Board and Batten Nursery: Nell’s Edition

Okay, so we’ve established that when we were waiting for Thomas to arrive two and a half years ago I wanted a monochromatic brown and white board and batten nursery. And when I was pregnant with Nell, I wanted to add color to the nursery: namely turquoise and orange. But, not knowing if we were having a Nell or an “it’s a good thing Nell was a girl because we might still be trying to find a name” boy, I held off on doing too much with the nursery until the baby arrived. And the thing about holding off until the baby arrives? A lot less time on your hands. But I knew this. Which is why you get to see Nell’s room now…on her four month birthday.

The gallery wall above her crib will be added to, but if we waited for it to be done, you’d be seeing this post on her 18th birthday. So here’s how it stands now.

Live Your Life on purpose…if I could pick one phrase for my daughter (and my son) to carry with them, this might be it. When I saw the free printable on the Sarah Jane Studios blog, I printed it immediately for my own bulletin board. But due to the fact that my printer was out of yellow, the green printed turquoise. Happy accident, it immediately got added to Nell’s room. There’s so much in life that’s out of our control, but we get to decide how to handle the things that come up. As babies, they’re loved and cuddled and learn so much from us as parents – we can guide them in certain directions and teach them. But, I want my kids to know that in the long run, they are ultimately responsible for their own happiness.

I really wanted to keep the brown paint because the fabric choices I made before she was born tied the turquoise and brown together. After Nell was born, the brown felt too masculine to me, so I decided I had to bite the bullet and put things on the walls. I wanted to steer clear of pink. I like pink, don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t want a pink nursery. So, I figured bright colors and intricate shapes and frames would feminize the brown enough.
The dresser I scored for $30 on craigslist when I was pregnant with Thomas is probably my favorite piece of furniture I own. I adore its character.
The alphabet changing pad brings the colors from the other side of the room to the changing table side of the room. I love it so much more than the stark white cover I chose for T’s room. Good thing I got a do-over :).
The library style bookshelves were in the room when it was Thomas’s – I love forward facing bookshelves. We put a regular bookcase in T’s new room, and it’s nowhere near as convenient for him or for me. Nell’s Aardvark is just waiting for her to be old enough to sleep with a lovey.

And the room’s newest occupant. We think it suits her.

On first glance, I thought this was a picture of Thomas. She’s looking more like her brother everyday…of course, the fact that I make her wear her older brother’s hand-me-downs might have something to do with that.

One last look at the nursery, a comparison of how it looked two years ago for Thomas and how it looks now for Nell. I still love Thomas’s brown and white nursery – it was perfect for him and it was perfect for me at the time. But I adore what a little color and pattern did for it, too. It’s perfect for Nell and perfect for me at this time. Amazing the difference two years can make in your style choices!

And now that Nell’s room is pretty much done, I’m planning to redo certain elements of Thomas’s big boy room (but I will wait for him to be out of the crib before I do too much). Shhh. Don’t tell Mr. B, I haven’t broken that news to him, yet.

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  1. i love it! it’s beautiful! and so is Nell! such a pretty girl!

  2. EMILY! I’m yelling because I love this soooo much. The colors are awesome and I love the chocolate on top with the bright colors. This is definitely one of my favorite nurseries of the moment. The scrolly frame with the N is probably my favorite part. Nope, I think it’s the painted crib. Nope, I think it’s the crib sheet. I love it all.

    Also, Nell is such a beauty. Just like her momma. She’s getting so big. I so wish we were closer. I’d love to get Nell and Henry together so they could become friends.

    You are awesome! We love that PB Kids bookcase, too. I wish I had wall space for another one because we’ve already filled it up. It’s so handy to see all the books.

  3. I love the color choices you made in here- that turquoise is so soft and pretty and perfect with the chocolate brown. And the crib sheet- I love it every time I see it. Nice work!! And Nell is beautiful- she does look like Thomas, but in a feminine way 🙂

  4. Can I ask where you got the curtains from or what fabric they’re made of? I am in Love with them!

    • Hey Jenn! I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby last spring – but I was just there this week and they still have it, so chances are good your local one might have it, too!

  5. I feel like we’re going through the same COLOR! COLOR!! phase. I am IN. FREAKING. LOVE. with your color choices in here. That little yellow mirror is SO CUTE!!! And I already told you this, but the crib sheet? Is awesomesauce.
    Nells little pink cheeks are just KILLING me. Do you spend all day munching on those cheeks? ohmygoodnessgracious… I can’t WAIT for baby Nell & Katherine playdate. :):):)

  6. Oh, and also… YES! on the “Live your life on pupose” mantra. Brilliant.
    But it also strikes me as kind of funny that the printer being out of ink while printing that “intentional” quote lead to the happy accident of turquoise in that room. Irony? 😉

    • I thought that was ironic, too. At least I made the most of it instead of wallowing over my could have been green print, right?? Sure. Can’t wait for the Nell & Katherine playdate either!

  7. It’s beautiful! I love the fabric and gallery wall.

  8. Love. Love. Love. It’s so fun and colorful without being CRAZY. Just perfect….I’m seriously loving the crib!

  9. It’s gorgeous! I love how it’s the same basic room and yet looks so different. You have such an eye for this stuff.

    And the newest occupant is just gorgeous! Can’t believe she’s four months already.

  10. It is not just you or the clothes you put Nell in. Before even read your comment I thought WOW Nell looks so much like Thomas!

  11. Love the pops of color and the painted crib. Ikea? Your kiddos do look a lot alike! Too cute.

  12. Should i be embarrassed that I have the exact same stuffed aardvark? and its for me? haha
    Beautiful room Mem!

  13. You may have covered this, but where is Nell’s crib from? I. LOVE. IT.

  14. I love the crib and the bedding choices! It’s a lovely nursery… I’m sure you smile every time you walk into it:)

  15. Thank you so much! Any tips on painting a crib, what type of paint you used re: safety, etc? Sorry for all the questions, I just love it!

    • Not a problem at all, I’m glad you like it! We painted it (about 3 months before my due date – my mom actually did the painting) with a latex satin paint that had no-vocs and was non-toxic. After extensive research, this was the most recommended way to go. That said, I JUST recently found this site, and would probably give them a try if I was painting a crib again:

    • Oh, and we used a foam brush instead of a sprayer, due to the fact that we don’t own a sprayer. And kept the crib just assembled so it could cure until about a month before my due date. It wasn’t too bad of a process – but then again, I wasn’t the one painting it!

  16. I love the nursery! Orange is such a great color for a little girl. My daughter, Jaye, has that same aardvark as her lovey. She carries it around and it’s nearly as big as she is!

  17. Not only did you work w/ what you had in terms of the bones of the room (sigh, board & batten, I could marry you) but you made a lovely nursery even better the 2nd time around…and for the other gender! How did you do that?! Nell is stoked, just look at her. Fabulous job, Em!!

    P.S. At least she’s wearing her brother’s hand-me-downs…..Mr. FC actually bought boys’ sleep n play outfits on purpose for Quinn b/c all the pinks & purples made him nervous.

  18. Love it! I was looking for something in those colors for our baby girl to come!

  19. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  20. Also just stumbled on your blog while researching painting cribs safely.
    Did you happen to use a sealer, or just keep it to the coats of paint?


  21. Urban Wife says:

    I love the way the crib turned out! Stumbled across your site after my “how to paint a Sniglar crib” led me here. 🙂 I know this post is over 2 years old but would love to know if you just used paint (and how many coats?) of if you decided to use a sealer over it? Thanks so much for replying!


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