Being a corporate interior designer, I’m always finding design inspiration in the most unlikely of places. And it’s no surprise that having four kids, I’ve changed up the nursery decor a few times (too many) over the past 8 years.
When it came to designing Paul’s nursery, I didn’t know where to start. And then one afternoon while thrifting with a friend, I stumbled upon the perfect inspiration piece.
That’s how it works for me. I’ll be minding my own business, and I’ll come across that one perfect object I simply can’t live without. This time around, is was a vintage coverlet (I’m guessing from the late 1950′s), found at an antique store in southern Indiana. Price tag: $54.
Before purchasing it, I did a quick in-store measurement, and yes, decided it was large enough for a few small projects:
1 simple, no-frills crib skirt.
3 small window treatments
1 small throw pillow for the glider (only if there was enough fabric left over).
And since I’m not much of a seamstress, I enlisted the expertise and help of a friend to sew it up for me. I think they turned out fantastically, the whole project only costing me around $60 and change.
After the crib skirt and window valences were complete, another very talented friend of mine made me some canvas art (hanging above the crib) out of recycled scraps of vinyl wall covering, vintage buttons, and salvaged wallpaper. She gave the art to me as a baby gift, which I will cherish forever.
Other than the time it took to create the pieces (which believe me, was a lot), the cost of the wall art was kept to a minimum.
I love Paul’s nursery space, and very much enjoying spending time in there with him and his brother Gage. I love that it’s a completely unique space, one that it original to my boys, and not plucked out of a catalog.
How about you? What’s your favorite part of your baby’s nursery?
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