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Jan 13, 2017

Modern North Carolina Nursery

Finding a theme for a baby boy nursery can be slightly more difficult than it is for baby girls.  But that doesn’t mean the rooms are any less cute! Exhibit A? This North Carolina nursery themed after the place where mom & dad met, fell in love, and now live! We love how Ashley, of The Graceful Host, came up with this creative and unique theme and incorporated it in beautiful subtle details. Everything came together to create a clean, modern, and most importantly, heartfelt space.

Ashley shares…

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. My husband was born and raised in Columbiana, Ohio. We met in collage at Elon University, which is in Elon, North Carolina. After four years of dating throughout our university years, he popped the question during our final exam week. We decided to move to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduation. I have to admit. I really didn’t like our new hometown when we moved here 6 years ago. It felt unfamiliar and uninspiring. But we stuck it out. And over the years, this unfamiliar and uninspiring city suddenly felt like home. We had grown roots.

Flash forward to 2016, and we finally welcomed home our sweet baby boy, Ryan Elliott Cash. When I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to design a nursery. Our house has a very hand-me-down feel since most of the furniture has come from my parents or have been things we’ve picked up along the way. So the nursery was my chance to design a room that felt cohesive and fresh.

I have to be honest, when we found out the baby was a boy I was completely stumped on the nursery design. I really didn’t know where to start, as the internet isn’t exactly full of baby boy inspiration. So, I started to piece together ideas that I liked from various magazines, blogs, and experiences. But I’m a girl who loves a theme – I needed a theme. I stumbled upon a stitched pillow from Cat Studio and thought this is it! This pillow of North Carolina served as the inspiration for the nursery. There was a ton of symbolism in this decision. North Carolina is our home. The place where we met and fell in love. The place where we started our lives together. The place where we welcomed our baby and started our family. With this idea in mind we filled the nursery with prints of our home state and sentiments all about travel. The pillow still serves as a centerpiece in the room and it’s my very favorite thing we’ve ever purchased.

Some of the aspects of the nursery are DIY projects. The crib is actually an Ikea hack. We added the tufting for a Restoration Hardware look. I lettered the print “Oh the places you’ll go”, and also created the wooden piece with the quote “little boys should never be sent to bed. they always wake up a day older”, which has always been a favorite quote.

The crowns on the nursery on the wall and on the bookshelves are a nod to Charlotte, NC, our new hometown, which is called the “Queen City.”

We never did an in-home session when Ryan was born because we had newborn photos done in the hospital. Before I knew it, it’s 7 months later and we haven’t had any other professional photos done. So, we did a delayed in-home photography session with Brian Schindler Photography. He has such a talent for capturing moments and celebrating life! We will cherish these photos forever.

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