Gracie’s Room

  • Owl Canvas1/8
  • Curtains2/8
  • Dresser3/8
  • Crib4/8
  • Tree5/8
  • Glider6/8
  • Measuring Post7/8
  • Rocking Horse8/8

A Project For

Grace Loretta

Age

4 Months

Location

Dallas, Texas

Description

The room is gray and white with warm yellow and bright aqua accents.  We had no real theme beyond wanting a happy and comfortable space for our baby girl.  At some point, the room took on a life of its own and it's now filled with a variety of owls and daisies.

Design Inspiration

I wanted a simple, unique nursery that could grow with Gracie.  I also wanted to use fun colors and patterns and avoid the cliche pink.

Decorating Style

Contemporary meets vintage.

Project Details

My husband and I painted the walls Harbor Gray by Behr, which is low VOC paint.  I was worried it might be too light, but it turned out perfect.

The crib is a hand-me-down that was used by all four of my sister's children.  It was originally a light wood finish.  I stripped it and we repainted it white.  I love the history of this crib and I love how it turned out, but I do not recommend doing this project.  The dowels are a major pain to sand and paint without drips.

My niece sewed the bed skirt and bumper with fabric and a pattern from Hobby Lobby. My sister, niece, and I made the mobile.

My niece also painted the owl canvas with help from my other niece and nephews.  It's based on a Hobby Lobby canvas.

We got the dresser from an unfinished furniture store for about $300 and painted it aqua to give the room some pop.  I bought the glass hardware online.  I think the website was myknobs.com.

The aqua ottoman is from Target.  I think it was only $17 and it holds a surprising amount of toys.

I already had the wicker basket that's filled with stuffed animals; I just spray painted it white and glued aqua ribbon to the handles.

My neice combined two different shower curtains from Target to make the window curtains long enough to pool at the floor.  I love the effect!  I got the curtain rod and hangers from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

My mom painted the "You Are My Sunshine" canvas, but I have to admit that I stole the idea from someone else's project.

The tree painting was a shower gift from my best friend.  Each limb ends with fingerprint of a shower guest.

I got the bookshelves from The Land of Nod, but I am sure that I paid too much for them.  Also, FYI, this style of bookshelf does not hold as many books as I had thought. They're primarily decorative.  That's why there are more books in every free space in Gracie's room.

I got the glider from Buy Buy Baby for about $400 (I think).  Great price for a comfy chair with contrasting piping. I got the "Here Comes the Sun" pillow case from a super nice seller on Etsy.  The quilt over the back was made by a friend.

The bedside table is from Walmart.com.  The lamp is from Target, but I spray painted the base to match the dresser.

My grandmother made the daisy quilt when my sister was a baby.  It's hanging on a basic curtain rod from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

The "DREAM" letters on the top shelf of the bookcase was a cool gift from my best friend.  It's made from recycled metal.

My sister gave us the measuring post.  I know she ordered it online, but I'm not sure what website she got it from.

My parents got the rocking horse for my nephew years ago at Wimberley Market Days.

The stained glass flowers and matching nightlight were made by my best friend's mom.

The bookshelves on either side of the window are from my nursery.  Most of the items on the bookshelves are heirlooms or keepsakes from our lives.

The rug is from Urban Outfitters. I'd seen it in a lot of nurseries on Project Nursery and I loved it for the price ($90).

Favorite Items

It's very hard to choose a favorite item because the room is filled with keepsakes  and things handmade especially for Grace.  But I think my favorite thing is the daisy quilt that my grandmother made.

Advice

My advice is to pick a calm color for the walls and incorporate two bright accent colors throughout the room.  The more you incorporate things from your past and your family, the more special the room becomes.

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