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Hadley’s Sweet Space


After years of creating nursery artwork and designing spaces for others,  I finally had my own nursery to create.  I chose a pink, gray and yellow color scheme and created a sweet, calming space with graphic touches that will work for my baby girl for many years to come.

Design Inspiration

After blogging about nursery design for years, I had a whole folder of inspiration photos saved up from all over the web.  I knew I didn't want a theme, and instead chose unusual colors.  I painted the graphic wall myself, and created the bookshelves, memo board and artwork.  As an avid DIYer I wanted the room to be filled with projects that I created myself and tried not to purchase too many things from a big box store.

Decorating Style

The rest of my house is kind of ranch rustic and filled with vintage finds and refurbished pieces, so I wanted the nursery to be totally different and girly.

Project Details

Changing Table - IKEA Gulliver with 30" LA Baby Contour Pad * Closet Curtains - Restoration Hardware Baby * Vanity - Vintage, given to my by a friend & refinished * Window Curtains - Restoration Hardware Baby * Wall Mural - Hand painted by me * Crib - Bonavita Payton Classic Crib in White * Crib Mobile - click for tutorial - Hand made by me * Crib Bedding & Banner - Mostly IKEA fabric, sewn by etsy seller Fingers and Toes * Rug - Surya 17 Flirty in Pale Yellow, discontinued * Glider Chair - Best Chair Irvington, bought from Craigs List * Side Table - Marshall's Homegoods * Side Table Lamp - IKEA * Bookshelves - DIY, tutorial from Centsational Girl * READ Alphabet Cards - Free printable from The Handmade Home * Memo Board - click for tutorial - DIY, purchased frame at flea market * Dresser - Pottery Barn Outlet * Dresser Tray - IKEA * Lamp - Restoration Hardware Baby * Hadley  - click for tutorial - & LOVE Wall Art - made by me *

Favorite Items

Its hard to choose a favorite, but I love the glider chair for its comfort.  And the vanity because I know she will love to play dress up at it later.  And the bookshelves because my father made them for her and I loved to read as a little girl.  I am hoping she loves to as well!


When you come across a photo of something you love, save it for use later, even if you aren't planning a nursery yet.  Many of my items were bought at a discount store, on craigslist, or made by me.  Don't be afraid to take on DIY projects yourself, they will mean so much more to you than something you can buy off a shelf.  If you are not craft, enlist the help of a friend or relative that is, or use to get exactly what you want at a great price. Bottom line, fill your space with things you love, things that are personal and have meaning and you will love spending time in there!


Tuesday 20th of March 2012


sorry I just saw all the comments on my posting. No, it was actually brand new with tags on CL, I know to recover a chair is pretty pricey and sometimes not worth it. I love the stencil, it is still one of my favorite things everytime I walk in the room!


Friday 13th of January 2012

This is WONDERFUL. I also love that it's pretty gender neutral [the main things] but you could frill it up or add boy stuff! I actually bought this same stencil from an artist in GA so I will be using it in our nursery! Thanks for the inspiration. Did you have to get your glider recovered? If so, how much was it to recover?

Brenna Smith

Thursday 22nd of December 2011

I wanted to know your thoughts on whether or not this color scheme/idea would work with a dark crib? We're planning to use our son's crib, which is a cherry wood color. I love the idea but would hate to not be able to pull it off because of the color of the crib. Also, I noticed you had an etsy seller sew your crib does this work?


Saturday 3rd of December 2011

Love the nursery!!!! What company made the wall paint and what colors did you use?

Bluebird Kisses

Monday 21st of November 2011

I love this room, its so beautiful. I made a similar book case for my son's room, and its by far one of my favorite things.