Before we started working on the twin’s nursery, Mike and I really wanted to make sure that the older kids weren’t forgotten. We have been in our new house now for over a year and we wanted to make sure that Holden and Beau had beautiful completed rooms that reflected their personalities. So, it was project kids rooms throughout my whole first trimester. I relied on Mike a lot to do the painting and implementing but as you will see, I used a lot of my hours I logged on the couch while super sick crafting.
Mike and I were feeling a bit of guilt when it came to Beau’s room. She was getting evicted from her huge room with an ensuite and window seat into a much smaller room and a jack and jill bathroom she would be sharing with her big brother. The funny thing is, she loves her new room so much more than her old one. Beau “the destructor” was constantly tearing apart her old room. Her new room is so pretty and really reflects her vibrant personality that she takes so much pride in it and hasn’t even thought about trashing it.
Beau’s third birthday was fast approaching and we made sure that we made a big fuss with a ballet themed party since she had been a bit shafted last year. I used that opportunity to created tissue paper puffs, and a customized BEAU felt banner that I could double as decor for her party and her room. In the end we are beyond thrilled with the outcome!
I mixed some prints to give a more eclectic bohemian vibe. I used a series of flower art, a yarn wreath and button “B” I created along with a gifted piece of art to create a small gallery wall. The tissue paper puffs work beautifully in the corner.
The felt banner worked so well both for Beau’s party and for her room!
One last DIY I did for Beau’s room was I transformed her existing lamp. Inspired by Pottery Barn Kid’s floral lamps I ended up hot gluing a ton of faux flowers onto her plain lamp shade and was thrilled with the outcome!
One of the best sources for nursery design inspiration is Project Nursery. I am constantly pinning nurseries from this website’s projects and thought I would share some of my favorites!
Jude’s Vintage Nursery
I am obsessing about this nursery because of the retro and eclectic vibe it has going on. There is such a warmth to it and it could truly work for a boy or girl. The fact that there are re-purposed pieces in this nursery inspires me to start checking out my local thrift shops. Plus, I am loving the unexpected colours in this mural. This nursery is by Ginny Phillips who is a very talented photographer and Etsy shop owner. Check out Ginny’s work: www.ginnyphillipsphotography.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/westeightythird
Ava’s Sweet Gray and Pink Nursery
This nursery really works for me because it is girly and formal, yet clean and sophisticated. I always appreciate it when I see a nursery design that isn’t themed and can grow up with a child without having to do much to the room. The white paneling on the walls give a great relief to the grey and there is just the right amount of pink to soften the room and make it fit for a princess! This nursery is by megandwade. Check out their blog http://wadeupdate.blogspot.ca/
Eclectic Wood-Paneled Nursery
I think this is such a fun nursery (despite my phobia of garden gnomes). Anytime I see reclaimed wood used in design I gravitate to it! I LOVE the wood-paneled wall. It adds texture and a natural element to the room that balances out all of the bold colours and large graphic prints. This room also has a fantastic sense of humor with it’s touches of whimsy including the mustache hardware on the dresser and the… eeek… orange garden gnome. This nursery is by and J Design Group. Check out more of their stunning projects on their website: http://www.jandjdesigngroup.com/index.html
When designing my kid’s rooms I am always trying to strike a balance between makings them fun and age appropriate yet being careful to not go overboard on a theme knowing that my kids may eventually want something different. Here are some quick and inexpensive ways you add a little extra whimsy to a little girl’s room:
Create a more dynamic composition with a small piece of artwork on a larger wall by scattering some unexpected butterflies and flowers. Don’t be afraid to mix in some pops of colour. I found these butterflies at the Dollar Store and these paper flowers at a local craft store.
I re-purposed one of my son’s old lamps by pulling off the masculine truck decals and replacing them with felt butterflies and flowers from the dollar store.