Every expecting mother approaches her due date with equal parts excitement and trepidation. We decorate the nursery and fold tiny clothes as we count down the days, then we pack our hospital bags and fantasize about a theatrical rush to the hospital as we count down the hours. However, as I sit writing this post on my due date, I am fairly certain Hollywood will not be asking me for a screenplay. The only sign that baby Max will soon be here is that his nursery is complete!
There was no need to browse Pinterest boards or Houzz for decoration inspiration on this one. Once it was confirmed we were having a boy, there was no doubt I would be incorporating some of my husband’s and my Dad’s vintage fishing gear, which had been handed down for many generations. I love the way everything came together to provide just enough eclectic appeal that the room didn’t become too themed or predictable.
When designing and decorating a space, it is just as important (if not more important) to incorporate the things you love and the pieces that have meaning as it is to make your room aesthetically appealing. Try to blend the new and the old with the store-bought and the hand-crafted to make your space unique and comfortable.
In Max’s nursery- a 1950′s fishing reel and vintage steel fishing pole, blue Mason jars from our wedding filled with our daughter’s play sand, various antique crates from Ohio companies with painted blue interiors, paper mache letters from Joann Fabric decoupaged with a nautical map of a lake where we vacation, a book ironically titled Max the Minnow from first cousins, buoys from a second-hand store, a burlap frame with a glued-on clothespin to hold a fitting quote printed on card stock, a blue wooden fish from Wayfair, a crib and dresser from Baby Depot, a pillow from Mimi and a tongue-in-cheek plaque on the diaper basket that reads “POOP DECK” (which is a nautical term referring to the stern of a ship).
Now all we are missing is baby Max. I hope he doesn’t come tonight though because his Dad and his Grandfather, Pop, just happen to be fishing.