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Owls and Alphabet Nursery
by Julie B
Owls and Alphabet Nursery
I found my baby's bedding set first before we knew if we were having a boy or girl, so it provided me with the color palette for the baby nursery. I loved the gender-neutral sherbet colors and especially the argyle pattern on the bumper, so I was excited to come up with a design that would complement it. I decided to design and hand-paint two murals to incorporate the colors found in the bedding.
The armchair and ottoman (Babies R Us) are in a scrumptiously soft chenille, perfect for snuggling and reading together. On the adjacent wall, I hung Land of Nod's Book Bin which keeps favorite books within reach. I also made sure to hang it low enough that our son will be able to retrieve books on his own when he's big enough.
We received a cuddly bearskin rug as a shower gift, which he loves to sit on, and his smaller toys are in a blue woven bin nearby.
The window treatments are custom wood blinds in a bleached wood. We added a dimmer switch for the ceiling light (a must for the early mornings!), and the floor lamp is from Ikea.
I also purchased a couple of art pieces which I loved for the room. One is Blue Auto by artist Avalisa, purchased from art.com. The other is from Land of Nod, titled Great Outdoors - it matches the color palette perfectly and I love the little nature objects associated with each letter of the alphabet.
We also hung two espresso wall shelves to display frames, stuffed animals, and other sentimental items for the baby - they are also from Ikea.
Most of his clothes and linens are in his dresser, while the rest are hanging in the closet. His baby shoes are kept in a basket in the closet as well. Toys and supplies are kept on the wall shelves and floor baskets.
The murals took almost 2 months to complete. I worked on them for a couple of hours each day. The work was not difficult but I was trying to be meticulous and so took my time with finishing everything. The best part was seeing the ideas come to life!
My husband played a big role in helping with the alphabet mural. As I said, he and his father built the frames surrounding the letters, and once I had all the painting completed he hung all the letters and frames for me. He had also installed the chair rail, and painted the base coat on all the walls for me.
I love that the owls and alphabet nursery is a unique design, created by us. Every time I walk in my son's room, I am reminded of the time and care that we took to create a room full of love and comfort for our baby. I hope that our son loves playing and spending time in his room and knows how much his mommy and daddy love him!!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share!
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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