We have been in our new house for almost 8 months now... and I love it... really, I do. Buuuuutttttt.... nothing will ever take the place of Zara's first nursery in our old house. It was by far the best room in the house.
I keep daydreaming about creating another room just like it in our new house, but alas, I think this room was one-of-a-kind and will just have to claim it's title in the "best-room-hall-of-fame." I loved everything about the look of this room... but what made this nursery incredibly special was that every.single.detail was thought out with great love and care. So many of the items in this room were made and given to us from friends and family. Many of the pieces in the room have a story to them... stories that I can't wait to share with Zara as she gets older.
Obviously, the star of the show is the barn wood wall. It's my favorite. Months before we brought Zara home, I scoured the internet and pinterest for nursery ideas. One evening I casually mentioned to Lance that I really loved the idea of a cozy, barn wood room. And wouldn't you know, just a few days later, my rock star husband came home with a truck load full of gorgeous reclaimed barn wood.... sigh, my hero.
Once we had a game plan together, we painted the walls and trim (for the 3 walls we knew weren't getting covered in barn wood), then Lance set out to start putting up the barn wood. From my limited carpentry knowledge, this seemed to be a fairly easy process if you have the right tools... (of course, this all said by the girl that did little more than hold barn wood in place). We only finished about half of the wall before we left for Uganda to go pick up Zara, but thanks to our incredibly kind and amazing friends, the barnwood wall (and the rest of the room, for that matter) was completely finished when we returned home.
The rocking chair is incredibly special to me. My Nana rocked my dad and and my two uncles in it when they were babies... And then it was passed down to my mom, who used it to rock me and my sister to sleep when we were little ones... And now, I rock my own sweet babe to sleep in it. My mom had the cushions reupholstered for me as a gift. I love it so much. The sweet burlap pillow was a gift from Zara's princess birthday party/welcome home shower last January.
A dear friend (and co-worker) made the amazing fabric garland as a gift to me when we were in Uganda. I had collected various fabric scraps in navy and pink, thinking I would have time to create the garland myself. But once we knew when we would be traveling, I knew I would never get it done. My friend simply told me to give everything to her and she would take care of it... and she did:)
Another sweet friend custom made this adorable hair bow organizer (and heaven knows baby girl's got some hair bows) with Zara's name on it. It's already overflowing with headbands and bows:)
Underneath Zara's hair accessories is a small beat-up shelf that I found at a thrift store a few years ago. It's the perfect size for Zara's favorite books and other small treasures.
We purchased the little blue elephant when we were in Uganda. I adore it. The beautiful quilt was designed and made by a sweet family friend. She is amazingly talented and even donated two other quilts for our adoption fundraising. But this one she made especially for Zara. The triangles are the perfect mix of pink and navy and Zara's full name and birthdate are monogramed on the inside. It's perfect and is displayed over her crib when we're not using it. The vintage trunk was Lance's grandfathers when he was in the service.
I love that this nursery includes so many treasures... both old and new. Stories of the past, and promises of the future. This room will always hold a special place in my heart. Yes, partly because of the great thought and care that went into completing it... and sure, partly because that barnwood wall is just flippin' awesome... but really, it's because of this...
To see Zara finally sitting in her room... by her crib... with her toys... surrounded by her family...
Yep. That's my favorite part.