Daphne’s Vintage-Inspired, Grey, Pink and Copper Nursery

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Description

Gray, blush pink and copper, vintage-inspired nursery. Lots of personal/heirloom/hand-made touches throughout.

Design Inspiration

I love anything antique/vintage. I also really wanted a look that wasn't too 'babyish" and could grow with her. And I didn't want anything too "theme-y".

Decorating Style

I love blending styles to create a custom, personalized look. For instance, a mix of modern and antique/vintage is one of my biggest faves. I also like pairing sophisticated/classic with cheery/fun/whimsical details.

Project Details

Paint: Martha Stewart's Driftwood Gray (MSL265) and Behr's Bella Pink (210E-1)

 

Crib: Bratt Decor Venetian in Slate

 

Glider/Ottoman: Newco Grand Bella Velvet in Buckwheat

 

Dresser: 1960's vintage French Provincial 9-drawer dresser

 

Ceiling light: 1930's Porcelier 3-chain ceiling fixture (Ebay)

 

Blanket (on crib): From Etsy shop SleepLittleAngel

 

Table: 3-Tier white stand from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006T3LWO0/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00)

 

White Shelves (above dresser): Doodlebug Scalloped Shelf

 

Book Shelves: Ikea Ribba picture ledges

 

Curtains and Bedskirt: Target Shabby Chic line. Bedskirt custom made from the same curtains as the ones on the window.

 

Vintage clothing display: Frames from Michaels and Ikea, shelf found on Etsy and spray-painted copper. Sweater and bonnet belonged to my mom. Center dress was made for me by my mom for my Christening, and the pink/fur shoes were mine too. The white dress on the top right was what our baby wore home from the hospital.

Angel mobile: Made using this tutorial (http://simmy.typepad.com/echoesofadream/2006/12/how_ro_make_a_s.html) to make the wool roving angels, then attached them to embroidery hoops (spray painted copper) and added the pink bead.

 

Doll and Highchair: My mom found these at an estate sale, about a month before we got pregnant (she didn't know we were even about to start trying), and bought it to save for me for a "someday baby"

 

Bejeweled "D": I spray painted a wooden "D" copper. Then I gathered a bunch of vintage jewelry (earrings missing a mate, broken pieces I repaired with beads/rhinestones, etc.) and some beads from the craft store, used tin snips to cut off any backings or other undesirable parts, and hot glued them all on to the letter. It helps to lay out all of the pieces before you start gluing, so you can get a feel for how it looks and if it all fits (or if you need more pieces).

 

Foot prints: I found this frame at an antique fair, and spray painted it copper. We added foot prints of our daughter on some blush pink paper inside.

 

Butterfly & lace: I used an extra embroidery hoop (spray painted copper), some leftover lace from making the bed skirt, and a butterfly brooch I had in my jewelry box. My husband's grandmother was a huge butterfly-lover, so this was a special little touch to honor her.

 

Kitten vase on shelf above dresser: This was a flower vase my mom had in my nursery

 

"Baby's Nest Egg": My mom's good friend found this at an estate sale, and bought it for us

 

Frames between shelves: Ikea Kvill

 

Framed Embroidered Handkerchief: Found the vintage hankie on Ebay, and loved that it was done in pink and gray

 

White frames under shelf: Purchased from Target's Shabby Chic line. Created the silhouette of our baby in Photoshop, and took the detail shots for the other frames.

 

Bunny on the left side of the dresser: One of my great grandmothers gave my mom that fabric over a decade ago, before she passed away, instructing my mom to make something for my first child with it. My mom used a vintage pattern that belonged to another great grandmother to make the bunny, and presented it to me at the baby shower.

 

Closet: We used an Ikea Expedit bookshelf to create cubbies, and then my husband built and installed the shelves and rods. Pink bins are Ikea Drona.

 

Name letters: Wooden letters purchased from Michaels, and spray painted copper.

Advice

Find out what your parents have saved from your/their childhoods to use as decoration. Also, find out if special family members had any special likes (e.g. my husband's grandmothers loved butterflies, and a number of my family members are big on angels)., and then add special little touches to honor those people. I gave preference to sentimental items when decorating, and tried to work other things around those items.

9 Comments

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    Hi there, is the glider comfortable? I have been coverting it for a while but hesitating as I read a few negative reviews on it…thanks! Love the room!

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    Bree,

    Hi Bree, I was worried about it too, and took a gamble on buying it. And I’m glad I did! The glider is actually very comfortable. Both my husband and I really like it (in fact, my husband wants one for himself now). The fabric is really soft, and the cushions are supportive. I did add the pillow, to add a little extra back support, and it makes it perfect. I’m on the shorter side (5’3″) and the back of the chair is high enough that I can very easily rest my head on it (which is great for those middle of the night nursings). Even my husband, who is 6’2″ finds it supportive enough for his liking. I wrote a pretty detailed review of the chair on Amazon (under Danielle S.) — feel free to look that up for more of my thoughts on the chair.

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    Very classy and elegant room. I just find all those hanging vintage dresses kind of creepy, like museum-kind of creepy.

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    What color are the walls? Love that soft gray but grays are so hard to pick under fluorescents in the store.

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    We used Martha Stewart’s Driftwood Gray (MSL265), and Behr’s Bella Pink (210E-1).

    The gray looks kind of dark on the swatch, but it works really well in the room. It’s a small bedroom, but it doesn’t make it feel any smaller at all. It’s a nice, airy gray, that would go really well with pinks or blues.

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    Thanks!

    I purchased the chair from Gilt, who had it on sale earlier this year. I got the ottoman on Overstock.com, who had it for a little cheaper than Gilt (I just checked though, and unfortunately they don’t have it anymore, and the other two colors they have are more expensive now).

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