“Nursery Magic”

In This Sweet Waiting | Part II

“Weeks passed, and the little Rabbit grew very old and shabby, but the Boy loved him just as much. He loved him so hard that he loved all his whiskers off, and the pink lining to his ears turned grey, and his brown spots faded. He even began to lose his shape, and he scarcely looked like a rabbit any more, except to the Boy. To him he was always beautiful, and that was all that the little Rabbit cared about. He didn’t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn’t matter.” The Velveteen Rabbit

 

I took my time.

I didn’t want to rush it and for this part to happen all at once.

I wanted it to come together bit by bit and to savor every moment of the planning.

This was the labor I was looking forward to.

And this made the waiting all the more sweet.

I loved the many sweet hours spent with my mama… discussing floor samples and paint colors, coordinating the carpenter, and finally calling a painter when I realized I really wasn’t very good at caulking! Matt endured countless conversations about fabric choices and wallpaper patterns. And we all spent an embarrassing amount of time sitting on different settees and sofas at Ballard Designs.

I know in the end most of these choices pale in comparison to life’s more important decisions. But for me, in this sweet waiting, it was far more reaching than just paint and fabric. These were the moments that were making Jack more real.

While God was knitting him together inside of me, I was preparing a place for him here in our home.

It is a place I labored over. A place where every decision was made with love. And a place I pray has that touch of nursery magic that makes us all a bit more real.

It All Began in January | The Inspiration

This was the inspiration for the color palette of pale blue, cream, and gold | Traditional Home

This image from Mark Sikes captures the touches of green and the use of framed wallpaper panels.

This photo is what I gave Izzy Redenius, a burgeoning local artist and college art student, as inspiration for piece of art she painted for the nursery.

I love the use of the different textures here: velvet and linen juxtaposed with the brown wood. This picture convinced me that I still love antique brown pieces .

Again, this is proof that we should NOT paint all of our furniture. Look at that beautiful chest of drawers. Let us not whitewash away our history.

Making the Vision a Reality

Matt was so patient during our many trips to “feel the fabric one more time.”

Wallpaper panels from Mural Sources and fabrics from Ballard Designs for the Tate Twin Sleeper and custom throw pillows.

Always measure twice!

A work in progress: the floors and trim are installed!

And 7 Months Later | A Place for Jack

We layered rugs so we could have different textures.

Chai Wan panels in Moss from Mural Sources

From the door looking in… Bunny Williams says to always stand in doorways and look into your room.

I had the cushion of Macau Chair, designed in the style of the classic Chinese Chippendale, done in a moss green velvet to pick up the color of the panels. It is piped in a blue and white linen ticking.

The “nursery magic” sentiment from the book of my childhood, The Velveteen Rabbit. I made the prints, had them enlarged at Walgreens, and then framed in gold bamboo.

Atop his closet are three framed pages from an antique Parisian “Album of Monograms” from the turn of the century. | Purchased at the 2016 Art and Antiques Show presented by the Womens Board of Wolfson Childrens Hospital

A second-hand elephant got a new coat of spray paint and is topped with a gold bamboo tray to serve as a side table.

The exquisite custom painting done by local artist Izzy Redenius hangs over the settee. I love the texture and elegance of piece. She has an incredible gift.

Gliders make me car-sick, so we opted for the Tate Sleeper from Ballard Designs, upholstered in Queens Velvet Sky.

It is hard for me to resist a tassel trim!

Sadie is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her little brother!

I am so thankful for my lifelong friend Amanda for making the curtains.

 

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