Monthly Archives: July 2015

Avery’s Hot Air Balloon Nursery

I have been working so hard on Avery’s nursery since the second we found out we were having a girl.  Maybe even right after we found out we were pregnant because you all know how obsessed with Pinterest I am!  I started off with just a color scheme, as I wanted something classic that she could grow into without too much of a “theme.”  Then I started growing obsessed with hot air balloons.  I think over all it turned out not too “themey” and quite beautiful if I must say so myself!

I used Pic Collage to make a dream board for the room.

I used Pic Collage to make a dream board for the room.

I decided on a mint, coral, gray, and white color scheme that would be the baseline of the nursery.  I remember when I told my husband that I wanted the walls gray with one accent wall of either gray and white stripes or chevron.  He thought I was crazy along with my stepdad, mom, and grandmother.  I kept telling them to relax and go with my vision.  My grandma was afraid I would get too dark of a gray and that it wouldn’t be cheerful enough for a baby.

My Grandma Bloesser came down over my Spring Break and helped me sew things for the nursery.   I wanted to do everything myself, so we had quite the list of things to get done over her week stay.  I am kind of a DIY Queen, so I couldn’t just find a store bought bedding set, especially when I found the perfect hot air balloon material that would make the most adorable sheets!

Click here to check out my tutorial on DIY Crib Sheets!

Click here to check out my tutorial on DIY Crib Sheets!

In addition to the crib sheets, we also created a beautiful three tier ruffle crib skirt that was an absolute nightmare to make!  I hate ruffles!  Grandma had to swoop in and save the day on this one. We tried adapting the pattern to go with the crib because the sides are solid and we didn’t need it to go all the way around.  Needless to say I threw my hands up with that one and didn’t even attempt my own tutorial on it because it was a pain.  It turned out gorgeous, but I never want to sew another ruffle again!

As much as I love crib bumpers, they say not to use them because of suffocation risks, but I had found some pins on DIY teething rails.  Once baby is big enough to stand up in the crib, they are usually teething and tend to chomp on the rail of the crib.  This leaves dents in the crib rail, along with the potential risk off paint chips in baby’s mouth.  I decided that teething rail was a must!

Click here to check out my tutorial on a DIY Teething Rail.

Click here to check out my tutorial on a DIY Teething Rail.

I just love how the whole room just comes together!

I just love how the whole room just comes together!

Love the coral arrow curtains we made.

Love the coral arrow curtains we made. Chloe and Mia are keeping the rocking chair warm for our next feeding!

Click here for my tutorial on how to creat a patchwork hot air balloon!

Click here for my tutorial on how to creat a patchwork hot air balloon!

I wanted some shelving in the corner of her room.  Originally, Alex was going to build me some shelves, but I had my heart set on some floating shelves.  After doing some research, we decided it would be easier to find some already made ones.  We spent one afternoon at Ikea and the ones that I liked there were way too long.  We almost got them anyways and I am glad we didn’t because we found the perfect ones at Target!

Love the shelves.  We put the baby monitor camera at the top overlooking the crib.  I also have my brother Karlton's 4H cow overlooking her crib.  It means a lot to me to have this in her nursery.

Love the shelves. We put the baby monitor camera at the top overlooking the crib. I also have my brother Karlton’s 4H cow overlooking her crib. It means a lot to me to have this in her nursery.

Click here to see my tutorial on how to create this hot air balloon artwork!

Click here to see my tutorial on how to create this hot air balloon artwork!

I wanted some type of bookcase in the room for her books, but Alex was afraid she would try to climb it and it would fall on top of her.  (He’s not going to be a protective daddy or anything!)  I ended up getting an extra tub from Hobby Lobby and just putting her books in one on the floor.   I figure when she is bigger, she can just grab whatever book she wants us to read from the tub and we will be good to go!

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Avery’s reading corner

Avery seemed to enjoy the first book I read her!  I think we have a future bookworm on our hands!

Avery seemed to enjoy the first book I read her! I think we have a future bookworm on our hands!

The dresser area has a special piece of artwork hanging above it!  One of my childhood friends Alisha Johann created the most beautiful whimsical hot air balloon watercolor painting!  I wanted a special quote on it from Dr. Seuss that says “Oh the places you’ll go!”  I think she totally nailed it!  I was beaming with excitement when I opened it and went straight up to the nursery to hang it up!

A close up shot!  Thank you Alisha! I love it!

A close up shot! Thank you Alisha! I love it!

Love the way the dresser/changing area turned out!

Love the way the dresser/changing area turned out!

I love the pop of color when you open the dresser drawer!   Click here for the tutorial on how to line your dresser drawers!

I love the pop of color when you open the dresser drawer! Click here for the tutorial on how to line your dresser drawers!

Click here to learn more about how I made Avery's Hot Air Balloon Mobile!

Click here to learn more about how I made Avery’s Hot Air Balloon Mobile!

I am using a bar cart from Ikea for our cloth diaper storage.

I am using a bar cart from Ikea for our cloth diaper storage.  As you can see, it is diaper laundry day!

Closet storage bins!

I found the perfect storage bins at Hobby Lobby!  They matched my nursery colors perfectly!

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More closet storage!

Avery hopes you enjoyed a tour of her nursery!

Avery hopes you enjoyed a tour of her nursery!