At Home with the Gils,  Dear Baby Gil

Gemma’s Underwater Oasis | At Home

You know those places in your home that make you really feel warm inside? Like everything bad just instantly melts away, and you’re happy? Gemma’s nursery is probably the most favorite room in our house, and we have only just begun to use this magical little space.

This space was not always a dream. It’s been a green craft room, a blue dog room, a catch-all and most recently a gray office and separate closet space for Rudy. There first was a window, then we took out a window and put in a door to access a back porch, and you know what…. we put a window back in. We removed a door to the kitchen, and although it was such a hard adjustment, it’s honestly hard to remember it was there now!

Once the major construction and painting was done, I was paralyzed. We were 85% of the way done four months before Gemma arrived, but I couldn’t bring myself to start decorating. There was work, and other house projects, but mostly I just wanted it to be perfect. Every bit of this nursery was carefully picked, and painfully hung (several times!)

Everyone has those Pinterest boards that are so beautiful and dreamy, and then when you put them together they aren’t as great as they were in your head, right? It took weeks to choose a rocker. We moved furniture five or six times. I spent way too much on our stuffed animal holder. But, every. single. thing. is perfect. It’s maybe better than my Pinterest board dreams.

A few words about the inspiration for the room. People asked us from the beginning if we had a “theme”, and in the beginning we didn’t, but a mermaid theme kind of emerged on its own. With a touch of treasure hunting (gems, duh!), sea life, and a smidge of Jimmy Buffett.

Our house is tiny (and we’ve been here since the beginning of us) so I have been in love with the top left photo since forever. I’ve always thought it was such a clever space saver. However, when trying to explain that our baby’s crib was in a closet… not so great. I just started to leave that part out of the nursery talk. But, you’ll see it’s cozy!

The top right photo is how I was able to get started. I received these precious Susan Gordon Pottery bowls as gift, and I was finally able to choose my nursery color scheme off of those: Gray, Blush and Seafoam.

I hope I can remember to mention all of the special things in the nursery, but without further ado, our little Gem’s nursery.

Gemma’s favorite spot since she could open her eyes has been her changing table. She adores babbling with her mermaid and jellyfish stained glass. That stained glass will be cherished for ever, because it was made by the hands of my Paw Paw. He took my Pinterest photos, hand cut the pieces, brought different glass pieces by for me to choose the right hair and headband color. It is a masterpiece, indeed! There’s not enough money in the world to purchase that piece!

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The dresser is a popular one, from IKEA. When we redid our kitchen, I took out all of the knobs, but couldn’t bear to part with them, which is a big deal because I am a 100% purger. In the end, the knobs went perfectly in the nursery, and we only bought two from Anthropologie to add in because they were so perfect.

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Remember our beginning inspiration photo pottery bowls? Combined with our Anthroplogie “You’re a gem” and “Bon Voyage” plates, I couldn’t love them more. The plates were also recycled from our kitchen into the nursery. We hung little arrangements under her bookshelves flanking her changing table. On the other side, another plate, bowl and a “Little Miss Magic” print—Gemma’s nickname from the get-go!

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Gemma’s closet crib—the most unique part of her room, for sure! In order for it to fit, had to order a “mini-crib”, but I can’t understand why she would need more space than that! Having a mini-crib also means that not everything in the stores fit properly, so my fabulously talented MIL sewed the perfect bedskirt, and “edited” all of her sheets to fit her little mattress.

The closet color is absolutely perfect, even though it was the second choice of pink paint. I painted it first, realized it was too baby pink and then repainted it within 48 hours to this color. Her name sign was made my talented baby-boy-mama friend and artist, Katie Roden, for my shower! I couldn’t let it just get stuffed in a box, and every little girl nursery needs her name somewhere, right?!

Gemma’s jellyfish mobile is another one-of-a-kind family-made item. My cousin, Maria, crocheted those especially for her nursery colors. I keep telling her she could make some serious cash for those things!

And then the little hidden shelves to hold the monitor, Tranquil Turtle, and of course, her own Amazon Echo. I swear the first word she will say is “Alexa”.

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Is there anything sweeter than a family heirloom? This armoire was my great grandmothers. I did paint it our seafoam color. It made me so nervous to cover the gorgeous wood, but it turned out great! It is the perfect tiny clothes keeper. Also, when laundry is tiny, it’s still really cute.

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And last but not least, our little rocking chair corner and gallery wall. I wish I had two of the rocking chairs… one more for my living room! It’s a gorgeous piece of furniture.

Gallery walls are such a struggle for me. I never know when to stop! I love the mix of photos of us when we found out about Gemma, maternity photos and then photos from when she was born. It’s going to be really hard to update these precious photos as she gets older. You’ll also spy a trendy Target mermaid, one of the only newly purchased artwork pieces for the nursery. There just aren’t enough brown-headed mermaids out there so we couldn’t say no! And, a page from Jolly Mon, a Jimmy Buffett book that both Rudy and I adore.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of this tiny magical space for our tiny magical little girl!

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