Alice is a mom who loves art, fashion, party planning and interior design. This South Floridian was deeply influenced by her tropical surroundings and love of the beach. The end result? A bright, budget-friendly wonderland for a sweet baby girl!
Child’s Name:Haven’t decided yet.
Child’s Age: Due March 5th, 2010
Location: South Florida
What was your inspiration for the room?
I wanted a nursery that was unique, functional and fun! I loved the color aqua for the walls and wanted to use it for a boy or a girl. When I found out she was a girl, I picked yellow and bright pink as my accent colors and just went from there.
Describe your decorating style.
I live by the beach, so there is definitely a tropical element to my decorating style but with a modern twist. I was also working on a budget so I had to get creative with some of my choices.
Give us all the details about your room! Don’t forget to share with us any money saving tips you might have learned along the way.
Furniture: I wanted to keep the furniture neutral and modern. I was so happy to find the Baby Mod – Olivia 3-in-1 Crib, Amber and White from Wal-Mart. It looks like an expensive Oeuf crib but for 1/3 of the cost. It‘s made of solid wood and will convert into a toddler and day bed so it was a great value for the price. The dresser is the Malm 6-drawer dresser from Ikea that also doubles as a changing table and the bookshelf is the Ikea Expedit.
Glider: Function definitely won over fashion here. While I dreamed about an Eames Molded Plastic rocker
or an upholstered Monte glider, I found the Dutailier gliders to be the most comfortable for my height (5’8”) and also quiet and well made. Bonus: I found mine on Craigslist in like new condition for only $60!
Toy Chest/ Window Seat: This is an outdoor storage bench from Pier One. I covered the original cushion with a fabric shower curtain that I found at TJ Maxx. I used the remaining fabric to make the lamp shade and a stuffed owl.
Paint: Benjamin Moore No VOC paint in “Ocean Spray.”
Crib Set: “Sea Holly Rose” by Nurseryworks*. (If you want to see this bedding in another nursery, go see Rich Chocolate & Pink Nursery) I love the large, graphic print and the hot pink color and it’s made from organic cotton. I didn’t think a crib skirt worked with my modern style crib so I used the bumper that was included with the crib set at the bottom of the crib to fill that space.
Sheep Mobile: This project was inspired by Flensted’s Black Sheep Mobile from the Museum of Modern Art. I kept the black and white contrast but added a pop of color. I love how it “dances” over the crib when the fan is on.
Embroidery Hoop Art: This was a DIY project. All you need is an embroidery hoop and different patterns, shapes and textures made from scrapbook paper and felt.
Wall Art: The Banana Poster is an Andy Warhol print that I bought off of EBay and framed. I also used two of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes as pictures.
Surfboard: I think my yellow WRV mini longboard looks really cool against the aqua walls. She’ll be a Pisces like her mama and will hopefully love the beach and the ocean.
There are lots of DIY projects in this room that I worked on throughout my pregnancy. I think these homemade touches make the room truly unique.
It’s never too early to start planning your dream nursery!
You can read more about Alice and her endeavors on her blog, Welcome to Wonderland.