When we found out we were having a baby boy, my vision of a neutral nursery of ivories and golds came to a crashing halt as I suddenly wanted the room to feel very boy like- with strong greens and dark blues and unmistakably boyish features. So I changed the natural taupe wallpaper to the hunter green safari, and charged on.
When we moved into our first home about a year and a half ago, I had every intention of making our guest bedroom into a place for, well, guests. I tried to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to make this empty space into a place for people to come and visit us, but alas, no inspiration came and the room remained empty.
And by empty, really what I mean is a place for all of Al's things to go and die.
Kylie is a lucky 5-year-old little girl with a very resourceful mommy, Bethany. She teamed up with Laurel and Wolf to have Kylie's bedroom made over. No less than 10 designers submitted inspiration boards for the makeover. Bethany posted them all on her blog, and then let her readers decide
Honestly, I haven't jumped on the decorating with feathers craze. Perhaps because when I was a child and picked up an errant feather off the ground, my mother would yell, "Put that down!" I mean, you know, cooties. But that
It might look like a book, but if you tried to read it, you'd be disappointed. That's because it's really a piece of multifunctional furniture. Bookniture is 'advanced honeycomb paper structure[s]' that open up to create extra seating (they hold up to 375lbs) , end tables, coffee tables, and
When you think of using an old tire to make something, you probably think "tree swing." Sure, swinging while sitting inside a tire can be fun, but it's not a very imaginative use of the tire itself. For something really outside the wheel, check out these three projects, all of which are included in a roundup complied by Kevin over on Big Brand Tires of no less than 25 clever uses for the old Firestones.
Accessing the primary pic, these are NOT your grandpa's tire planters. With the addition of legs and a soft, durable ground cover, they could be sweet little garden tuffets.
The gilded tires below are actually water fountains.
A little weaving + old tires = bouncy fun. And comfy outdoor seating!
For the rest of the ideas on the list, click here.
Ways to Recycle Used Tires [Big Brand Tire]
During the last year, our sun room has slowly morphed into the room that holds all our kids' stuff. Toys, books, artwork, and other moppet accoutrements grace every surface of the room; the reality of living with active children. A leopard can't change its spots, and because we love this nook, we decided to swap out some of the artwork and create an accent wall that was a little more playful.
Sara has dreams of remodeling a full-size kitchen someday, but, until then, she thought she'd practice on an IKEA Duktig play kitchen for her daughter. Based upon the outcome, I think Sara's future full-size kitchen remodeling will be a brilliant success. Most full-size kitchens don't look this good
I don't know about you, but I'm getting sick of winter already. All I want to do is curl up and read a good book underneath a warm fuzzy blanket. Preferably in one of these ten impossibly cozy reading nooks.
I mean, seriously, who doesn't love pom poms? Certainly not Lauren and Erica. As proof, Erica whipped out her 'almighty' pom pom maker to make oodles of the fluffy balls to use as fringe on a pack of colorful
Maybe it's because a ton of schools are closed today due to wicked cold and there will be bored, housebound kids everywhere, or maybe it's because I'm pining for warmer temperatures, but, either way, I find these painted rock cacti
Forget using your hand to make a turkey--that was so last century. Now use that incredibly useful appendage to explore drawing in 3-D. The process is much simpler than you might imagine, but the outcome is kinda mind-blowing, especially when considering all it takes to do it
Before you put those Christmas lights away, you must check out Liz's delightful ping pong ball/LED string light project. The balls give the lights a diaphanous quality that make them
When we first moved into our house, we found that the previous owners left behind a gift: an old tire in the attic space of the garage. We were so touched, not. Hauling it to the recycling center was just another thing to add to the money pit's to-do list. Now I wish we would have kept it as old, dejected
No nursery is complete without a rug. While planning out the nursery, I knew that I wanted something to match the geometric vibe of the room, without being over-the-top. Not being able to find one I liked, I was thrilled when I happened upon some upholstery fabric at a fabric store in Idaho. I originally planned to use the fabric for one of the crib's throw pillows, and the pattern was simple enough to recreate as a rug!
Every nursery needs a dresser/changing table/statement piece, am I right? When putting together our daughter's nursery, I knew that I wanted something unique, but still simple. I found an old white dresser at a local flea market, and gave it a few coats of coral paint. Instant gratification, but it was still missing something.
Based upon her dream bedroom wishes, I'm guessing Maddy isn't your typical teenage girl. You can tell from what her bedroom looked like before that she certainly has an eye for design. A lot of people--teenage or otherwise--would LOVE a bedroom that looked like that. But, as I said, Maddy isn't your typical teenage girl. Plus, she was getting older and her tastes were getting even more refined. Step in her very talented
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!