Baby girl’s room is starting to take shape. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about the process of designing the room and the little design projects that, I hope, will make it a very special nursery. I promise to post pics of the completed room before our little darling arrives.
When designing a room, the first thing I like to do is think about the pieces that I already own that I would like to use in the room. In this instance I was working with a crib, 2 dressers (the larger of the two is a Goodwill find that had been in our guest room and the other was mine from childhood), and a blue rug. I purchased the rug from Pottery Barn Kids when Elliot was born. At the time, I wasn’t thinking that we would move and that I would completely redecorate his room before he turned two. The rug is very nice and wasn’t cheap so using it in the room was a must.
The furniture was easy to deal with. I painted the two dressers a fresh coat of semi gloss white and simply wiped down the crib (it was pretty dusty after sitting in storage for 5 months). With all of the furniture “matching” I set out to find fabric for the curtains and crib bedding that would complement the rug and give the room a girly feel. After MUCH searching I found both.
This time around I decided to purchase bedding. I made Elliot’s and although I love that it was custom, it was a very time consuming process. I settled on Pottery Barn’s Coco Dot bedding. With the bedding being somewhat simple, I decided to have some fun with the curtain fabric and selected a print called DF66Ivory from the Leanika collection by Dena Designs. I love the hand drawn feel of the pattern and that it complements the blues of both the bedding and the rug.
With fabric in hand it was time to choose a paint color for the walls. I find that it is much easier to select a paint color based on fabric vs. a fabric based on paint color. Now for the shocker – I immediately gravitated to the pinks! I found what I think is the perfect shade, Benjamin Moore’s Pink Peony. It is a couple of shades lighter than the pink it the curtain fabric so it doesn’t overwhelm the room.
So there you have it. The key elements of the room have been selected, however the work is far from over. Next I’ll be turning my attention to sewing and hanging curtains, selecting lighting, dressing up the walls, organizing, and accessorizing.