A Project For
A feminine and serene room for my baby girl.
The crib bedding was the starting point for the color palette, mood and style of the nursery – soft grays, pinks, creams and whites with romantic prints and fun accents. Elephants emerged as another theme (for good luck!) and I collected them as I went along.
A mix of traditional and vintage. I wanted to create a sophisticated space that will grow with her beyond the baby stage.
Wall color: Mix of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (50%) and Atrium White (50%) – many paint stores will do a custom mix if you ask
Trim and ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Atrium White
Crib: Jenny Lind Fixed-Side Crib on Amazon.com
Crib bedding: Serena & Lily Colette collection
Crocheted blanket: Handmade by me
Letters: Taylors Treasures on Etsy.com
Hamper: Home Decorators Collection rattan elephant hamper (size small)
Baskets: Ikea Byholma baskets
Knobs and hooks (used as curtain tiebacks): Anthropologie
Tabletop lamp: Ikea Lyrik table lamp
Mirror: Ikea Kolja mirror
Mobile: BellesNurseryDecor on Etsy.com
Elephant painting (on tin panel): Olde Good Things at Brimfield Antique Show
Tray: West Elm lacquer tray
Floral pot planter (used as storage): Ikea
Sofabed: Ikea Ektorp sofa bed
Canvas pillow: Sugarboo Designs
Cashmere monogrammed blanket: Ralph Lauren
“L” letter pillow: Jonathan Adler Pink Junior Letter Pillow
Lamps: “Vintage” Crate & Barrel (c. 1980s) - already owned
Lampshades: Pottery Barn Linen drum lamp shade
Shelf: Vintage, from my bedroom growing up
Area rug: Pottery Barn Kids Dhurrie Border Rug (negotiated a lower price by picking up in-store)
Faux sheepskin rug: Ikea
Curtains: Restoration Hardware Opaque Belgian Linen Drapes, Optic White - were already in the room
Pom Poms: Martha Stewart Pom Poms (mounted with adhesive cup hooks, thin fishing thread, and satin bows tied onto hooks to hide them) from Amazon.com
Dress mannequin: Vintage at Brimfield Antique Show (I sanded and repainted it in Benjamin Moore Petal Pink)
The vintage dress mannequin is my favorite. I found it on the side of the road at a flea market. It was something I dreamed of using for a baby girl’s nursery. I hope she will enjoy it as she grows.
-Plan according to function – your nursery “works” harder than the average room when you are caring for a baby.
-Choose a soothing paint color and let colorful accents shine.
-Use “adult” furniture and accessories (for example, using a dresser as a changing table).
-Splurge on key items and be thrifty with the rest – don’t be afraid to DIY.
-Look at nursery blogs for inspiration to cherrypick your favorite items, and then use what you love!