Monday, January 2, 2012

The nursery

My goal was to have Audrey's nursery complete by the end of the year. While it's still missing a few elements, I'm excited to say that if I go in labor today – she will come home to a room that looks done and is now finally clean.

I didn't do a mood board for this room. I'm not sure if this hurt or helped me in the long run. I tried to use Pinterest, but I was even way to indecisive for even that and didn't make it too far. I can't even count how many times I changed my mind on fabrics. Really, the only piece of the nursery I was positive on was my argyle wall – so I based all of my decisions off of that.

The other deciding factor was budget. Baby items are a lot like wedding items – tack the word baby in front of it and the price sky rockets. So, I had my one splurge item – the glider and ottoman set, and then actually repurposed a lot of items for this space.


The crib is actually from Wal-Mart. It wasn't our original first choice (we were actually wanting the Somnat crib in green from Ikea and even made the 7-hour journey to Minneapolis for it. Of course, this was during Ikea's massive crib recall, so that idea fell through). When I saw the Baby Mod crib at Wal-Mart though, I came up with a new plan. Keep the crib white, and paint the wood base at the bottom green. I like this look so much more, and I still have a crib with some green on it.

I actually received this star in 2005 as a graduation present from my parents. It's been in a lot of rooms, but I think it going in a nursery is rather perfect. It's from a fabulous decor store in Lawrence, KS, that sadly closed several years ago.

Audrey's first Picasso's:

The glider and ottoman set are from BuyBuy Baby and were the big splurge, coming in at $600. The houndstooth quilt pattern was $7.50, and I had that made (this girl does not sew). The pillow is something I got off Etsy for my family room several years ago. The lamp is from Target, and the table is from a Craigslist flip I did in 2010.

The dresser was a $40 purchase off of Craigslist that I repainted. The painting is a DIY project I did several weekends ago.

The Expedit shelf was another must for the nursery:

An art fair purchase from 5 years ago:

The closet:

Drawer organization:

I started the nursery at 15 weeks. And at 34 weeks and 6 days, I can happily say "done!"

20 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic! I love the argyle wall. I'm sure Audrey will love it :).

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  2. Looks beautiful, Ashley! I do appreciate the fact that we're crib twins (and almost bed skirt and sheet twins, too), but I really like how you painted the bottom of the crib. Nice personal touch! Great job. Our little girls will be here before we know it!

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  3. Looks adorable! What a fantastic baby room!

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  4. The nursery looks amazing! Love the crib and the glider. And of course the bookshelf! It all fits together just perfectly! Well done!

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  5. This room is great and can easily grow with the baby. Perfect. My favorite are the art prints.

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  6. It looks fantastic! Great job.

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  7. I love it!!! Of course, my first thought was, "I need that star lamp for my nursery!", but it's the one thing I can't go out and buy. Great idea though, I will be on the lookout for one!

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  8. It looks gorgeous! I love the wire baskets in the bookshelf!

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  9. Oh how cute! Love the star, love that you painted the inside of the closet yellow =) You little one will be here before we know it.

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  10. The nursery turned out so great! What a fun room.

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  11. Just found your blog at The DIY Showoff!
    What you`ve done to this room is amazing!
    So pretty, love the whole yellow and greens!
    And this striped penguin is so cute;)
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    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

    Lovely greetings from Germany...

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  12. You did an awesome job, love the argyle wall ! What a lucky baby.

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  13. So fun and colorful - I hope you don't mind, but I am sharing this on my blog this evening. Take care, Laura at findinghomeonline.com

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  14. Wow!!! Just loving all of the sweet details in this room!

    I'm thinking of doing a stencil wall in our nursery too.... thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  15. This looks wonderful...my favorite aspect is the wall!! nice job! I am expecting a baby boy in April, and still trying to figure out what the heck I am going to do!!!! Love your color scheme!!!

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  16. It looks great! My daughter was given the inflatable penguin on her first Christmas when she was 7 months old. She FREAKED out when it was touched and it came wobbling to her. She was super tired but it would be a little scary! I do love all the penguin themed items. We did something similar with hippos but I love how you displayed them all.

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  17. beautiful new space for your girl! love the mix of colors and patterns. visiting from project nursery.

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  18. Where did you get those great wire bins? I've been looking for something similar for my Expedit shelving units!

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    1. Amazon!

      Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-47970-Medium-Storage-Basket/dp/B000QGRY3Y/ref=br_it_dp_o_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3ODR144NUDF0D&coliid=IYS8A5YIOFFKJ

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