The Beanery

LIFE UPDATE: Oh hi. I’m not dead just stupid busy. On Sept 9th we put our house back on the market. Sept 23rd, while y’all were reading about iOS 7, we accepted an offer for it (then got 2 more after the fact before we could get the papers signed). Then on Sept. 24th, I went on my lunch break to look at houses, found a house I loved and called to get a second showing that night with the family. We put in an offer and as I type we wait to hear. SO OMG THIS WEEK IS TOTALLY INSANE. But since I had Laura comes and let me play with her camera for house photos, I figured I would finally do a nursery tour!

Yeah…Ollie is going on 14 months old and I am finally getting around to it. What is even more ridiculous is that these photos were taken when he was a week old. So yeah. LAZY MOM.

I based his room off a bedding set. A useless bedding set {I know, I know}. But I did the exact same thing for Landon and never regretted it. I talked all about it here. It gave me a concept to work around. Ollie’s room was going to be about space. Rockets, stars, planets…the whole 9 yards. I wanted robots but I loved the rocket set from Dwell studio for Target. We got the same brand for Landon and I always loved it. So here we go…a tour of the Beanery.

Rocket Nursery

1. Rocket decals – I looked and looked for the perfect decals to match the bedding and BAM. I found ToodleDecalStudio. Their shop was so adorable. I just love all their stuff. Even better? I originally ordered the smoke in light blue. It didn’t look good. I contacted the seller and she sent me white smoke at just the price of shipping. 🙂 I highly recommend.

2. Best Chairs Hagen – If you are looking for an upholstered glider, do yourself a favor and STEP AWAY FROM THE BABY SHIT. They jack the price up because it’s “nursery” for no other reason. Wanna see what I mean? This is the Storytime line from Best version of the chair. It’s the exact same chair but baby fabric. The price difference is hundreds of dollars. Boutiques jack the price up so high. I got our chair at a surplus furniture place here in Raleigh {with Ottoman} for $600. It is microfiber and really comfy. It is a narrow chair but that is what i wanted. We are tight on space. It glides and swivels. The ottoman glides too. I hope to have it in a bonus room in the future. I have slept a lot in there.

3. We made the cornice boards by ripping up the bumper that came with the bedding set. I then bought tension rods at target and put on brown black out curtains from Kohls (watch the sales). The rod just sits inside the cornice. Ollie is a pro at ripping them town, tension rod be damned…but I have no choice. CMON NEW HOUSE.

4. Dwell Studio Space Bedding set – This is no longer sold at Target but you can find it on ebay and such. It was very popular. I even had a reader ship me leftover pillow cases from a toddler bedding set that I used for other things around the room. Since I didn’t use the real bumper, we used the Breathable Bumper. We had it from Landon. I like it because it keeps feet in but isn’t bulky. Also makes it easier to change the sheets. We still have the back part on to keep toys from falling out and Ollie likes to hold the satin part to go to sleep. It’s adorable.

5. I really wanted a gallery wall just like this one from Aaron over at Thrifty Abode. Rocket Gallery Wall

So the wall is made up of a couple of special things.

  • The star light is from Ikea (nothing super special there) but it was sent to me from the sweet Heather from my hometown {we met on twitter!}. It was a great light to nurse by. It made a star pattern on the walls and just a nice soft glow.
  • The dolphin is made by Landon. I had him do this craft where you put tissue paper on clear contact paper. Then I stuck that to a piece of white paper and traced a dolphin outline and cut it out. I did the same with the waves. Voila. It was Landon’s touch for baby brother.
  • The rocket and planet illustrations are from a used book I ordered off Amazon. I can’t remember the name but it was perfect.
  • The announcement print was the most fun. Fun story here, I saw Aaron’s  wall on Pinterest like any other wall. I just adored everything about it. The more I looked at the blog, the more things looked familiar. Come to find out, Aaron was right here in Raleigh. So I decided to just straight up copy the announcement print and have her make it for me. In contacting her on Etsy, I found out she was due with baby #2 within weeks of Ollie! Her little bundle decided to show up early but, on my maternity leave, we met up at Panera and made the swap. It was so fun to meet a new face!
  • The photos were from the wonderful Laura case for maternity and newborn shots.
  • The quote is from Star Wars. “I think you just can’t bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight.” – Han Solo I got the silhouette online and fixed up the print in photoshop. Printed at Walgreens. Done.
  • The last piece is leftover fabric from the bumper and the card that was in Ollie’s bassinet in the hospital.

6. Solar system mobile. You COULD buy one of these puppies from Pottery Barn and be oh so cool OR you could ask around to your friends with older kids to see who has a leftover science project. That’s what I did. Laura’s stepdaughter had one under her bed collecting dust. It wasn’t in perfect condition but some craft paint and new fishing line fixed it right up. Perfection.


Photobooth Wall

7. This was my favorite DIY project. I originally wanted to do this but it seemed overwhelming being like 8 months pregnant. So I copped out and just did a series of 8x10s. Laura took our photos at the maternity shoot in front of a cement wall. Got them printed at Walgreens and got 9 8×10 plain frames from the dollar store. Since you can’t see close, we did 1 smile and 2 silly faces each. Ollie loves looking at them 🙂

8. Lamp is from Goodwill for $7. It was red with no shade. I spray painted it navy. Then I bought one of those self adhesive lamp shades from Joann’s and used leftover fabric from the bumper project to cover it (here is a tutorial. Then I bought piping and glued it on. Fun fact: I did all this the night Ollie was born 🙂

9. Dresser/Changing Table – This was from Landon’s room. It is Storkcraft and we got it from Walmart. I ordered online and had shipped to store. It was the best deal. Being honest, it isn’t the greatest built thing. It does what it needs to do. Looks fine. But it isn’t a piece of furniture we will have forever. It will make it’s way to Goodwill once Ollie is a big boy. It was a great deal and I don’t regret a thing.

So TA DA. That is the Bean’s digs. There is a huge double closet on the other wall. We have ClosetMaid units in there to hold toys and extra wipes and blankets. Nothing fancy.

11 thoughts on “The Beanery

  • September 26, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Congrats on selling your house and finding a new one so quick! I hope you hear back on the offer soon. We are waiting for our old house to close and then maybe I can sleep better at night?! I love #7 – what a great addition to the nursery – and Landon’s dolphin. We’re doing family pictures in a couple of weeks and I am looking to do something similar.

  • September 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I adore all the special little touches. Very creative and well put together. You have a serious knack for this!

  • September 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Love it! You always do such a nice job decorating and without spending a ton of money. Will the boys keep their same decor in the new house?

    AND…congrats on the quick offer on your current house and the offer on the new house! I hope it’s accepted, and I can’t wait to see pictures of it!

    • September 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I don’t really know. right off the bat they will get the same things. We are taking the cornice boards and I hope they will fit their windows. Landon will be getting a new motif and a new big boy bed. But after we settle. Lots to sort out. Beans will still have the space touches for sure.

  • September 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Um, yay!!!! I was wondering per the IG posts. Sending lots of good vibes on the offer. Is it in the same general area?

    Also, the nursery is too cute! Love the Dwell Studio bedding. We still have their Zoo print crib set from when D was a baby. Such cute patterns & good quality. Glad the vinyl seller was so easy to work with. I used a different one for D’s nursery and, omg, the ones I got did not peel off clean. Destroyed my walls. Hoping yours do better if you plan to peel before you leave. I’m now terrified of those things.

    • September 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Yup. Actually offer accepted!! Still in N. raleigh. next time we meet up I’ll tell ya all about it 🙂

      K took the rockets down tonight and no worries. Peeled right off. YAY and sads 🙁

  • September 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Such an exciting time!!!! I love your family photo wall and I’m stealing the idea. 🙂

  • September 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I love the photo gallery wall and I’ve pinned it so I can do it too. I love the original photo booth type shots you linked to but your version is more practical and doable for me. Considering my youngest of 3 sons is almost 4 and he still doesn’t have a preschool photo hung up of himself, I think I deserve the “Lazy Mom” title.

    Congrats on all the excitement of selling your home and finding a new one, hope your offer is accepted. This nursery is gorgeous, do you mind sharing what the paint brand/color is? I love the Han Solo picture too, my hubby is a ginormous Star Wars fan and would have loved if I did something like that in his Star Wars man cave or kids’ rooms. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    • September 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      The color is Mint Frost from Valspar from Lowes. My husband LOVES that room color. We painted even before Landon was born. When I got pregnant with Oliver, I was told we were not painting over it…so I worked with it:) Before a baby room, I had it accented with black and white everything.


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