Friday, March 29, 2013

My House Tour: Madeline's Nursery Details

Now that you've seen Madeline's nursery (click here if you missed it yesterday), let's get to all the details of this design.
#1 - Inspiration
Let me just say this isn't your typical nursery.  The starting point for this room was the Chinese Art Deco rug we inherited from my husband's grandmother.  This rug had been in storage for several years and the only place I could really use it was in the nursery.

#2 - Wall Color
I liked the pastel wall color in this Tyler Dawson room, so I chose Benjamin Moore's Rose Silk for the nursery walls.  It's a light pink that's in the same color family as the red in the rug.
#3 - Drapes
On a trip to World Market, I stumbled upon these green velvet drapes that pick up the green accents in the rug.  I customized them by adding some braided trim (since I don't know how to sew I just hot glued it on). 

The drapery rods were left over from another project.  I painted them gold with Rustoleum's Metallic Brass spray paint.
#4 - Furniture
The crib, bedding, and rocker (which was my great-great-grandfather's) were originally in Savannah's nursery and my design allowed me to re-use them in this room.  

The side table is from High Street Market.
I found the chest on Craigslist and it's perfect to use as a changing table.

For storage, I purchased Ikea Vittsjo shelves and gave them a makeover inspired by this post from Ana Antunes.
#5 - Lighting
You may remember when the Etsy gods smiled upon me and I found the most beautiful chandelier here.  It's from Etsy shop Sarah's Smiles and I couldn't be happier with the purchase and with the excellent customer service she gave me. (She even ordered me extra prismatic bulbs when I broke one and didn't know where to purchase them!) 
The original lamp I purchased for this room didn't work out, so I went back to Ebay and found this mint green vintage ceramic one that is just perfect.
#6 - Art and Accessories
The gallery wall above the crib is a mixture of high and low pieces.  The large artwork in the middle is a fine art print by Kerry Steele.  Clockwise from bottom left:  marker art by Madeline's big sis Savannah, vase of flowers art print by Catherine Nolin, pink flower photo taken by my husband when he visited Moldova, dots watercolor by me, small floral oil painting found on Etsy, pink polka dot elephant from Studio Jarrah, and green abstract photo from a National Geographic magazine.

Elephant figures, a blue and white vase, and floral pillows by Etsy shop Aurelia were selected to reinforce the chinoiserie motif of the rug.
Shelves hold books and storage bins for toys.
A tassle dresses up the vintage lamp on the chest.
I'm so glad that the nursery is finally complete!  I just hope Madeline loves it as much as I do!
Want to see more of my house?  Take the tour here.


  1. I cannot tell you how much I love this room! I loving seeing my art as part of it but I am nuts about it all. The rug makes it.

    1. The coolest thing is that its the same piece that hangs in your little girl's room! Thanks for your sweet comments!

  2. It turned out so beautiful! I am getting a chance to catch up on your blog today ;) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Vittsjo Shelf looks great! what kind of spray paint did you use?