…about Lionel’s newborn photos.

We’re finally ready to showcase some photos of L’s nursery! I put a ton of hard work into making the nursery a special place to welcome home our little boy, and I have to say, it’s turned out wonderfully! All photos in this post (except the top two photos in this post, which are taken by me) are taken by Creative Kindling.

Up first: a look at the prints that we made (and some that we found!) for the baby’s room!

We made a family tree print to hang above the baby’s changing table. Jord constructed the entire thing to be shaped like a tree, with L’s full name functioning as the “trunk” of the tree. I love how it turned out!

I also made this Venn Diagram print for L’s room. The room is decorated in black, white, aqua blue and lime green (with pops of yellow here and there). I love the color scheme – Jord picked it out!

This sign I found via the Lay Baby Lay blog, one of my favorite blogs for nursery design inspiration. Head over there to check out Joni’s awesome blog for yourself, and don’t forget to check out her adorable daughter Vivi’s nursery while you’re there!

Here’s a look at the mobile that we hung over L’s crib. These are individual, double-sided black and white art cards that feature animals; we hung them from a photography clip mobile that we suspended from the ceiling using clear fishing wire. I can’t wait until L gets a bit older and notices the mobile a bit more!

This is also a good shot of his crib, which is the Stork Craft Monza I Fixed Side Convertible Crib. We love it so far! The crib transitions into a full-size bed as well, which will be nice once our son is older.

Here’s a shot of the crib area in color, so you can see the color scheme:

Aren’t the frames above the crib neat?! I was looking at Project Nursery for inspiration, and I saw a nursery where the baby’s name was spelled out in open frames. I loved the idea! I painted the letters of L’s name myself; I just purchased basic wooden letters from Hobby Lobby and painted them black.

Here’s another look at the color scheme! My parents painted the changing table for us while I was pregnant. As you can see, we chose a rather bright lime green. We found the changing table at Gordman’s in Sioux Falls, and it was originally a cream color with a distressed finish. The railing around the edge was on the dresser originally, so we left it there. Don’t worry – the aqua changing pad is high enough that the baby doesn’t get near the railing!

The picture above features the rocking chair that my parents painted black for us. The grey and white chair pad (and the rest of the fabric that we used for the crib bedding and the changing pad) is from Carousel Designs. We purchased the chair pad already constructed, but we ordered the fabric in yards, and then my Mom sewed the bedding and the changing pad cover for us. Everything turned out great!

And now, a few special shots of L as a newborn in his nursery:

Thanks so much to Creative Kindling for yet another awesome photo shoot, and thanks for checking out our little man’s nursery!

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