Nadia's Nursery. [Finally]. - Pretty Real

Nadia's Nursery. [Finally].

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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.

my inspiration.
Initially I had several different design schemes I really liked for Nadia's nursery. One involved a palette of beige, cream, taupe, and white...a peaceful, natural vibe.  One involved Joel Dewberry's aviary line with a rustic woodsy feel (I have to admit part of the draw here was using owls which despite their trendiness, I think are simply adorable).  The next involved a modernly shabby chic feel with florals and distressed furniture in a palette of bubble gum pink, red, and aqua.  The last was a girly room of bright colors- aqua, pink, and yellow, with an ethnic vibe- based on Dena Fishbein's Kumari Garden line.  Hey, I warned you about my indecisiveness!  I dropped the Joel Dewberry version and then showed photos and described my 3 ideas to my super artistic sister and my designer friend and they both gave me the same advice: combine all three.  At first I wasn't sure if I could do that--I'm a bit of a design schizo and I felt like they were all so different.  But the more I thought about it, the more I felt like I could totally take my favorite elements from each scheme and make it work.  So that's what I did.  I did give one priority and that was the Kumari Garden inspired room.

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)...

The details.

One of my absolute favorite features!  Lantern and pom mobile inspired by hers and hers.

Upcycled changing table. Handmade changing pad cover in another coordinating print- Sujata in Pink.

Ha- she wouldn't wake up!

Natural wood shelves-- styled but functional. 

The box is one that a toy came in.  I held onto it because I thought it was too cute to throw away.  I thought of lining it with scrapbook paper and using it for diapers.  I'm bummed I didn't take the photo when she was in tiny newborn diapers!!  Now she's in size 2s.  How fast time flies right?!

How adorable is the rag doll?!

I love fabric hoops--I wish I'd done more of those. Easy, cute and cheap!  I lined that frame with burlap and then used a decal I purchased for the month by month pictures as decor.  The flower is what she wears in those photos.  I stuck it up there just so that I wouldn't lose it between those photos and then thought it was cute, so it stayed. 

The photo is of Nadia and Genevieve's feet  Genevieve is doing "this little piggy" on Nadia's toes. So cute!!

I love this 'fruit of the spirit' art. :)  Unfortunately I didn't know what I planned to do with these frames when I bought them so I only bought six.  One would think that was enough right?!  Well later I thought of using the fruit of the spirit but there are 9 fruit. So I had to choose my favorites (sorry God- I know they are all important) to frame.  Kind of silly but I couldn't let go of the idea once I started on it...This is also the last task I need to complete- I plan to use one big frame (either thrifted or handmade) around all the little frames...

 The centerpiece of the room :)

Love this handmade pillow!  This is where I will use the coffee sack pillow as well...

Other side of the handmade pillow.  I used a coordinating print for this side- Dena Fishbein's Tarika in Gem.

This was a simple DIY- I used pom pom fringe on a store bought lamp.  How cute is that?!  Incidentally now I want to add pom pom fringe everything!

DIY dresser in "cheerful" yellow.  Both the dresser and mirror were from yard sales. Originally I was looking for a dresser with better lines but since I found the mirror with the finial it made me feel better about the somewhat plain dresser and reminded me of this inspiration piece..

View from the door.

View from the door. (I need to find a bigger rug but that one will do for now).

DIY drop cloth curtains.  So simple.  Buy drop cloth, hem (sew or hem tape), buy rings and rod, embellish (pom pom fringe!), and hang. voila!

Another crib shot.  Just because I love it. 

Cozy nook for nursing.  I love it here. (Well not at 3 am, but y'know) ;)

Can you believe I found this chair on the side of the road?!  A modern rocker like this would easily cost $800 to $1000 new.  I had it reupholstered for less than half the cost.  I love it.

Well there she is ladies (and our one male follower) ;)  See below for resources.  And if you've decorated a kid space recently, what tips or tricks do you have? What are your favorite sources for design?  Do tell...

Sources (in no particular order):
scalloped side table-
pom pom fringe- Trimko Etsy store
crib pillow- Habitation Etsy store
custom crib bedding- Handmade by Elena Etsy store
ornate frame- ung drill from IKEA (burlap and cardboard letter from Hobby Lobby)
Dena Fishbein fabric- Hawthorne Threads
drop cloths- Lowes
pink, yellow, and white frames- Christmas Tree Shop (CTS)
magazine rack- side of the road :)
lamp- Target
laundry hamper- TJ Maxx
lantern & pom mobile- Amazon, Amazon, Walmart (for tissue paper), Lowe's (for dowels and hooks).
shelves- IKEA (not sure if it's that exact one but it was $5).
decorative items for shelves- TJ Maxx, Homegoods, CTS, Hobby Lobby
rocking chair- side of the road :)
fabric for rocking chair-
reupholstered by- 2 NH Guys' furniture repair (No website but I can get you their contact info if you're interested.  Reupholstering is PRICEY but they were the cheapest I could find).
knobs on dresser, closet, and changing table- Hobby Lobby and Hobby Lobby
pillow on rocking chair- Festive Home Decor Etsy store
throw on rocking chair- Amazon
ottoman- Morocco.  (ha, just kidding). CTS
rug- HomeGoods
chandelier- (update: no longer available there but Amazon sells it here).
changing table- thrift store
crib- Target but discontinued (which may be why I paid $67 from $270!!!)

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  1. Tiffany, I love it! I was trying to pick out my favorite thing about the room, but I can't. I love the colors you used and think you did a great job of tying your three themes together. Good job.

  2. when i have kids some day, you're hired.

  3. Brittaney thanks so much!! I had such fun doing it! Abby!!! Don't even mention your babies to me!! Now my mind is conjuring up images of and adorable Abby jr. With red hair! Aghhh! Can't wait for that!!!

  4. OMG!!! You're room is SO cute!!! Ignore the comments from the Apartment Therapy snobs. I think you've created a cheerful space that is unique and charming.

    1. Oh thanks so much Catherine!!! I appreciate the feedback and advice ;)

  5. From Dawn in Illinois: This is a beautiful room. It's reminiscent of the room my fiance' and I just helped my 21 year old daughter complete. Great job. I feel the way you say you feel about my design abilities. I see something I love in a book, magazine or TV show and try to get individual pieces to recreate and it just never looks right to me. Congrats! You made an amazing room for Nadia to grow up in.

    1. Thank you so much Dawn! I appreciate you stopping by!!

  6. Love this! The colors are amazing! I would love it if you'd link up to the BabyList Baby Registry Nursery Design Series

    xo- Tiffany

    1. Hi Tiffany! Your comment went to my junk mail and I'm JUST now seeing it! I went to check out the link up party but it's probably been expired forever! If you do another, please let me know! My blog email is


  7. Hello! Gorgeous room! What color did you paint the walls? Thanks!