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Yellow, Gray, Turquoise Nursery


William's room is full of crafting projects I completed during my third trimester. The color scheme is white, gray, and vintage yellow with a touch of turquoise. It is simple, yet cozy and inviting. There is a hint of a bird theme that is subtly dispersed around the room. (I uploaded a total of 11 photos.)

Design Inspiration

My project began with browsing fabric patterns. I didn't want a completely themed room, but I did want birds to be a focal point. I found Joel Dewberry's Aviary II Granite Collection and fell in love with the Vintage Yellow Sparrows print (as seen on my glider). The rest of the room spiraled off that pattern. Then I was greatly inspired by this room here on Project Nursery: I also wanted something we could use with a girl in the future, and I was seeking patterns that could be used beyond a nursery (e.g. the window curtains).

Decorating Style

Modern, clean, simple, organized, crafty, DIY- lots of Pinteresting and Etsy-purchased items around the room!

Project Details

Walls- Sherwin Williams Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex VOC-free Paint in "Gray Shingle" (a Benjamin Moore color- they matched my sample card exactly!)


Ceiling- Sherwin Williams Eminence High Performance Ceiling Paint in "Cay" (also a Benjamin Moore color)


Items in Crib Pictures:

Crib- Creations Baby Summer's Evening convertible sleigh crib in Espresso. (


Crib Teething Rail- seller "Bella Bambino" (She lets you custom order in any fabric of your choosing!)


Crib Skirt- seller "Tushies and Tantrums" (Another custom-order seller and personal great friend of mine!)


Crib Mobile- Fisher Price brand, hand-me-down from my sister


Laundry Hamper with Lift Out Bag- Target


Tree Decal with Birds- seller "Pop Decors"


Items in Dresser Picture:

Dresser- Creations Baby Summer's Evening collection in Espresso. (


Turquoise and Gray Placemats- Target ($1.99 each in the kitchen section)


Picture Frames & Lamps- Gifts from friends


Mirror- TJ Maxx/Home Goods $24.99


Isaiah Scripture Wall Canvas ("For This Child I Have Prayed")- Hot Pink boutique in Brentwood, TN


Memory Foam Rug in Ecru color- Sam's Club (I got it on clearance, though, so they no longer have them available.)


Items in Reading/Window Nook:

Curtains- I sewed them myself, using Joel Dewberry's Aviary II Vintage Yellow "Lodge Lattice" fabric from, and I lined them with the least expensive Muslin from The rod and finials were on clearance at Lowe's.


Leather Storage Ottoman- I found it at Ross for $39.99 (about half the price of Target's, and much nicer quality)


White Bookcase- hand-me-down from grandparents


Water Hyacinth Baskets- The Container Store


Turquoise Bird Canvas Painting- I painted it! I took a class at Paint + Canvas in Brentwood, TN.


WILLIAM Letters- Babies R Us


Book Slings- Joel Dewberry Aviary II fabric (I sewed them- followed this tutorial-, hung on 1/2" dowels from Home Depot, mounted with white BETYDLIG double brackets from IKEA


Yarn Wreath- I made it by wrapping a straw wreath from Michaels in fuzzy soft yellow baby yarn. I followed this tutorial from Pinterest: 


Items in Remaining 3 Photos:

Glider- Purchased for $30 from Craigslist (it's a Stork Craft Hoop Glider, here's a link to a new one), and I reupholstered it with Joel Dewberry's Aviary II Vintage Yellow Sparrows fabric. I blogged a 4-part tutorial on how to do it-


Changing Table- Hand-me-down from a friend (my father-in-law sanded and refinished it for us, so it looks new again!)


White Coat Rack Shelf- Goodwill, $7.99


"W" Chevron Button Art Canvas- Made by my sister-in-law. Here's a similar tutorial:


Diaper Genie Essentials Pail- $40 Babies R Us 2-pack (came with Diaper Genie Elite II pail as well- one for upstairs, one for downstairs!)


White Floor Lamp- can't recall where we got it, we've had it for so long!


Diaper Bag on Changing Table- Thirty-One Gifts, "Best Tweets" print monogrammed on the front with "Dipes n Wipes". I have the best consultant if you need one! Ashlee Anderson-


Hanging Personalized Onesies- Gifts from friends


Blue Cholly Dolly on the Shelf- From my husband's babyhood :)


Handmade Mobile- This still needs to be hung from the ceiling above the changing table, but I still wanted to share it. I made it using wood cutouts & an embroidery loop from Michaels, fabric scraps, fishing line, and Mod Podge following this tutorial:

Favorite Items

My favorite items are, of course, the ones I made myself- glider, curtains, yarn wreath, canvas painting, mobile, and book slings. I really, really love the tree decal and the turquoise ceiling, too (which the camera just couldn't capture its hue)!


Start looking around for ideas early- the more you look, the more your vision begins to mold itself into exactly what you're dreaming. Don't be afraid to try new things yourself- the items I sewed for this room were my very first-ever sewing projects, and I did them all on a 1938 Singer sewing machine! To avoid feeling overwhelmed, take it one piece at a time. Find your starting point, whether it be a fabric pattern or the furniture, and go from there. Shop around for bargains- this is another perk that if you start early, you have more time to hit thrift stores, yard sales, Craigslist, etc! Most importantly, have fun with it! It shouldn't feel like a chore.

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