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Jude’s Whimsical Nursery

Description

I created this room for my second son, Jude, and wanted a space that was both fun and sophisticated, and that would grow up with him. At the time of designing the room, we weren't sure if our baby was a boy or girl, so something gender-neutral was necessary too. I didn't want to go all matchy-matchy, and wanted to incorporate handmade and eco-friendly elements to the room. As a former art teacher/artist, I created many of the homemade touches myself, including the felted mobile, quilted wall hanging, and pillow. This room is now our favorite in the house!

Design Inspiration

I was inspired initially by the wallpaper and its fun design and color scheme.  I wanted the background of the room to be neutral gray (paint from Yolo Colorhouse, Stone .04) with pops of color in the form of accessories and bedding.

Decorating Style

I like modern, handmade style, with an eco-friendly slant.

Project Details

I started with my older son's crib, then found modern, eco-friendly furniture from Argington that went well with it.  I fell in love with the rug, from Overstock.com (great source for low cost, high quality area rugs) and the modern chair that I found on Amazon for around $100.  Most of the artwork I made myself, like the "J" monogram above the crib made from broken crayons.  I think you can make a lot of artwork for kids' rooms really cheaply, or else find affordable items from Etsy.  I love the prints I got from ZukZuk on Etsy; they're really fun!

Favorite Items

The wallpaper, the felted mobile, the quilted wallhanging (my first ever attempt at quilting), and the furniture.

Advice

Find an artwork (or wallpaper) with a color scheme you love and go from there in terms of colors for the room. I prefer using a neutral background to let the accessories stand out.  And use what you love, even if it might not "fit in", like the parents' childhood toys or furniture.

Whitney

Friday 2nd of September 2011

Where did you get the wallpaper?! I LOVE it!

Maria

Thursday 18th of August 2011

The room is beautiful!!! Can you tell me where you got the bedding? I love it!

Ysczabel

Monday 15th of August 2011

I like the combination of simplicity and whimsical. I like that there are a few charming items, but that you didn't go overboard. Most nurseries that go for the whimsical look almost always end up over-killing it. You didn't, and I like that.

Katydidandkid

Friday 12th of August 2011

You can find the rug here:

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Hand-tufted-World-Classic-Bluish-grey-Wool-Rug-5-x-8/4817426/product.html

2bella4u

Friday 12th of August 2011

i LOVE this rug, but i couldnt find it on overstock :o(