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Serene Cherry Blossom Nursery


We wanted to create a space that was calming and comfortable for our new baby, something that was appropriate for a little one but could easily grow with her.  We wanted to make sure there were a lot of organized storage options because the room lacks a closet.  While we wanted the room to be girly, we also wanted to avoid it becoming over-the-top pink.  And most importantly for us, we needed to put together a nice space on a budget!  IKEA to the rescue!

Design Inspiration

My husband and I are both inspired by Asian art and culture.  While walking around the Big E back in September, we found a talented Korean artist and were both drawn to a painting of a blossom branch (now hanging behind the recliner).  We decided to purchase it without even knowing what it said, just because we loved it so much.

The artist translated the poem for us when we purchased it.  It means "Blossom comes through snow to bring spring to the world."  Our baby is due just before the start of spring -- we were thinking about using it in the nursery, but that sealed the deal!  It was truly meant to be.

Decorating Style

We have a modern, clean style.  We like to keep things fairly simple, open and uncluttered.

Project Details

Wall Paint: Olympic Premium Zero VOC paint from Lowe's, in Gray Frost

Crib: Gulliver crib from IKEA

Dresser: Hemnes 8-drawer dresser from IKEA

Wardrobe: Hemnes children's wardrobe from IKEA

Shelving: Expedit shelving unit from IKEA

Pink bins: Strapping cubes from Land of Nod.  They've unfortunately discontinued the hot pink color.

Multi-color bins: itso Large Polka Dot Fabric Bins from Target (these are a PERFECT fit into the Expedit shelves!)

Side Table: Hemnes nightstand from IKEA (we plan to use this as her nightstand when she graduates to a big girl bed!)

Swivel Glider Recliner: Best Chairs Storytime Series, Benji.

Floor Lamp: Tived LED floor lamp from IKEA (this is the perfect lamp for a nursery -- LED lights so it doesn't get too hot, has a floor switch to turn it on with your foot, and gives off just enough light so you can see at night without waking you up!)

Ceiling Light: Skojig ceiling lamp from IKEA

Rug: Magic Carpet (non-flying edition) from Land of Nod

Wall Art: Cherry Blossom Wall Decal, Large, from styleywalls on Etsy

Set of 3 prints over dresser: Nursery Art Prints - Modern Bird Trio from Tessyla on Etsy, frames from Michael's

Blossom branch painting: Samuel's Art

Hair thing storage frame: Handmade with supplies from Michaels:

    1. Bought a cheap wooden frame and took out the glass
    2. Glued a piece of scrapbook paper to the back (fabric might be nicer, but I didn't realize Michael's didn't have a fabric department and found the scrapbook paper instead.  It was definitely easier to glue!)
    3. Evenly measured out locations for the ribbon, and super-glued them to the frame, in the ledge that held the glass
    4. Drilled pilot holes in the bottom of the frame and screwed in white hooks


Favorite Items

The wall decal definitely is my favorite.  We originally wanted to get a full cherry blossom tree but realized once the furniture was in that we just didn't have the space.  We technically ordered the birds in white, but were thankful that the seller threw in some black ones as well because the white ones looked terrible on the wall!  I was also impressed that we were able to get it up there without ruining it!


Saturday 2nd of March 2013

lovely job.... where did you get the hot pink crib sheet from?

Shelly Stuart

Saturday 2nd of March 2013

It's just a basic Carter's Sateen sheet, we got it at Babies R Us:


Friday 1st of March 2013

Nice cherry blossom tree decal and that blossom branch painting is lovely. Is that an original work?

Shelly Stuart

Saturday 2nd of March 2013

It is an original -- definitely not a print -- although it looks from his website like he makes similar ones!