Friday, June 4, 2010

Rael's Nursery

Here are a few photos of the nursery I designed for this sweetie...

I've mentioned earlier that we are currently living in a blah, carpeted apartment and are not allowed to paint our white walls. Oh, and did I already mention the lack of architectural features? When creating my daughter's room I had a few parameters that I didn't like, but had to obey. One, no painting. And two, it had to house my desktop computer and samples. In order to fit everything in and not stare at ugly office stuff from the doorway (I always like the bed/crib to be the first thing I see in a bedroom), this was the floor plan I decided on...

Once the floor plan was finalized, I thought about a starting point. I found this amazing "Rosie Babe" quilt from Monaleisa on Etsy, and the color scheme was set. I love the traditional coziness a quilt brings to a room, but especially like how this particular quilt was made of adorable bright and modern fabrics. This perfect mix of traditional and modern became the focal point above the crib...

I've starting collecting Rs to hang near the doorway and really like how they look together. The fabric and metal ones are from Anthropologie, the white wood version from Kohls, and the craft paper from Jo-Anns. The Morigeau-Lepine crib was a hand-me-down - I love its rubbed finish, straight lines and storage drawer (hidden by the crib skirt). Above the crib I hung a bird mobile from Pottery Barn Kids. I love mobiles that hang almost invisibly from the ceiling and move very slowly...

We went with a yellow dresser from Ikea because I liked the straight lines and the large drawers. It was also the PERFECT size to house a wide change pad and baskets with diapers and creams. To keep all these items from moving around on the dresser, my husband constructed a rectangular frame which we painted yellow and attached to the back of the dresser with metal brackets. I swapped out the top drawer's pulls and replaced them with green glass knobs from Anthropologie. This made the dresser look a bit more unique and feminine. The original photo-collograph print "Fan Training" above the dresser is by printmaker Erik Edson and is one of nine prints in a series inspired by old dictionary/encyclopedia illustrations.

I purchased custom (extra tall) wildflower wall decals from Byrdie Graphics on Etsy because we weren't able to paint. I really, really love the way they turned out - perfectly girlie without being too babyish! We wrapped them around the crib, and even onto the mirrored closet doors. In fact, I think my favorite flower is the dandelion on the mirror (pictured above). I think these are a great way to add color to a room without painting, and there are some adorable designs out there for kids' rooms.

My big splurge was the Luca glider from Monte Design. It is so comfy yet compact, and will work in any bedroom after the babies have grown up. I would definitely buy this glider again! I tested my sewing skills by making the dupioni silk curtains, and found the garden stool perfect for holding some books at Costco. 

I think she likes her room...


  1. Wow...that is one very cute...and very LUCKY little baby!

  2. Adorable room!! Love it! As you say bright and fun, not too too girly.

    Art by Karena

  3. How cute! It turned out so well - fun to see the furniture plan and then the pictures.

  4. love it! and you used the glider that I covet...and I'm not even pregnant:)


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