A colorful, whimsical nursery with lots of visual stimulation for little Bailey.
The design is courtesy of my best friend, Chelsea Aldrich, who is an extremely talented interior designer and one of the most creative people I know (www.chelseaaldrich.com). We wanted to bring in lots of bright colors all around the room so that no matter where Bailey was looking, she'd find something interesting to look at, but we also wanted to bring in hints of nature (hence the trees and owls).
1) Ceiling Panels - we did this by buying very inexpensive foam boards from Home Depot, cutting them up into the different sized squares, and covering them with different fabrics. We attached them to the ceiling with velcro and hot glue at first, but they started falling off, so we reinforced them with nails.
2) Trees - my husband made these out of different sized cedar boards that we bought from Home Depot, and just making simple angled cuts for the branches. He also notched out slots for small shelves and attached them with wood glue.
3) Wall Stripes - we painted gray and white stripes on one wall, and nailed on thin strips of wood to accentuate the stripes and add some texture. We found a gray stain that we used on the wood strips, which turned out great and almost perfectly matched the gray wood of our crib. Underneath the windows, we made the wood strips into bookshelves by bringing them out about an inch from the wall.
4) Dresser and Mirror - this was part of an old wooden furniture set that my mother-in-law had passed down to us. We just applied some deglosser and then painted them with oil-based paint, put on some new drawer pulls (from Hobby Lobby), and they turned out great!
5) Headboard - we made this by cutting out a piece of plywood to the shape we wanted, put some foam and batting over it, and covered it in a piece of fabric, stapling to the back. We also found some kits at Hobby Lobby to make your own fabric-covered buttons, which we used to create the tufted look.
The ceiling and the trees are definitely the standout items for me because they make the room so unique and stimulating for Bailey. When I'm changing her, she loves looking up at all the colors on the ceiling!
Don't be afraid to go outside the box. When my friend Chelsea first pitched me the idea of the fabric ceiling panels, I wasn't so sure about it since it was different than anything I'd seen before, but it turned out to be fantastic.