- A Project For: Kat
- Age: 1 year+
- Location: Northern California
I hope the room serves as inspiration to others. Going back to your roots, looking at what you already have in your life, and allowing it to serve once again as "cherished" is my take on meaningful design. My quest to achieve a nursery with "re-purpose" was driven by three factors: 1) to find and reuse items with family meaning and history 2) create an earth-friendly space 3) do so on a budget in these otherwise difficult times. Re-purposed items: Austrian crystal chandelier (my late grandmother's). Rocking horse and toy chest - mine own from childhood (repainted and treated). All bedding handmade from her great grandmothers in Austria and Greece, along with most all toys you'll see. The chair, a special from the 70's taken from my parent's garage 25 years later (wood treated and reupholstered). Wall art photo copied from a book, frames taken from another room within my home. A photo framed of the late grandmother my baby girl was named after.
Simple, comfortable, clean, modern, fresh.
- paint by benjamin moore in edgecomb gray:www.benjaminmoore.com
- DIY photo copies of wee gallery art cards, enlarged and framed over crib :www.weegallery.com
- Mirror from Z Gallery: http://www.zgallerie.com/
- Wall decal of tree: www.wallslicks.com
- Fabric for chair and pillows: www.britexfabrics.com
Everything from the past: rocking horse, chandelier, mademade bedding and toys. It all comes from my childhood and/or was hand made by my daughter's great grandmothers in Europe (saved and protected all these years). It's lovely to know that she will once again cherish the same things I did growing up.
Most all nursery sets and collections are generic. While there are a lot of truly stylish items out there, I enjoyed the process of creating something unique and rich with history. Look around at home and in your families' homes first. Find pieces you might be able to re-upholster. Take such items as pillows, frames, mirrors, shelving from other rooms and re-use them (re-paint, give them a new look, etc).
Posted on March 28, 2010
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