A Project For
Once I found out I was having a girl, I set out to create a warm environment for her to grow in. I wanted to pick furniture and decor that could grow from infant to toddler and beyond. I wanted it to be fun but also mature.
The project actually centered around the chair. My sister in law told me she was giving it to me. To save money, I did not want to re-cover it. I knew that I had to be able to incorporate yellow. I also wanted to have purple be a dominate color, I was tired of pink. It took me a while to decide on the third color. Once the bedding was found, I knew I wanted the third color to be grey. I had been looking at IKat and other such patterns. When I saw the chevron, I knew it was the choice I wanted. Then everything kind of came together around that. Etsy was a website that I used frequently.
For the nursery I was going for cute, with some color. I usually go for something that is a mixture of modern,but still on the simple traditional side.
White furniture - http://www.bonavita.com/products/collections/product-collection/peyton-classic-white.html
White mirror - http://www.landofnod.com/my-lucky-four-leaf-mirror-white
Art work over crib - http://www.etsy.com/people/GalerieAnais
Crib Bedding - http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/georgia-nursery-bedding-set/?pkey=e|chevron%2Bbedding|10|best|0|1|24||5&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-
Sheets - I found yellow and purple polka dot sheets on Amazon and I just switch them out each week.
Maggie Lettering - http://www.etsy.com/people/babyroosroom
Curtains - these were from a custom website that also had already made choices. I did not have to design the curtains - they fit perfect. I also bought 2 changing pad covers from here too. One in yellow and one in grey chevron. They will send you samples on the fabric which is very helpful. http://www.babybedding.com/
Curtain Rod - http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/ornament-hardware/?pkey=e|curtain%2Brod|21|best|0|1|24||4&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-
Chevron baskets - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TREASUREDTOTES08
Picture frames - All the picture frames I have in the nursery are from Etsy or Home goods. These you have to search around for as well. I haven't gotten to fill them all yet, but I have pictures of her grandmothers, her cousins, and her aunt (who is her namesake). I plan on putting pictures of her as she grows as well. For the frames I wanted fun, colorful (within the theme) and different sizes.
Knobs on dressers - These were expensive, so I did not do every knob. I ordered some purple paint to do the remainder of the knobs when I have time... these came from Etsy as well. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LeilasLoft
Light Fixture - I had originally wanted to do a chandelier. I thought it would be girly and grow with her. This is what my husband picked out. At first I was skeptical, but once he put it up, I felt that it was modern and feminine and I loved it. (Lowes, they have some similar at Ikea as well).
The Wish Tree - I thought it was such a personal touch. Every time I look at it, I read a few wishes and it always brings a smile to my face. I think of my daughter reading them when she is older and knowing how many people love her.
Don't give up on your ideas. There were times that I searched for a piece for weeks. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted, and I didn't give up until I found it. I didn't settle. Think about you final product and what you want to achieve with it. Also, have fun. This should be fun and not stressful.