Our Flamingos in Paris Nursery

My first instinct was to apologize for getting this out so late (my tiny newborn is nearly five months old!) but instead I’m just going to pat myself on the back for finally getting it done.  Working without any childcare is NO JOKE.  I am hoping to put Lilly in daycare a couple days a week in a few months but for now I’m blogging after she goes to sleep so I appreciate you bearing with me.

So the nursery (and some newborn photos)!  I am one of those women who has been dreaming about her little girl her whole life so when I found out I was having one, I went a little overboard on the nursery!  I wanted it to be fun and playful with lots of color, whimsy AND flamingos (more on that later) but still elegant with a French nod.  Basically ALL THE THINGS. I wanted it to be all the things.

I found this rug years ago and I just knew it would be the cement that glued together this pink fever dream in my head.  My best friend and I have always had a thing with flamingos (they are our “friendship spirit animal”) and also my favorite animal because they are so ridiculous and so beautiful.  I love how proudly they stand despite having the tiniest, comically skinny legs and big fluffy pink bodies.  It may seem a little twee, but I want my little girl to stand that proudly, too!  So that led to this quilt and swaddle, this flock print that was previously hanging in my office, this proud fellow, and this book.  And then my friends, I discovered how well pineapples and flamingos go together.  That led to this lamp and the print by one of my favorite artists, Brit Bass Turner (no longer available but similar here).  I also acquired that beautiful wall hanging on a trip to Austin while I was pregnant and decided it worked with the rug (a gorgeous one here).

I knew I wanted to start my little Francophile off on the right foot so I incorporated this Paris print (also previously in my office – already giving her all my things!) and the je t’aime print that I cannot find anywhere now but will try to find a link for you soon!  I picked up this gorgeous pop-up version of the Little Prince along with this stunning Paris book.  It was at this point that it dawned on me that the nursery theme was flamingos in Paris! I began imagining a flock of flamingos walking around Paris as the ultimate flaneurs.

With all this busy color and print mixing, I went very simple with the furniture opting for this campaign style dresser with this flat display bookshelf and this midcentury modern crib.  I’m not linking my glider because I am not in love with it and I only want to recommend amazing things to you, mes amies!

Some of my favorite toys of Lilly’s live in her room, including this unicorn rocker with her name engraved on it and this soft playmat.

I had no idea quite how much time I would spend in the nursery.  Everyone told me I would barely be in there the first six months but with a baby that only naps on me and transitioning her out of our bedroom around three months, there have been hours upon hours in that room nursing, rocking, shushing, swaying, bouncing, cuddling and loving on our girl.  I used to sit in the glider while I was pregnant imagining her in her room late at night when pregnancy insomnia crept in.  I’d think about the type of mother I want to be and the ways I would teach her what it means to be loved.  I hope her room makes her feel as happy and beloved as I felt creating it.

Photos by Du Soleil Photographie

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