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A Doggy Nursery for Liam


My husband just had to have a blue room for our first born--a boy!  I wanted something that was not theme-specific and that could grow with Liam through the years.

Design Inspiration

I saw the alphabet  plate rail on an episode of Sarah's House on HGTV.  I searched all over for fabric that I loved, and I found this puppy fabric at Carousel Designs.  I ordered the fabric, and then found the letters on Etsy.  I pulled colors from the fabric to paint the letters--but my husband did all the work!

Decorating Style

clean, simple, fun, and loveable!

Project Details

  • Plate rail-DIY
  •, spray painted by my husband
  • Paint-Bounty by Valspar
  • Fabric-Blue Doggy Days at Carousel Designs
  • Dog art that matches the fabric-made by me :)
  • "Liam" wall
  • Crib-Baby Italia Concord Classic Convertible Crib
  • Dresser-Ikea Hemnes
  • Bookshelves-Ikea Expedit
  • Valance, Crib Skirt, Pillows on Rocker-made by my mom :)
  • Rocker-my childhood rocking chair
  • Noah's Arc needlepoint-made by my great grandmother

My husband installed the plate rail at the same height as our window/door frames.  We have 9' ceilings, so this gave us plenty of room to place the letters (with liquid nails) on the rail.  My mom sewed the valance, crib skirt, and rocker cushions.  We attached the crib skirt with Velcro, and then placed Velcro at two additional heights on the skirt so that it can be raised as the mattress is lowered.  I painted the doggy artwork above the dresser with watercolors.

Favorite Items

Alphabet plate rail, Blue Doggy Days fabric, doggie days artwork


Tuesday 27th of September 2011

Beautiful! I love the clean modern design and the dogs!


Monday 26th of September 2011

I absolutely love the soft and subtle earth tones you used for the room, combined with the powder blue walls and bedding. The colors are very relaxing and soothing to the senses.


Monday 26th of September 2011

I also saw the alphabet letters on Sarah's House and loved that idea. I love the sophisticated/classic room you've put together. I would have been all over the plate rail idea, however we ended up putting our nursery on the 2nd floor with slanted ceilings, so I had some design challenges to deal with :o)