One of the many joys of having a new baby is creating the perfect nursery that will grow with my little girl as she grows up from a teeny newborn to a toddler. I was determined to design something fun, bright and cheerful. I wanted lots of color and nothing too girly. I wanted something that hasn't been done a million times over either - like jungle animals. Though monsters were gaining popularity, I knew our nursery would be unique.
My husband and I came up with the monster theme prior to knowing the gender of our baby after looking around Etsy for nursery inspiration. Once we knew the gender, I got this crazy idea that I wanted the nursery to be aqua, teal and purple with an emphasis on bright, vibrant colors. I wanted something modern, but still cute and fun. And, since I knew we were having a girl, I didn't want anything that was 'girly' or had been done a million times before.
I'd describe my decorating style as modern, bright and cheerful.
The driving force behind our decor for the nursery is the fabulous Emily of Blue Star Ink, LLC. Emily makes these GREAT plush dolls called Fuzzies. I knew I wanted one for my little girl and that is where the conversation began….At the end of it all, Emily created our mobile, both Fuzzies, Zoe’s Ni-Ni and all the illustrations for the nursery. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what Emily created for our nursery and think she is simply the bomb!
Here’s a run down of the nursery and where things came from:
1) Crib: Babies R Us
2) Changing Table & Dresser: Hand-me downs that were refinished by Booth 121; Knobs from Target and Anthropologie
3) Glider: Buy, Buy Baby
4) Rug: Land of Nod
5) Bedding & Changing Pad Cover: Modified Tot
6) Book Shelves: Custom Made by Grandpa Bob
7) Curtains: Custom Made by Grandma Marie
8) Magenta Ottoman, Teal Lamp: Target
9) White Shelf: IKEA
10) Multi-Colored Storage Baskets: Land of Nod
11) Mobile: Blue Star Ink LLC
12) Illustrations: Blue Star Ink LLC; Framing by Hobby Lobby
13) Fuzzies & Ni-Ni: Blue Star Ink
14) Monster Diaper Caddy: NikJ Designs
Favorite Item in the Nursery has to be the Fuzzies from Blue Star Ink. So stinking adorable!
My advice - go with your first instinct and don't be afraid to give up some control to others. I was completely overwhelmed when putting together my custom bedding because I was in control of the decision making. When it came to the decor (illustrations, mobile, Fuzzies), I provided some basic guidance to our designer (Emily) and let her run with it. It couldn't have turned out better!