_10_30_08_Pro   This killer Ikea light casts the COOLEST PATTERN on the walls and ceilings for my little one to look at. 20140725ParrottRoom053 20140725ParrottRoom017 Meet Mr. Fox also handmade from SlumberSpun on Etsy.  Contact her for these little guys!  She also makes an elephant like this attached to a crocheted blanked.  So precious!  So perfectly made! 20140725ParrottRoom008   WP_20140626_10_29_10_Pro Colorful ceramic knobs I nabbed from my sister’s house for my closet doors. WP_20140626_10_28_06_Pro (1)   WP_20140714_14_22_31_ProThis adds to hint of Home Sweet Home.  This vintage door knob and plate are a line from Young House Love who are bloggers who happen to run my favorite blog!  They have the neatest line right now at Target that you must check out!  I sprayed painted this originally white wall knob a pop of blue to coordinate with the room colors. WP_20140626_10_30_31_Pro The ceilings are a light gray that coordinate with the hardware of the antique dresser and tie the room subtly together from floor to ceiling.  It’s less dramatic in real life but still a touch you pick up on in the overall feel. WP_20140714_14_20_35_Pro Do you love this 1950 elephant sculpture???!!! I do!  I found it at a local consignment shop and when I saw it on the sidewalk as I drove by, I called right away to claim him.  I love him in the room and one day he may move on to be coated in a rustoleum outdoor gloss spray paint to live in a garden or around a swing set.  So many possibilities!   20140619-IMG_1543 This coca-cola crate is also an antique that I took from my father-in-law who gave me one from his collection.  I thought it was a fun way to display books in her room. WP_20140714_15_36_11_Pro

Tri-colored bird cages that I mixed and matched from Hobby Lobby.  On the inside are these neat little birds from West Elm that are made overseas from seed pods that look like birds!  They are 9 dollars each and ship for free.  I plan on hand painting some of them different tones down the road to compliment the room a tad more in spots.WP_20140714_15_34_48_Pro   WP_20140714_15_35_29_Pro WP_20140714_15_35_57_Pro   A stork seedpod bird in a nursery?  Of course. WP_20140714_14_23_52_Pro These prints that are the original artwork of the amazing Etsy shop SealDesignStudio.   For the home theme, I bought these row houses that are homes in Australia and the nursery print of Golidlocks and Three Bears, not only showed a little girl at home, but what is more perfect for a nursery than a fairy tale print?  Woo hoo!  Just wait until you see the other fairy tale print I bought for another daughter’s room.  This Etsy shop has all of my heart strings and I wasn’t surprised when I saw they were featured in West Elm.   WP_20140626_10_29_28_Pro And I HAD to end my home sweet home nursery with this amazing barnwood Kentucky silhouette for my Kentucky babies.  It’s personal and therefore has intention in the room.  It’s made of old barnwood so it’s unique and old.  I can use this in any room for the rest of our lives and I’ll always remember when our homestate hung above one sweet little baby. Love it!  I bought this from a local shop in hometown called Digs on the River and these states are made by a man in Tennessee.  If you are interested, contact me and I’ll get you the info.   Like on Project Nursery here!  Thanks!