My husband and I are having our first baby in October. We just moved into a new house, giving us a blank canvas on which to build the perfect nursery for our new baby girl, Charlotte Cecile.
Like many new moms-to-be, I found myself wading through thousands of pictures on pinterest and becoming overwhelmed by all the gorgeous nurseries. Ultimately, I opted to go with a cool, calming palette in lavender and mint. We wanted the room to be charming and sweet, with a flair for the whimsy. We added gorgeous vintage-inspired hot air balloons as the mobile, a sweet chandelier fit for any princess, and tea pots reminiscent of one of my favorite children's books, Alice In Wonderland.
I have an eclectic style, pulling from modern to traditional and shabby chic, to simple and charming. I like to incorporate items that we collect during travels, or items of sentimental value to me and my family with pops of color here and there.
We started with our calming paint palette- We opted to go with Sherwin Williams Rainwashed on top of the chair rail and Sherwin Williams Snowbound below.
Once we had the palette, everything started coming together. We added Pottery Barn Baby bedding in the pattern of Brooklyn, and a comfy rocker glider from Wayfair for all those upcoming sleepless nights. I found the perfect rug to pull the room together on Overstock.com, and the rest was adding small touches here and there. A vintage balloon mobile found online on Amazon, and we updated some furniture pieces we already had with a simple coat of paint in the color of Seasalt by Behr. A few sentimental touches here and there really accented the room well, a tea set given to us by my husband's grandmother, my wedding bouquet made of vintage brooches, and a carousel painting from New Orleans, where my husband and I were married.
Paints: Sherwin Williams
Crib & Bedding: Pottery Barn & Wayfair
Vintage Hot Air Balloon Mobile: Amazon.com
Comfy Swivel Glider: Wayfair.com
Lavender Accent Rug: Overstock
Vintage hot air balloon mobile
The best advice I can give you is to take your time and don't commit yourself too rigidly to one design motif. The best design themes incorporate versatile elements- Don't be afraid to put something that might not necessarily match or fit into one theme. The whole design doesn't have to be done at once, so take your time gathering items that combine both form and function, and items that bring you joy. Remember, you're going to be spending a lot of time in this room, so the design should be just as much FOR YOU as it is for your new bundle. Have fun and Happy Decorating!