My husband and I started turning this room into a nursery just a few weeks before we even found out we were pregnant. It was in the midst of installing the chair rail when we found out we were expecting. We had already gone with the Balmy Seas blue for the walls, thinking it was a neutral shade that could go either way. I always loved this color paired with feminine tones, so I was hoping our little bean would end up being a girl. Luckily, she did! After we found out we were having a girl, it was on to start decorating. We were on a budget, so I knew I would have to be creative to achieve the look I was envisioning. I fell in love with the "Love Bird" bedding by Bananafish, even though it was a little pricey. However, I splurged on it and I let the beautiful print of the bedding set the tone for the Garden Party inspired theme I was envisioning. I also wanted to infuse Flea Market style pieces into her room, so many of the things you see in her nursery were picked up at flea markets or antique shops. I had a great time repurposing!
It began with the bedding and from there it evolved into an incorporation of my love for vintage, garden and floral pieces.
I would call my decorating style "vintage botanical".
Paint Color: Balmy Seas by Behr Crib & Changing Table: Charleston Collection by Graco Paper Lanterns: Paper Lantern Store "Yellow" by Coldplay Typography Art: Sitting Pretty Bird Wall Art: Pier 1 Bedding: Love Bird by Bananafish Dresser: Cape Cod by Bassetbaby Chandelier: Target (no longer for sale)
My favorite item in her nursery is probably the typography print with the lyrics to "Yellow" by Coldplay. The instrumental strings version of this song was played as our wedding party walked down the aisle at our wedding.
Don't be afraid to think outside of the box. If you see an ugly, rusted something or another - envision what it would look like with a fresh coat of paint. In my case, I always picture what things would look like in white. Virtually anything looks better in white when you're going for a shabby chic look! Also, be creative with how you can use certain items. An old ornate picture frame can be repainted and turned into a mirror or a message board. A colorful, vintage bath mat can be cleaned and be used as an accent rug. It's all in how you look at things! Lastly, don't be afraid to mix and match. Personally, I have a lot of different styles that I am drawn to. My dining room is very cottage antiquey. But, just on the other side of the wall, my living room is more modern rustic and Crate & Barrel-ish. I used to think it was strange to have such different themes within the same home, but now I love it because I get to explore all of my different styles! Happy decorating!