Until I met Mark and Jenna Miller and their family in the early spring of 2016, the only thing I knew about surrogate births is that I had seen a couple of movies on the subject. However, as I began working on a shared bedroom for Kaylee and Ryan as well as a nursery for their third child who was due in a few months, I learned more about surrogacy and the journey this couple had taken to add to their family.
It’s truly a fascinating and heartwarming story of faith, sacrifice, and perseverance. If you’d like to read about it, you can find it HERE.
I can’t imagine a more selfless act or a greater gift.
So about that nursery for baby number three who turned out to be a little girl they named Faith…
They weren’t finding out the gender, and we wanted the room completed before the birth. So we decided to go completely neutral just to be safe. I made tailored valances from drop cloths and added cream and black trim.
I located a solid wood dresser that was in need of some love. After I refinished the top and painted the rest in Annie Sloan’s Old White, we had a quality piece of furniture with an updated look and plenty of storage for this small bedroom.
Above the dresser are three vintage clipboards that are used in much the same way frames would be. In the clipboard on the left is one of two identical seersucker outfits that Jenna’s grandmother sewed for Jenna and her brother in the 1980’s. Kaylee and Ryan both had Easter pictures made in this outfit when they were babies.
The rocker/glider was a family piece that we wanted to keep, but it needed to be repainted and the cushions recovered. We chose a black and cream buffalo check fabric.
Once Faith was born, a few touches of pink were added to the room.
Jenna had lettering done for this old window before Ryan was born. We just switched out the name once Faith arrived.
We used a Jenny Lind style bed with no bed skirt to help keep an open feel in a small room. Faith’s rug is exactly the same as the one in her siblings’ room, just in a chocolate color.
I love the simplicity of both these rooms. I love that I got to know this family and help make these rooms special.