Thursday, April 4, 2013

BEFORE & AFTER {Nursery}

My beautiful niece has arrived!  And she is loving her new nursery her mom and I, along with some help from friends and family, have put together for her.

I wanted baby Emersyn to be able to enjoy her room for years to come.  So, instead of doing a typical "baby" nursery, I opted for a beautiful space filled with fun color and pattern that a little girl at any age would enjoy.  In fact, I pretty much hate nurseries that are so-called "theme" with all of the matching bedding and set items from a big box store.  It doesn't take a lot of money to create a more sophisticated nursery, just a little more creativity.

Custom built-in bookshelves were added for architectural detail.

From there, we layered in the pattern, the color, and all of the handmade DIY projects for a personal touch to create the most adorable little girl's nursery.

A gallery wall with room to grow is perfect for capturing all of your child's best moments.  For now, we filled the frames with coordinating scrapbook paper and some playful artwork from Etsy until my sister has photos of the new baby.

Every little girls needs a little sparkle in their bedroom, and these petite starburst mirrors were the perfect touch. 

Some of our DIY projects included:
Wall Art -- We "framed" colorful fabric swatches and fabric napkins from West Elm with wood cross stitch rings to create easy and whimsical wall art.
String Monogram -- Cardboard letters can be found at any craft store, so we bought an oversized "E" and wrapped the entire thing with bright coral yarn from the knitting department to add a personalized touch to the space.
Crib Skirt -- These can be so hard to find and if you can find a cute one, they are so expensive.  So we found a cute pink patterned twin bed sheet and cut it to fit as a bed skirt.  A couple of stitches later, we had an adorable nursery bed skirt.

Bookshelves are one of the most challenging things for people to decorate.  We kept these shelves simple and organized because of the busy, graphic wallpaper.  I still chose a lot of playful, child-like objects for the shelves, but organized them in a sophisticated way with a mix of materials.  Such as a stuffed animal monkey sitting next to a beautiful framed phots.  We added lots of pops of color in our accent colors with books from thrift stores.  It's all about the details.

........and my favorite new niece, just hanging out on the shelf (with momma's super vision just below of course!).

I hope Jessica Stout Design inspires you to do something new with your home today!

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