Hello dear blog world! Carley here and back from maternity leave. Allow me to introduce you to my beautiful son, Richmond Albert! Born May 2, 2012 weighing in at 9 lbs 1 oz and 21.5″ long.
Becoming a mother has been the greatest blessing in my life. I know everyone says that you will be a different person once you become a parent, and that’s just it, it’s all you can say. Your whole world has a new meaning, a new purpose – it’s really hard to put into words how wonderful it truly is.
Speaking of becoming a parent, I also became owner of a brand new nursery! Well.. not exactly new.. Richmond’s nursery design was inspired by vintage travel. We found a fabulous stamp fabric for our window treatments and ran with it!
We re-upholstered some darling vintage rocking chairs (for mom and baby) in a fun, colorful, textured chenille fabric and then painted the arms red and teal to add bold pops of color.
I found some old, well-worn suitcases and re-purposed one on top of a luggage stand to be my side table.
I bought a slew of brightly patterned card stock and made this birdy mobile, complete with a hot air balloon and fun clouds.
We live in a 1950’s rancher, so storage isn’t a word commonly used in our home. With a baby in the house we knew we would need a ton of space so we hung shelves and a screen tracking system to cover the clutter when not in use.
I found a really neat vintage travel calendar and made several easy and affordable pieces of unique artwork.
I saw this darling stamp lamp shade at a specialty store. It certainly fit the bill of our travel-themed nursery, especially since we live in Virginia and my son’s name is Richmond! Also, the artwork is a thumbprint guest book from our baby shower.
We decided to go bumper-less with a Skip Hop Complete Sheet and handmade quilt. We also placed a vintage suitcase or two under the crib for additional storage.
My cousin, Dianne, is a fabulous and talented artist/muralist who made us a custom postcard piece, complete with little personalized touches. She included our wedding invitation design, “this is where my journey begins” postcard and a little return address showing our names and address. Her work can be found here.
Our big statement piece is this metal dresser we found at an antique store. We sand blasted the enamel off, sanded it flat and then varnished it. This one-of-a-kind piece is what really frames the room. I love that it’s metal so it can hold magnets as well, for a fun place for Richmond to play.
Here is a “before and after” of my co-worker Shenna and I with our new handsome baby boys in tow.
Do you have any ideas for a vintage travel-themed nursery? I’d love to hear where your imagination has traveled.