Real Nursery: “Hooray!” for Little Girls

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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!

Favorite items.

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.

Advice.

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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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of ChicCheapNursery.com and mom of a 4-year old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!
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Comments

  1. That is an absolutely beautiful room. I love the colour of the walls!

    This has made me really want to decorate my little girls room again now

  2. LOVE the yellow and aqua palette. My lil’ dude’s room is aqua and avocado!

    • Me too! I’d love to see pics of your your lil’ dude’s room and feature here if you’re interested. Knowing your style, I’m sure it’s gorgeous!

  3. Hi, LOVE the room! Love it! Cheery & Happy so you achieved your goal I feel! :-)
    I have 2 questions if you don’t mind:
    -Where is the floor lamp & shad from? LOVE THEM!
    -You mention you did an idea board first…I love seeing these and which company/software did you use to do this?
    Thanks for all your time in a reply and for sharing such a great, personal space!
    Just lovely!

    • Thanks for stopping by Lee!

      The lampshades are from Anthropologie. I don’t believe they still carry these but they have a beautiful variety to choose from.

      As for the inspiration board, I’ll ask Megan if she kept hers and if we can include it in the post. For inspiration boards I normally use Photoshop. But Polyvore is a great online tool for those as well. And it’s free!

  4. These are the colours I want for my own nursery and you’ve used them beautifully! Do you use the Malam dresser as a change station? How do you find it? You’ve just given me the ideas I needed to finish my nursery! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad to hear you found inspiration on my site :)
      Yes, the Malm dresser from Ikea was used as a changing table in this nursery. I also have a malm dresser in my daughter’s nursery. It’s the perfect size for a changing pad!

  5. I LOVE the wall color + the bright yellow combo. Darling. Every last bit of it.
    .-= Jessica’s last blog ..friday idea book- crochet wreath ornaments =-.

  6. Hi

    My wife is pregnant and loves loves the bedding so much. I don’t usually do this but I was wondering if you are done using or looking into redoing your babies room? I will pay pretty good money for the sheets knowing it would make my wife extremely happy.

  7. Hi. I also noticed the bedding. Is it custom or did you purchase it somewhere?
    Thanks!

  8. I love this paint color!! What finish did you get it in? Eggshell or something else?

  9. I am thinking about my baby’s room and this one inspires a lot.

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