Monday, April 16, 2012
A while ago, I posted my nursery inspiration board and wrote the following:
"Ever since I found out my hubby and I are having a baby girl, I have been dreaming of her nursery. I am such a girly-girl, thanks to my mom, who decorated my room growing up with pink heart wallpaper and a ruffly, pink canopy bed. And so it's no surprise that my lil' babe will have a room full of frills and lots of pink. I picture a calm, soft room and I imagine rocking her in a comfy chair close to the window as I watch the Minnesota winter turn into spring."
The more the nursery came together the more I just wanted it to be simply be a light, airy, pretty space that was fairly minimalistic. With Juliet here I strive to keep the space as clean and clutter-free as possible, a chore that is nearly impossible with so much baby gear, clothes, diapers, etc. But I take a few minutes each morning to clear away the clutter so that when the two of us are in there together I am focusing only on her and not on a messy nursery.
I am so grateful to Wing Ta of Canary Grey Photography for capturing these beautiful photos of the nursery.
Source details, Etsy vendors and costs are all detailed at the bottom of this post.
I found inspiration all over the web and kept track through Pinterest. The crib is a very affordable and popular style that I saw all over baby blogs. Those three simple shelves add so much to the small space on the wall.
Many moms opt to simply put a changing pad on top of their dresser but I love having a separate changing table. It gives added storage, which is a must-have.
I love wall of frames and worked on this configuration for hours. I would arrange them on the floor, take photos with my phone and text my friends asking, "which one is best"? I'm very happy with how it turned out. Those photos are of Erik and I as babies and are now replaced with Juliet's newborn photos (which I'll be posting soon!). Do I always have fresh pink roses on Juliet's dresser? Um, no!
Erik made an exact replica of wallpaper in frames from a photo I showed him on my Pinterest board. He worked dilligently on these, making sure there wasn't a single bubble in the wallpaper and that the white trim (that became the frame) was perfectly cut. I love these so much.
Finding out you are having a baby girl is dangerous when you work so close to a Baby Gap. The pink one was Juliet's Easter dress and she just wore the white one yesterday! It's nice that they serve multiple purposes (decorative and clothing) because she will soon grow out of them.
Our budget for Juliet's nursery was $1,500. We did a good job of sticking within the budget thanks to a detailed excel spread sheet I used to keep a tally of every single thing we purchased, down to the $5 dollar wood glue for the framed wallpaper art. It helped that there were a few items that we were given at baby showers (changing table pad, mattress, etc) that may have pushed us a bit over the budget if we had to pay for them.
There are so many budget-friendly options out there to create a beautiful nursery, whether your budget is similar to mine, or even a lot less. Don't forget about Etsy. Best resource ever. And after I got over the fact that Juliet wouldn't have Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware furniture I really enjoyed finding the best deals out there and challenging myself to use items/fabric/frames we already owned, or finding items that were gently used.
I've included a detailed list of sources below. Whenever possible, there is a direct link to the product. If I haven't listed something in that you are interested in, please leave a comment and I'll make sure to get back to you.
Sources and cost (cost includes shipping where applicable):
Crib and Changing Table: Jenny Lind style, found for the best price at Walmart, but it is sold at many places including Target, Babies R Us, Amazon, etc. ($260)
Curtains and rod: Shabby Chic by Target, ($60)
White shelves: Target ($20)
Changing pad cover: Shabby Chic by Target, ($20)
White floral decorative pillow: Target ($20)
Lamp shade and base: baby shower gift from Babies R Us
Pink storage baskets: Walmart ($35)
Floral Framed Wallpaper Art: made by Erik ($100)
Bunting: made by Jenna ($0, used existing materials)
Framed J: purchased mirror from a friend ($40), "J" was a baby shower gift from Babies R Us
Rose Petal Wall Hooks: Anthropologie ($30)
Dresser and Nightstand: Purchased used from a friend ($200). If you are looking for the same dresser it is sold at Target
Milk bottles: local antique store ($7)
Chandelier: Home Depot ($89)
Glider: Target ($375)
Crib Bedding: Shabby Chic by Target ($99)
“I have always known it was you” Print: MursBlanc on Etsy ($25)
“Oh How I Love Thee” Print: the big harumph on Etsy, ($23)
"Love, Love, Love" Print: quaillanepress on Etsy ($13)
Shakespeare "True Hope" Print: amytripple on Etsy ($33)
White Frames: Ikea ($40)
Dresses: Baby Gap
Baby "fur" boots: beccaboocrafts on Etsy ($14)
Cream vintage-looking frames with fabric: Marshalls (already owned)
Mirror (above dresser): Marshalls ($40)
Paint: Sherwin Williams, color Softer Tan #6141 (painted previously during a remodeling project)