When people would ask what our nursery theme was, I had a hard time putting all of the elements into words. I would say, “It has a vintage feel with lots of primary colors, but also kind of a rustic tone with lots of handmade items.” It wasn’t until I Face-timed with Baby “D’s” Grandma “D” (soon to be called Nana) that she came up with the term “home spun”. I thought, “That’s it! Home spun!” It seemed fitting that the entrance to this “home spun” nursery should have a homemade name plate. Welcome to the nursery of Henry Paul Dixon, aka “Hank”, coming October 2015! Living in a mostly farming community it seemed only natural to incorporate some barn themed items like this barn quilt hung above a quilt ladder full of homemade blankets and quilts. I swapped the old 70’s closet door knobs out for some burlap ones. Hanging above the closet is a sign made out of metal letters found at Hobby Lobby and some stained wood. On the next wall over we have a rustic bookshelf that definitely has a barn-wood feel with a sweet sign hung above with the lyrics to a song from a favorite musical, Guys & Dolls. With a Daddy who loves musicals it seemed like a must! Thank you Hobby Lobby!Right next door is our Jenny Lind style crib with the homemade bumper blogged about here. Hung directly above is the banner used at my family shower back East with some vintage alphabet cards pinned on that I found on Etsy. In the next corner we put an antique red wagon with a chalkboard made from the end of an old antique crib. Inside of the wagon are some Boyd’s Bears from my childhood and they are farm animals!Hung directly above is the baby mobile I made from a Pinterest tutorial found here. I loved the primary colors a nd the sweet airy feel of the hot air balloons.
The next wall is the changing station. We picked out a changing table that matched the crib. The nice thing is the changing table portion comes off so later it can just be a plain old dresser. The fox bin is made by a company called 3 Sprouts and can be found on Amazon here. I love all of their stuff. So cute!The next little area I like to call the “nursing station”. This is where I plan to spend a lot of time, especially at night, holding little Henry and yep, you guessed it, letting him nurse his face off as my brother-in-law, John, likes to say. The chair was a splurge from Babies R’ Us. A piece of advice I received from many people was to not skimp out on a nursing chair and to get something that swivels AND rocks so that you have more mobility. The quilt and the pillow I made some time last year before we even knew baby was coming and they seemed to fit the “Home Spun” feel. The lamp was made on a date with me, my hot glue gun and some thick twine. The original shade was sparkly gray and while that would’ve been adorable in a little girl’s room, it just wasn’t going to fit the feel of this room. The burlap look of the shade now goes perfectly with the barn feel.The next wall contains yet another dresser. I know what you are thinking,”How much clothing storage does this child need?” The truth is we just didn’t have anywhere else to put it, but it’s such a great piece I couldn’t part with it yet. Also hung on either side of the dresser are more barn quilts that I made 2 summers ago. I hope he likes them because they are all over this room!Hung directly above the dresser is a wooden letter “H” Paul made specifically for this spot (and the reason this blog post is just now being posted). Paul has been working on it every weekend for about a month now and it’s finally done! I love it! (Also pictured is the 2015 Longaberger Easter basket that Grandma Phillips loves to give each grandchild, a Brio plane bought by Henry’s Papaw Phillips, a wooden train piggy bank found by Henry’s Nana at an antique store on the Eastern shore of Virginia and cowboy boots crocheted by Henry’s Great Grandma B.J.!) A new addition to the quilt ladder will be this beautiful embroidered Noah’s Ark themed quilt Great Grandma B.J. just finished. She said she was thinking about Henry with every stitch she made…that’s a whole lot of time thinking about little Hank! Well, there you have it! A “home spun” nursery. Now we are just waiting for baby Henry’s arrival (39 weeks today). Any day now!