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House Tour — Birch Tree Nursery Remix Reveal!

2011 October 17

I was quite attached to Ethan’s Birch Tree Nursery in our old house.

It was where I ‘nested’ during my pregnancy, where I saw my mood board visualization come together, and where Ethan rested his tiny head for his first six months. Friends and family helped the room come together perfectly and I was so sad to leave it behind when we moved. And the paint (Benjamin Moore’s Robin’s Nest 618) was my obsession through the whole process. As soon as I saw it, I wanted it on my walls.

Here is my original mood board.

Let me stop here for a sec and outright brag about the room being featured here and here. They were my first-ever features!

Ok, back to the new room.

So when we moved to Old Town Alexandria (Virginia) and into a rental house with all white walls, I thought it would be so hard to recreate our beloved “Birch Tree Nursery”. I thought at first the white would bother me. There were no white walls in our St. Louis house—I LOVE to paint. But there is something about the old wood floors, exposed beams, and details of the new place that make the white walls seem OK.

Therefore I was challenged to add the robin’s egg blue and rich orange colors to Ethan’s nursery without paint.

It’s a work in progress, so check back for updates!

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**UPDATE!: I added some bunting left over from Ethan’s birthday party…it really adds so much to the room!

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Like those window cornices?! As you can see on my mood board, I wanted something just like these from the very beginning. In the old house I was going to make them with orange pattern fabric since the walls were blue. But in the new house, I found we needed more blue, hence the lovely blue and gray dot fabric (ordered from my fav site, Fabricworm.com). Ordering fabric, YIKES! I’m new to it, but managed to get plenty to make two cornices. I’d say each cornice cost about $20-25, making them a cheap addition to the room. I love them! Armed with my staple gun and a little help from the Hubs on the saw, the cornices were a snap.

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Yes, my trees are back! The incredible decals are from two Etsy stores.

The first store, Tweet Heart Custom Vinyls, is where I got the owls. I actually bought them to go in the original nursery, but when I found out we were moving I decided not to put them up. So glad I did! And now Tweet Heart is a sponsor of Preparing For Peanut! Please visit her store…it’s adorable. I have two owls flanking the crib as well as one on the side table under glass…I LOVE how they turned out.

The birch tree and bird decals were a set I bought from NouWall after days of scouring Etsy, looking for the perfect birch trees. I really wanted to paint the trees right on the wall, but decals seemed like a better option since we are renting. They arrived quickly and just as pictured, all at a cost of around $100. The trees are a dark gray color, the leaves orange, and birds turquoise. I actually painted the birds with a robin’s egg blue acrylic paint so they would match. I didn’t think it would work, but it did!

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Every night we were ending up with a pile of books on the side table. Our bookshelf is across the room and isn’t convenient when you have a sleepy baby in your arms. So I found this little wood crate and some wood letters at Michael’s, painted them in my fav robin’s egg and charcoal gray. A little hot glue later we had a book caddy. Great for storing the baby staples (see Goodnight Moon featured front and center? No staging involved…even I get sleepy reading that book).

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The chair was my absolute favorite purchase out of all the nursery gear…how often do you get to buy an orange chair?? Ok, yes, it was pricey. BUT, we use it every day and it’s super comfy. I found it is really hard to find an overstuffed rocking chair on the cheap…trust me, I looked everywhere. I feel like our snazzy chair is really showcased in the new room, front and center. I love that it’s a glider/rocker so pinched fingers or toes are not a concern.

I recently found a foam cube at Hancock Fabric, 40% off, and thought it would be a perfect ottoman. With my mom’s help, I covered it in a fun, soft flannel material I found at a quilt shop. Ethan likes pounding his hands on it and I like putting up my feet during story time every night. Mom used the extra fabric to make a pillow! So resourceful.

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My other favorite part of this room is the shelving ‘collage’ above the chair. I wanted to feature the beautiful books my parents kept safe for us since my childhood—through about seven out-of-state moves. Just glancing at a book brings a flood of memories…I LOVE reading them to Ethan. Throw in a few photos, stuffed owls, and a big letter ‘E’ painted robin’s egg blue, you have a very eye catching display that adds a lot of color and interest to the room.

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Before Ethan was born, I knew I would be cloth diapering, so I spent a long time making sure my changing station was set up to accommodate our Bum Genius 4.0 cloth diapers. I’ve refined the set up over time, and it fits perfectly in the new room. See more details about the set up here.

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And while Ethan outgrew the adorable owl mobile my friend Maddie made for him (he needed a little more color), the mobile’s little sock owls are featured in the windows over the changing table. See ‘em? They are so special and perfect window decor.

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Speaking of mobiles, the one I made is super fun. Ethan loves it and I love that it is modern and artsy while still serving it’s purpose. I copied was inspired by something I saw online and just played until it came together. Crazy what some fishing line, wood dowels, and card stock will get you! I’d say this came together for less then $10.

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There will probably be a few other things Ethan “grows out of” or that just don’t work in our nursery. In those cases, we will probably donate the unwanted items to charity (a nice little write off when I efile my taxes!) instead of letting them sit around till we have another baby…there just isn’t room to save everything. 

And finally, I can’t forget to mention our ‘updated’ needle point (done by my mom before I was born — we reframed it) and the sweet puppy tail hooks that I hunted down on Ebay what seems like years ago. Sure enough, they are for sale at Ikea again after being discontinued. Go figure! They are perfect for Ethan’s growing hat collection.

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I hope my strangely-lit photos weren’t too horrible…I have such a huge amount of respect for photographers who do home shoots. So hard! The lighting is really what took so long to get this post done.

Our Old Town abode is really feeling like ‘home’. I decided before we moved here that even though we were renting, I was going to treat the house like it was ours. Especially with Ethan’s room! The Peanut has to have a fun nursery. So while we act with discretion when it comes to permanent changes (like paint, even though we were given the OK by our landlords) we’re gonna need the big bucket of spackle to fix all the holes in these walls.

 

Product Guide

Crib: Babies R Us, Mobile: DIY, Chair: GoodWorks, Bunting: DIY, Dresser/Changing Table: IKEA, Side Table: Target, Bedskirt:DIY with fabric from Fabricworm.com, Lamp: IKEA, Tree Decals: NouWall, Owl Decals: Tweet Heart Custom Vinyl, Window Cornices: DIY with fabric from Fabricworm.com, Wall Shelves: The Container Store, Name Box: DIY with wood pieces from Michael’s, Alphabet Wall Hanging:DIY by my mom, Diaper Pail: Bed Bath & Beyond, Puppy Tail Wall Hooks: Ikea via Ebay, Ottoman: DIY using a foam block from Hancock Fabric, Owls in Windows: DIY by my friend Maddie, Rug: Ikea.

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. Patti Voboril permalink
    October 17, 2011

    Becky, Ethan’s room is perfect. It looks so inviting and comfy. Can I hire you to come help decorate our living room? Please…….

  2. October 17, 2011

    Wow, love it! Looks great Becky! :)

  3. Joe Schon permalink
    October 18, 2011

    Love the Blog!
    And really love Ethan’s Room.
    After having the wonderful pleasure of
    sitting in that orange chair,
    with only a soft lamp light on,
    and reading GOOD NIGHT MOON to Ethan,
    and looking at the lovely birch trees and owls and mobile,
    and everything is so warm and secure and comfortable,
    all I can say is Good Night Moon, Good Night Room,
    Good night Ethan.

  4. Sandy Schon permalink
    October 18, 2011

    Although our trip to VA was fabulous in every way, my favorite part was getting to put Ethan to bed at night. Just walking into his magical room with its warm colors and well thought-out personal touches, made changing the diaper and putting on the pjs seem even more special.

    The books are special to us as well since they remind us of the many times we put our” little ones” to bed after reading Good Night Moon or Where’s Spot. So glad to see that you are carrying on the tradition.

  5. January 29, 2012

    Hi! I was searching for ideas of how to incorporate birch trees on my daughter’s walls and found you. I LOVE your room! So georgeous and inspiring. I think your solution is the best one I’ve found so far because I rent and don’t want to paint a mural I will have to paint white again before we move. Thank you for sharing this!

    • admin permalink*
      January 29, 2012

      Glad you like it! The decals are amazing…so easy to install too. I really like how everything turned out and it’s a cinch to take down when we move! Please share your room with me when you are done!

  6. Inga permalink
    February 5, 2013

    Thank you so much for the inspiration … now I need to think about how to change my little girl’s room in order to find a great place for the birch trees :)

    • Becky permalink*
      February 5, 2013

      Glad you liked it! Maybe there could be a “grove” of trees in a corner of her room? Then maybe one more by the door? In my original nursery I had a whole wall of trees then two more by the door/changing table. It was great. Good luck!

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