Susan’s New CribStory by Susan Beckwith | Photos by Chris Whonsetler
My husband, Micah, and I battled infertility for several years. We eventually shared our struggles for a baby, and were overwhelmed with much love and support. Our journey led us to Midwest Fertility. After undergoing less-invasive treatment options, we were told in vitro fertilization would be our best chance of conceiving. We launched a fundraising campaign and, through many generous contributions, raised enough money for one cycle of IVF. Thanks to an army of people praying, we felt very cared for during the rollercoaster of treatment. Our cycle resulted in only one embryo. Micah and I prayed for a miracle, and in early May 2016 we were overjoyed to learn that our cycle was a success. We would be welcoming a baby boy in January 2017.
SHIPLAP WALL FEATURE
After many years of longing, it felt surreal to finally begin making nursery preparations for a little one. To begin, I knew I wanted to start with a neutral palette and build from there. Our first project was the installation of a shiplap feature wall. We used a white-washed, primed barn wood shiplap from Home Depot. The remaining walls were painted in Alpaca, a light gray by Sherwin-Williams.
ACTING ON A LOVE OF LOCAL
Next, we installed drapes from Adkins Draperies and Blinds in Westfield and a new light fixture from Westfield Lighting. I’m passionate about shopping local, and we were dedicated to continuing to make purchases from area businesses. This included our custom glider and ottoman from Décor for Kids in Noblesville.
KEY PIECES CAN DEFINE THE STYLE
Our crib was a gift from my parents and is part of the Waverly Collection from Buy Buy Baby. I greatly disliked the matching dresser and was thrilled to instead find a more unique option as well as a cowhide rug from Blue Butterfly Furnishings & Finds. This boutique recently relocated to downtown Noblesville from Carmel. With the selection of these key pieces, our design aesthetic was transformed from industrial to more rustic.
TEXTURES AND A ‘TIME-OUT’
To achieve this look, we chose decorative items that weren’t too polished and incorporated a variety of textures — leather, metal, aged wood, burlap and shearling. As the months of my pregnancy flew by, and my due date quickly approached, I solicited help from Casey Rae Design for many of the finishing details. This included the completion of the gallery wall, creation of our “time-out” teepee and barn-inspired closet doors. Her direction and assistance were invaluable.
1 | COWBOY LULLABY
From the Johnny Cash throw pillow to the guitar, Brody’s room has touches of music all around. I would not be disappointed if he started to pluck those strings! Music is a huge part of the Beckwith household, so naturally we wanted to reflect that in the decor.
2 | PRAYERS FOR BABY
There are countless special details and stories behind many of the items in Brody’s nursery. However, one of my favorite pieces is the prayer above his crib. “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Love be with me through the night and keep me till the morning light.” Till the morning light is right, where I hope each new day is filled with lots of love, wonder and adventure for our sweet miracle baby.
3 | KIT, MEET BRODY
Micah Broderick “Brody” Beckwith was born Jan. 17, 2017. He will have lots of textured tummy time on this cow print rug.
4 | TEEPEE TRAINING
While we don’t anticipate Brody will be too mischievous, we’re prepared with this time-out spot just in case. (Little boys love to sit quietly on stools, right?)
5 | BARN DETAIL
The nursery’s wide closet provides lots of room for items that don’t need to be front and center. The barn-inspired doors and personalized banner tie the space together.
6 | THE RIGHT LIGHT
It’s amazing how much the right fixture can transform a space. This modern-industrial, close-to-ceiling light worked perfectly with our Western vibe.
7 | SHELF LIFE
Little cowboy boots, horses and horseshoes on an industrial bookshelf round out the theme. I expect this shelf and its contents will take on a life of its own as Brody gets older.