Y’all, Harry is four months old.
Looks just like his Daddy. So handsome, my HarrBear Magoo.
And I still haven’t shown the “after” on his nursery- but luckily Molly was in town this past weekend and generously lent her skills so I can finally show all of you good people what we have going on in there.
So what to say about Harry’s nursery? I love it so so much. I have had my baby boys room in my head since we first found out we were pregnant with Grace and were convinced she was a boy. This post was over three years ago, that’s a long time to hold on to a decorating vision when you are surrounded by this stuff day in day out. The wallpaper on the ceiling has always been the glue of the concept- and was the reason why we named our constellation print at Biscuit the “Harold”.
I did a version of this room at our house in Austin, and still wanted to give it another go here. Because we already had so many of the big elements in place- the wall color, ceiling wallpaper, ceiling fixture and rug it didn’t take a lot to bring the room together. The plan changed from my first dream of it years ago, but came together surprisingly easily. Except for the daybed- ugh the daybed. Dumb pregnant me forgot to measure to see if it would fit through the door, which it then did not, and highly emotional pregnant me was more than displeased.
But! It ended up being a happy accident, the old daybed lives at Biscuit now in our “children’s” section, and the Restoration Hardware piece we ended up choosing actually lightens up the space in a way I think we would have been missing with my original design.
What else do we have going on here? The crib is RHBaby- I reupholstered the side panels- and I SUPERHATE this crib. The highest setting is way too low and the side rails are way too high and it has been clumsy at best getting him in and out all the time, especially after my c-section. Thanks a lot, RH!
The bookcases on either side are these, and are bolted to the wall, dontcha worry. We have some fun treasures on them, but I have to say all of the precious nursery styling takes a hit on baby number 2. Harry has our Marfa crib sheet, and bedding on his bed, paired with a serape and some throw pillows.
I wanted to have an area for Grace to play in here, and she loves “her” teepee and Big Bear. The rug is vintage and was in our living room in Chicago and family room in Austin, the glider is one from the pair we had in Grace’s nursery recovered in a Scalamandre fabric. The pouf, lamp, and changing table are all reused from Grace’s nursery as well, and the antique shelves over the changing table were in our other guest room, I just repainted the back panel.
I really love and am proud of how all of the different textiles and recycled elements came together, it is such a happy little boy room that will grow with our guy.
I hope you like, and let me know if I can answer any questions!
I just got a very nice and sincere email from a concerned reader suggesting we remove the Warhol Custer print, another comment on here politely referenced the issue as well so I thought I should address it.
The reason we chose the print is because of our favorite quote from Royal Tenenbaums: “Everyone knows that General Custer died at The Battle of Little Bighorn, what this book pre-supposes is…Maybe he didn’t”? It is one of Pete’s and my silly couple things, and Pete gave me the print as a baby present after seeing my design for the room. That said, I know art can be divisive and while I don’t always think that is a bad thing- I don’t want anyone to be hurt or offended thinking we are glorifying such a controversial historical figure. I think context is important, and in this case I should have realized not everyone would be familiar with this particular piece of art.
“Warhol interspersed recognizable portraits of well-known American “heroes”–John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt, and General George Custer–with less familiar Native American images and motifs in his ironic commentary on Americans’ collective mythologizing of the historic West. Rather than portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape or Cowboys in their veritable forms, Warhol chose to portray a popular, romanticized version of the American West. The West that he chose to represent is familiar to everyone and can be seen in novels, films, TV series. Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians Suite is an ahistorical representation that mirrors a popular interpretation of the American West.
Andy Warhol created the Cowboys and Indians series during the mid-1980s, arguably his most prolific period. During this time, Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and David Salle. Warhol saw a re-emergence of critical and financial success during this period of his life.” -via
If you still don’t think we should have the piece in there, that is ok. It’s not for everyone. But please know I’m not being willfully ignorant or coming from a bad place.
All photos by MBM for Peppermint Bliss