Emmerson’s Petite Vintage Nursery

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Emmerson's nursery is calm and soothing with vintage elements including a re-purposed buffet and items found and re-made into art.

Design Inspiration

My daughter and her husband asked me to design a feminine, yet "understated" nursery for their first baby girl.  I gave them a few nursery examples for inspiration and they chose Audrey's nursery from the Jones Design Company blog.  We came up with a plan that fit their personal aesthetic but "borrowed" the paint color, the fabric for the crib sheet and the scripture reference.

Decorating Style

Calm and comfortable.  I believe that interiors should reflect who you are and who you love.

Project Details

  • Crib: Sorelle Vista crib - french white
  • Wall color:  Behr "Rhino" 710E-3 from Home Depot
  • American Empire Era buffet: purchased off Craigslist and refinished with lots of love!  This piece had sat in a barn for decades.  It was hosed out, scrubbed down, sun dried, "kilz-ed" inside and out.  I painted it with a water based latex: Sherwin Williams' "Dover White", distressed with fine sandpaper and finished with a water-based acrylic "Satin" finish.
  • Scripture Artwork: a collage made by a sweet friend of Zephaniah 3:17 (a 3'x2' canvas covered in selected hymns & artwork with letters cut out and pasted on top.  Finished with a water-based satin acrylic finish.)
  • The Crib sheet fabric is unfortunately out of production, but it is Patricia Bravo French Riviera in slate.  It is sometime still available on Etsy or other sites in small pieces.
  • The bumper pads were made from quilter's grade linen and are in 4 pieces with zippers for easy washing.
  • The linen glider is from USA baby, the color is "burlap"
  • The "Oh Poop" sign above the changing table (how appropriate is that?) is from Amazon.com the maker is Papaya
  • I made the "Reading is fun" book wreath from an old workbook that I found in a local antique mall.
  • The Bird mobile was made out of some old sweaters that I felted and sewed into little birds. They are hung from an embroidery hoop covered in the same fabric as the bedskirt. (I found the woven stripe at a local quilt shop - I don't know the name or manufacturer.)
  • The Lord's prayer victorian framed print was also found at a local antique mall
  • The small plaque under the little blue dress was a gift from a friend from Rendi.

Favorite Items

Definitely my favorite item is the buffet.  I love furniture from the American Empire era with its sturdy lines and chunky curves.



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    Breathtaking room. I really love the vintage and shabby chic theme. My favorites are the scripture collage and the bird mobile.

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    Sweet and interesting details. The Lord’s Prayer vintage print is beautiful. Those DIY decor are really nice, too.]

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    Beautiful, beautiful room! You are so creative and artistic, Greeneyedmom. We plan to have another baby next year… so… will you adopt me then?

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    WOW, I was praying for my daughter during a difficult time of her pregnancy and Zeph 3:17 is where I found great comfort that day!! Any chance your sweet friend would like to sell a reproduction of this amazing piece of art?

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    I am expecting my little one in August and LOVE all of the vintage elements in this nursery. I’m going for a similar vintage-feel, and I was wondering if you could give me more information on how you made the “Reading is Fun” book wreath. I also LOVE the Zeph collage and any tips on how to reproduce something similar would be great. Specifically, I was wondering what she collaged- I can see old book pages and sheet music, but what else is in the collage? And what is the bird and tree made of? Feel free to e-mail me. Thanks so much! I appreciate any tips!


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    Sorry Vicki – It’s a one of a kind…she only does artwork for close friends. May God bless your sweet daughter!!

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    Hi Meredith,
    Here is a blog that has directions on how to make a book wreath that is similar to mine:


    If you don’t want an opening at the center don’t cut a circle out of the center of your backing. Attach the book page “cones” all the way to the center. Then cover the center with whatever you wish!

    My friend did use book pages, sheet music, hymns, scraps of paper, vintage greeting cards…whatever she felt went along with the theme. I believe the bird and tree are made of colored card stock from a scrap booking store. I know she stenciled the “damask” design directly over the collage before “aging” the entire piece with a watered down glaze finish. The final coat was a water-based sealant. Hope that helps!

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    Hi. I absolutely love your beautiful lamp.. Would you mind me asking where you got it from at all? I think my one on the way needs it in his/her life! x

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