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My Flight of Fancy


My whimsical, flight of fancy, gender neutral nursery for my first child.(arriving any second now...)

Design Inspiration

The inspiration for this room was the hot-air-balloon fabric, by Waverly. I wished it was a wall paper at first but then thought of framing the fabric so the it would not look so busy. I wanted to keep with the whimsy of the fabric so I thought of circus tent stripes as a background , which we painted ourselves. Even the recliner, by Dutailier, has an "Alice in Wonderland" shape to it. I added birds and butterflies throughout the room for a touch of nature.

Decorating Style

Whimsical, timeless, touch of vintage.

Project Details

I feel I made a very unique nursery by using a real mix of well-known brands (all on sale) and things I made. Crib and dresser from Oeuf (Robin crib was on sale and the dresser was the floor model). Love Restoration Hardware design but generally out of my price range so I picked  particular items like the vintage looking scroll brackets and then made the white washed shelves ourselves. The vintage wire cubby is also RH but I coupled it with an antique washstand we found. Even the round  Ikea table is from the as-is section, topped off with a birdcage light I made.

Favorite Items

I'm most proud of this light as I took several ideas from various design magazines and came up with a one-of-kind, playful light. The birds and butterflies really added some color and Christmas lights always give such a nice glow to a room.


Using a favorite fabric or picture is a great starting place to tie a room together. Doing alot of research and having a little patience is the best way to find good bargains. If something is out of reach (price or location wise) try to think DIY or find a local crafts person (Etsy is a fabulous place) to make it for you!

Andrea Lowe

Sunday 17th of February 2013

I love the striped walls. The hot air balloon fabric is charming as well.