I combined my affinity for all things eclectic, the fact that my baby's sex was a surprise, and my love of nature to create this unique spin on a gender neutral nature theme.
What brand and color of paint did you use? The blue walls were painted with Behr Premium Ultra in Serene Sky.
If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it. I drew a tree on the wall with pencil and then painted it with brown acrylic craft paint.
What brand of crib did you buy? Where from? The crib is an espresso sleigh crib from Pottery Barn Kids.
What brand of furniture did you choose? Where did you buy it? The dresser is from Cottage By the Sea, a small boutique store, and we used a Pottery Barn Kids changing tray on top of it. The glider is also from Pottery Barn Kids.
What bedding set did you use? Where did you buy it? The bedding is the organic cream cotton set from Land of Nod. I wanted the bedding to be very simple in order to balance out all the patterns, colors, and textures on the walls.
Tell us about your window treatments, lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade? The drapes and changing pad coordinate with the bedding.
By hand I cut out each blade of grass, leaf, sun, and cloud from vintage wallpapers found in antique shops and markets. I used over 700 blades of grass; it was a labor of love! I applied everything (including myself!) with wallpaper paste.
I hand painted the tree and found
animals made out of printed fabrics from Etsy to accent the walls.
How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves? Most of my baby essentials are stored in the closet in order to have a clean look to the room. I wanted the focus to be on the wall colors and accents.
How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part? The nursery took me over 6 months to complete. I spent countless hours and documented the growth of my belly with photos as I transformed the room. It was incredibly fun but far more time consuming than I had realized it would be. My favorite part was the moment I pasted the last blade of grass on the baseboard when I was almost 8 months pregnant. I stood back, admired my hard work, and then took a much deserved nap!
Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do? My husband painted the room blue and hung the birdhouse on the tree. Other than that, I did it all by myself! I think the process helped me bond with my son before he was born.
What do you love most about your little one's finished room? I love the peace that it makes me feel. With puffy clouds and cheerful birds to look at, I've found that it is impossible to feel anything but serenity when I am rocking my baby in his glider, even at 3 am feedings!!
TIP: If painting or making your own tree seems a bit daunting, try an easy stick, removable tree wall decal. There are lots of beautiful ones available and they really brighten up the room!
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