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!