12.05.2011

Baby Bee's Navy & White Elephant Nursery Reveal!

I'm 39 weeks today, which means we only have one week left 'til we're officially allowed to start tapping our feet and wondering when baby bee will make its appearance. I'm just fine having baby on the inside for now, I know it's much easier that way. But when baby does decide to make its appearance, we're ready to welcome it to the world and its new home in this navy blue and white elephant themed nursery. The nursery is full of special things we made, S brought home from his travels overseas and little tokens of love from friends. Come on in and see our labor of love:
Baby's cradle was mine when I was a baby, was used for my brother and was home to lots of bears and dolls in my room when I was kid (I rearranged my furniture often and would occasionally request the cradle be brought in from the attic for my dolls). We bought a new eco-friendly mattress and I sewed sheets from navy blue and white elephant fabric. I sewed the drapes from cute navy fabric with white circles and lined the panels with black-out fabric to make afternoon naps in the south facing room a little more nap-like.
Above the cradle we have navy and white paper lanterns (not actually lighted) with navy ribbons hanging from a few, reminiscent of the 400+ white paper lanterns with hot pink ribbons that we had at in the tent and throughout my parents' apple orchard at our wedding. 
We have a bumper for the cradle for when baby is a little bigger, but before we transition to a crib. I made elephant fabric quilt binding and covered the satin trim on a plain white breathable bumper to make it a little more personalized to our nursery. And because baby bee's gender is a surprise we have a blue and a pink elephant waiting in its cradle, two of the 51 elephants in the nursery we counted this morning.
We created a small gallery wall above our glider to display a few special cards and artwork, like the congratulations card, below. Once baby arrives we'll order a custom name print from Made by Girl for the largest frame.
Our white glider is a hand-me-down from S's aunt and uncle who rocked three babies in it before passing it on to at least two more families. We revived it a bit and had new custom cushions made, one of the only sewing projects I didn't do myself.
On the chair we have my boppy pillow with the elephant slipcover I sewed and a hand embroidered elephant pillow cover that S brought back from Bahrain this summer. Hanging on the arm of the chair is a little blue bag with a black sequin elephant, a gift from my brother and sister-in-law, where I keep the feeding cover I made to match the boppy. More importantly, I think I'll be keeping my phone, a water bottle and maybe a few snacks in there once baby arrives.
In our small nursery the ottoman takes up a bit too much space to leave in front of the chair, so right now it's our stand-in side table (I have a small white plant stand/side table from L.L.Bean on my Christmas wish list) and home to our bumbo with its elephant slipcover I sewed.
Over on the other side of the room we have our changing station, complete with a dresser full of cloth diapers.
We bought an eco-friendly changing pad and I sewed the elephant cover. It's secured to the back of the dresser with snaps, so the cover has large button holes to let the snaps through. Next to the changing pad we have all our changing lotions, oils and other goodies in a CD basket lined with the same fabric as the drapes.
Above the changing table hangs a custom navy and white elephant mobile just in case the toys stashed in the goodies basket don't keep baby's interest during diaper changes.
Next to the dresser we have a diaper pail lined with a navy wet bag, of course, and a hutch where we've stashed all our cloth wipes supplies and my feeding accessories in fabric covered bins. The retro fan that used to live in our bedroom before we succumbed to ceiling fans this summer, sits on top of the hutch, which is also where we'll keep our video monitor pointed at baby's cradle.
On the bottom shelf of the hutch we have a larger basket matching the changing goodies basket, also lined with drape fabric. It's full of the special baby blankets I've made over the past few months and a couple much recommended swaddle blankets.
Next to the changing dresser are the built-in shelves that I painted navy blue this fall.
In front of the shelves we have a blue elephant canvas tote (and a hot pink one too, if baby is a girl) for baby's toys and a plush elephant rocking horse - one of the first baby purchases we made.
 
Storage is tight in our little nursery, so we have several shelves dedicated to storage baskets, each labeled with elephant luggage tags.
On the higher shelves we displayed several special things, like this elephant artwork that I made for baby and the momma and baby elephant S brought back from a trip to Italy last year.
We have baby bee's budding book collection:
Baby's special stainless elephant bank, a gift from S's best man - an elephant never forgets...to save for college - and a pair of my first baby shoes:
We also have several hand knit elephants that I've made over the years. I have one more to add, but "finish elephant" is still on the to-do list.
Hanging from an elephant hook on the back of the tiny closet door is a baby sweater I knit from scrap yarn years ago and a pair of hand knit baby booties that were my mom's as a baby.
Behind the nursery door hangs a hand-embroidered alphabet tapestry that S brought home from the suk in Bahrain. Some of our favorite letters are E for elephant, of course, I for ice cream, M for monkey and Y for yacht. We're expecting baby to bypass "boat" all together and go straight to "yacht" when it learns to talk.
We're so excited to rock our baby on the glider, lay our baby in the cradle and welcome home our nursery's new resident!
UPDATE: Here's a list of our sources for everything nursery!

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36 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/05/2011

    Cutest nursery ever. I am a 60 year old design lover, blog reading grandma (Gigi) and am so impressed with your many talents.

    Can't wait to hear the wonderful news when "Baby Bee" is born.

    Congratulations to you both!

    Karen (Wisconsin)

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  2. it looks gorgeous! i love the rug and those shelves.... ah those shelves!

    best of luck in the upcoming weeks! :)

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  3. Great. All I needed this Monday morning was to sit in the parking garage at work and cry looking at this phenomenal nursery. I am humbled to be your friend, unbelievably impressed and excitedly awaiting Baby Bee's arrival. Love you, girl.

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  4. The room looks great! I love all the things from around the world that you have added and those elephant tags are the cutest!

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  5. Can't wait to glide with Baby Bee!

    This creative nursery is worthy of an elephoto feature in the Tufts Magazine. Go Jumbos!

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  6. Oh my God Felis! SO BEAUTIFUL! I just want to cry it is such a fabulous nursery for a girl OR a boy! It's so gonna be a girl ;)

    You are so talented!!!!!

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  7. My husband and kiddos had the exact same cradle! It is now home to my vintage stuffed animals in our guest room. The nursery is beautiful. I know Baby B will love it!

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  8. This looks absolutely adorable! I love the navy and white, love the blend of old and new, and all of the personal touches!

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  9. Very cute! Good luck with that whole labor thing! ;)

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  10. Such a beautiful room! I am so excited for you. This will be a haven for you and your little one in the coming weeks!

    Best of luck to you!!

    xo,
    - e

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  11. Christina S12/06/2011

    The nursery looks amazing! Your baby is going to be so happy in that beautiful space. I can't wait to see the post with the big baby reveal!

    -Christina S

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  12. Beautiful! What a well thought out and customized nursery! I collected elephants when I was a kid so I would have loved having this room. They are one lucky baby.

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  13. You've done an unbelievable job with your nursery! It's a perfect combination of adorableness and sophistication. :)

    I'm curious, though.. I thought it wasn't recommended to use old cribs due to the size between the spindles?

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  14. Hi Sarah, thanks for stopping by! As long as old cribs and cradles meet all the government's current safety recommendations (not just for slat widths) then they're just as safe as cribs on the market today. Thankfully this cradle and my childhood crib, which is set up in a nursery for baby bee at "home" in Maine meet all the specs since I've looked forward to using them since I was a little girl :)

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  15. Wow - so beautiful!

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  16. P.S. I'm also a Mainer living in another state and due with my 2nd baby on Monday. Good luck!

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  17. This nursery is absolutely beautiful! I'm a fellow navy blue lover. It's so neat to hear the cradle was yours when you were a baby! I managed to find one just like it while waiting for my son earlier this year. Sadly it was painted so I refinished it in a fabulous navy blue. Congratulations and good luck!

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  18. Question for you: whatis your method for hanging your curtains? Do you have clips? How do you get them to look so perfect? I have ring clips in my son's room, but they do not look as picture perfect, and I was thinking about sewing a different style. What's your secret??? Thanks... and ps. LOVE your nursery. Looks amazing! Enjoy your new little bundle of joy!

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  19. Where is the rug from? I love it!

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  20. Anonymous12/28/2011

    The baby room looks beautiful!! Good Work!

    Can I ask where you got the wicker baskets?

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  21. I LOVE your nursery! Would you mind sharing where you got that adorable elephant fabric?

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  22. I love the elephants so much! The room looks adorable and congrats on your little boy... Little boys rock :)

    Amy
    http://6thofapril.blogspot.com

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  23. Cant wait until your picture perfect nursery becomes a reality checking new mommy mess

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  24. Estephania - When I sewed the curtains I added pleating tape along the top (back side), which you can find at any home decor sewing store. I then used pleating pins, I think they're called, which I then slipped onto the hooks. If you check out the drapery section I think you'll be able to see what I used :)

    lovelytraublife - the rug is called Droplets from Capel Rugs. You can find the source here:
    http://www.ourlittlebeehive.com/2011/12/whered-you-get-that-nursery-edition.html

    Anon - the baskets are from Target. I bought them a couple years ago, but I think they still carry them!

    N - the elephant fabric is from fabric worm, they have tons of colors with the same pattern.

    Custom Made - it's a challege to keep it neat, but with my mom here to help, I've managed to steal 5 minutes each morning to tidy up his room and to put my clothes from the previous day away. Just wait 'til she leaves and I'm sure I'll be an unshowered mess in no time! :)

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  25. How many yards of fabric did you need to do the curtains? 6?? I am gonna attempt some simple ones for my baby's nursery :) THanks in advance! LOVE your room!!

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  26. Hi Becky - I used a full width of fabric for each panel. So I just measured from the ceiling to the floor, added 12-20" for a wide bottom and top hems and multipled that by 4 for the number of inches, then divided by 36. I know I bought 15 yards total, but that was enough to make a crib sheet, cradle sheet and some basket liners too :) I'd guess that I used about 12 for the four panels.

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  27. What a fabulous nursery! My husband, of all people, sent me the link from a write-up on BabyCenter. You did a spectacular job!

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  28. The nursery is gorgeous! I am particularly in love with how you customized an otherwise basic breathable bumper. How much fabric did you need for that? (And/or will that be a future tutorial). Congrats!

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    1. It needed less than a yard for sure, but I used a full yard to make the binding. I have a ton leftover!

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  29. Anonymous2/12/2012

    Can you please tell where you got the fabric? I love it and want to use it along with pink for my girl boy twins! Thanks and love everything you did! Hunth2@gmail.com mcmunnbabies.blogspot.com

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    1. The elephant fabric is from Fabric Worm and the blue and white circle fabric is from fabric.com. Congratulations!!

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  30. I love this room!! We just did elephants for our baby boy- however, its still not done. haha! You should totally make those bumbo covers and sell them- I would buy one from you in that fabric- I LOVE it!! I have a pink bumbo from my daughter but now I just want to cover it but can't find one I like! If you ever decide to make and sell- let me know!!

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  31. I LOVE it!!!! You did such a great job with the whole room - the details are amazing! And you're right, the "balloons" are such a fun feature. Your son is a lucky boy!

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  32. Gorgeous nursery! We are adopting from India and want to incorporate elephants in our son's room. He will be about 15 months old when we get him so technically out of the baby stage but not quite a big boy yet. I love the lanterns and mobile and I want to some things to hang... where did you find these? I've seen the lanterns everywhere but I like the dark blue color which will go with the Indian elephant print we are using. Thanks for your input!

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    1. Hi Natasha, Congratulations! You must be so excited! M is 13 months now and he is just so much fun and he's really starting to enjoy his nursery. All of the sources for stuff are listed in this post:
      http://www.ourlittlebeehive.com/2011/12/whered-you-get-that-nursery-edition.html
      The lanterns are from the online store called Asian Imports and the mobile is from an Etsy seller linked to in that post. Best wishes to you and you new addition!

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  33. Oh I missed that. Thanks for the link! :)

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