My husband and I wanted to give our baby a fun, colorful, (budget friendly) room, that spoke to both boy and girl, since we weren't finding out the gender of our baby till he or she was born. Looking at the finished product that took us months to achieve, we happily succeeded. We hope our little Nicholas is as happy with the room as we are. :)
Being a graphic designer and my husband a lead singer in a band, we both have trendy, eclectic personalities and style. We didn't want to go with a "traditional baby looking nursery" since babies outgrow the nursery so quickly. We wanted a room that our son would be able to transition in as he got older. I was inspired by many rooms here on PN..and scoured Etsy, Pinterest, and Craigslist for good deals and latest trends. I knew I wanted to go with the chevron print because I love it and its perfect for a gender neutral room that is still fun and has personality. We loved how deep yellow and aqua, red and gray went together and I thought pairing it with white furniture would keep it nice and bright, since the room is very small. I love owls and wanted to incorporate them without it looking like an "owl themed room." I love small details, handmade items, and anything that tells a story. Thats what inspires me.
Trendy, eclectic with a nice balance of modern pieces.. things that can mix match and not necessarily go together pretty much sums up our entire house. The nursery ended up matching and having a more uniform look with a modern style in the end, but I think it balances better that way in such a small space. In keeping within a tight budget that I was determined to stick to..and we did :), we restored furniture we bought off Craigslist and an armoire that I inherited through my family. It took soo much more time and effort to go this route (bless my husband for the time he took in doing it all) but it was definitely worth it in the end...making it more personal and not breaking the bank.
light aqua wall color- Forget Me Not by Benjamin Moore- with 25% white added.
Dresser- Cragslist- paint color- sunflower- Benjamin Moore
Area rug- overstock.com (was on sale for 35 bucks!)
Expedit Shelf, moose rocker, spice racks used for shelves- ikea
chevron crib bedding -fingersandtoes on Etsy
chevron fabric bin- divasintuition on Etsy
chevron valance- Trouser on Etsy
small shabby chic gray end table- Lilson on Etsy
aqua distressed foot stool- Circle Creek Home on Etsy
Wall decal- beepart on Etsy
elephant decor items in Expedit Shelf- Homegoods
yellow piggy bank and gray shadow box frame- Homegoods
yellow Monster doll in crib- Etsy
floor lamp- amazon.com
white frames- Walmart
cloud and star mobile- DIY project
Typography Wall art- designed by me
White baby blanket- handmade by my aunt
aqua storage bins- Martha Stewart- Home Depot
red storage bins- thecompanystore.com
"Have Fun and Play, Play, Play" wall art- handmade by my friend
3 little owls on shelf- gift from friend that were purchased off Etsy. I can find out the artist if needed :)
owl door hanger - handmade by friend
I have too many lol...Love the yellow dresser and the wall decal. The yellow dresser just adds so much character to the room..and the wall decal design speaks to much about my husband and I. We love the tattoo style of the design and I have a love for this particular bird..and when I saw this, I knew it was meant for us :) A few of my artist friends made a few things in the room that mean so much to me..The "Have Fun and Play, Play, Play" wall art and the little owl door hanger on the armoire are handmade items I hold dear to my heart.
Prepare to take a lot of time if restoring furniture. If you are restoring/painting a cedar wood piece of furniture, such as the armoire we had...you have to use oil based paint because if not, the wood bleeds through..no matter how many coats you put on it...so dont use latex, go with oil :) And also prepare to air out the room for a few weeks..the smell does not go away that fast. Luckily we started months in advance! :)