The Story of a Mom, a Wife a Small-Business-Owner-Hopeful (Happy Baby Designs) and a Craft Lover, trying to be present (not just exist) in my life with my children, my husband and myself. Follow along with me as I chronicle my crafting and business endeavors, my true life and some mommy moments along the way .

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Shabby Chic Nursery

If you're anything like me, you LOVE to look at other people's homes. I love to see how other people have decorated, arranged their furniture, hidden away toys, etc... So this week has been so much fun for me because Poppies at Play has been hosting a Parade of Homes on their blog. I've been on this redecorating kick lately and seeing all of the AMAZING homes on this Parade has really inspired me. I was already planning to redecorate our living room/dining room (which doubles as a guest room/craft room) this summer. But since seeing these beautiful homes, I've also begun a Master Bedroom redo (stay tuned for before/after once it's finished).

Anyway, Poppies at Play is having a link party this weekend where EVERYONE can participate in the Parade of Homes. So I thought I'd share my daughter's nursery with you.

Once I found out I was having a girl, I was SO excited to decorate my daughter's nursery. And I immediately knew that I was going to go with a Shabby Chic theme. It was so much fun decorating her room and I am really proud of how it turned out. We started by painting it a light pink. When we first painted it, it actually glowed pink the afternoon sun! But once the furniture moved in, the pink was toned down quite a bit. I found the curtains (pink, of course) at Linen's N Things when they were going out of business. I think I got them for around $10 per pair!

The bedroom set is actually the set that my sister and I used when we were little. I have always used this set as my guest room furniture, but I am so happy to be able to pass it on to my daughter. The bedding on the twin bed is from the Shabby Chic collection at Target. The blue and white plates are plates that I have been collecting for some time and I love the effect they have when hung together above the bed.

The crib is on the opposite side of the room. I bought the letters for her name from this Etsy shop and they came out so cute. The yellow chair is the only "new" piece of furniture I bought for the room. I bought it on Craigslist and I LOVE it. My mom and I drove almost an hour to get it, but it was TOTALLY worth it. Besides a crib, I think one of the most important pieces of furniture in any nursery is a comfy chair!

And it makes a great place to play with big brother...

Here's a close-up of the bedding. It was also purchased from Target. The different floral patterns used together really add to the Shabby Chic look.

And here's her Binky Bag (my creation for storing extra pacifiers so I don't have to hunt for an extra one in the middle of the night. You can find them here in my Etsy shop).

The scavenger hunt for the perfect accessories didn't take me too far. I actually already owned most of the items I used in the room.

Like these 2 floral prints...

And this piece of ironwork...

And this lamp...

My sister made this for the room. It's actually a greeting card that she matted and framed (you can't tell in this picture, but the cats are three dimensional). So cute and so easy!

Here's her changing table. It's the vanity that matches the bedroom set. We just put a changing pad on top of it (and secured it the wall, of course) and it works perfectly!

Most of the toys are in the playroom, but I keep a small basket of dolls and stuffed animals in her room when she feels like playing in there.

The shelf above her changing table actually used to be black with white knobs. I painted it a pale yellow and changed out the knobs to some cute purple glass ones bought at Home Depot. The vinyl wall decals are from this Etsy shop. I put them there to give my daughter something to look at while I was changing her diaper, and she has loved them since she was a newborn. (You can see another of the decals "growing" out of the twin bed in the pictures above).

So there it is. My daughter's Shabby Chic nursery that will grow with her and will transition easily into a big girl room someday (but not too soon!). I hoped you've enjoyed this tour. And if you're still feeling voyeuristic, don't forget to check out Poppies at Play for their Parade of Homes.

And stay tuned for my master/living room redo's...I'm on a decorating roll!

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  1. You are brilliant....the binkie holder is so awesome. I wish I would've had one four years ago!!! I stashed the binkies in my bra so I would always have one on "hand" ;) What a great room so sweet!

  2. Wow...the binkie bag has to be one of the best ideas I've seen in ages!! Very adorable room! Love the vintage furniture and love the comfy chair!

  3. Awww, this nursery is absolutely PRECIOUS!
    Hugs, Lana

  4. Found you via Frugalicious Friday, really sweet room you made for your daughter. Love the pinks and yellows together.

  5. It is very pretty. I love the big comfortable chair and ottoman-great place for cuddles and stories.It all came together so nicely.


  6. Oh my is that ever cute!!! I am like you I LOVE peeking into everyones homes! :)

    My daughter's room is pink with a green dresser & it is just a fun room to be in...I love yours! Beautiful!

  7. Stopping by from The Girl Creative’s New Friend Friday. I am your newest follower. Beautiful job!

  8. What a BEAUTIFUL space! ♥
    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It!! Have a GREAT weekend!

  9. This room is adorable. Came from Shabby Nest. My favorite thing is the little binky bag tied to the crib-oh so cute and a great idea!

  10. beautiful nursery and I love your furniture.. very nice!

  11. Cute bedroom! I have an almost 18 month old and I still haven't really decorated her room!

    Have a beautiful day!

  12. just absolutely gorgeous!! I have 2 boys. :|
    would love to do just like you did.

  13. This is the ultimate little girl's room! I love it! You have really created something beautiful here and it will last for years!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  14. What a lovely girls nursery!! The furniture is so beautiful!

  15. The room is SUPER cute! When we painted our baby's room pink we almost died of "pink shock" but once everything was in we loved it too. Funny how that works :)

  16. A binky holder! Now why didn't I think of that 20 years ago?

    Gorgeous room -- love the re-use of family pieces with new items -- very creative, warm and comfortable. Absolutely adorable.

  17. What a darling room! I love Shabby Chic for little girls! Too cute! The blue accessories look really great with the pink walls. It's a pleasure to have you join in on the parade!


  18. What a sweet room! Great details! We are past the paci stage over here, but what a great idea! I would have loved to have on of those! Beautiful job!

  19. What a beautiful room. I love the pink walls with the blus plates. And you're right, that chaIr was so worth a long drive to get. I love it!

  20. Cute nursery and love that comfy chair. If I sat in that to feed a baby I would surely fall asleep. I love looking at nurseries since my daughter is now pregnant and we have to work on a nursery in her house.

  21. LOVE this nursery!!! If I had the room to give each of my kids their own room I would so make it ultra girly and sweet like this! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my meeting new moms!!

  22. This is beautiful! I especially love the big comfy chair and all of your little decorative touches!

  23. What a beautiful room! My daughter would love the pink walls!

  24. Very pretty! Love the shabby chic look.

  25. What a great looking nursery! It's so cute and fun!

  26. What a beautiful room. Love the old-fashioned look.

  27. Love the paci bag... we are always loosing them!

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  28. What a special room for a obviously very loved little girl. All your special touches make it lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  29. What a beautiful room. I love all the details.

    I'm hosting a blog party on Saturday and I'd love it if you linked up!

  30. What a great room, why didn't I think of the pacifier bag when my son was little. That could be a real hit! I love your blog and I am now a follower. I am a newbie and would love some followers or would be honored if you would just take a peek at my new blog filled with DIY, tip, tricks, and secrets! Thank You so much Carol

  31. LOVE it! I love nursery decorating and your little girl has a wonderful room. What a cutie pie!

  32. Very sweet room...she will be able to grow into it nicely! Great job!

  33. The binky bag is genius, and pretty to boot! Molly/Apple Cyder

  34. I just love this room! Such pretty colors!
    Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!

  35. That is BEAUTIFUL! I have never been a fan of "Shabby Chic" because it always just looks shabby to me. But I think you did a wonderful job. If I could just buy everything you have in the room, I 100% would. LOVE IT!

  36. What a sweet vintage nursery! I love it!! So many nice details and love put into it :)

  37. very cute nursery!!
    love the yellows, pinks and turquoise!

  38. I love what you did with the room! :) So shabby chic, indeed!


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