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When designing my nursery I wanted to make sure that I really took my time before jumping into buying anything. I wanted a nursery that was modern and unique, yet functional and affordable. The room the nursery is in is quite small, so I had to keep that in mind when picking out furniture and decorating so that it wouldn't look too cluttered.
The term that I would use to describe my nursery is "fresh-modern". I wanted a light and airy feel with a modern look. I also wanted to add some Scandinavian touches, which I incorporated into the bedding and fabric. I love art and whimisical touches, but sometimes I can go overboard a bit with cluttering up spaces. I'm actually really proud of myself for the restraint I had when decorating!
My personal style is eclectic and whimisical. I like to have unique one of a kind pieces and I like to infuse different design elements together. I don't typically have a theme or a set design in mind, I usually slowly put things together, so this room was a bit of a challenge for me. While I took my time desiging it, I really had to hone in on a particular style and theme.
Crib: Baby Mod Olivia
I am not a Wal-Mart shopper in the least bit, but I was thrilled to find this budget-friendly modern crib! The crib got excellent reviews and we are so happy with it. We did modify it a bit by spray painting the base white.
Bedding: I purchased my bedding from the etsy seller, Ivie Baby. I wanted something fresh and modern and I got exactly what I was looking for out of this fabric. I'm obsessed! I originally purchased a bumper in the minty chevron fabric, but then decided to forgo the bumper. The seller was so accommodating to me and ended up making me an extra sheet in the minty chevron fabric instead.
Dresser/Changing Table: Ikea Hemnes
I really wanted the 6 drawer version of this dresser, but we just did not have enough space. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough space for the changing table pad and diapering essentials to fit on top of the dresser, but it's actually worked out great and space has not been a problem.
Glider: Luca Glider
I fell in love with this glider as soon as I saw it and lucky for us, my dad bought it as a baby gift. It probably would have been too big of a splurge otherwise.
Pouf: We didn't want to spring for the Luca ottoman and I wanted a pop of color to tie into the yellow accents in my bedding, so when I saw this pouf at Land of Nod, I snached it right up and it works like a charm.
Rug: All of our bedrooms have carpet, which I hate, so I thought a rug might warm up the room and break up the carpet a bit. This rug is so soft and dreamy and the price was amazing.
Nightstand: Ikea Hemnes
Floating Shelves: I love the look of floating shelves and planned on getting them at Ikea, but the sizes they had available did not fit in the space I had picked out. I ended up finding the perfect size on ebay. They were 3x more expensive than the Ikea version, but I got the look I was going for.
Wire Shelf: Lerberg Shelf
Since our nursery is so small and we had very limited room for extra furniture, we bought this little shelf from Ikea to fit miscellaneous items. It fit perfectly in our last tiny open space and for $14.99 you really can't go wrong.
Curtains: This was my DIY project, which I don't ever do, and I'm super pleased with how it came out! Curtains were $10 from Ikea and then I hot glued yellow pom-pom trim around the edges.
Hippo Head: This is my touch of whimsy. West Elm, no longer available.
Lamp: Ikea Ledet
Paint Colors: White paint and Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
I have to give my husband kuddos for painting the stripes! I obviously couldn't paint since I was pregnant, but even if I could it probably wouldn't have ended well. The walls turned out exactly how I wanted them!
It's really hard to pick a favorite item! I actually really love the way my curtains turned out and I love our glider. I'm also so happy with the fabric that I used for the bedding, it's exactly the look I was envisioning months before I found it.
Be patient! I had a hundred million design ideas floating in my head before I even knew the sex of my baby. I would literally stay awake at night thinking of design ideas. Once I knew what I was having I spent all my free time on etsy and pinterest, which is good and bad. Good, because you can pin and favorite items, but bad because you can look and look forever. I also think it's a good idea to wait a few days/weeks before purchasing anything in case you change your mind or go in a different direction. I think it's helpful to find one person who's design opinion you value and use them to bounce ideas off of..when you ask too many people you run into varying tastes. And last, don't be a snob when it comes to where you purchase your items, especially if you're on a budget! I would have never dreamed of buying a crib from Wal-Mart, but I actually saw the crib while looking on Project Nursery and when I clicked to see where the person bought it, I was shocked. I got such a good deal on the crib and with a little tweaking, I made it into the exact crib I was looking for.