Nadia's Nursery. [Finally].12:33 PM
Nadia is 8 weeks old and I am finally finished her nursery. Actually I'm lying. I still have one more tiny task to take care of but it requires shopping around for the perfect thing and I don't know how long that might take (I mean it IS me, after all!). But more on that later...
Nadia's Nursery was such a fun adventure. I really wanted to create a fun, unique, functional nursery on a budget. I wanted it to reflect my style but also be suitable for a baby/toddler and a happy place for Nadia. I have a love/hate relationship with decorating. On one hand, I love it. I love all things pretty and the thought of creating a space that makes me feel a certain way is a welcomed challenge. On the other hand, I am very indecisive, can have a hard time visualizing the finished project, and am painfully aware of my shortcomings when it comes to interior design. But when all is said and done, I love learning about design and learning how to execute my ever evolving style.
I had crib bedding made from it and the rest flowed from there. From the peaceful beige palette, I took the natural elements and used DIY drop cloth curtains, the cute hamper, the natural blond wood shelves, and woven accessories. From the shabby chic scheme, I took the aqua and pink, used a painted yellow dresser, and painted and distressed an antique dry sink to re-purpose as a changing table. I also used the ornate (and yes, ubiquitous) ung frame. The goal of "ethnic" might not have been achieved. I ordered a Moroccan Pouf from Morocco (yes straight from Morocco) and it ended up being a total NIGHTMARE!!! I ended up returning it and since I can't afford the $400 version and am now deathly afraid of ordering a cheap one after my experience (let's just say it involved goat urine. yeah that happened), I had to give up that dream. I also ordered a cool coffee sack pillow that I thought gave it an ethnic vibe, but that too didn't pan out. I won't give you the boring details...I did however create this cool (if I do say so myself) Chinese lantern, pom, and lace lantern mobile and order this beautiful print from Jones Design company--all of which I think contribute to an ethnic feel. And the Dena Fishbein print which was the entire inspiration, is one of the beautiful prints in her Kumari Garden collection which invokes an ethnic bohemian vibe. I also used her Tarika in gem as well as the Sujata in pink prints.
One last note and then I'll shut up! One of the most fun things about this room was doing it on a budget (Not as super tight as Genevieve's nursery but not nearly as expensive as many of the nurseries I ogled on design blogs). Many of the items in her room came from thrift stores, yard sales, and even the side of the road. I loved upcycling the changing table and painting the $20 yard sale dresser a cheerful yellow.
So here are some photos for your viewing pleasure (sources for almost everything at the very end)...
|One of my absolute favorite features! Lantern and pom mobile inspired by hers and hers.|
|Natural wood shelves-- styled but functional.|
crib- Target but discontinued (which may be why I paid $67 from $270!!!)