Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Nursery Tour

I was sitting in my favorite room in my house this morning and decided I wanted to share some of the projects that make up my daughter's nursery. To me the room is soft, girly, and stylish yet comfortable.

The best part of this room is by far the window. I took the advice of designer Nate Berkus (it almost sounds like we are friends) and hung the curtain rod way above the window and had the curtains extend beyond the width of the window which makes the window look huge. When I was playing around with the concept of this room - Paris boutique and dress up - I made a trip to Calico Corner for some fabric assistance. I simply took in my bedding and color swatches for the walls and they helped me choose some really fabulous fabric. I love the green and white damask.

The ladies at Calico Corner even helped me to draw up a picture of the window concept including the wood blinds, the sheers (which I got at Target in the Shabby Chic collection) and the window treatment which my mom and I made in one afternoon.

My daughter's lamp and shade were inspired by this Pottery Barn Kids Lamp and Shade. Notice the shade is $99 and the base is $49. Yikes! I bought my base from Target for $24.99 and the lampshade I made with bushes of pink roses from Hobby Lobby. The lampshade cost about $30 to make.


The nightstand I found at Target for $50 and that pink is the original color and matched the pink walls perfectly.

The glider and ottoman were originally natural-colored wood with navy blue chenille upholstery. My oldest son used the power sander to remove the glossy coating from the wood. I then used primer followed by heirloom white spray paint to re-paint the entire wood surface of both the glider and ottoman. I followed up with a good coat of clear matte sealant. Upon recommendation by my friends at Calico Corner, I recovered the glider and ottoman in a creamy white matelasse and found a trim in pink and brown. The otttoman also received a clear protective plastic upholstery to keep the fabric white. I absolutely love how the glider and ottoman turned out!

I put my hubby and boys to work making shoe shelves and hat holders for the boutique dress up nursery. That way we could display the super cute hats and shoes when they weren't being worn. Both were super easy to make.

I made some comfy throw pillows so my boys could use them to relax on when they were playing with their sister. They both liked the idea that they had something special for them in her new room.

Found the chandelier after reading a friend, Lindsey Nartker's event planning website Flourish. Check out her office. The chandelier is a little hard to see in this photo but it was all I needed to see to be inspired to run to IKEA and buy one.

My husband wasn't too thrilled about having to carve open the ceiling and run all new wiring to accommodate the lighting. It turned out great and we put it on a dimmer switch  - perfect for a baby's room so I can have a little light during late night feedings or full light during playtime or when reading or whatever.

The changing table/dresser. 

The crib which was recently converted to a toddler bed because our little monkey is now climbing out.

The perfect little shelf that I found at Hobby Lobby in the perfect shade of pink.

The fun window/mirror.

I decided not to do tutorials for all the elements of the room that I made. However, if there is something you just HAVE to know how to make, leave me a message below in the comments and I will do my best to get a tutorial up for you.

I hope you enjoyed the quick tour through Avery's room. I have two more little projects I'd like to finish up and her room will be complete. Of course, I'll be happy to share the results. Check back often :)

Avery's Nursery has been FEATURED at:


This project is linked up at:

Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday UndertheTableandDreaming


  1. What a sweet room! I especially love that lamp, I thought it looked familiar, I have totally coveted that lamp but thought I could probably make it myself. I love it!

  2. this is an amazing room! You did such a good job! My little girl's name is Avrie too, only spelled differently! I LOVE your blog! I found it through a link party and I am officially your newest follower! I would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  3. Well this is the CUTEST thing I have ever seen. I am a vendor for several craft fairs and need a cute easy display for some hats that I make. Do you have the instructions for the sweet little hat and shoe displays? I LOVE THEM! Thanks so much.

  4. bmarie - I definitely can do some instructions for the hat and shoe displays. If you leave me your email address, I can even email them to you.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.

  6. So cute!!! Everything is just precious!! I especially love the boutique style hat and shoe displays!!! I may have to have some for my grandaughters room :)) I have one of her tiny baby dresses on a lampshade (which looks adorable when lit up). Perfect for displaying a favorite dress which they grow out of way too fast!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. Becky - The room is adorable! Love the window treatment. You did a fabulous job making a special space! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  8. What a perfect room for a little girl! My favorite thing is the window treatment. Love the green and black. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am one of your followers now!

  9. That lampshade is great. You did a wonderful job recreating it at a much cheaper price. I was wondering if I could get the "how to" for it. I would like to try to make one for my niece's room. Thank you in advance.