Clara’s Nursery

I was sure this pregnancy was a boy. From the minute I thought we could have possibly conceived a child, I KNEW it was a boy. Until we had a party where almost everyone wore blue, and we cut open a big pink cake. It was a very exciting pink cake, but it crushed Shane’s dreams of a Super Mario Brothers room, and meant I needed a new plan. I wanted something different than the typical pink ballet room (which is what Emma Grace has by the way). I became inspired by the shows I had been working on while I was pregnant, all of which were based on children’s books. Children’s literature was a GREAT nursery theme. I also wanted some new colors. Shane and I went to JMU, and loved every minute there. It is the place we met and fell in love. It is the place that we made incredible, life long friends. Purple and yellow are great colors for a nursery. And so Clara’s purple/yellow/gray literature nursery was born…

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The first wall has shelves with different paraphernalia representing different books. The wall above the futon has book themed alphabet flash cards I made. The futon is there because Clara’s room is also a 2nd guest bedroom.

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This top shelf is incredibly special to me. It has pieces that represent all three shows I worked on this past year. I choreographed Narnia and Charlotte’s Web and directed Willy Wonka. I absolutely love my job and I remember parts of my pregnancy based on what show I was doing at the time, so it is really sweet to have these reminders in Clara’s room.

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I did not work on Alice in Wonderland, but these souvenirs came from that show. My favorite part is the illustrations. I painted the frames to match the room and absolutely love the way it looks.

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The last shelf is part theme/part practical. The owl lamp was bought to represent Hedwig because this nursery had to have a piece of Harry Potter somewhere. Notice how the owl can actually be used for a night light. I love it! The box has some books to read and some bibs and burp cloths for middle of the night nursing.

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These flash cards took a lot of time, thought and help from friends on social media, but it was well worth it. Emma Grace loves telling Clara about all the different characters on her wall. It is precious.

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This corner is why the room wasn’t ready until now. I wanted to put some photos up from Clara’s newborn photo session. There is one of just Clara, as well as one with each member of the family. Yes we did dress to match the room colors. Judge if you must.

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Just like with Emma Grace, my mom made Clara’s bedding. I love being able to pick out my own fabric combinations and have exactly what I want. My girls have the best Nana ever!

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One of my very dear friends made these letters for Clara. She was the only one we intentionally told the name to before Clara arriving. I love having a piece from her in each girl’s room because we don’t get to see her very often.

I am thrilled with how the nursery turned out. Shane even comments regularly on how much he loves it, and he pretty much could not care less about design anywhere else in the whole house. I hope you enjoyed the tour.

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