Nursery Reveal

That’s right, I’m here to reveal Analiese’s nursery seven and a half months after her arrival. Don’t worry, she wasn’t living out of a closet for the past seven months or anything. (Although, I’ve seen it done tastefully thanks to my mild obsession with Odeedoh.) In fact, you may recall some posts documenting the progress of the nursery. Like how it started the brightest color of orange we’ve ever seen. Or when I revealed the fabric I planned to use for a variety of sewing projects. There was even a sneak peak so many months ago. Man, this reveal is long overdue!

The truth is, I had a list (surprising, right?) of things I wanted to finish before I could say that her room was completely done. One of those said things was to remove those pesky extra slats in her blinds. I know that sounds crazy to some people. But, if I hadn’t done it, they would have driven me absolutely batty. And it seems like something that should be pretty easy to do. It is, but for some reason, it was never a priority. Until I remembered that I had yet to post this post.  And now that the blinds are shortened to the right height I can finally say that our daughter’s room is finished! (Well, at least until she has an opinion and wants to change it. Ross is hoping that isn’t for a very long time.)

My original inspiration for the nursery came from a fabric designer named Heather Bailey. She has a blog and an a very girly studio. Love. I could definitely get lost in a room like that. However, the main piece of inspiration for me was a turquoise mirror featured in her daughter’s room makeover (pictured to the right). Ironically enough, a turquoise mirror never made it to Analiese’s room. Nevertheless, I’m really happy (and proud!) with how everything turned out.

So, without further ado, I present to you…

I might as well start with my favorite part of the room. I purchased the frames for the asymmetrical photo collage long before I had pictures for them. But I had always planned on using them just like this. It’s a perfect wall–centered between two doors–to display our little girl. I’m sure she won’t always want pictures of herself covering an entire wall in her room, however. I envision family photos and favorite pieces of art being switched out over time. Jenn Webber did Analiese’s “newborn” photo shoot when she was 8 weeks old . I just love that she was able to capture Analiese in such a beautiful way. (Those Ribba frames from IKEA are tricky to hang with precision. I have a system that I’ll post at a later time. Works like a charm.)

Hanging from the ceiling is a blue chandelier! I wanted so badly to hang a chandelier in her room, but even the “cheap” ones seemed fairly pricey. My mother-in-law found this one at a garage sale in it’s original, very brown state. The tag said $10, but something tells me she may have paid even less for it. We had it in mind as a possible fixture for somewhere else in our house, but when our search for a new chandelier came up dry, we decided to spray paint this one bright aqua. I think it’s such a playful addition to the room. Ross installed a dimmer, too, which is really nice in the early mornings and evenings.

The curtains, ruffle pillow, pleated dust ruffle, bumper ties, chain cover and mobile were made by me, using Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden fabric line. I never thought I would have been so attracted to such a bright and colorful combination of prints for Analiese’s room, but I feel so happy when I’m in her room and I hope she does, too! I didn’t use any patterns–just made it up as I went along–but found a few tutorials that were helpful in making the ruffles on the pillow and the mobile.

You may recall this extremely boring post discussing our thoughts on cribs at the time. We eventually decided to get the Gulliver crib from IKEA and have been really happy with it. It’s very simple (and cheap!), but works great. However, it posed a few interesting quirks to work with when making the dust ruffle and tying the bumper. (I hope to post tutorials for both of these sewing projects soon.)

We opted for a larger dresser to double as a changing area. The Hemnes dresser from IKEA is taller than most dressers and perfect for two tall parents to change their baby’s diapers. The small drawer to the left houses her diapers and a tub of wipes, making it very convenient for quick and safe changes. There’s also plenty of room to display a few other items like a piggy bank, jewelry stand and art by Analiese’s mama!

We wanted to keep her crib toy-free–for sleeping only. So, I opted to put the mobile in the corner where I nurse her. I made the mobile as well using this as inspiration and this tutorial. Whimsical and pretty!

Confession: I may have posted the fabrics I was going to use so that a very talented nursery boutique artist would make me custom letters. She may have caught on and done just that. Aren’t they great? I was nervous about making 8 holes in the wall to hang the letters, so I used 3M hooks. I’ve already moved them twice, so it’s a good thing I didn’t use nails! The hooks works great and the ribbon hides them fairly well.

We underestimated how long it would take to receive the glider chair. So, for the first few weeks (months?) I nursed Analiese in a chair that I love to look at, but not sit in for hours, hunched over a newborn who is trying to learn how to latch on. I couldn’t wait for this chair to arrive. When it did, nursing became so much more enjoyable. It’s situated in the corner and faces that lovely photo collage wall. The nightstand, lamp, iPod and books are all conveniently nearby. For the most part, the chair is used for nursing. But we’re starting to read books there, too. Analiese has never been one to be “rocked to sleep” in a chair. We learned early on that she prefers to “sway.” We hope, though, that a lot of pre-bedtime cuddling will happen here at some point.

Of course, I can’t forget to mention the crown molding and bead board. The additional wood work adds so much to the room. It makes it feel complete. Ross and my dad worked really hard on this and I think it turned out beautifully. Perfect for a nursery.

So there it is!

And just in case you’re interested, here’s the list of resources (this is why I love blogs!):

  • Paint – “Light Yellow” by Benjamin Moore
  • Crib – IKEA, Gulliver
  • Dresser – IKEA, Hemnes
  • Nightstand – IKEA, Hemnes
  • Book case  – IKEA, Expedit
  • Rug – IKEA – no longer on the website :(
  • Frames – IKEA, Ribba in white and beech
  • Fabric – Heather Bailey, Pop Garden
  • Lamp base – Target – no longer on the website :(
  • Clock – Target
  • Art (“I am a Child of God” and “Number 6:24-26” prints) – pipe|up
  • “Analiese” painted letters – wessysmom – see email info in the comments
  • “A” – Home Goods
  • Chair – Little Castle
  • iPod speaker – Boston Acoustics
  • Chandelier – garage sale via the Garage Sale Queen
  • Mirror – garage sale
  • Jewelry stand – purchased at Plymouth’s Art in the Park, 2010

Join the Conversation


  1. TOTALLY gorgeous, Heather. You’re making me so unbelievably jealous – I wish I could sew so I could make that gorgeous mobile and pillow. Great work!!

    And yes, I caught on, but I would have wanted to make the letters anyway!

    1. Thanks, Sally. You have your own talents! I would have linked to a website if I knew what it was. I’ll update the post if you give me the link.

  2. love it ALL! the bumper looks perfect- and the pillow is precious! you are so talented and analiese is so blessed to have such an amazing mama! xo

  3. So beautiful in the pictures and in person. I am so very proud of you Heather, since I know this is not easy work as it requires the four “P’s”… Planning, Perseverance, Patience and Perfection. Analiese is one very lucky little girl. I have to admit that I did chuckle at your admittance that you did not follow a pattern. Been there, done that! You are your mother’s daughter in that regard :) Love you!

    1. Thanks, Mom. I didn’t even know there were an official four “P’s”, but I can attest to needing all four of them :)

    1. You know I’d love to see this on Ohdeedoh. I have a slight fear of rejection – do they reject submissions?

      I bought the bumper from Buy Buy Baby and then replaced the ties. She did so well without one at all for a long time, but once we added it, she seemed to sleep a little better since it blocks her vision a bit.

  4. It’s beautiful! My guess is 6, I think she will love her room and the look for at least that long… of course you will have to make a few adjustments over the years. :)

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