Sunday, February 28, 2010

Princess Perfect

My baby girls nursery.

When I was pregnant with my second child and found out she was a girl, I was so excited. The main reason being that I could design her nursery! I think that doing a baby girl's room is so fun. I love all the soft colors and the whimsy you can create that wouldn't work anywhere else. I have a love for older, romantic styles and knew that was the look I was after. I saw this room done by Candice Olsen on HGTV's Divine Design and used that as my inspiration. (isn't it amazing?) This is what I came up with.



It all started with the bedding. When I design bedrooms I find that bedding is a great place to start because it is such a large element. I found the bedding online and its made by Cocalo Couture. It was the perfect combination of tradition and contemporary and in the color scheme I wanted, pink and green.





The walls we painted pink and the faux paneling was created with tape, white paint, and a very talented husband. I love the look and it was a great way to break up all those pink walls.



The dresser was actually my mom's as a child. It had been in every house I can remember growing up and was UGLY! It was painted cream, avocado green, and mustard. All it needed was a fresh coat of white paint and new knobs. I'm sure it has many, many years of life still in it. I put a cute cork board above the dresser and have cards and mementos from her birth displayed there. When I found the wire coach, I HAD to have it!







The changing table is a nursery necessity. I love having baskets with easy access to all my diapering supplies and toys. The bottom shelf is a perfect spot for extra linens. I painted a craft store shelf white and hand painted the motif from the bedding.





The letters that spell my baby's name I also painted using the bedding. It was intimidating when looking at the print as a whole, but when I broke down the elements piece by piece it was a cinch. The greatest compliment I got was when someone said "I thought it was wallpaper."




I also found some great princess art on PoshTots website. Since I couldn't afford so much as a knob from there, I decided to recreate them myself. They are simple, colored pencil drawings put in hand painted mats and white frames. I find that if your art is mediocre, a great mat and frame can make all the difference.



The window treatment really made the room come to life. I hung them floor to ceiling not only for drama, but light control. We have an arched window that streams unwanted sunlight in at the crack of dawn. The sheers behind were store bought and the green panels were made by me. They are simply constructed with the fringe attached by fabric glue.





I really wanted to put a crystal chandelier in here and this room would have been perfect for it. However, my baby was born in July and it was hot! We really try not to use the air as much as possible, so we decided a ceiling fan was a must. When I found this one at Lowe's, for under $100 no less, I felt it was the perfect compromise.



So there you have it, a nursery fit for a little princess.



Linking to:

 Poppies at Play.
The Lettered Cottage

21 comments:

Amy Eagleston said...

What a beautiful room. Honestly, it is stunning! You are so talented.

Meagan said...

super cute! i love it. thanks for all the great ideas!

CJ Sime said...

So So cute!! You definitely have major skill and ability!

Shay said...

I think I need to hire you once I find out what I'm having!! It looks amazing!

Baker Family said...

I found you at P@P. I am your newest follower, and LOVE your blog. So many fun ideas! This room is BEAUTIFUL!

<3

Risa

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a beautiful, magical girls nursery!! It's perfect!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous girls' room! Love it; in fact, I like it better than your Divine Design inspiration room -- that one is TOO much. I can't even imagine keeping that one clean and dust-free for a baby!

Yours is just right! Beautiful, and a great job.
Cass

Andy Porter said...

Wow! It's completely fantastic! I love the unique molding and what a cute name she has, and displayed in such a cute way! I love how you made curtains with fringe. Very cool! Thanks so much for joining in on the parade!!

XOXO,
Andy

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Fantastic room!! I love all the details! Great job!

Leanne said...

What a beautiful nursery. It looks so peaceful and inviting. The curtains turned out great.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

So beautiful! I actually like yours much better than the original. Very nicely done!!

a little bit of everything said...

Very cute! Expecting my first grandchild in July and her room is being done in green and pink. Nice combination.

Mom in High Heels said...

Amazing! It's so pretty I want to cry. Or have a baby. Something like that. What a perfect room for a princess. You did a beautiful job.

Vanessa said...

I saw that paint treatment on Divine Design also! Love how yours turned out!

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

I don't know how much my husband would like it, but I want this to be MY ROOM!!! ;)

I love it!

Julie said...

You did such a great job with this room. It is beautiful!! My favorite things are the faux paneling and the curtains...

Sarah said...

adorable room! Love all the details!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

So beautiful and fit for a princess indeed! I love the walls!

Tracy Suzanne said...

What a lucky little girl. I know you had fun creating this adorable room. Love the art work, looks like your a real artist to me. I can't even draw an apple.

Have a fun weekend...Tracy :)

Rachael said...

Wow!! What a beautiful room!! You are very talented. I love all of it!!

Ginger Georges said...

I love your walls! I am trying to do this in my daughter's room. How did you do the curved part of the panels? thanks for such an inspiring blog!

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