Rosalie’s Whimsical Owl DIY Nursery

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A Project For

Rosalie Jane


Due May 13, 2012- Mother's Day!


Maryland/ Washington DC Area


My husband and I wanted a whimsical/animal themed nursery for our first baby. We love birds and are avid bird watchers. Our wedding was bird and nature themed. So when I found the Owl fabric on, I was in love and envisioned Rosalie's nursery. The whole nursery was DIY, Project Nursery and Pinterest inspired. I wanted it to be personal and not trendy but unique! 

Design Inspiration

DIY, sewing, nature, owls, girly girl, soft soothing colors, gray, Pinterest, and Project Nursery! 

Following Pinterest Link with my inspiration:

Decorating Style

I would say my decorating style was all about matching and coordinating with the Owl fabric. I think that Rosalie's nursery holds the traditional components but is contemporary with the fabric that I picked by Michael Miller Retro Forest collection. 

Also, I tried to create some transitional items in her room. All the wall art will stay in her room hopefully until she is older, as well as the bookshelves, fabric balls and the beautiful quilt that was made by her grandma.

From the beginning we planned on painting the nursery a light gray (being a boy or girl) but we skipped since we plan on moving at the end of the year. 

Project Details

All DIY projects:

-Crib Bedding- all hand sewn (bumpers, fitted sheet, skirt, and fabric around mobile plastic rods) 

- Crib Bedding How to Links: 

Crib Bumpers: Bought the bumpers at JoAnn's with enclosed directions. I added some more stuffing inside the bumpers to make them fuller.


Crib Skirt:

Fitted Sheet:

Fabric: Michael Miller Retro Forest Collection

- Glider and Ottoman- Re-upolstered, bought Glider from Craigslist and purchased Pink Minky fabric and cushion from JoAnn's. Quilt and Pillows were made by Grandma/MIL. 

Glider and Ottoman Re-upolster How To instructions:

- Rosalie Name Wall Art how to:

Fabric Balls How To Directions:

Hoop embroidery fabric art Inspiration

Cherry Blossom Wall art Canvas Inspiration

-Owl Lamp Shade re-done by adding white fabric rosettes How To:

- Nightstand- sanded and repainted by Hubby                              Dresser/Changing Table- Craigslist- Total $60. Hubby sanded, repainted and added new knobs. Tutorial How To:

-Cherry Blossom Centerpiece above storage cubes- Dollar Tree, from Baby Shower.

Store Bought Items:

Rug- Target

Crib- Davinci 4 in 1 Crib from Target

Owl Lamp base-

Storage Cubes with purple boxes, Owl Mobile all Purchased at Target or 

Wall Bookshelves- Ikea

Favorite Items

Most of the books that we got at a local non-profit bookstore..which were FREE in downtown Baltimore. I was super excited to find the Owl lamp base on Adding the white Rosettes made it a favorite. I think there are a lot of items that can be transitional for Rosalie in the future, which really make them a favorite! 


I say to keep it simple and search the internet for fun ideas!  You don't have to spend tons of money on baby furniture and items. I was amazed by all of the Craigslist finds we found for our nursery and baby! We cut our costs in half and I was able to concentrate on DIY sewing projects which was very meaningful! 

One comment

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    I just love the colors! And the fact that so many things here are DIY! My faves are the Rosalie wall art and the canvas wall art inspiration. The owl and flower lamp is gorgeous, too.

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