Baby Girl’s Bright and Beautiful Nursery

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A Project For

Sweet Baby Girl


Born October 2012




I wanted to create a look that was feminine and whimsical and that blended elements of both old and new. I also wanted the room to be bright and cheerful and reflect the energy my little girl will undoubtedly have.
I scoured Craigslist, antique stores, and re-purposed several things I already had on hand and then combined that with some great new pieces I found along the way. I also was fortunate to have a mom who loves to sew so all the bedding and bunting flags were made by her with love at a fraction of the cost it would be to buy something custom made.
The most important aspect of this room was I only put things in it that were perfect and I absolutely love. It often took longer or resulted in my husband having to build something for me, but the result was a room that is perfect for the sweet little girl who will hopefully be born soon!

Design Inspiration

I wanted this room to be bright and cheerful and not an overabundance of pink. I LOVE pink but didn't want to overuse it so it would really be a feature in the room. I went with a light aqua wall color and then used bold pops of hot pink, white, and lime green to really make the colors stand out and be bold in this space.
I also had a couple of pieces that were from my childhood I wanted to incorporate plus the crib I fell in love with was the vintage, Jenny Lind style. I was able to mix the something old with something new to give this room a unique, whimsical, and fun feel all at the same time.
This Caden Lane nursery also gave me lots of ideas and inspiration - I love Chevron and bunting flags!

Decorating Style

Vintage, whimsical, pops of bold color, blending old and new pieces together.

Project Details

Crib - Davinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib (bought on Cymax)
Dust ruffle - Made by my mom with love using the polka dots dust ruffle pattern from Positively Splendid.
Love print - Purchased from Katie Daisy on Etsy.
You are my Sunshine Print - Free to print online from here, then I had the heart photoshopped to be hot pink to match my room colors.
Little bench - This was mine as a little girl and I repainted it and custom ordered a stencil to revive the darling poem.
Wall Mural - A labor of love with my sister-in-law last summer! I bought this on Etsy as well and it turned out better than I could have imagined.
Bookshelf - Made by my husband after I couldn't find what I wanted anywhere - even Etsy! He made this to fit my very specific criteria and it is perfect. :) I found the shelf paper we used for the back on clearance at TJ Maxx.
Closet - Inspired by this post on Project Nursery.
Dresser - A great find from a local antique shop
Changing pad cover - From Caden Lane
Glider - Craigslist bargain I am still proud of; it is the Dutailier 975 Wood Glider and retails for $750.
Nighttable - On clearance at TJ Maxx
Shelf above dresser - Something from my room as a child I found in my parent's basement - just painted it to match the dresser.
Chevron lamp - Home Goods
Teal Mirror - Purchased from BeautiSHE on Etsy
Assorted picture frames - Michaels and Home Goods
Bunting Flags - Made by my mom and I using leftover fabric from the dust ruffle using this pattern.
Curtains - Flocked dot window sheers from Target.

Favorite Items

The crib and dust ruffle - I love the colors and the blending of a vintage style with the bold and feminine design of the crib bedding.


Hold out for the perfect piece for your room - don't settle! There were many times I found items or pieces of furniture that almost fit the bill, but not quite. I made a rule that it had to be perfect, even if that meant another weekend of scouring antique shops for the right dresser or hours on Etsy for the right piece to fit in with a grouping I had in mind for a wall. I am happy to say that because I held out for the right pieces (often spending less than I would have if I had settled!) I have a room I am thrilled to bring my baby girl home to.


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    those vintage-looking alphabet blocks are nice. i also like that shelf above the dresser and the night table, too.

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    I’m a little obsessed with your bed skirt. Was it hand made or did you buy it? Absolutely stunning nursery!

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    It was handmade – the pattern is linked to above in my description. I didn’t do it, my mom did. :)

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    It’s a Benjamin Moore color that we took to Home Depot to use Behr Premium Ultra paint – the best!!!

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