I’m in somewhat of a state of denial that our baby will be here in less than three months. On one hand I feel like I’m ahead of the game and have all my ducks in a row, but on the other hand there are still a bunch of HUGE things we have to do before the little one gets here.
I started thinking about decorating the nursery very early on. I got the idea for one major part of the decor at the James Taylor concert my husband and I went to at the beginning of June when I was only about 5 weeks pregnant. Being newly pregnant, I had so many emotions running around my head and listening to his gorgeous lyrics (which I’ve heard so many times before) hit me differently then they ever had before. Songs that I’ve always loved like Sweet Baby James, Shower the People and How Sweet it is, took on a whole new meaning to me now that I was expecting and already had so much love for my child. Since then the lyrics of so many songs have “gotten to me” and I decided to pick my favorite few, make prints of them and hang them in the nursery.
My family is incredibly musical and my husband is a musician, so the music theme seemed like the perfect choice. The guest room/soon-to-be-nursery already has somewhat what of a musical theme since that is currently my husband’s practice room and we have a couple of posters from The Fillmore and an old, gorgeous, black and white photo of Bob Dylan hanging that was a Christmas gift from my father quite a few years back. Those will stay, but will be joined by the prints I had made by Pink Milkshake Designs. Donna was an absolute pleasure to work with and super quick! I highly recommend working with her on any similar projects you have in mind.
Below are the individual prints in their frames and a bit more about why we chose them.
This lyric comes from Your Song by Elton John. I’m generally not a huge Elton John fan, but I do love this song and thought this lyric fit perfectly about how we already feel about our little one.
There were SO MANY amazing Beatles lyrics to choose from, but we decided on this one from the song of the same name not only for it’s simplicity but also because of the truth that rings through it.
Bob Dylan is one of my all time favorite artists. I’ve seen him in concert a few times and listen to his music at work fairly often and every time I do, I realize even more what an amazing artist and poet he really is. This song is the theme song from one of my favorite shows (Parenthood) and I love every verse, but we decided on the first verse of the song to make a print of.
So, I can’t even express in words my love for Paul Simon. His voice is absolutely angelic to me and all of his songs are just so timeless. This lyric is from the song Father and Daughter which was the song I danced to with my dad at my wedding. My husband was recently in the orchestra for Bright Star which is a musical written by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) and Edie Brickell. During the production, both my husband and I (and by extension, my child) met Mr. Simon (who is married to Edie Brickell), so I thought this lyric was fitting in so many ways.
Again, Otis Redding is one of my favorite artists. This lyric is from That’s How Strong My Love Is and I love his version of this song as well as the Rolling Stones version. Otis Redding didn’t technically write the song, but his version is one of the most notable, so I included his name in the print.
I love this Carole King lyric from Beautiful. It’s my dream that my child wakes up every morning with a smile on her face and love in her heart.
This is by far the most contemporary lyric in the bunch, but it’s one of my favorites. My husband and I saw Brett Dennen in concert four or five years back and loved dancing and singing to this song (Blessed). It’s a great tune with beautiful lyrics and I’m so glad it “made the cut” and will be on the nursery wall.
More on the nursery to come! Over Thanksgiving, my husband and I plan to hunker down, clean out the guest room and get it ready for the baby, so more pictures to come as we finish it up!
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