We wanted a sanctuary more than a nursery. Somewhere that we would feel relaxed and want to be as well as a room that our daughter could grow into. It's more of a grown up little girls room than a baby nursery and we couldn't love it more!
Gray is so in fashion right now, but we knew we wanted a hint of pink. So, we really got most of our inspiration from the Little Castle chair that we built around it with accents and found a way to incorporate all of the design elements we were hoping for.
Our style is retro meets shabby chic. We love the 60's and Mad Men but the romance and plush style kept the nursery baby enough to be cute.
The paint colors are from Sherwin Willliams--Essential Gray and Impatiens Petal, with the stencil being painted in Verbena. The chair is the Cottage recliner/glider from Little Castle in the Ophelia pattern. We got it from Buy Buy Baby as a special order and they let us use a 20% off coupon! The crib is Bonavita Metro Lifestyle Crib, which again came from Buy Buy Baby and with a coupon! I designed my own bedding from Carousel Designs online. You can find them here and they are fabulously priced! The drapes are from Target and the curtain rod is from Bed Bath and Beyond. The lamp is from TJ Maxx and the bookcase is from Cost Plus World Market.
If you can't already tell, I LOVE the chair. It is comfortable and stylish and when the baby is older, I can use it other places in my house. I made sure that it matched my style outside of the nursery so that the investment we made would last!
Take your time!! Search out styles and mix and match. A nursery is all about your style for the baby and while you couldn't be more excited for your little one to arrive, it doesn't mean you have to drown yourself in baby elephants and teddy bears. Make sure it's something that you enjoy because you're going to be spending a lot of time in there! And also, everything doesn't HAVE to match. Feel free to mix it up and just because the furniture comes with coordinating items doesn't mean you have to buy them all. Most of all, have fun!