Graham’s Bright and Colorful Space

  • mobile and prints1/9
  • frog2/9
  • sw from low3/9
  • south wall4/9
  • new hoops5/9
  • bunting6/9
  • bunting and mobile7/9
  • window seat8/9
  • pan9/9

A Project For

Graham

Age

4 months

Location

Michigan

Description

The bright and colorful nursery we created for our son, Graham.

Design Inspiration

It all started with a fabric hoop collage and a grey and yellow pillow! I knew I wanted to inject a lot of different colors into the space, so we chose a calming grey for the walls. Fabric hoops, a mobile, and rainbow-hued bunting became the colorful accents in the room.

Decorating Style

I really enjoy pieces with clean lines--nothing too fussy! I'm really drawn to (mid-century) modern designs and contemporary pieces. But on a budget.

Project Details

Paint

  • Wall color/ Benjamin Moore EcoSpec Egg Shell in Gray Horse 2140-50
  • Trim/ Benjamin Moore EcoSpec Semi-gloss in Pure White

Furniture and fixtures

  • Crib/ Amy Coe Westport Lifetime Crib
  • Dresser/changing table/ Ikea Malm 6-drawer dresser
  • Rocking chair/ hand-me down reupholstered in spoonflower fabric
  • Window seat/bookcase/ Ikea Expedit shelving unit
  • Window seat baskets/ Ikea Pjas basket
  • Lamp/ Ikea Hemma lamp base and yellow skirma shade
  • Ceiling fixture/ Ikea Knappa pendant lamp
  • Rug/ Ikea Havbro wool rug
  • Moose/ Ikea Ekorre rocking moose
  • Clock/ Baby Ben folding alarm clock
  • Round Bevel Mirror/ Target
  • Wooden Tray with glass lining/ Target
  • Hamper/ wedding present from Crate and Barrel (fitted with a cotton liner I made) 
  • Roller shades/ Levolor room darkening roller shades
  • Fan/ purchased many years ago
  • Bird serving tray (on the green shelf)/ Ikea barbar tray
  • Ipod docking station/ memorex minimove

Textiles

Art

Favorite Items

For things we purchased, I love the crib and the moose rocker. As for DIY projects, the mobile and the cornices are my favorites.

Advice

I really made this space unique for our boy by designing special fabrics (used in the crib skirt, the frog, the chair, the pillows, and the fabric collage) on spoonflower. I'd encourage anyone to create something special for his or her child's room. It's so great to be able to make something specifically for your child...and to see him (or her) enjoy it!

28 Comments

  1. 1

    LOVE the mobile!! Where is it from?

  2. 2

    Thanks, MegEliz! I made the mobile using different colors of felt (which I stuffed with a little polyfill). The pieces are suspended using clear thread from a large embroidery hoop.

  3. 3

    This room is inspiring me for my daughters soon to be nursery. It is just so lovely and simple at the same time. I was curious about the cornice fabric. I could not find that print on Spoonflower.com, any idea of how i could find it? Thanks for sharing thi great room!

  4. 4

    Beautiful room! I was looking for a pouf pattern so I’m so glad I stumbled upon your nursery!  How many yards of fabric did you need to make it?

  5. 5

    Thanks so much!

    @miapills I bought the print from dolphinandcondor on spoonflower and the print is called dots and lines. I don’t see it in her shop any more, but you might contact her through the spoonflower site to see if she’ll post it for sale again. I love it!

    @tinat I bought about 2.5 yards to make the large sized ottoman

  6. 6

    Where did you purchase your crib I can not seem to find one for sale? Your room is awesome:)

  7. 7

    Thanks, rachei. We purchased the crib through babies-r-us online (no one around us stocked it). Good luck!

  8. 8

    If you ever decide to sell mobiles like that, do drop me a line.  That mobile is fabulous!

  9. 9

    Thanks, Martinique! I’ll keep that in mind. ;)

  10. 10

    I just posted my nursery, “Hudson’s Room”, and I made custom drapery panels out of the same fabric as your ottoman:)  Obviously you have great taste:)  I thought I was being so unique, but great minds think alike!

    Great room!

  11. 11

    I am absoultely in love with your fabric hoop collage idea! I wanna do one of my own. =)  And I love how all the colors blended. It’s a very colorful room, but it didn’t end looking too colorful, too messy, or too psychedelic.

  12. 12

    I am absoultely in love with your fabric hoop collage idea! I wanna do one of my own. =)  And I love how all the colors blended. It’s a very colorful room, but it didn’t end looking too colorful, too messy, or too psychedelic.

  13. 13

    Thanks so much–and you should do your own collage! It’s fun, simple, and cheap!

  14. 14

    I totally agree with Martinique there on the mobile.  You did a great job here :) I love it!

  15. 15

    Really pretty and colorful room. I am sure your little one will love it, knowing how kids love colorful things. And clearly, a lot of stuff in here are handmade, and you deserve an applause for doing such a great job. I really admire crafty parents.

  16. 16
    avatar happyalli@hotmail.com

    where did you get the yellow panels above the window? I love them and would love to them in my nursery in another color

  17. 17

    Thanks Happyalli! We made the cornices ourselves and upholstered them in fabric I bought on spoonflower. You can read a bit more on my blog post, especially in the comments. Good luck with your nursery!

    http://theb-line.blogspot.com/2010/05/baby-ready-nursery-reveal.html

  18. 18

    Awesome job! I would live in this room!

  19. 19

    Thanks so much BriskRain and zendalasao!

  20. 20

    i love this nursery. i wanted to know how much fabric u bought for the cornices and whats the dimension? also about how much did the cornices cost u from start to finish

  21. 21

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  23. 23

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  24. 24

    I love light and sunny nurseries , this room looks absolutely delightful, and I love the wall decor, so sweet.

  25. 25

    Hi there,
    Love the nursery. You are my inspiration!
    Any chance you could put the fabric for the cornices back up on Spoonflower?
    Thanks,
    Emily

  26. 26

    Looks great what is the width of the crown molding?

  27. 27

    Just wondering what you used to stuff your ottoman? I’m planning on making one for my nursery!

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