New mom Megan blogs about family life on her blog, Me and Wee, but before she had her baby girl she ran her own graphic design studio. While expecting, she channeled her creative nature into creating a cheerful and modern nursery for her daughter Paige.
Child’s Name: Paige Rosalie
Child’s Age: 16 months
Location: Westford, Massachusetts
What was your inspiration for the room?
Someone gave me a wonderful gift from Mamma Mio while I was pregnant and I loved the Robin’s Egg blue color of the packaging. I found a paint color to match for the walls and the rest came together from there! When I found out we were having a girl, I decided that yellow would be a fun accent color. I wanted the room to feel cheerful, happy and fun because that’s the life I want for my daughter.
Describe your decorating style.
My decorating style is colorful, whimsical, and airy. I like mixing old and new things with handmade touches. I always like a room to have an element of surprise that adds a unique touch.
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.
Paint: Robin’s Nest (#618) from Benjamin Moore.
Bedding: “Macaroni” from Nursery Works. It has been discontinued but there are lots of other great choices where I bought it at www.modernnursery.com.
Shelving: Expedit bookcase from Ikea.
Dresser: Malm dresser from Ikea. To give the dresser more kick, I covered a few of the fronts with a natural shade of seagrass wallpaper. It adds texture and interest without making it stand out too much. It also makes the dresser look more upscale (in my opinion).
Banner: “Hooray” banner came from Etsy.
Dachshund lamp: Offi My Pet Lamp Dachsund by Offi Nursery Furniture.
Felt owl: Ollie the Dotted Owl by KLT Works.
Mobile: Petit Collage Bamboo Mobile – Bird Trio by Petit Collage.
Crib: Oeuf Crib Classic in Birch.
Elephant hamper: Rattan Elephant Hamper in honey from Home Decorators Collection.
Owl lamp (on dresser): Tree Owl Lamp from Anthropologie (no longer available).
Owl on Tree canvas: Petit Owl on Tree by Petite Collage.
Lampshades: Both of the embroidered lampshades are from Anthropologie.
Rug: Shaggy rug from Crate & Barrel.
Chair: The yellow chair is a reupholstered $9 score from Salvation Army.
Fabric for hoops: From Purl Soho.
Art above the crib: The right image is a from a book cover (about children’s book illustration). The left image of the elephant is my own drawing/design. The
Curtains: Valances were from Walmart. There are blackout shades in the windows, hidden by the curtains. We added Martha Stewart decorative ribbon to the bottoms of the shades to add interest to the otherwise boring plain white surface. The ribbon comes with adhesive already applied, so it was an easy project. The shades are used every nap and every night!
My favorite “item” in the room is my daughter! But I guess she isn’t really an item per se. My favorite objects in the room are the hooray banner (it really conveys the excitement Little P brings to our life), the yellow dachshund lamp (we have a mini dachshund as a pet who we love), and the fabric hoops.
Start with a fun wall color and consider the design style you like. Spend some time researching furniture and accessories that compliment it. I had an idea folder on my computer where I saved images of things I liked. Once I isolated the trends of what I liked most the room came together easily. It’s important to take your time and flush out your ideas rather than rush. A small scale diagram also helped because I was able to make sure that all of the furniture pieces would fit how I wanted. I also made a little idea board with all my favorite things and colors (on the computer) to make sure it all worked together.
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