Judah was born in January 2020 and surprised us with his presence two weeks early. He entered the world and hopped right into a wild ride over his first year of life. He ended up spending some time in the NICU while Sydney was also recovering from some of her own health difficulties after giving birth. After being released from the hospital to go home, the journey was actually just beginning as we faced the pandemic and Josh's health concerns. The beauty of the pandemic meant that we had some time at home to work on putting together some unique custom pieces of furniture and décor for Judah's room. It also meant that we got to spend more time together as a family and supporting one another
This post overviews the work that we did, but there will be more posts to come to show off the details and process of each piece. Judah can't wait to show you!
When we found out Judah's gender while Sydney was pregnant, we found this awesome Wilmslow 5-in-1 Crib on Wayfair and fell in love with it. This became the foundation for the pieces that we built for his nursery.
We loved the bronze/gold accents and wanted those to be highlighted in his room as well. We weren't sure what our storage situation or wall art would be at that time, so Josh got started on his dresser/changing table first. We took one of the railings from the bed toLowe's' paint section to match the color. They were able to match it perfectly! He got started fixing up the dresser, and the hardware helped us tie in those bronze hues.
Once the dresser was done, Sydney loved it and was ready to move it in. Josh's handiwork paid off since she was not quite ready to get back to work yet. Once it was time to make some storage space, we decided that we didn't want to spend the money to buy something new. We chose to use some shelves that we had from college. Since we didn't feel like refinishing the shelves to match the color of the stained top on the dresser, we left it as is. This is when the modern wood art came into play above his bed.
This wall art carried a few lessons with it, but it was a lot of fun to make. The different stain tones helped to tie in the bronze from the bed, the color of the hardware from the dresser, and the two different stain colors we had in the room. We also felt that it had a nice blend of rustic tones with a modern shape. You can see more details about his multi-stain wall art on our blog.
Shameless plug: we also loved our Owlet camera that is pictured here. We had no idea until a friend shared with us that we could even use our insurance to help with some of the cost. It gave us a lot of peace to keep an eye on him and to use the Owlet sock after he came home from the NICU.
Finally, we filled in some space above the window with this custom sign. Josh's dad helped Sydney build and finish the backboard. We got the letters as plain paper maché from Hobby Lobby and Sydney used a matching spray paint to add the blue and gold tips to tie it all together.
Judah now has a custom room at a manageable price. And we get to say that most of it was handmade by us. We love the tones and the story that it tells. Now, we are on to our next adventure.
Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.