When we first found out I was pregnant, I was in shock and felt so guilty about it. It wasn’t planned, and I knew we weren’t in the spot we wanted to be in before welcoming another child into our family. But the Lord obviously had different plans for us, and over the course of the pregnancy I came to accept and get excited about the little one growing inside me.
I started thinking of the baby as our little sunshine. A ray of joy and brightness in our lives. Something I didn’t know we needed, but goodness we did. And I really wanted to capture that light in the nursery.
I’ve decorated this same room a little different for each kid (see James’s here) and I have to say, I think this version is my favorite so far! The simplicity, bright colors and coziness make it such a happy room to be in. Leading up to the birth we spent a lot of time in the nursery, rocking in the chair, reading books and playing with toys. I wondered who our little baby was going to be, and prayed the Lord would continue to soften my heart towards another little one.
The minute Eleanor was born, I knew the sunshine theme was perfect for her. Her whole life has been full of joy and happiness. Her big siblings fawn over her, she is such a sweet little baby, and she has taught me so much about finding joy in every circumstance. We are so thankful for our little Ellie Sue!
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One of my favorite things about our Sunshine Nursery is that so much of it was handmade. I love crafting, and making things for the nursery was a great way for me to process and prepare for the arrival of Ellie.
I knew I wanted some sort of macrame hanging in the room, and after browsing Pinterest for a while, I decided on one mixed with yarn. I didn’t want it to be too girly since we didn’t know the gender of the baby, and I love how it turned out! I used yarn left over from the rainbow hanging I made, and a simple macrame to make the adorable wall hanging.
The frames with hanging bottles I found at a local marketplace for James’s nursery, and have used them for all three kids. I love that they’re made by a local artisan, and the pop of color the green adds to the nursery!
The sunshine tapestry was a repurpose from my baby shower! My sweet friend painted the sunshine on a drop cloth and used it as a backdrop for the food at the shower. I made a sleeve at the top and used a big dowel rod to hang it behind the crib. It fits perfectly on that wall, and adds so much brightness to the room.
We got the rocker from Nebraska Furniture Mart for June, and it worked great in this room as well! I like that it’s a narrow rocker so it fits better in the smaller space. The crib is from Facebook marketplace (originally from Ikea) and the rug is from Target.
To announce her birth, I made the embroidery hoop with all Ellie’s birth details. It’s cute and adds a little personalization to the space, which I like since we didn’t do anything before finding out the gender!
One of my favorite things in the room is the sunshine mobile my sister and I made. It was a labor of love and a big learning curve since it used a technique neither of us were familiar with. But once we got the hang of it, needle felting really isn’t that hard, and I love how it turned out!
In the far left corner I hung some of the special slings I’ve collected and embroidered for the kids over the years. I love seeing them hung together, and remembering all the special snuggles they’ve held. Plus it’s nice to have them easy to grab for when I need to sling Ellie.
Something new we added to the nursery is the adorable Moses basket and the matching changing table. I wanted to have lots of browns and natural fibers in the room, and these handwoven pieces are a perfect fit.
I also used some baskets I found at the Target dollar spot to hold diaper stuff that had the woven look to them, and some fake plants I found there. The dresser is one of my favorite finds on Facebook Marketplace! It’s huge, works well and (bonus) was a super great price.
One of the most special things in the nursery is the quilt my mom made for Ellie. She’s made a quilt for all three kiddos now, and this one was even better than I imagined. She used a starburst pattern for the “suns”, and didn’t it turn out cute?! She is seriously so talented.
Slings (without embroidery)
Baskets (similar here, here and here)
Standing Shelf (similar here)
Dresser (similar here and here)
Rocker (here or similar)
Accordion Hat Rack (similar here and here)
Macrame Wall Hanging (inspiration)