Some of our friends with sons lament that it’s hard to find inspiring boy rooms, which is why we’re always excited when a cool one shows up in our inbox. And our excitement for Dacia and Jordan’s nursery creation could almost be described as “out of this world.” Pun intended. Here’s Dacia’s email:
Hi John & Sherry! I wanted to share my nursery with you guys. When we found out that our very first wee one was going to be a little dude, I immediately took off with designing the nursery. I had a plan all worked out, and then one night my hubby (who normally couldn’t give two hoots about decorating) sweetly said, “Would you mind if I helped design the nursery?” Being the emotional pregnant woman I was, the fact that he wanted to help design a room for our son melted my heart and I threw all my plans out the window! So we started planning things out together, and I have to say, I’m so happy we did it together because I love the direction it took!
My husband has a fascination with all things astronomy so we infused that into the nursery. We put our own twist on a traditional mural wall by using embroidery hoops to create a 3D planet ‘mural’.
Most of the nursery is done in grays and blues, but we wanted a fun pop of color so I made over a changing table that I got on Craigslist for $30. I also updated some run-of-the-mill navy curtains with simple star embellishments.
On the wall opposite the crib, we added a futon so that my husband and I both have places to sit if we’re in the nursery together. Hanging above it is some art that I designed explaining the meaning behind our little man’s name. We plan to add some family pictures on either side of it once we get those taken and framed.
Sherry, I totally get what you mean when you say that Clara’s nursery was your favorite room in your old house… I’ve already fallen hard for the nursery. We love spending time in it with our son! – Dacia
How cool is that room? Got any favorite parts? The mural is so creatively done (such a great use of embroidery hoops), not to mention the little nods to outer space elsewhere in the room (notice the stars in the rug?). Thanks for sharing your little astronaut’s room with us, Dacia and Jordan!
UPDATE: Here’s a link to Dacia’s blog post about the nursery, complete with more pics. So sorry for not including it earlier!
Wow that is an amazing nursery! Great job guys.
I love the design, but I’m saddened by this being a “boy” nursery. Space and science is a universal love.
Amen! It would totally work for a girl too, it’s just adorable for Roarke too!
Agreed! It’s a wonderful room, full of learning, and this is something that would be great to inspire little girls too!
Yes! I love this nursery for any baby. Actually, I love this nursery for me!
Well, they did have a boy, so of course it’s a boy nursery…
YES! We’re expecting, and we’re considering an astronomy theme no matter what we have :)
Agreed! We’re not finding out the gender and are planning a space-themed baby room, and it’s been so disappointing to me to see that all of the space/astronaut/science rooms are tagged “boy.” :-( What?!
Abby J. says
I think it’s totally fine to have astronomy for a girl, this couple just happened to have a boy. Wouldn’t a cute girl change be to leave that great mural wall, and just paint a similar changing table in a coral color instead of yellow? (I love coral and navy together.)
From one science nerd to another, very cool!!
Stinko. I can’t see any of the pics. I’ve never had a problem with the pics not showing up on y’alls website before, but I’ve tried refreshing the screen and hitting the ‘show picture’ button to no avail. I didn’t know if maybe they were coded a little differently or something. Anyways the room sounds cool. Wish I could see it!
Boo! So sorry Gracie! We haven’t done anything different but we hear that virus blocking programs can hide pics for 48 hours and then they mysteriously pop back up (like Avant or McAffee) so maybe that’s going on? You can also try a different browser or clearing your cache/cookies/data. Hope they come back soon!
Are you using bloglovin? I noticed the other day that when I was using the “mobile” settings for all my blogs on bloglovin, that it took out all the pictures! I set it to visit the original sites, and now everything is as it should be :)
Thanks for the tip Hayley! Good to know if others have that issue!
I love the wall, of course, but also that changing table! I see those on craigslist all the time but the yellow is just perfection. I think the seating is also really smart- my husband and I find ourselves hanging out our son’s nursery all the time.
What a unique and fun space! love this!
Oh my gosh, this is awesome. I am an adult woman and want this for MY room! Love the simple touch of stars on the curtains, and the great pops of color everywhere. SO well done.
I know right? I want to move in!
Jess Gray says
I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect gray combination for my new house. Did Dacia by any chance provide the names of the paint colors she used??
Hope she drops in with that info!
Here ya go Jess!
Rocky Bluffs by Valspar – lightened by 25% and Semi Sweet by Valspar
Very cool! I love that they included Pluto in the mural. I don’t care what anyone says – it’s still a planet in my book!
Wahoo! Pluto, represent! Anyone know the Two Skinnee J’s song called Pluto Is A Planet? It’s awesome.
Haha love them! We now sing “Pluto is NOT a planet!”
I agree! Pluto is a planet! Even my kiddos say so even though they are learning without it.
While in college, some of my friends formed a band called “What About Pluto?” Seriously though – you can’t give the guy planethood and then just take it away. So mean.
I love the sentimentality of Pluto as a planet, but this changed my mind hook-line-and-sinker. This whole CGPGrey YouTube channel is AMAZING. Here is the one for Pluto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_2gbGXzFbs
It is indeed (unfortunately), not a planet and now I can clearly explain why! (Spoiler alert, if Pluto is a planet, then every astroid in the astroid belt would need to be one too).
#sciencenerd #factlover :)
julie g. says
Oh my gosh…AWESOME!!! Who wouldn’t want to grow up in that room? I gasped as soon as I clicked on the page. Thank you for the inspiration and congratulations on your astronaut.
Lisa @ Double Door Ranch says
What a precious room! I absolutely adore it! The upholstery hoops are genius, but what really gets me right in the feels is that picture explaining your little dude’s name. Personal and wonderful!
Katie O says
Pluto will always be a planet in my book! My kids are going to be so confused…
[email protected] of Laughter says
Wow That looks so fabulous! Love it!
Leigh Anne says
Absolutely adorable! YHL readers are some of the most creative people on Earth…and beyond!
Very sweet that your husband wanted to share part of who he is when decorating the nursery. It’s very creative. Love it! :0)
Do I have to be a little boy to have that room because, as a middle-aged woman, I would totally LOVE to have it! The navy curtains with the stars and the bright yellow table? LOVE it!
What an awesome theme. You could keep running with this too. Shooting stars on the ceiling, little galaxy mobiles, when he gets older you can do wacky alien monsters. SO much fun!
Yep, gotta love the mural! …and the changing table.
Wendy @ New Moms Talk says
This reminds me of a little trip we took this summer, inspired by my step-son, D, who wants to be an astrophysicst.
As we moved from Utah to Washington, we stopped at Bruneau Dunes State Park near Mountain Home, Idaho, which is home to the largest public telescope and observatory in Idaho.
We happened to be there when they were holding a chat- http://www.newmomstalk.com/2013/10/02/bruneau-dunes-state-park-star-gazing-and-chat/ and it was incredible!
D was able to see things he had learned a bit about in school and on his own, ask questions from experts, and photograph the sun using the telescope.
Oh, and the sunrise there is pretty incredible, too- http://www.newmomstalk.com/2013/09/09/bruneau-dunes-sunrise/
For any solar/astro other person, Bruneau Dunes is worth the trip!
Sounds really cool!
Love the Bruneau Dunes! I grew up in Boise, ID and we used to take field trips there in elementary school. We would climb to the top of the dunes and slide down. The only downside was finding sand in your pockets, hair, ears, etc. for the next 10 days. Anywho…Idaho represent!
I LOVE this room and I LOVE that it is different and fun and young!! I have one of those changing tables and now don’t need it…I’d sell it!
Did I miss…where is that rug from? AMAZING room! Love it.
Hope she drops by with that info!
Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life says
It’s from RugsUSA..it’s the Homespun Star Trellis rug!
You can get the breakdown of everything here: http://www.lemondroplife.com/2013/02/18/our-nursery-the-source-list/
Holy space cadet! This is awesome! I love how minimalist it is.
I learned the “Mary’s Violet Eyes Make John Stay Up Nights” version. When Pluto came along, we added “Pondering” to the end. Now we say, “Mary’s Violet Eyes Make John Stay Up Nights Pondering Pluto’s status”.
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas doesn’t make any sense without Pluto. :( I like yours!!
Christy Niebaum says
The embroidery hoop planets are my favorite. Genius!
I NEED to know where that rug came from!
Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life says
RugsUSA, baby! It’s the Homespun Star Trellis rug!
Dominique Paolini says
Wow. I LOVE the solar system on the wall. Filing this away for “Someday.”
Erin @ The Impatient Gardener says
What a fun space! I love that it’s fun but not childish. I’ve been seeing all these grown-up nurseries lately and I decided they can be a little depressing sometimes, but this is a perfect balance of everything!
I agree Erin — I love that it’s not “baby traditional” but still a fun room for a growing child and his family. The parents’ joint effort is awesome. Although we bicker a lot about almost all DIY and decorating efforts, my husband and I are both pretty artistic and our ideas always end up complementing one another’s.
Wow! Love that room! My favorite part? The mural. So clever!
I NEED THAT CRIB!!!! PLEASE TELL ME WHERE IT IS FROM!
Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life says
We got it at Babies R Us..it’s the Bassettbaby Ava 4-in-1 convertible crib!
What a great room! I can’t imagine the special love that goes into making a room for a little baby you are so excited to meet. They did such a great job of giving the room a fun theme that will be enjoyed even more as the little boy gets older without going too matchy overboard on the theme! Bravoo!!
I’ve fallen hard for the rug. Source? Thanks for sharing. Love the embroidery hoop 3D effect!
I rarely comment, but this room is amazing. The planets mobile is spectacular. I also heart that it appears pluto is included as a planet (pluto forever).
Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life says
We’re on the die-hard “Pluto-is-a-planet” bandwagon :)
What a fantastic room! I love the pop of color from the changing table, but that mural wall takes the cake.
Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life says
O.M.G. I can’t believe my nursery got featured! Aaaan I realized that I didn’t even mention my blog (Lemon Drop Life). You can get all the nursery deets over there!
Thanks for commenting and dropping the link to your blog Dacia! Hope people hop over there for more details!
BRILLIANT!! Love the idea of the embroidered hoops as planets!
Wow! That is a lot of work in that nursery! Love the yellow changer and the rug! That babe will have lots to look at for sure!
Julia @ Cuckoo4Design says
So awesome. I adore that area rug!
Love the theme. Have the same planet mobile from Pottery Barn Kids for my shared boys room.
I’m long past the season of needing a nursery but this design is “beyond”!!! I love everything, wonderful to look back and remember they did it together. Thanks for the feature.
I have never seen a nursery with seating for two adults before. I am curious: parents, is seating for two something you wish you had? Would it be useful in our future baby’s room?
That’s a good question! I’ve always loved the idea of a daybed or something in a room with a crib (so two people can sit, someone can sleep/nurse lying down, etc). John and I actually do hang out in Clara’s room more now that there’s a spot for both of us to sit and read with her before bed (in her previous rooms there has just been one chair).
Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life says
It’s come in handy a lot for us, even doubling as a an extra place for visiting family to sleep right after he was born!
Our son’s room isn’t big enough for more than one chair, and generally we’re sitting on the floor with him playing more than anything, but the footstool pouf is a really nice asset for a little extra seating at times. Think when family or friends are visiting.
Kate Craig says
SO fun! And I love that it’s a room he could grow into
Sarah B. says
Love this nursery! What a great idea and it could work for a boy or a girl!
Vanessa W says
Whoa, what an awesome room! I don’t have any little ones or foresee any in the near future but O.M.G. that crib!!! So beautiful!
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS.
When the time comes, this will be basically our kid’s nursery theme, boy or girl.
We even have a collection of toy star ships from both Star Wars and Star Trek to hand on the ceiling as well. We both agreed on that, but I have been keeping an eye out for ideas for the wall.
LOVE LOVE LOVE. Let me go grab my hubby and start working on the family expansion so we can mimic this!
Love it! The wall is awesome!! I had to call in my 8 yr old solar system loving son to see it and he loves it as well!! The hoops are genius!
I love his nursery!! You did an amazing job! I might just have to steal that wall mural idea for our next place as my son is just getting into space and astronauts.
Pam the Goatherd says
The embroidery hoop planets/mural is the absolute best!!!! My babies are all adults now, but I’d still like to do a wall like that somewhere in my house – maybe the family room or home office.
OOOOH, I love it! If I had a wee one I’d definitely consider an astronomy-themed room after seeing this. How fun!
Jennifer B. says
My favorite part is PLUTO! When I saw the mural, I started saying the planets in my mind and wondered if he would be included. I’m thrilled!
Emily @ Life on Food says
So cool! And I love the rug.
Awww…makes me want to have another child just to decorate…I really love it. I love the rug …the lamp….futon!!! hello? why didnt I think of that!!
Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs says
What a great room! I love the wall mural and the rug — what a lucky little dude :)