Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Baby Elizabeth's Nursery

Before we even knew we were having a girl, I knew I wanted to incorporate an artist that my Aunt Mary and I have loved over the past few years. Once the ultrasound tech's words "It's a girl!" had settled in, I started dreaming up the pretty nursery. I started ordering samples and making my dreams a reality. Watching it all come together was my favorite part of nesting for my sweet baby girl! My wonderful friend, Sally Cavanaugh, helped capture the nursery in photos, and I am so excited to share.

My Aunt Mary and I stumbled upon Lulie Wallace a few years ago and have loved her work ever since. My aunt has actually filled a lot of her walls with her gorgeous prints, and her guestroom has a bedspread with a floral print. I love the simple elegance of her florals and after ordering some samples, I decided to go with the Lara print (her wallpaper names are as beautiful as the designs!). I loved the pretty blues and greens with the touches of pink. It became the inspiration for the rest of the room. With the help of a friend and her mom (thank you Megan & Sara!), we put up the paper on the wall behind the crib. My husband then painted the other walls with the paint we had color matched to the wallpaper. Don't have a good wall for wallpaper or can't afford it? She also makes baby blankets in a few of the prints.

The next big purchase I made for the nursery was the Jenny Lind blue crib. I have always loved the Jenny Lind style and when I found it in this gorgeous blue color, I ordered it right away. Loved the idea of something traditional with a twist. Above the crib, I hung a gorgeous mobile my Aunt Mary purchased for the room that I found on Etsy. It matches the wallpaper so well!

The Venetian blown glass chandelier is probably one of my favorite things in the room, besides the wallpaper. My friend, Kelly (@streetflea is her Instagram account), found it at a local estate sale. She is wonderfully talented at finding hidden treasures and seeing beyond the dust. She sent me pictures of it somewhat taken apart and extremely dusty, but she told me she'd die if I didn't get it (well she said "no pressure" before making that statement haha). Since it was only $150 (I know right!?), I decided to go with it and I am so glad I did. Besides being beyond heavy to hang, it was the perfect light for Elizabeth's room.

Since the window walls do not have wallpaper, I wanted to do pretty curtains with a pattern. While in NYC for the National Stationery Show, I met Lillian, a talented pattern designer. I fell in love with her artwork and this adorable bird print. My grandma loves birds, so they made me smile. Lillian played with the colors, so they coordinated with the wallpaper, and then we ordered the fabric. My mother-in-law sewed the fabric into curtains and we hung them on gold curtain rods.

The rest of the room was pulled together with the comfy chair, dresser, rugs and details. I wanted a comfortable, but affordable chair. This one from Joss and Main fit the bill and I loved the pop of white in the corner of her room (watch for sales and also check Wayfair). The silver poof I already had, it was an old Target find. Next to the chair, I placed the hand painted pedestal table we received as a gift. The dresser was a hand me down from a friend and my mother-in-law painted it with chalk paint. I added these adorable bow knobs to the top drawers and spray painted the bottom ones. The large rug was my hardest find for the room, mainly because pinks can impossible (first one I ordered was an ugly brownish pink). I ended up spending more than I wanted to and got this gingham rug because it made me happy. My mom found the faux fur rug at our local HomeGoods and it's so soft for the baby to lay on. I styled her built in book shelves with all of the fun books we received as gifts. Parisian cardboard houses topped it off and framed cards made for affordable art next to the books. Around the room, we have fun animals and a cute mini chair for Elizabeth, all gifts from our wonderful family and friends.

For the nursery artwork, I wanted to work in my favorite artists that I carry in the shop: Anna Bond with Rifle Paper Co. and Ali with Lark+Raven. Ali designed this happy little town print to match Elizabeth's decor and it is so perfect! It hangs by her crib and it's the first thing you see when you walk in. I want to live in this little French cityscape! She has become a good friend as I have grown my business and I love having her apart of the nursery. The Rifle Paper Co. prints above the chair are available at the shop! Next to them I added a quirky cuckoo clock that my friend had found for her daughter's nursery and I had to copy. It's the perfect little nursery clock, plus you can turn the sound off. The last wall touch is an antique bow mirror I found on Etsy a couple of years ago. I purchased it out of love and I'm so glad I finally was able to use it in this special place.

Photos by Sally Cavanaugh - please credit if you share.
I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my new favorite place in the world. Bringing Elizabeth home to this gorgeous room was so fun. The blue is such a pretty color and makes it a peaceful space where we can go and relax. I also love that the colors and patterns can grow with her. I definitely had some splurges in the room, but also worked hard to find affordable things as well. Find what's important to your space and then save on other items. Search estate sales and garage sales to see if there are things can redo or hidden gems!

Thank you to my good friend Sally for taking these gorgeous pictures! She is so talented and I highly recommend her.

Baby announcements have finally gone out, so I will be sharing Elizabeth's newborn session soon! So excited to introduce the new love of our life.

Lots of Love,

Shopping Details:
Lara Wallpaper - Lulie Wallace
Baby Blanket - Lulie Wallace
Jenny Lind Crib (Lagoon) - Target
Crib Sheet & Changing Pad Cover - Love of Character
Mobile - Etsy
White Glider - Joss and Main
MacKenzie Child's Side Table - The Plaid Giraffe (local)
Pink Gingham Rug - Overstock (Google to find availability and best price)
White Faux Fur Rug - HomeGoods
Child Anywhere Chair (Pink Gingham) - Pottery Barn Kids (monogram done locally)
Princess Ballerina Doll - Love of Character
Curtain Design - Lillian Farag
Curtain Rods - Land of Nod
Cuckoo Clock - Land of Nod
Floral Prints - Love of Character
Bunny Rocker - Pottery Barn Kids
Large Giraffe - Melissa & Doug
Swan and Flamingo Bookends - Etsy
Parisian Cardboard Houses - Love of Character
Cards - Love of Character
Cane Baskets - Pottery Barn Teen
Pom Pom Laundry Basket - Pottery Barn Kids


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