Archer’s Nursery

I’m excited to share my favorite room in the house.  I’m grateful I love it so much because I spend the most time in there these days #hello3amnursing!

Thanks to the short lived office redo, we started with a blank slate and white walls. 

Office Painted SW6203 Spare White
I had a general plan and theme (ha!) and started with the major components – crib, dresser, chair, and rug.  I chose a lot of white furniture, knowing that anything dark would be too heavy for this tiny room, and because of that I wanted to add some visual interest to one wall to break up the white.  I painted the only full wall a deep blue with left over paint I used for a piece of furniture that lived in the office for such a short time I have no photographic evidence! 

I bought the rug first and was lucky that the left over paint worked well together.  The wall took two coats, and because it was furniture paint, it had a pretty decent sheen to it, which I normally wouldn’t choose for a wall, but now that I’ve discovered how messy everything can get with a baby I’m not too upset over the extra protection next to the crib!

Once the main furniture pieces were in place it was just adding in the accessories. 

We added a bamboo blackout/cordless shade (above the light diffusing honeycomb shade not shown), some acrylic picture ledges for books, a shelf above the dresser, and another shelf next to the crib.

The dresser is from Ikea, and while it’s not specifically a changing table, but I prefer the extra height for changing Archie.  The felt ball garland from Hobby Lobby was placed there temporary because I was going to cut it up to use for a mobile above the crib, but the kid stares at that for a good 20 minutes every morning and it’s enough time for this mama to brush her teeth and hair and therefore it’s staying forever!

The triangle shelf is an awesome find from World Market and besides hiding the camera and the white noise machine, it’s basically decoration, but the fun part of a nursery is that kids toys can be the décor!  

Nursery Shelf
The light box was a gift from my mom and besides being perfect for parties, it serves as a nightlight.

Nursery Shelf 2
The closet was one area we didn’t skimp and our son literally has the best organized and most expensive closets in the house. 

Back when we moved in we used the cheaper ClosetMaid systems from Home Depot and Mike set up this closet supports 24” apart. 

This was a happy coincidence because I really wanted elfa drawers from The Container Store for the nursery and wouldn’t you know they’re 24” drawers, that after some research online, I read from others would fit the ClosetMaid support system we already installed!

We bought the drawers, a shelf and hanging rod from The Container Store and was able to reuse one of our shelves.  The finished picture above shows a better angle so that you can see the closet is deep enough for the drawers to open inside.  We have so much organization in this nursery I started hanging up random onsies that could easily be folded inside the dresser. 

While the main elements are pretty basic, the accessories have that collected/well-traveled look Mike and I wanted, and the textures (like the sheepskin and woven baskets) and whimsical items like the llamas have that Tibetan Sherpa vibe Mike specifically wanted.

The room is tiny, but has a big personality while still feeling as though it compliments the rest of the house.

Below is a list of the major sources:


Welcoming Baby Danks

Allow us to introduce the latest member of Danks and Honey, ARCHER LEE DANKS.

2 Days
It’s been 5 weeks today since Archer joined our family and we are even more in love with him each day.  We’re also starting to get acclimated to our family of four (can’t forget about Benelli!) and after a couple weeks at home, I’m figuring out how to get things done with a tiny human attached to me.

Archer is a mini copy of Mike and throughout the day I can see him making little Mike faces like the crinkle lines above his nose when he’s determined or concentrating on something.

As for the actual delivery, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.  Due to some health issues, I was scheduled for induction at 39 weeks and having heard from some family and friends about their recent induction experiences I was prepared for the worst. In the end, Archie was ready to go and all set in place and Mike was an absolute rock star and the best support person!  It was a long process, about 20 1/2 hours, but as the cliché goes, it was all worth it.  So much so that the next night in recovery as Mike and I stared at Archer, we looked at each other and agreed that we should immediately have another!

Benelli has been awesome with the new addition, and for the most part has gotten over being an only fur child.  He hasn’t gotten too close to Archie, but he’ll come sit near us, like when I’m nursing, and follows me towards the noise when he’s fussing and crying.  He’s never been a huge fan of children or babies so we worried that he would hide for the most part, but he’s surprised us and just slightly modified his regular routine.

We began prepping the house and him months before Archer came home by putting all the baby gear out and letting him get used to them and the new smells.  When we were in the hospital Mike left to feed Benelli and to get me sushi (my first meal request!) and while he was home he brought a couple items that Archer had been wearing that had his scent on it and let Benelli smell the items while giving him treats.  When we came home, Mike carried Archer and the car seat in after me and I walked in and gave Benelli my full attention since I hadn’t seen him the longest.  He was very excited about the car seat and the new smell and was introduced to his brother when Archie began mewing inside.  It freaked B out for a second, but I think curiosity won out and he’s been slightly intrigued ever since.

1 Week
These days you can find us stealing baby snuggles and discovering his little personality as he takes in more of the world around him.  We can’t wait to see if he grows up to look like Mike or if he’ll have at least a few of my features, ha! 

I was able to get some photos of the finished nursery today as well, so I'll share the space that has become my new favorite room in the house.  Which is a good thing because I spend a large portion of my day (and night) there!

Nursery Planning and Picking a "Theme"

While my pregnancy has progressed (hello 6 months!) I’ve got the normal curiosity about how we’re prepping the house for baby.  A lot of people specifically have asked what is our nursery theme?  While picking a “theme” would make a lot of things easier, I never had planned to go this more traditional route.  My plan was to design a more masculine grown-up room and add layers of whimsy and fun in the decorations, toys, and books. 


Mike really surprised me one night when he shared the “theme” he wanted for our son’s room!

The room is small and, thanks to my impatience, already a blank slate from starting the office redo.  

I had the top image in my mind as inspiration and knew adding toys and colorful books would add the layer of "fun" I was looking for.  When Mike and I were discussing the room he surprised me by having his own, very distinct, opinion.  Not to say Mike having an opinion is surprising, anyone who's a longtime reader or knows him in person knows that he's very opinionated, but he usually lets me do my thing decorating because at this point he trusts me.  Even though he doesn't like some things I bring into the house, he recognizes that many people do and that I have relatively good taste.

His idea for a theme? Tibetian Sherpa. 

Ha! Let me explain.  He has this snowboarding game that he said is kinda the feel for what he had in mind.  It's called Alto's Adventure and it really does have visually cool and interesting graphics.  

Basically, Alto, a snowboarding Shepard, forgets to close his llama gate and they escape and he has to collect them all.

As we were talking, Mike said he doesn't want little sherpa's in the corners or kid-sized llamas, just the overall feel of the imagery of the game.  We talked about colors and textures like leather and fur and wouldn't you know it was basically the direction I was already going!

So while the "theme" is kind of a joke, it's also the direction we're heading and in addition to the basic colors and furniture, I'm sourcing a llama or two for fun!

We've got a lot of the major furniture, like a new rug, dresser and crib, either installed or en route and the room's painted, so now we work on adding a little Alto to the room!