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With sugar and affection: Teresa’s elegant and eclectic nursery


Teresa's nursery is whimsical and sweet without being too girly. I tried to use different textures and patterns, delicate images and references. We were on a limited budget, but it's incredible how much you can do! The painting was done by my mother-in-law, the dresser refinished by my husband, and lots of DIY projects. Each project made us so proud! It took time, energy and love to make this dream nursery for baby Teresa.

Design Inspiration

When I started decorating the nursery, my husband and I were sure we didn't want to know the sex of the baby, so I picked gray as the main color. Inspired by many projects posted on Project Nursery, I chose to paint stripes on one of the walls. At the fourth month we changed our minds and were told it was a girl. I then introduced other colors, but tried to avoid pink. The bird houses were the first inspiration. I first fell in love with the pink bird house from Pottery Barn Kids. Then I becameĀ obsessedĀ with them and decided to get as many different types of bird houses and nests I could find: wire, felt, wood, etc. I hand painted some, others I found at stores. The yellow dresser was the second inspiration. We looked everywhere for a solid wood, strong, spacious dresser and couldn't find what we wanted. So we bought this extra large 1050's green dresser and refinished it. My husband sanded and painted it bright yellow. Then I changed the pulls for mis-matched ones. Slowly, the different patterns were introduced to the project. The bedding in white, pink, and other colors mixes birds, gingham, polca-dots and other patterns that enrich the room. The paper pom poms were a DIY project: a cheap and elegant mobile! The charcoal chair, a gift from my mother-in-law, was a great find: it breaks the cute and delicate colors and furniture. And the final touch was the window cornice: I bought the vintage-inspired fabric and had the cornice made. It gives a special touch to the plain curtains.

Decorating Style

Even though I tend to like vintage and rustic decor for the house, Teresa's room is eclectic and shabby chic.The room is exactly what I imagined: eclectic, fun, whimsical and inspiring, full of references, textures, images, and loving atmosphere.

Project Details

Crib: Davinci Jenny Lind, white.

Dresser: found at Jenks Trading Post and refinished

Pulls: Antropologie.

Chair: Little Castle Charleston Gliding, charcoal. From Target.

Side table: Ikea.

Bed skirt: Pottery Barn Kids.

Bed sheet: Pottery Barn Kids.

Pom poms: DIY, from Pinterest.

Felt flowers in the basket: Anthropologie.

Curtains: Lowe's.

Fabrics displayed on the walls: JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, and Owl and Drum.

Fabric for the cornice: Owl and Drum.

Wall paint: Benjamin Moore.

Baskets: Babies R Us.

Changing cover: Carter's.

Picture: it's actually a Brazilian record, by Chico Buarque and others, that I framed.

Rug: Ikea.

Bird houses: felt pink (Pottery Barn Kids), wire yellow (Hobby Lobby), wood green (DIY), wood red (DIY), felt blue (Whole Foods). Wood pink (on the side table): DIY.

Pictures on the table: fabrics that I framed.

Crate used as book case: Michael's.

Favorite Items

My favorite items are the bird houses and the crib.


Pick one item that you really love and inspires you. Then be creative, think outside the box, do crazy things, go bold. It's a nursery, it's supposed to be creative and fun.


Friday 1st of March 2013

nice bedding. i also like the idea of those different birdhouses hanging from the ceiling. i am not sure about your choice of colors, though. gray and pink look nice together, and so do yellow and gray. but yellow, pink and gray? i guess it's acquired ;)