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Nursery Reveal | Colonial Home Renovation | At Home with the Russells

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Nursery Reveal | Colonial Home Renovation | At Home with the Russells

If you missed our master bedroom reveal, you HAVE to see the before and after!

This post has been sitting in my drafts for basically Ruth’s entire life. I couldn’t bring myself to share it because about a month after she was born we ended up rearranging the room to accommodate a changing table…something I really didn’t want. I figured I’d just change her on the floor most of the time. Joke was definitely on me because that is an ESSENTIAL! If I had to do it over again or if we were in a different house, I would have done what most people do – double the dresser as the changing table. The problem with doing that for Ruth’s room was the 1. we already had the taller dresser and were not planning to buy a shorter/longer option and 2. her room is small and it would have blocked windows. Obviously I gave in and we bought this changing table from Wayfair, but seeing as her room no longer looked like this, I felt like a fraud posting the reveal! Well, a few weeks ago I needed to freshen things up and decided to move everything back to this arrangement! I love it!

And if you’re new to our story…welcome! We spent the first year of our marriage renovating our 1935 colonial home. A huge blessing, but also one that has been a labor of love! There was so much we loved about our house when we bought it and we have enjoyed (most of the time!) getting to make it our own with fresh paint, updates, and personal touches like this nursery. This was the last room we completed (apart from the 1/2 bathroom which is hardly a room, hah). I wanted it to be somewhat girly, but still fairly gender-neutral. Lord willing, we hope to have children close in age, and I knew I’d want to reuse as much as I could from the first nursery, or even carry it into a shared bedroom for siblings.

Before we renovated, this room was nicknamed the “lamp room” because it was where a lot of the lamps were stored from the previous owner’s collection. Carol (who I have stayed connected with on Facebook!) is an incredibly talented craftswoman. She makes lamp shades, stained glass, and collects all sorts of trinkets. She probably has many more hobbies and talents that I am unaware of! The lamp room had purple carpet, a couple layers of wallpaper, and wood paneling before we started demo. Here’s what we were working with…(this was pre-estate sale!)

Now, it’s got a clean slate of fresh Alabaster paint, the original hardwood floors (that unlike the rest of the house, we didn’t restain! I love them) a gorgeous accent wall (I could never commit to a color on it!), and a combination of new and old pieces that we love! This lamp and shelf were from Carol…two of my favorite pieces. I kept that lamp thinking it would be so perfect in a little girl’s room. We had basic closet doors added to what used to be a folding closet door. The actual door itself was missing. I purchased two antique glass knobs on Etsy to match the rest of the door hardware in our home.  One of my favorite tips I learned in the home renovation process: hang your curtains high and wide. We took the rods all the way to the crown and made sure the brackets sat outside of the window trim a few inches. That way when we pull the curtains back, we’re not blocking any of the natural light coming in. I wish we had done this with our master bedroom and living room curtains, too!

Curtain rods – Target (Opalhouse)

Curtains – Target (Threshold in red) (we have these in our master bedroom, dining room, and guest room in various colors. They’re a favorite!)

Crib – Jenny Lind

Rocker (also a glider, recliner, and swivel!) – Pottery Barn Kids

Rug – Magnolia

Pink bunny – Jellycat

Pom pom basket – TJ Maxx, similar here.

Ceramic bible verse cross – gifted, similar here and here

Dresser – vintage

Trunk – craft show find

My top minimal baby registry essentials – linked here!

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