To end the Nifty Nursery series I am featuring a room I did for my brother Matt and his wife Jamie. They were expecting a baby girl and she decided to come a little early. Well a LOT early actually! Much to their dismay they didn't have a thing done on the baby's room. So while Jamie was rushed to the hospital and told she'd be staying for a week or two, my brother was juggling his full time job, their other 2 kids, and trying to get the house in order for a new preemie baby. Now I know that it's most parents dream of designing their baby's nursery. That's the one room in the house where you can go crazy on colors and themes. So I didn't want to overstep my boundaries, but I offered to help out and they said YES! I was so excited! Mostly because I dreamt of having a baby girl to do something totally cute and dolly for her room. But I had a boy... and while that was fun, a girly girl just wants to do a girly girl room, right?
Anyway, I always start my design theme around one object that will be going in the room.... and she just happened to already have the bedding picked out. Isn't it soooo cute?
I instantly knew what I wanted to do... but again, I didn't want to overstep my boundaries and this wasn't my room anyway. So I asked her what she had in mind and she gave me some ideas of colors that she liked.... but said she trusted my judgement and to do whatever I wanted. SWEET! I had to ask her like 50 times if she was sure about it and each time the answer was yes. So okay then. Let's do some shopping! I knew she liked contemporary design... and that was reflected in the bedding. So going off of that here's what I came up with.
I wanted to use some fun bright colors, but didn't want it to be overwhelming. She mentioned she liked a silvery gray color she saw in a photo, so I thought that would pair nicely with a deep apple red that was in the bedding. To break up the wall a bit, I picked out a dark slate gray paint to go on the trim and wainscot. I also lucked out and got these curtains that matched perfectly!
I got the idea for this feature wall from my own son's nursery (click here to see Boy's Rock version). But I wanted to mimic the floral pattern in her bedding so we used stencils to create this look. There weren't many pre-made stencils that I really liked. So I searched online and found a few templates and made my own. It was kind of tedious work, but well worth it. You can buy blank stenciling paper and then you just trace out the design you want and use an exacto knife to cut them out.
You wouldn't even know that some of these accessories came from the thrift store. Luckily she doesn't mind great second hand finds!
I found this awesome print on our local classifieds for $5! I thought it fit perfectly with our contemporary look and had that bright green to give a pop of color on this wall.
I could have died when I saw this lamp! It was probably the most expensive thing I found for the room, but I called her right away and made sure she was cool with it. Isn't it so cute?
My brother used his handy skills to make these letters for her name. Then Jamie used the stencils from the feature wall to doll them up. Love it!
So at least I got one chance in life to do a girly girl room. Not sure if that'll ever happen again, but you just never know! :)
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