Our first child, a baby girl, is due this October. Our spare room had never been used so I was working with a blank slate. I definitely love a good find, and I'm comfortable with a sewing machine, so I made the curtains and crib skirt. I'd seen a similar crib skirt at Pottery Barn, but refused to pay full price; instead I made my own with a duvet cover no longer in use. The crib itself is a replica of the one I had as a child, and I knew from the get-go it was the style we would use for our daughter. The dresser was a bargain find at a second hand shop, and all it needed was some paint. While it didn't start out as a "theme," the room ended up being an ode to strong women. I hung pictures of two of her great-grandmothers, Amelia Earhart, Wonder Woman, and a cool artsy find off Etsy of Frida Kahlo. I absolutely love how it all turned out.
I had been cruising Pinterest and various websites cataloging ideas, and what I found was I was leaning towards a more bold palate. I took a risk and chose a deep navy blue for the walls, but I knew that it would serve as the perfect backdrop to white furniture with accents of fuchsia, orange, and turquoise. I knew all along that I wanted her room to be comfortable, colorful and sophisticated. I didn't want to walk into the room and have it feel so overwhelmingly like a nursery, but more so a beautiful space that she could grow into.
Generally, I lean towards a more more modern stream-lined look - even a mid-century modern style. Lately though, I've been taken with reclaimed wood furniture and bright colors.
- Crib: Davinci Jenny Lind Crib
- Light Fixture: Allen + Roth @ Lowe's
- Paint: Behr Premium, "Starless Night"
- Chair: Babyletto "Madison" Swivel Rocker
- Dresser: Twice Loved Goods
- Shelving Unit: "Expedit" from IKEA
- Lamp: Free, it was ours already!
- Curtains: "Metro Living Circles Fuchsia" from Fabric.com
- Frida Kahlo Art: Etsy
- Amelia Earhart Print: Zazzle.com
- Rug: Overstock
- Tricycle: Awesome score at a consignment sale.
My favorite item would have to be the dresser. I love that it was such a bargain, and it adds a unique touch to the room. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind, and I think it turned out beautifully.
Don't be afraid to take risks. I was nervous about going dark on the walls, but am so happy I did. Paint is an easy thing to fix, so if you don't like it, you can always paint a new color. Use the internet to your advantage, especially with sites like this one and Pinterest to find great ideas that you can turn into your own. Go to consignment sales! Not only did I find the tricycle, but I also stocked up on tons of clothing for the little miss!