We finally received our license to do foster care from the state of Michigan a couple weeks ago. (Remember when we made that announcement back in August?) So, now we wait.. There is no telling when we will receive a call to have a little one placed in our home. While we wait, we’ve been working on our guest room turned nursery (although it will still have the queen bed in the room, so I guess that makes it the nursery/guest room).
I think the room is officially ready for a little love to join our home (!!). I took some pictures today and thought I’d share them here and give you some details on this space for those who also enjoy dabbling with home decorating.
I love the look of mixing modern furnishings with vintage pieces (bonus points if the vintage items hold personal meaning). I also like an eclectic and cozy feel for our home, so that’s what I kept in mind with this room’s design. Also worth noting, we are always looking for thrifty finds. My shopping budget doesn’t lend toward many expensive purchases, so I try to “shop our home” and find budget-friendly items when I buy something new.
Here are three images I pinned on Pinterest that I really like (considering we don’t know what age kiddo we will have or the gender):
I can’t help but go for white or gray walls. I love having a blank slate on the walls (in terms of color) and then adding in color and texture with art and other decor. Nick painted the room a light gray (it looks white, which is what I envisioned). The color was called “Frost” and we always buy the mid-grade Behr paint. The accent wall was Rustoleum chalk paint. We haven’t used chalk on it yet, but it will be fun to break out the chalk with the boys and our future little love.
I really wanted a red Persian style rug for this room, but my budget didn’t allow for one. I found a faux cowhide rug at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and I like how it works in the room. The Hobby Lobby rug is $140, but with the sale I got it for only $70. Not bad for an area rug!
We used an Ikea dresser we already owned, as well as a little Ikea cart (for storing diapers, wipes, swaddles and baby blankets. We also kept the queen bed that was already in the room and used the same bedding we already owned for the bed. Thankfully, it was gray and white and worked well in this space. For the crib, we purchased a new crib from Target (this one) and I love how it looks in this space. The crib we had used for both boys was so beat up; it was definitely time for a new one!
I was able to re-use the crib bedding we had used in Adler’s nursery. It has a woodland theme and we purchased it from an Etsy shop. Thankfully, it is gender-neutral and also worked well in the room along with the queen bedding.
Above the crib, we hung two framed cross-stitch pieces that my parents made when they were expecting their first child, my oldest brother. These pieces surfaced when my parents moved a few years ago and I love that they are getting new life in this room. I remember staring at the alphabet cross-stitch every night before bed as a little girl. The garland below those pieces is also a Hobby Lobby score.
I found the baskets from Home Goods, so unfortunately I cannot link those (by the way – none of these links are affiliate links. I’m just sharing in case it’s helpful.) The plant stand is from Five and Below and the faux plant on it is also from Home Goods.
Speaking of Home Goods, the hanging faux plant and curtains are also from there. I’m kind of especially in love with that little hanging terracotta planter.
Last, but not least, the “you are loved always” sign holds a very special place in our heart. Nick made that sign out of wood from an old fence post in our very first home in Colorado. A woman from our church there hand painted the words on the sign for us and we had it in Everson’s room when he was a baby. I’m so glad it has found a new home in this special little space.
We cannot wait to meet whoever the little ones are that God has planned for us to take care of through the ministry of foster care. Our prayer is that this room will be filled with God’s light and love and that whoever sleeps in here will feel God’s comfort and peace.
Thanks for taking a little tour of the room with me!