Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Happy Monday, Everyone! As promised, (but a little later than I had hoped!) here are the pictures from what will potentially become the baby boy nursery. I decided to start with the boy because the popular sentiment is that this little one will be wearing blue. Obviously, most everything will have to be changed, but the paint color makes it a pretty easy choice for a boy nursery. Check out the gorgeous tulips by the bed. My sweet friend Jen sent me a ton of them last week! (I will apologize in advance for the quality of these photos. Will has our good camera at work and my photography skills really need a great camera!) 

My husband accuses me of going to great lengths to get to have new curtains made, but I think these would be quite cute in a little boy’s bedroom. They have great fringe down the side, but you can’t see it in these pics. We got them in January, so, even I, whose favorite pastime is getting new drapes, really don’t want to have to change them so soon!

For fun, here’s what this room looked like when we came to look at the house. I will have to admit that, of all the rooms in the house, this one was a very easy fix. Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do? And, in my defense, wouldn’t you have changed the curtains immediately too?

Here is future little boy bathroom. It would need some more masculine hand towels and some
adorable new babyish pictures. I have an artist friend who is going to whip up something great for the new baby’s suite, pink or blue. For the boy, we’re thinking some classic Beatrix Potter. Is there anything cuter than Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck?

Do we think this light fixture is too prissy for a boy’s bathroom? I bought it at an antique auction for $30 a couple of years ago and was so excited to finally find a spot for it when we moved into this house. It didn’t even have to be rewired!
It’s hard to get a good shot of the shower curtain around the bathtub, but this was the best I could do! I love this one, but I think it’s kind of girly, so I’d probably have a new one made.

Again, here’s what the bathroom used to look like. You can’t see in this picture, but we changed the fixtures and had to redo a lot of the plumbing and electric in here. Everyone, my husband included wanted to rip the whole thing out and start again, making it more modern looking with a huge shower, etc. But you can’t buy bathtubs like the oversized, deep, cast iron in here anymore, and I love the old-fashioned look of black and white tile, especially the kind on the floor. The house was built in 1930, after all. From the pictures above, you can see I won, and we got to keep a bit of the look of the original room. I’m very glad now. It would have been hard to bathe a baby in a walk-in shower!

Birch and Lily
We’re hoping to transform my blue guest room (if, of course, it’s a boy) into something sweet and perfectly suited for a baby. Maybe something a little like this nursery from Birch and Lily


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  1. I think the room is already well on its way. The color is great (if it’s a boy) and the curtains will be totally fine – yes, the old ones most definitely had to go!! The bathroom is adorable. I love the vintage tiles – black and white is classic, you can’t ever go wrong – and what a difference a window makes!! Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  2. Great makeover – dark and old, to bright and breezy!
    xo Cathy

  3. Love, love, love! I can’t wait to see the finished room! What you have done is gorgeous.
    Hope the mommy is doing well! Have a great week.

  4. All so beautiful and sweet looking. Love the makeovers..great transformations!! It looks like such a happy room…with good karma. I am sure either way its going to be beautiful….love all the Birch and Lily inspirations…so amazingly sweet! Look forward to seeing more as the plans unfold…

  5. I am with The Enchanted home – good vibe and karma!

    And look how talented you are! Great room transformations. The baby room is going to be fantastic – I already know it!

    Happy new week to you.

    ox, Mon

  6. You’ve made such great improvements! It’s going to be adorable! I love that brass bed.

  7. Beautiful blue wall color and I think the drapes are perfect, especially with the wood rod. Seems as though you just have the fun part left- getting the accessories!!! I look forward to seeing what you chose.

  8. The window treatments are great! And I can’t wait to see the rest.

  9. How fun to get to design a nursery for your baby boy! Can’t wait to see the finished room! I love all of the images you showed of nurseries below!

  10. Oh, I LOVE that light fixture…. I would leave it. You can get away w/ it, just add some more masculine touches. Hope your week is off to a great start. xo

  11. You did an amazing job on the bedroom makeover and I know whatever you do to the new nursery be it boy or girl it’ll be fabulous. I’m with you, your new drapes are beautiful, I would leave them for now.

  12. First of all I can’t wait to see what you create! I know it will be dreamy!!! Second, the neatest thing happened to me. The painting that you won I guess was in a frame shop being framed. Some nice lady saw it and just had to have one! So, with no information she googled Kendall, artist and up came my website!!! Then I sold her the painting she wanted. So thank you! Looks like we were both lucky!

  13. First of all, I love your blog…second of all, congratulations to the soon to be parents…thirdly, the renovations you’ve already done are amazing which means the future nursery will also be amazing…and lastly, thank you for visiting 24C…it’s a pleasure to meet you!
    xo J~

  14. I love that blue on the wall. It’s serene. And I loved that last image. So pretty.

  15. it’s going to be fabulous! love that light fixture and would def leave it. alternatively, you can send it over…

    i loved decorating our nursery! my favorite is still the one by Windsor Smith–know what i’m referring to?


  16. What a great room, superb makeover. Love the curtains and pale colors and bamboo blinds. I think the light fixture definitely can stay!!

  17. Love the room and all of your plans. I’m saying keep the light fixture too. This is going to be so much fun. My niece just had her second little boy three weeks ago. They are just 17 months apart. She is very busy right now. Sister stayed in Dallas with them for almost three weeks. Just got back. We did a gender neutral room for her first, Reece when he was born. I’ll send you some pics. It’s really adorable.

  18. Oh boy, oh boy. You did an awesome job on the guest, soon to be baby, room and you are right a perfect color for a boy. And so happy that you kept the bathroom more or less in tact…you are right you can’t buy a better tub new, nor can you bathe a baby in a shower. I wish the previous owner kept the old bathrooms intact in my 1935 Cape Cod…instead he ripped it all out and replaced it with crap (pardon my French ;) from Home Depot. Still makes me sad today. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for a girl!

  19. Beautiful details. I love that mirror in the boy’s nursery ~ quite unusual in its shape.

  20. Fun fun fun…but you have good bones to start. So exciting.

  21. That’s such a lovely room for a nursery, and I love the curtains! Gorgeous bathroom too, very classic! It’s going to be such fun transforming the room. Hope you’re doing well!

    Meera xx

  22. Until a boy is old enough to decide what he likes, I think you should do as you please! What a perfect way to start…

  23. it will be exciting to see what color you finally decide on! then we know if you’re having a boy or a girl..either way…he or she is going to be a very lucky and mildly spoiled little baby…
    and I’m all for spoiling babies…actually, there’s no such thing as spoiling babies!!!!

  24. Ohhh how excited to get everything ready for your little one! The room is lovely as it is but I’m sure it will be even lovelier once you’ve got the cot in!

  25. It is such a cute room now…that it can easily be transformed for a baby! And I love the bathroom and the fact that you preserved the black and white tile.

  26. Talk about a makeover! I am sure you will create a stunning nursery! xx

  27. You’ve already done such an amazing job transforming those 2 rooms! I love your baby boy “inspiration” shot. The cowhide rug juxtaposed with the wallpaper and soft colors. Dreamy!!!


  28. Is that a little lamb mobile I spy? Oh, I just love it! :)

  29. Your little boy will be one fine gentlman.
    Love your touch.

  30. Lovely house! The room turned out wonderful. I can’t wait to see the nursery finished. Have a fabulous day, Kellie xx

  31. You’re so clever! It looks lovely. Nursery decorating is so wonderful isn’t it. Everything you pick is done with such love for the VERY special little occupant. lucky little baby! Thanks for stopping by my blog also. LovT

  32. That’s lovely. the room looks great, and the bathroom is just right. I knew you’d do a great job. Cannot wait to see the finished nursery.

  33. Too bad the baby can ‘t live in the guest room as is, its so pretty. So much fun to decorate a nursery…we did ours in all beiges, it was really beautiful and when my daughter was born (we didnt want to know) we added small touches of pale pink and would have added small amounts of pale blue if it had been a boy. It came out beautiful. Good luck to you.

  34. Hello and WOW!!! :-)

    I’m in love with your house! I love how charming it is. The bathroom is a delight and I would keep the light fixture even if it’s a boy’s room. It’s so cute! Maybe you can change and he’s 8 and has friends over.. lol… but keep it for now. It’s gorgeous!

    I’m so, so happy for you. You seemed to be so happy! :-)

    Enjoy your day!


    Luciane at

  35. How exciting! Congrats to you and your hubby! The room is well on its way to becoming a boy’s nursery as well as the bathroom. I love the curtains and the chandelier in the bath is pretty but not too girly. Your blog is just beautiful! Thanks for visiting mine. I’ll be following your progress…
    Debbi @ the beach

  36. I LOVE your ideas…and I don’t think I’ve yet congratulated you. WELL DONE!! I’m so very pleased for you.

    I totally agree with you – anything Beatrix Potteresque TOTALLY gets my vote!


  37. I really love the lightness and brightness of the homes your post here. The rooms are such a breath of fresh air!

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