Graham’s Nursery

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I suppose I should start by introducing you to Graham Oliver! He arrived early in the morning on Dec. 13 and we’ve been in love ever since. The past few months have been filled with quiet days, sleepless nights, lots of snuggles, more than a few tears, endless smiles and sweet adventures along the way. I can’t wait to see what the next weeks, months and years bring with this amazing boy.

I knew early on in my pregnancy that I wanted to have a colorful nursery – everything else in my house is bright and cheery, so it only made sense to make a baby room be the same! If we’d had a girl, I would have probably gone with a navy and pink color scheme, but sticking to primary colors was perfect for a little boy. I started by buying a roll of Orla Kiely wallpaper and the design sort of fell into place from there. We used leftover navy paint (it’s the same color as our master bedroom) and re-purposed the dresser, bookshelf and lamps from other rooms.


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I made a few things myself – the changing pad cover, crib skirt and a few of the art elements. The pom pom mobile was purchased from Etsy and the striped curtains are from Overstock. The dresser/changing table was purchased second hand for $40 and Karl refinished it beautifully. I added a few colorful knobs and it’s a great workhorse piece – it gets lots of use!


One of our favorite features of the room is the dutch door! We wanted a good way to keep our pup Dolly out of the room at times, but didn’t want to have to shut the door or mess with a gate. The dutch door option was the perfect solution. Karl and our friend Greg found an old door, worked their woodworking magic and turned it into a perfect fit for the nursery.


Graham has his toy bin well stocked with lots of soft and cuddly Jellycat stuffed animals – and has lots of fun little outfits for the spring, including some awesome yellow rain boots (too bad he can’t jump in puddles just yet!)



Karl also made the wooden display shelves above the rocking chair – they hold a few precious items like his ultrasound picture, and a few of his first baby gifts. The wooden moon says “Love you to the moon and back.” The little “Bless your heart” canvas under the second shelf is a nod to my southern roots! The glider is from Babies R Us – we love the chair, but it was a process to get it before Graham arrived.


And finally, here’s the floor! We just covered our well-worn hardwoods with a neutral rug from Ikea. It’s not very soft, so once Graham is crawling and playing more in his room, we’ll need to figure something else out! The two diaper pails are for cloth and disposable – we’ve been doing a combo to try and save a little bit from the landfills. (Oh, and that little peek of blue under the dresser is from a hand weight…back in the days when I had time to exercise!)


We’ve been enjoying this fun new space in our home – it’s little but sweet, just like Graham!

Our biggest news of 2016!

In a week of hard news stories and political uncertainties, I’m popping in here to share something a little sweeter.

We’re about 5 weeks (give or take!) away from welcoming the newest addition to our family – a baby boy!

My pregnancy has been fairly easy so far – a little nausea, a little morning sickness (crazy how fast you get de-sensitized to throwing up!), a lot of naps and way more Chipotle than I care to admit. These last few weeks have been harder physically with aches and pains, but I’m fortunate to have had a largely ‘normal’ experience so far. The doctors are watching my amniotic fluid levels these last few weeks (they are higher than normal), so that’s a little bit of a worry, but will hopefully turn out just fine.

I’ve learned that working onsite for events and meetings is WAY harder when you’re pregnant – thanks baby boy for hanging in there with me! Nothing like some early contractions and swollen feet to force me to take it easier.

I can’t promise that I’ll be a regular blogger again – who else out there has high blogging aspirations but finds real life always gets in the way?! But I’m hopeful that snuggling with a sweet baby over the next few cold months of winter might inspire some fun pictures or at least a few cozy soup recipes to share in this space!

I’ll be back soon with some pictures of the little guy’s nursery. Creating spaces for little ones is so fun. :)

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So far in 2016….

We’ve been to Mexico:


I spent a week in Phoenix:

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We welcomed a new puppy, Dolly!
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Karl and I both turned 30:


I got some much needed “Auntie” time with my nephew Charlie and my big sis in North Carolina:

I’m preparing for my first big re-upholstery project – 2 arm chairs and a rocking chair!
With fabrics that were 80% off at Hancock Fabrics – even if the whole project is a flop, I’ll still be impressed with the price I paid per yard!

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And finally, I’ve been sewing some cute new stuff for the Etsy shop!


About A Midwestern Belle


Southern girl loving life in the Midwest. Meeting and event planner, handmade creator and crafter, lover of interior design and fresh blooms. Wife to a cute male nurse, puppy mama and constantly inspired.

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