Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Otto Bean Nursery

The countdown is officially on -- 10 days until my due date.  The nursery is pretty much ready and my co-worker (she's become a good friend!) who is going to be managing a lot for me while I'm on maternity leave just spent the last two days going through everything with me and hopped back on her plane to ATL tonight.  I'm now trying any and all old wives tales to try and get the baby to make his debut.  Any tips or tricks are welcome :)

View from the hallway door

Let's take a look at a few pictures during the renovation process of this room.  These are all from March 2012, what a difference two years makes!  It had a little porch off the back of the house.  Not something we wanted our children enjoying off their bedrooms...asking for T-R-O-U-B-L-E.  We bumped out the room and got rid of the porch, thus making room for the jack-and-jill bathroom that now connects the nursery to my office.  Overall the room stayed roughly the same size.

Josh is standing on the wall where the glider is now.  You'll notice this double window is now a single window.

This is the wall the crib now flanks.  The door is gone and two single windows are on this wall.  Closet remained in basically the same spot as shown on right (two double doors that open).  You'll see this one day once I get a bit more organized.

Wall with closet doors and door to hallway

Here is my original inspiration board I posted in October.  As expected, some things I stuck with and some evolved.  Overall, I stayed true to the same color palette and tried to keep it not too theme-y or baby, but did end up with a number of elephants and giraffes around the room.

Continuing with how it looks now - view from jack-and-jill bathroom.

Standing by the closet doors

The piece I'm using for the changing table was the very first item I bought for the nursery.  I got it at Furbish's big tent sale (50% off) and couldn't love it more.  I think it could be used as a server or bar down the road or could easily stay in a child's room too.  Very versatile!

The mobile took a few months to finally arrive from Lithuania, but it was worth the wait.

I need to work on styling this little shelf once I have some pictures of the baby and other trinkets.

Someone is getting quite used to the room and thinks all the toys are for her.

Note: I refused to pay full price for many of these items.  I became obsessed with watching sites and waiting until I could get 20-30% off (on average) with promotions and bought them over the last 6+ months.  Some were Christmas and shower gifts as well.

1 Giraffe Painting - a collaboration between my parents and one of my most cherished things in the room.  The frame is from my favorite place for frames - Jerry's Artarama. 
2 Jenny Lind DaVinci Crib - Amazon (love this and the pricetag, only thing I changed was the casters - see that here)
Glider - Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Rocker (cream twill with white twill piping)
6 Changing Table - Furbish (can't find it on the website, but locals - they still have one or two in the actual store, but you will have to pay full price, unlike my tent sale find!)
7 Throw on Glider - Furbish Herringbone Throw (can't find my color online) so soft and it's washable!
8 Elephant Table beside Glider - I spray painted an elephant planter I already had, but you could get the Serena & Lily Ellie Side Table for the same look
9 Baskets on changing table - Serena & Lily belly baskets (holding diapers and other changing needs)
10 "Naps fix everything" print - this was a shower gift from a sweet friend
11 Changing pad and cover - Serena & Lily nursery basics diaper changing pad aqua & insert
12 Elephant mobile - Etsy (do allow time for shipping to US and I'd recommend paying extra for expediting, but can't recommend this mobile enough).  My mom gave me the little bunny rattle and I decided to attach to middle for a little color.
14 Pendant Light - RH Baby Spence Pendant - this and the giraffe painting are definitely the two things that people immediately comment on when they've come in to see the nursery.  I liked that it was different without being too frilly and girly.
15 White lamp on changing table - another favorite item - from Printer's Alley here in Raleigh (gift from my mother-in-law) and have also seen it at Acquisitions in Raleigh.  I can't find the name brand listed on it though, so unable to locate it online.
16 Baby Wardrobe - family piece that I painted and changed the hardware on - details here
17 Animal prints above wardrobe - The Animal Print Shop's babies collection (I framed them myself from Bed, Bath & Beyond for a fraction of the cost)
18 Brass Giraffes - from Cotswold Market in Charlotte (one of a kind, but have seen other great brass animals in this Etsy shop)
19 Elephant Hamper - Home Decorators Collection Animal Hamper - large and in natural finish.  I love it so much I may end up moving it down to the den to house toys and baby items
20 Giraffe Rocker - from one of my best friend's mom's as a gift, but similar here 
21 Crib Sheet & Crib Skirt - Serena & Lily Aqua Trellis crib sheet and I made the crib skirt (no sewing) - details here 

I think that covers the list.  I had so much fun working on the nursery and it's now become one of my favorite rooms in the house.



  1. WOW. It's gorgeous. I'm in love with so many beautiful details - I don't know what to mention first. The diaper changing table is probably my favorite. Unique and perfect in the space. Love the giraffee painting, the rug - love it all. Well done!

  2. Whitney-
    This is adorable. What a lucky little nugget. Loved seeing it featured on Julia's blog.

    1. Thanks, Jessie! Hope I see you Saturday to celebrate Carrie -- if not, let's get together soon. XO

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this nursery. I love that crib too. Beautiful Whitney!

  4. Whitney- I saw your nursery on PIP today and am totally smitten by every little detail! Amazing work, mama! I work with Project Nursery and would LOVE for you to upload it into our gallery (and link your blog to it!)...I think that our readers would fall in love, too!


    1. Thanks for the kind words! You are welcome to put it in the gallery- I'd be honored.

  5. OMG, I'm so glad I just found your blog through Julia Ryan's. How adorable is your nursery??!!!! I adore all the giraffes and elephants, but especially that gorgeous art piece above the crib! And the Louis-Philippe mirror, changing table and pendant...awesomeness!!! Can't wait to see more of your home! I have a feeling I'm going to be on here for a while's friday!! Congrats on your final stages of pregnancy...sounds like you r in the home stretch!

  6. I would love to feature your adorable nursery on my blog! Email me so that we can talk about it, please? I think my visitors would love your ideas and the mobile is so unique that I know they would enjoy seeing it as much as I did! All the best, Jan uniquebabygear at

    1. You are welcome to put on your blog - just please include a link back. Thanks!

  7. Love love love. The baby animal prints...what size are yours?

  8. This is seriously the most amazing nursery!!! What a lucky little boy!!! We just bought a new house and I seriously want to hire you to come and decorate- you have such an amazing eye!!!!

    1. Thanks, Paige! I'd love to help you (for fun, not hire!) and meet up sometime. On maternity leave as soon as the little guy makes his debut. XO

  9. Hi Whitney,
    I am in love with your nursery and your blog!! :-) I am friends with Brittany Drye and she told me how precious it was so I had to check it out. I am expecting a little girl at the end of October. I am interested in the beautiful giraffe painting your parents did. My dad is also a painter and I would love for him to do something similar. Do you know what size the frame is and what type of paints they used? I tried to find the frame on Jerry's Artarama but was unsuccessful. I would appreciate any advice. This whole nursery thing can be overwhelming. :-) Many thanks! Beth Roseman

    1. Hi Beth!
      Thanks for your kind comments. The painting is 20" x 24" (I'm pretty sure). This isn't the exact style in the nursery, but I have a few of the "gold plein aire" as well and love them: I don't know why some are way more expensive than others. I've never paid more than $100 for large frames there. Let me know if you have any other questions!

    2. Oh great--thank you! I found the frame. :-) When you framed the animal prints above the wardrobe do you know what size frame you ended up getting for the 8.5X11 prints at Bed Bath and Beyond? Did you have to trim any of the white matting from the print? Sorry so many questions! Many thanks-Beth

    3. No problem on the questions. I just went and did some measuring - so the giraffe canvas is actually 24" x 30" - a little bigger than I thought. Still, I know I didn't pay more than $100 for the frame. The Animal Shop Prints - the frames (which came in a 4 pack) are probably considered 9x14 frames (?) - but from the outside of the frames they measure 10"x15" and the matting gives just a little room around the actual photo. I did not cut them, simply taped the prints to the back of the mats. Hope this helps! I can email you a close up if you want - send me your email address.

    4. That would be

      Thank you so much for measuring and the info! :-)