There's just an indescribable feeling when projects you've been working on are finally finished. That's exactly how I feel with our nursery. It's absolutely my favorite room I've ever been in. It turned out just like I wanted and I can't wait for you to see! Ya just gotta look.
But first, you'll remember the before...
And the inspiration...
And here it is now! BOOM!
That coat of white just really brightened things up. We used BEHR Decorator White in an eggshell finish from floor to ceiling. Because we used the same color on the ceiling and walls, it was so easy to paint quick as we didn't have to worry about cutting in anywhere. What a difference that makes to your attitude while painting!
Because we're only renting the townhome, I didn't want to go crazy and put in hours upon hours by painting a mural on one of the walls like in the inspiration photo. My solution? Wall decals by Walls by MUR. These babies are adhesive, easy, and come in a variety of colors and shapes. The navy triangles were easy to place and they are large so it was a quick job covering one wall in the nursery. Bonus: I chose navy which will work for my future son's room! (I already have a boy nursery in my mind!)
We went with a white crib from IKEA. It's affordable and sturdy, but my favorite part is its sleek design. It's very simple and goes with so many styles. The crib bedding was made by yours truly (I know! I am not a seamstress, so thank goodness for online tutorials!) .
After choosing my inspiration photo, I went to the fabric store to find some more inspiration. This whole line by Sarah Watson called INDIAN SUMMER was just what I was envisioning. The fabric had so many different patterns to mix things up, but everything was still cohesive. The main tee pee and mountain print was my main reference during the whole nursery process. I sewed a few throw pillows in different fabrics that coordinated with my main fabric swatch.
One of my other favorite parts of the nursery would be the triangle garland hanging above the crib. I wanted our daughter to be occupied and distracted if she woke up in her crib. (Wasn't that so naive?!) The garland works perfectly with the sweet cloud mobile from Baby Jives!
I came across this triangle fabric when on a family vacation in Idaho and bought a ridiculous amount of yardage! I knew it was perfect for the nursery and it served as inspiration for the nursery rug!
I always knew that I wanted a roman shade in the nursery. I wanted one complete with blackout lining so the room stayed dark even during the daytime. I scoured the internet to find one that I liked that was cohesive with the rest of the pattern in the nursery. There were two cons. First, these babies can be expensive! I didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for something like that. And second, I couldn't find one in the fabric design I was wanting. So I decided to make my own. I'd share the tutorial with you guys, but if I'm being honest, I'll just tell you to splurge and pay for one that is already made. Or find a talented seamstress online who has experience stitching and send her your fabric of choice! It's not worth the headache! Next time, I'll just buy! :)
I picked up an old white dresser at a local flea market and gave it a quick coat of paint in a bright coral shade. I knew I wanted to incorporate gold-leaf on the drawers somehow. I loved the design in the inspiration photo, but there weren't any indentations on the drawers, and I didn't want to chance drawing my own! So I just decided to cover the entire surface of the drawers with a little gold leaf. Tutorial coming soon!
The rug was from IKEA and was a boring tan. A few coats of paint and some stencils, and it was custom and helped me cover the eye-sore that the carpet was!
I partnered with Land of Nod to help me with final details like art, lighting, and nursery decor. Every nursery needs a cute lamp and that's what this geometric lamp base is. The white geometric shape continued with the theme and complimented other elements in the room. I picked up a woven shade from Target to match the wicker hamper from Land of Nod.
Trying to keep things as organized as possible, the closet serves as the end-all-store-all place. Blankets, towels, and washcloths are stored in clear drawers for easy access. And the shoes, clothes, and small bath accessories are all on hanging shelves! All storage from The Container Store.
I'm a huge fan of books. Books of all kinds! This shelf was ideal to display all those night-time reads. I used a fabric cube to store toys and other odds and ends.
The biggest piece of advice I received as an expecting mother was to find a good rocking chair that I could rock the baby to sleep in. You spend so much time in it those first few months that you want it to be as comfortable as possible! My husband and I are pretty tall and I knew I would want something with a high enough back to rest our heads on. We searched high and low for the most comfortable chair out there. After weighing in on about 15 chairs, we settled on the Graham Glider from West Elm. And it's perfect. The wingback sides make a cozy little resting place for your head, and the seat is deep enough to kick back and relax without worrying about sliding off!
And there you have it. My absolute favorite room in the world. I love everything about it. My favorite part? The light. It's amazing how different this space feels with the white paint. What a difference!
Here's a complete list of sources!
- kraken canvas print – Land of Nod
- let them be little print – Hello Maypole
- colorado mountain print – Kirsten Bingham
- triangle wall decals – Walls by Mur
- grey graham glider – West Elm
- leather ottoman – DIY
- geometric quilt – Yellow Bug Quilts
- rattan hamper – Land of Nod
- roman shades – DIY
- geometric lamp base – Land of Nod
- woven lamp shade – Target
- gold leaf dresser – DIY
- geometric rug – DIY
- crib bumper & throw pillows - DIY
- on the grid shelf – Land of Nod
- le coeur a ses raisons print – Ampersand
- cloud mobile – Baby Jives
- embroidered metallic garland – Land of Nod
- gulliver crib – IKEA
What do you think? Have you (or will you) build your own nursery from scratch? Or are you more of the "save-the-headache-and-spend-the-money" type? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!