We created a serene, shabby chic baby suite for our daughter, Bianca.
All the women in my family create beautiful heirloom quilts, and we knew Bianca was going to get several as gifts in addition to the quilts that have been passed down for years through our families. Their girly patterns and loved textures were the inspiration for the room.
Everything in our home is French Country + Shabby Chic with a little bit of a modern flare added in for good measure.
The highlight of the room is the Bratt Decor pewter crib, but the nice thing about shabby chic is the ability to reuse furniture you might already have. I pulled the dresser from the basement and found the matching end table, by pure luck, at a small resell shop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The changing table is from GoodWill and was repainted and sanded down on the edges to appear aged. The wall hangers are from Pier One, and the dresses hanging from them were mine (her mother's) when I was a baby. The trinkets around the room are family antiques, and the rug was purchased locally at a carpet store in town. The sconces were purchased from http://www.2sweetsisters.com. The chair was an awful old recliner that was recovered with a neutral cover from Target and accented with a quilt made by her grandmother.
My favorite items are the sconces. I've always wanted a pretty chandelier, but it didn't work with the existing fixture. The scones provide such pretty light and make the room very serene and relaxing.
I recommend having your parents drop off boxes of stuff they've been hoarding in their basement from when you were a child. You'd be surprised what great accents you already own! Then, head out to thrift stores and think how you can easily repurpose large items. I'm not handy so I go for the simplest solution possible.
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