I designed this nursery before my daughter was born, so it had to be gender neutral. I wanted it to be clean and modern, and filled with things that are meaningful, such as the handmade shelves and mobile, special items from my childhood, and a little bit of Star Wars.
I was inspired by a picture of a mobile made up of clouds and kites against a blue wall. I did not have a specific theme in mind when I created this room. For me, now that it's finished, the whole room calls to mind a perfect day, with bright blue skies filled with white clouds and bright green grass.
I love modern design, with crisp, clean lines. I chose the colors for the room from the color palette of a summer day: bright blue, white, vibrant green, and sunny yellow. Some of the items I had in mind from the beginning, while others were slowly incorporated as they were found, or I had a specific need.
Crib: Babyletto Hudson
Crib skirt: Handmade
Dresser: IKEA Hemnes
Side table: Target
Cloud shelf: Handmade
Elephant shelf: Handmade
Elephant hamper: Home Decorators Collection
Wall art: Pages from vintage children's books, A Bubbly Life
Doll: Handmade using Black Apple pattern
Changing pad cover: Zutano
Rainbow stacker: Imagination Kids
Tree stacker: Plan Toys
Paint color: Trade Secret by Valspar
My favorite item in the room is the cloud and hot air balloon mobile. The whole room was built around that mobile. It's special, because my mother made it. I also have a special love for the handmade cloud and elephant shelves (again, made by my parents), and the vintage Billy Goat Gruff print hanging above the crib.
Take your time! Buy sample jars of paint to make sure you're getting just the right color for your room. And don't be afraid to make things yourself-- you'll get exactly what you want, and it will mean so much more, because you made it.