Thr nursery is *finally* all done! It is by far one of my favorite places to be and I love spending time with Lapin in there. If Restoration Hardware and Anthropology got together and designed a nursery, I’d like to fantasize, this is what it would look like. Soft and feminine with a little quirk, a little bit chic, some trendy pieces and some traditional touches and just the *tiniest* touch of French flavor.
The pink on the walls is Martha Stewart “Ballet Slipper” and I don’t remember what the gray is, other than it’s a Behr Paint and Primer in One color. The whites and ivories in the room are remnants of paint cans from other projects! After getting the pink and gray on the walls in preparation for the picture rail, I thought the gray looked a little heavy so I painted the flowers and swirls, inspired by the rug, onto the gray. I looked high and low for a stencil that was just right and in the end decided to free hand it!
We elected to have a twin bed in there in case there are any rough nights and mom or dad need to hang out. The room shape is suited to the extra furniture and – let’s be honest – it was an excuse to find fabulous pillows!
sequin pillows: Marshall’s (2003); pewter frames: Target; art: custom; fuzzy bunny: JellyCat
Much of what was used in the room found its way here from other spaces in the house of times in my life. The green pillow with the ivory bow was actually our ring-bearer pillow from our wedding. The ivory fabric is from my Great-Grandmother’s wedding dress. The sequined pillows were on my bed in college. I couldn’t bear to get rid of them – and I’m so glad I held on!
white flower pillow: Target; bunny: Jelly Cat
The art above the bed was made just for Lapin by the amazing art teacher at my school. My mom wrote on the muslin in the background – encouraging words, affirmations, things she’d tell us growing up – and then the fabric was painted on and stretched over a piece of wood. It’s a special gift that will always have a place in our house.
The built in shelves that flank the window became home to the masses of bunnies that have come to live in our house since Lapin’s nickname was born. Also in the bookcases are the thoughtful and touching books that she’s been gifted – all with a special meaning and note written inside. The two books in the top right are her baby book (the gray and pink) and a blank album that I’ve put all of the notes, cards, letters and good wishes we/she received in the months leading up to and after she was born. I hope to add cards from all of her life milestones to it.
Between the bed and the crib is the rocking/reclining/gliding chair that I just *had* to have. And I’m oh so glad we have it! I could spend HOURS in that chair! The heart table is a re-use from my childhood bedroom with a fresh coat of paint and a subtle ivory and white chevron on the top. The eiffel tower lamp is a college hold over and the white shade was purchased and embellished with pleaded grosgrain black ribbon.
lamp shade: Marshall’s; table: childhood room; crown: TFJ Designs; chair: Adult Buckingham Recliner via Rosenberry Rooms
Under the crib are a white trunk, which is currently housing clothes I want to keep and a sweet black and white stool my brother painted for me. Yup. All by himself. He was concerned that I might not be able to reach into the crib on my short legs. Later, Lapin can use it in the bathroom to reach the sink.
I went around and around on cribs. At first I *desperately* wanted a white iron, then a black iron, then a gray iron crib… and I’m so happy that this is the one we ended up with. Crisp white and classic style. Turns out, this is the same style I had as a baby. The art above the crib was made by me! One canvas, obviously still empty, was supposed to be for her feet prints. I didn’t get around to doing that yet. (Someday? When she’s five? Who knows.) The ivory and white chevron makes another appearance behind the green V.
Opposite the window is her changing table and closet. The dresser was a tad short for poor FMG, so I popped it up on bed risers. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works! The dresser was from my room as a teenager. I made the changing pad after I couldn’t find one that worked for us. The pink art on the shelf was painted by my mom when she was 10 or 11.
The top shelf has some of my favorite things! Precious board books that are in and out of rotation with the rest of the board books, a sweet rocking horse from Lapin’s godmother, MORE books and one of my favorite things in the room – her bunny book ends.
birdcage: Hobby Lobby; “vintage clock”: Marshall’s; bunny book ends : Restoration Hardware Baby and Child
Between the closet and the bed – just a little designer table, mirror and some hooks for when she’s older.
The window is an arched floor to ceiling monster! We hung white black-out drapes from bookcase to bookcase and installed hooks flush with the shutters to hold the fabric back. The valance was created using sheet insulation. I was concerned that if made from wood all 8 feet by 18 inches of it would be too heavy to hang! The doilies are probably my one “I’m not so sure about that” decision in the room – I don’t hate ’em and I don’t love ’em.
If you’re still reading, thanks for bearing with me! It was such a fun project and I’m totally in love with the end result!