I’m back with another glimpse into our little home. One of my favorite things about being pregnant was designing the nursery! I took these photos just before Elsie was born, so they’re almost a year old now, but I wanted to give you an idea of what it looked like then. Things are shifting around, as she grows and as her needs change. Soon I’ll write up a post about that, and what to consider when decorating a nursery, knowing how things will change as the babe grows.
This is what the room looked like before:
The wall color, window treatments, and light fixture above were all as the previous owner had left them. I had been using it as my craft/sewing/junk room. This photo was taken after I cleaned out all of my stuff.
We knew we were having a girl, and I wanted to create a unique, eclectic nursery with feminine touches, without using a lot of pink.
I was inspired to choose a navy blue for the walls by Lauren Liess. I just loved her son’s nursery, and am truly inspired by all of her design work!
We owned a dresser to be used as the changing table (it’s the companion to the one in our guest room), and some bookshelves and a desk. The only furniture we bought was the crib, and the upholstered chair (a $20 thrift find).
The footstool was passed down to me. It’s part of a glider set like this.
I made a slipcover to hide all of that wood. The pleats in the slipcover allow it to still glide easily.
The curtain panels are painter’s drop cloths from Lowe’s. I pleated them at the top and hemmed them to the right length. It’s definitely the cheapest way to buy neutral fabric, at about $10 a panel.
One of my favorite parts of the room is the gallery wall behind the chair, inspired by the Petersik’s nursery. This vintage French magazine advert was my starting point for the whole room… a watercolor of blues, yellows and a few touches of pink.
We picked it up at a flea market in Provence a few years ago. I just loved the colors and whimsy, and each time I see it I’m reminded of our amazing trip. I had it matted in pale pink to feminize the room a bit. It’s one of the few pink things in the room.
I made the dog and cat silhouettes after seeing the idea on Prudent Baby. The cross stitch of dancers on the top right was made by mom for my childhood bedroom. The painting of the boy is a study that was done of Frank as a child, for a larger portrait. The two black and white photos are of Frank and I at about 18 months old.
It’s difficult to see, but on the bottom right I framed a tiny pale pink baby’s vest that was worn by my mom in the 50s.
That Brian Andreas hanging to the right of the closet doors was in Frank’s childhood room.
I found the globe below at World Market. It’s propped on a small glass tea light holder. I can tell you now what a great purchase Sophie was! Elsie still loves her, even after 9 months of play time. She’s scuffed up and worn down now, but well loved.
On the little bentwood chair hangs a very special quilt. In the 1980s my grandmother made it for my future children. I was a child at the time, but she had the foresight to create this heirloom gift.
She passed away long before I even thought about having children.
Mom and I spent a fun afternoon creating the mobile you see hanging over the crib.
It’s simply scrapbook paper circles and buttons hanging from a wire frame we created.
The framed map on the wall below is actually a piece of wrapping paper I got from Paper Source. It’s a vintage map of Paris, and a great inexpensive piece of art! We happened to have a frame that fit it perfectly. Woot woot for happy coincidences!
Vintage childrens’ books were gifted to us by our families.
Now, for the crib bedding. We went with crisp white sheets, as I love on all our beds. I whipped up the bumpers and crib skirt myself.
I wanted the skirt to “grow’ with the crib, as Elsie grows and we move the mattress lower. So, I simply sewed up four individual panels, one for each side of the crib. I then pinned those to a mattress cover that was exactly the size of the crib. That cover and the pins sit right below the mattress. We’ve since lowered the mattress, so I repinned the panels to be the right length for the new mattress height, and it all works really well.
Does that make sense? I’d be happy to do a tutorial post on this. Leave me a comment if you’d be interested in that.
On the left side of the crib is a bookshelf, similar the one under the Paris map. These two bookshelves used to belong to my grandmother. They’re similar sizes, so I painted them both a crisp glossy white, then lined the backs with polk-a-dot wrapping paper. It makes them feel like a set, even though they’re not.
Hanging above are more vintage baby clothes that were passed down to me. I love that these pieces have sentimental value, and as a novice seamstress I can appreciate all of the intricate details (can you see that scalloped hem!?).
Behind the door hangs a cork board I covered in fabric and ribbon. The white tacks on the blue ribbon are pushpins.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the nursery. Leave a comment if you have any questions!
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