Eleanor’s Nursery

OK. Let me start by saying that I love my glider. LOVE IT. It takes up half the nursery but it’s my favorite spot in the house. I nurse in it, I rock in it, I sleep in it.

Eleanor's Nursery

Our changing table is just a changing pad set atop bookshelves with doors. The pink flower knobs help the unit look like it belongs in a little girl’s nursery instead of an office space (which is what it’s meant for). Also, I’m glad my mom recommended getting a lamp with a dimmer. I can have just enough light to change and nurse Eleanor when she wakes in the middle of the night, but I can keep it dark enough to signal that it is still nighttime (and that she should be sleeping!).

Eleanor's Nursery

Behind the bookshelves you can see the closet and its little built-in shelves. Quite a while back, I had decided to fill those shelves with wooden blocks and spools. I’ve also added a vintage pull-toy that I picked up at a garage sale and a name train that we received as a gift. We’ll have to remove some of these toys once we really start baby-proofing, but for now they all look cute.

Wooden Blocks and Toys

Here’s a view of the other side of the room.

Eleanor's Nursery

Both Brandon and I slept in Jenny Lind cribs when we were babies, and now our daughter does too.

Jenny Lind Crib

I bought the mobile that’s hanging above the cribthe mobile that’s hanging above the crib a few months ago with the intention of altering it slightly because it was far too big. It’s now much better suited to the small scale of our nursery.

Mobile in Eleanor's Nursery

We have some paper suitcases from my shop on top of the dresser that we painted pink. There’s also a big metal ‘E’ and a pink vase from a garage sale, along with Brandon’s childhood stuffed bear. He loved that bear so much he hugged the stuffing out of the middle! It’s incredibly sweet, and we hope Eleanor will love it as much as he did.

Eleanor's Nursery

The little sunken alcove next to the dresser will be a play space for Eleanor once she’s old enough. I wrote a little more about that back in January.

Toys in Eleanor's Nursery

And now I’ll leave you with this parting shot, the view from the doorway…

Eleanor's Nursery

I’ve listed all of the nursery resources in a previous post, so take a look if you’re wondering where something in the room came from. Thanks for letting me share Eleanor’s nursery with you!

140 Responses to “Eleanor’s Nursery”

  1. lauren June 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    is this rug still available? i couldn’t find it on their website.

  2. Cristin June 12, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    beautiful nursery! so sweet.

  3. kelley June 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    The nursery fits your house and style so well – its adorable! Having seen your style and that of your home, I can’t wait to see how your little girl grows up :)

    Your blog is probably my favorite and I check it religiously – thanks for all of the photos and tips!

  4. robyn June 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Lovely! enjoy decorating while you can. pretty soon they tear up their rooms and the whole house.

  5. jennso June 22, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    Hi! dropping in from AT. I have to say that I love that alcove in the nursery. It is kinda strange to have that kinda thing in a room, but you’ve made it into something that Eleanor can use as she grows up. Now I wish I had one when I was young! :D

  6. bungalowbliss June 22, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    What a perfect little space…comfortable, cheery, and light. Miss Eleanor is starting off one one stylish foot! ;-)

  7. Emily June 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    For the changing table/storage combo from IKEA. I love it and it will be the perfect solution for my son due in Oct. Looked on the IKEA site and am a bit confused on which one you got…did you get the storage combo and then change out the doors or buy the add on unit that comes with an option of doors. I didn’t see any option of being able to switch out door fronts with the regular storage combo. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks -Emily

  8. Jennifer June 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    Your nursery is my inspiration! I love the way you decorated… not sure what our baby is yet, but will definitely look back for more ideas if we have a girl! :)

  9. featherbed June 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    this is SO sweet! I have 2 boys and I want my little girl so I can have a pretty pink room like you!! :)

  10. kerri July 22, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    love your nursery! it’s beautiful. where did you get the pink diaper caddy on your changing table? i’ve been looking for one…

  11. Erin August 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi, do you mind sharing the dimensions of this room? You mention that it is smaller, but I am impressed with how well you used the space!

  12. Maggie August 17, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    Beautiful room! And great name for your little girl, my daughter is Eleanor also! It has always been one of my favorite names!

  13. julep2323 August 20, 2009 at 9:34 am #

    Hi– I have been looking for a black jenny lind crib like you have. Where did you get yours? I can only find a few on the market. Thanks!

  14. Audrey August 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi! Love the nursery, we also are using the same IKEA for the crib mobile. Can you let me know how you are securing it? I am trying to find a safe way above our crib.

    Love your style.

  15. Adri August 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    I LOVE this! I can’t wait to have a little girl to decorate for some day. I put a link to it on my blog today . . . I’m clueless when it comes to blogging etiquette but I thought I’d let you know. :) Love you blog!

  16. Kari September 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    Beautiful nursery – makes me a tad bit jealous that I’m not having a girl ;) I was going to buy the same glider/ottoman, but read a few bad reviews about it squeaking – has this been a problem for you? Is it holding up well overall? Thanks!

  17. Kelly January 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    It’s truly lovely! I especially love the little toy closet/nook. I used to have a secret place in our attic that I loved as well.

    I am setting up a nursery of my own so it is wonderful to see inspiration! Thanks. Kelly

  18. Annie January 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    I am very inspired by (and in LOVE with) Eleanor’s adorable nursery! The Target side table is no longer available — and I cannot afford the “real” thing! :) Do you have any other suggestions for a small side table with a similar feel? Thanks!!

  19. Christa February 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    While watching the news today I saw that there was a recall on the Lind Crib due to death of 3 babies. Not trying to freak you out, but remembered that you were considering this crib way back when and came to see which one it was that you went with….

    Here is a link to info:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10134.html

  20. Christa February 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    sorry…just realized yours iss a different manufacturer.

  21. kelsey November 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    i hope i can create something this amazing when we have a baby!

  22. Naomi November 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    where did you purchased those curtains?? love them!

  23. Hazel November 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Absolutely love the ideas, especially the one about the dimmer on the light switch our baby is barely 6 weeks in the belly, so I’m getting excited/nervous about the adventure ahead!

    :) Hazel

  24. Michelle February 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Warm and inviting, clean and uncluttered yet practical and interesting, this nursery ticks all boxes and then some!

    P.S. Love the basic color contrasting!

  25. Wall Decal Company December 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Very pretty nursery.

  26. Alyson May 29, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Do you have dimensions on your room? We are looking to do something similar with an office, and want to know how to compares to yours! Thanks so much!

    • Making it Lovely May 29, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      I think the room was 7’x14′, but with sloped ceilings for most of that length, obviously.

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