Nursery for Little P

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A Project For

Paige

Age

1

Location

Massachusetts

Description

This is my daughter's nursery and the first room project I've ever planned.

Design Inspiration

Someone gave me a wonderful gift from Mamma Mio while I was pregnant and I loved the Robin's Egg blue color of the packaging. I found a paint color to match for the walls and the rest came together from there! When I found out we were having a girl, I decided that yellow would be a fun accent color (it would have been orange if it were a boy). I wanted the room to feel cheerful, happy and fun because that's the life I want for my daughter.

Decorating Style

My decorating style is colorful, whimsical, and airy. I like mixing old and new things and handmade touches. I always like a room to have some sort of surprise for the eyes that adds a unique touch.

Project Details

The wall color is from Benjamin Moore and the shade is #618, Robin's Nest. The bedding is from Nursery Works: it's called "Macaroni" in the color canary; it has been discontinued, but there are lots of other great choices where I bought it at www.modernnursery.com. The cube shelving is from Ikea as is the Malm dresser. To give the dresser more kick, I covered a few of the fronts with a natural shade of seagrass wallpaper. It adds texture and interest without making it stand out too much. It also makes the dresser look more upscale (in my opinion). The "hooray" banner came from etsy by the seller Nice. Shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/nice. We got the dachshund lamp, felt "ollie" owl, and mobile from www.modernnursery.com. The crib is by Oeuf. The elephant hamper came from Home Decorators...it's the lighter natural shade in size medium: http://www.homedecorators.com/search.php?search=elephant+hamper&x=0&y=0

The owl lamp came from Anthropologie as a Christmas gift from my husband...along with the owl collage (by Petite Collage http://www.petitcollage.com/). We also got the embroidered lampshades from Anthropologie. Petite Collage also made the bamboo bird mobile. We got the white shaggy rug from Crate and Barrel www.crateandbarrel.com. The yellow chair is a reupholstered $9 score from Salvation Army. I got the fabric for the fabric hoops on the wall from Purl Soho (www.purlsoho.com)

The art above the crib: The right image is a from a book cover (about children's book illustration). The left image of the elephant is my own drawing/design. The curtains were a find from www.walmart.com.

There are blackout shades in the windows, hidden by the curtains. We added Martha Steward decorative ribbon to the bottoms of the shades to add interest to the otherwise boring plain white surface. The ribbon comes with adhesive already applied, so it was an easy project. The shades are used every nap and every night!

Favorite Items

My favorite "item" in the room is my daughter! But I guess she isn't really an item per se. My favorite objects in the room are the hooray banner (it really conveys the excitement Little P brings to our life), the yellow dachshund lamp (we have a mini dachshund as a pet who we love), and the fabric hoops.

Advice

I would say choose a fun wall color and think about a design style you like and then spend some time researching furniture and accessories. I had an idea folder on my computer for months where I saved images of things I liked. Before long, I noticed a pattern of my favorite colors, styles of furniture, etc. began to emerge. Once I isolated the trends of what I liked most it came together easily. It's important to take your time and flush out your ideas rather than rush. Then, you are sure to be thrilled with the results because it's been thought through. The type-A side of me came through and I did a little scale diagram on my computer before purchasing the furniture just to make sure it all would fit how I wanted it. This saved money and time and stress! I also did a little idea board with all my favorite things and colors (on the computer) to make sure it all worked together. Again, this saved me from buying something that wouldn't work in the space and made putting the room together easy when the time came.

26 Comments

  1. 1

    I love this room!  You did a beautiful job.  I’m sure it won’t be the last room you design!  Great advice, too.  Thank you for sharing…it’s inspiring.

  2. 2

    I LOVE this room – I’d love to know which fabric you used on that chair. I’m looking for something the same color to use for crib bumpers!

  3. 3

    Thanks so much!! :) The fabric is from Calico Corner and I believe it was something like Daffodil?

  4. 4

    I came across your nursery about 7-8 months ago, on a different site ( i cant remember now).  Well, i just wanted to say i fell in love with it immediately and used it as my inspiration for our nursery!  great job!

  5. 5

    Is your wall color more blue or aqua? I have a blue Ben Moore color on my bedroom walls, but was thinking more of a turquoise color for my daughters room. but don’t want to duplicate the look. Thanks!

  6. 6

    The color is very aqua. It’s hard to say since it’s right in the middle of green and blue. If I had to choose, I’d say it was more on the blue-ish side. But the color is called “Robin’s Nest” so it’s a very Robin’s egg blue shade. It’s right in the middle of the spectrum.

  7. 7

    I love this room!  The colors are so cheerful, and I love that banner! I just featured it on my blog about creating print-rich spaces for children: http://lettersoupblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/print-rich-spaces.html

  8. 8

    I love the yellow of the rocking chair & crib bedding. Love how it pops out.

  9. 9

    I LOVE this room. I am looking for ideas for a nursery for my second child and when I saw your pictures I fell in love. And thanks for all the info details about where you got everything, very helpful!

  10. 10
    avatar SwallowingAMoose

    I love your room everytime I see it even more than before! The colors could not be more spot on!

    It’s such a happy room!

  11. 11

    Pretty!

  12. 12

    Thank you for the inspiration. It is our first baby, too, and we are excited to design his or her nursery. Your room is our inspiration. Thanks for the tip about the accent color for boy or girl. We don’t know yet what we are having. Your details are much appreciated. I can’t say thank you enough….I’m not design-minded at all!

  13. 13

    I am drawn to this room time and time again. It is such a nice color combination.

  14. 14

    This is exactly the kind of room I want for my newborn when we get her her own room. I have been looking for the perfect blueish walls and want yellow sheets, I found some primary yellow gingham sheets online that will help with the vintagy aspect of the room. and lots of neat finds from antique stores, and a drawing i did of all red flowers inspired by a chair from anthropologie. Can’t wait! Love that I have this picture to help me fit it together nicely

  15. 15

    Hi There!  Beautiful room!  Where did you get the fabric hoops?  Did you make them yourself??  They’re divine! 

  16. 16

    I love the whole room! Beautiful! Where did you get the elephant hamper? It is so cute!!

  17. 17

    I love the room!  Great job!  How did you get the wallpaper to stick to the dresser drawers?  Such a great idea!

  18. 18

    I also really love this room!  Does anyone know where I can find the bedding??  I know it’s been discontinued, but I would LOVE to have it!

  19. 19

    This room is super cute! I was wondering how much it cost to reupholster your yellow chair? (fabric price and all?)

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    avatar Carson Cataliotti

    I love the yellow and turquoise!!!! The crib bedding is so unique! Very fun nursery!

  21. 21

    It’s a wonderful room!

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    So crisp and fresh! You can get custom fabric letter blocks for Paige’s room at Etsy.

  24. 24

    Love what you did! I went and bought robins nest from BM but on the walls looks a lot darker! I was curious if your walls appear darker in person than your pics? I love how it shows in the pictures!

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    Where did you find blackout shades?! Thanks.

  26. 26

    LOVE THIS ROOM! This is exactly along the lines of what I have been planning for our nursery. I was thinking a minty blue wall color with lots of bright colorful accents and then fuschia if it was a girl and royal blue for a boy! Thanks for giving me a more visual representation of what I had in my head. This will definitely help as we make choices regarding color and items. I also love the bedding!

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