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Violet’s Happy Room


I have finally put Violet's nursery together to my liking! Her room is such a happy place. I really wanted to provide her with a bright room full of lovely color and great art.

Design Inspiration

When I had my daughter, I was terrified of picking a name, let alone designing a nursery for this little person that I did not even know yet! So, I waited until she was about a year old to fully commit to a color scheme and design plan. My daughter is such a lively, smart, and bright little girl I wanted to decorate a room for Violet that was truly a reflection of her sweet little self!

Decorating Style

My decorating style is definitley bright and saturated. I love color and was giddy that I could pull of bright blue walls in my daughter's room. I tend find furniture that is a bit rough around the edges and refinish it to my liking. And, I am also a bit of a cheapskate. I made the curtains and cribskirt, refinished the dresser, and made some stuffed animals and art to suit my taste.

Project Details

I am so fortunate that my parents kept all of my bedroom furniture from when I was a little girl. The white, rather girly dressers and mirrors are offset by the strong blue walls (I used Martha Stewarts' "Vintage Map" from Lowes). The red dresser was found in a yard sale. I sanded and refinished the dresser and painted it a nice cherry red. I was so excited to feature artwork from several of my favorite etsy artists. I have a trio of "Me and You" prints from Amy Blackwell's Shop (, as well as a framed AshleyG Postcard ( I also have some of my own artwork (Turquoise Owlphabet Poster) and plush animals from my Gingiber Etsy Shop ( I was so thrilled to find Alexander Henry's Birdseed Fabric in Pink from Downstairs Design for the cribskirt. ( I replaced the large folding doors on my daughter's closet with some modified simple white curtains from Wal-Mart of All places. I customized them with this darling red Kaffe Fassett fabric. I used the same fabric for a simple panel curtain over her window. Over Violet's crib I simply bought some embroidery hoops and used scrap fabric from my craft bin to create a cute little wall display. I have seen a lot of people do this recently in nurseries, and I could not help but try it myself!

Favorite Items

My favorite item hands down is this amazing brass octopus lamp that I found in a barn sale (only in Arkansas......). He is such a jolly fellow. Violet likes to look as him too!


The best advice is that even though everyone's individual style is different, you can acheive the look that you want on the cheap! It took me several months to accumulate all of the artwork and fabric for the room. I waited for Etsy sales, sewed curtains myself, etc. to save a few bucks. And, it is exactly what I dreamt of for my daughter's room!


Friday 20th of August 2010

OMG, this room is simply divine!  My favorite pieces are those round things above the crib and of course the color scheme!


Thursday 19th of August 2010

I just love what you did with those clipboards.  Nice work on the scrap fabric, that looks fabulous!


Wednesday 11th of August 2010

I'd love to commend you for the fresh and original ideas you have here!  Great work!


Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

So original and "untypical" little girl's room!!! Adore the clipboard idea! I can see lots of future hours of reading Olivia the pig books!


Monday 26th of July 2010

I heart this room! Lovely use of color and all the handmade items make it so unique and fun. What a fantastic lamp, too!