We had to start by purchasing the basics with gender neutrality in mind, but when we came home with Penelope, it was exciting to start adding in the details that would make the nursery perfect for a little girl.
The inspiration for Penelope's room was the Holts Summer 2006 Catalogue, which I had been saving in case one day I had a daughter. The catalogue featured several crayon drawings of women with whimsically written notes on elegance and style. We took three of these pages and framed them on spring green mats, which together, perfectly tie in the green from the bedding and the playful feel of the fabric from the glider. Pulling again from the elegant feel of the drawings, we found a black swirl and crystal chandelier to add a definitive touch of femininity.
Our style is normally quite bold, and our house is filled with high contrast in black, white and green... so for the nursery, we tried to do this in as delicate a way possible. We wanted all the furniture to be white and the green to be soft, in order to add some lightness to the room's dark wood floors and black doors.
The items we purchased included: Munire Urban crib, Oilo Spring Green Modern Berries crib bedding, Dutalier Glider and Ottoman, Umbra picture frames, Umbra Wallflowers & Wallflutters, Crate & Barrel bookshelf and side table. We painted a hand-me-down dresser to match the crib, and topped it with a custom change table frame that a friend made for us. I loved the green from the Oilo bed skirt so much, that I called them and ordered a few yards of the fabric so that I could have matching curtains made.
My favourite item is the feature wall above the crib, which we created by asymmetrically arranging a mix of black Wallflowers and silver Wallflutters.
Call manufaturers and see if they sell extra yards of the fabric so that you can make custom pieces - like pillows, drapes or change table covers. Also we brought a piece of our crib into Benjamin Moore so that they could colour match before we painted the dresser.