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Ayla’s Nursery


Ayla's room is, in my opinion, girly - without being overwhelming or cartoony. I wanted something that would grow well with her, and that had items that could be replaced and still easily matched.

Design Inspiration

The color scheme was based off of a sheet I purchased that we still have never used. I started matching fabrics to the sheet, and then just went from there while sticking to a pretty low budget!

Decorating Style

Simple, mismatchy, and personal.

Project Details

The bookshelf was made by my Dad. The build instructions were found here . The decal above it was only $10 found on Ebay. The large black frame was $20 at Ikea, and now hold a gorgeous picture of her as a baby. The dresser was a $15 Craigslist  find, which we repainted. The knobs are from Hobby Lobby. The lamp was a $2 Goodwill find, which I also repainted. The lampshade was recovered using fabric from Hobby Lobby (same fabric as crib skirt). Changing pad cover came from BabiesRUs, although I plan on making a new one. Above the dresser  - the "frames" with holes in them were from Michaels (4 pack for about $5) that I painted. They have no backs, so I just taped in the pictures. The mirror was $17 on clearance at Hobby Lobby. The frame in the middle left was from Hobby Lobby as well, and I repainted it. The bow holder was also from Hobby Lobby ($20, but got it for $10 with coupon). We added the hooks for the headbands ourselves. The shelves were from Ikea. On the top shelf, the lantern and frame were from Ikea and was repainted. The owl was from Michael's and repainted. The pink vase from Ikea, and the birdhouse from Hobby Lobby and repainted. Bottom shelf - birdhouse from Hobby Lobby and repainted, the Cabbage Patch was a Christmas gift from my Mom when I was 18 and going through a Cabbage Patch stage. The letters were a garage sale find (got a whole bag of them!) and painted. The sheep was a Christmas gift and is a rice bag you can heat. And the vase from Ikea.

The sign above her crib was made by covering a canvas with material and gluing wooden letters on (Joannes). The Poms were found online or at Party City (extra fishing wire has now been cut - I wasn't sure that was their final placement in the pictures).

The crib was a hand me down from my son. It was oak, and we repainted it white to match. The grey chevron sheet was from Target ($10), and the breathable bumper also from Target (got on clearance for $5!). The crib skirt was made by my Mom from material at Hobby Lobby. Directions can be found here. The quilt was also handmade by my Mom with the material coming from Hobby Lobby, Joannes and various online stores. Instructions for the quilt can be found here.

Favorite Items

The bookshelf and the quilt. Both mean a lot to me since my parent's made them, and I feel like they add such great personal touches to her room. They will be items I will cherish forever.


Find one item that you love and just built it from there. Always keep your eyes open for things that will give you the look you are wanting, even if they are the wrong colors.


Wednesday 17th of July 2013

The wind-blown cherry blossoms on the wall have such a charming effect.

Ross Neytiri

Monday 15th of July 2013

I love the house shelf. I also like the wall gallery, although I wish you placed your headbands holder somewhere else because it kinda doesn't go well with all those nice, ornate frames.