the nursery…finally!

With 2 weeks to go until my due date we have finally finished the nursery! My goal was for the room to be simple, bright and have a really warm feeling. I am so so happy with the final result.

It all began with this post on Ramey Caulkins and my love for Sister Parish fabrics which became the foundation for the room.  The biggest splurge in the room was definitely this fabric so it was important that everything tie together with these colors and patterns.  I chose the Burmese (below right) and Chou Chou (below left) patterns in green and white and made them the basis for the crib set which I had made by Salt Lake local Angela Martinez whom I found on Etsy.

Next I found affordable and easy to clean white microfiber fabric to recover a chair and ottoman that I found for $60 on craigslist. I used some of the burmese fabric for the welting and buttons on the chair and had a pillow made with the chou chou fabric (the bunny is from Maglie).

The  windows had ugly dark green mini-blinds and using this super easy tutorial I found on the blog Little Green Notebook I re-made the shades using the micro-suede fabric and trimmed them with the burmese fabric.  I then made the drapes for the closet, which had no doors.  The best part is I did it all with fabric glue and hem tape, seriously zero sewing!

I also knew from the beginning that I wanted to decorate with Sharon Montrose’s animal prints. I bought three of her goose prints and framed them with Ikea frames and went to Michaels for double mats with a little orange to brighten them up. They are hanging over the changing table which is the Ikea malm dresser.  Oh and I added these green and white knobs from Anthropologie to dress up the dresser.

I’ve never considered myself a very crafty person but working on this room inspired me to stretch my craft muscles.  I am most proud of the You Are So Loved banner and the closet drapes and roman shades. Yup all handmade by ME!  I want to give the hubs and artist Jessica Gonacha credit for the YASL banner. I own one of her prints and when I was trying to come up with a saying for the banner the hubs suggested it say You Are So Loved!

The most difficult decision by far was what color to paint the room.  I had the fabric and the rug – from The Land of Nod which I found at an outlet store for $79.99! – and I knew I wanted a blue – but which blue! At one point I had nine different paint splotches on the wall.  Well lucky for me the invitation for our baby shower arrived in the mail from my friend Amy and I instantly knew I had to find that teal-ish blue.  In my search for the right teal I came across this picture in one of my old Domino magazines and it listed the color as Intense Teal from Sherwin Williams.  When I went to the store and saw it in person that was a little too dark so I went with the next shade down which is Tempo Teal.  It is such a warm blue and the way it changes with the light during the day is fantastic.  Also it reminds me of the ocean in California.  Here is the beautiful letterpress invitation and the inspiration for the color.

The toy box is one of my Mom’s great antique finds. The Larkin Soap Company is spelled with an “I” and I’m Larkyn with a “Y” but it’s still awesome.  It was in my bedroom growing up in Buffalo and I used it as my toy/junk box!

If you have any questions or want more detail leave me a comment.  In the meantime here are some other things you might be interested in:

- A Huge Thank You to my friend Ramey Caulkins who is a designer and was able to order the Sister Parish fabric for me!

-Paper lamp on dresser: Ikea Storm

-Moses Basket: Restoration Hardware Cuddle Plush Bedding (the moses basket is a hand me down)

-Sling: Serena & Lily

-Crib: Pali Salerno (thanks Dad!)

-Green hamper (next to the changing table): Found at a consignment shop for $15!

31 Responses to “the nursery…finally!”

  1. Lizzy Says:

    Ok so I lost it a little bit when i saw “You are so loved”…so beautiful! I can feel the warmth and love in that room from just the pictures. Such a cozy happy place to bring your sweet baby boy! Every detail is amazing! I adore the fabric, the wall color is so cool, and the crisp clean white is to die for!!So awesome!! The Goose pics are the best! Im so excited for you guys!!xoxox

  2. Amanda Says:

    Wow Larkyn! This is an amazing nursery. My heart is bursting. There is so much love in this room.

  3. tia Says:

    Honestly makes me overjoyed to look at this. Amazing job Larkyn – Baby Boy Mungovan is blessed.

  4. Quinn Says:

    Awww, Lark, I love it! You have created such a wonderful space for one sweet little M. I can’t wait to shower him with auntie love. Beautiful work!

  5. Paula Says:

    Love it…

  6. Brooke Says:

    Adorable! Just adorable!

  7. Mal Says:

    You never cease to amaze me. Both your son and you & Billy are lucky to have found one another. Breathless…

  8. Laura F Says:

    Your chair and ottoman is to die for! I am loving the job you did on it with all the little details that tie it together – amazing!

  9. The Peak of Chic Says:

    Wow! You’ve done such an incredible job! I love your use of the Sister Parish fabric, and it hits the perfect note for a baby. Also, using the same fabric for the welting, buttons and curtain trim was genius!

  10. Angela Martinez Says:

    Larkyn you did such a great job! You have a terrfic eye for fashion. It really looks like a room from a magazine. I am so glad you like the crib set.

  11. Cicada Studio Says:

    It’s beautiful! You will have so many joyful moments in this room.

  12. Maglie Says:

    Larkyn you’re a rock star! I love it ALL!

  13. Erin Says:

    Larkyn, this room is incredible! That shade of teal on the wall is gorgeous….especially next to the green and white. Love the chair and ottoman too, and the curtains, and the crib bed….seriously I just love it all! So funny because I just discovered Sharon Montrose today and am totally obsessed!

  14. julie Says:

    It looks amazing and I have to say, you truly can feel the love in the room!!! Now we just have to wait until we can meet the little guy ;-)

  15. Molly Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Baby boy Mungovan is going to be one peaceful child in that lovely nursery. You have done a phenomenal job! Can’t wait to welcome the baby!

  16. Lisa Says:

    The room looks Beautiful!!! All it needs is that beautiful Baby Boy!!!

  17. Liz Says:

    Love it Larkyn! It is perfect.

  18. Ana Says:

    What a wonderful room! So vibrant, thanks for sharing. :)

  19. Teri Says:

    It’s truly perfect! You are definitely so talented. Baby M is going to love it!!

  20. shannon Says:

    The nursery is gorgeous! So calming. Great work on the drapes and banner. love it all! Thinking of you guys! <3

  21. Kelli Says:

    “You are so loved” is my favorite thing in the room.

  22. Mandy Says:

    Super comfy cozy! Now let’s get that babe into the world so we can all meet him, please!

  23. Stephanie Says:

    I’m teary eyed. Seriously. Teary eyed. I can only imagine I’ll be bawling when I see pics of him in there!! It is perfect. And beautiful. And warm. And all the things I know you want it to be. And it’s yours. For your’s and Billy’s babe, what could be better than that!?

  24. Melanie Says:

    It turned out so bright and cute. I love the bunting.

  25. Jennifer Says:

    WOW! Everything is just gorgeous, your chair and ottoman is delicious, I just can’t think of a better word for them! Do you have a before picture? AMAZING!

  26. cynthia Says:

    beautiful job Larkyn!

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  28. superartsy Says:

    I ran into your website because I was looking at someone who has a Pali solerno crib and is using and Ikea dresser. BAM!! found you. I really love the Pali Solerno crib.I have fallen in love with it so to speak. but the dresser that comes with it is very pricey. I was thinking of using an Ikea hemnes or Malm dresser instead…my only concern was that the store carrying the crib mentioned that the “white” os pali salerno is a bit difficult to match with anything ..that its almost an antiquish you notice that with your crib and dresser?

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