I wanted to create a nursery fit for a sweet little baby but one that can transition into a little girl's room in the future. I also knew that this room would be used by Grandma and other visitors who come by often to help with the baby, so I needed to include a bed in it. This meant I had to forgo a glider/ottoman, but somehow we manage without one. I had a good size room to work with but did not want to clutter it with all things "nursery." I wanted to use soft colors, fabrics, furniture, and decor that would not only look adorable but be practical for everyday use.
My inspiration was the net canopy (that has feathers all over); I always knew that if I had a baby girl I would definitely want one over her crib. I feel that soft fabric flowing over the crib just gives every little baby that peaceful place to sleep and dream. After searching images online one day, I stumbled onto Project Nursery! My view of nurseries has never been the same knowing that there were others out there in love with nursery decor as much as I am. Many little ideas throughout the nursery are inspirations from the amazing nurseries on this site. I also wanted bedding that didn't scream "baby" or came out of a packaged set from a baby department store. That meant no cartoony animals or crazy shapes and colors. When I came across the pink damask print at Land of Nod and paired it with the canopy, I loved it!
Classic, traditional, vintage, DIY
Crib & Dresser: Babi Italia Mayfair Collection in Oyster Shell, Babies R Us Crib Bedding: With A Flourish in pink, Land of Nod Rug: After the Rain in pink, Land of Nod Daybed: Repurposed by my husband from an old wooden front door Daybed Bedding: Sheet set found at Homegoods, adored the print so I had my mom sew a sheet that would fit over the daybed using the flat sheet. Lamp Base: Bran, Ikea Lamp Shade: Renate, Ikea Hamper: Koala Baby in Ecru, Babies R Us White Frames above Daybed: Ribba, Ikea Art Prints in White Frames: Trafalgar Square, etsy.com Birdie Bookends (currently being used as decor): Pottery Barn Kids Book Ledges: Ribba, Ikea Shelf with Hooks: Found at local thrift store and spray painted Frames and Shadow Box used in Gallery Wall: Homegoods, TJ Maxx Giraffe Stool: Home goods Letter "R" and wooden bird: DIY, cardboard letter wrapped in twine, Michael's I Love Cupcakes and Flower throw pillows: Homegoods Birds and Wreath: DIY, Dollar Store Curtains: Ikea Canopy: Feather Net Canopy, overstock.com Other knick knacks: found mostly at Homegood's and local thrift stores that I collected throughout my pregnancy
One of my favorite parts of the nursery would be the Gallery Wall which was an inspiration from some of the other nurseries I have seen on this site. It was fun collecting the little frames and knick knacks that would be part of it. My daughter loves staring up at all the different shapes while getting her diaper changed. Of course I love the way the crib, bedding, and canopy turned out!
Start early with your planning and the execution will be much easier and faster. We had to move shortly after the baby arrived, so the nursery didn't get completed until she turned two months. But I started purchasing items and collecting ideas during my second trimester. Also, spend the budget where it needs to be spent, after all its a baby and there are manyyy purchases ahead. I wanted quality furniture, rug, and bedding that could be used and reused and thats were we splurged. I saved on things like framing the artwork myself and purchasing books, frames, and other little decor at thrift stores and homegoods.