Amelie's Charming Vintage & DIY Nursery

My Room

Name: Amelie (4 months)
Location: Perth, Australia

My partner and I had been trying for a baby for a few years before we managed to fall pregnant. So I had had plenty of time to scour Apartment Therapy and collate images that I loved from some of the nurseries I had seen. When it came time to start decorating I was on cloud nine and had a very good idea of what I wanted. We were blessed with a girl, so a pretty vintage room (limiting on the pink) was heaps of fun to put together.

We live in a rental, so painting walls, changing floor coverings and window trimmings was not an option. I also had a very small budget to work with so whereever I could I made things by hand. Having a vintage theme also allowed me to play with colours and meant that heirloom pieces, like my mother's rocking chair, found its home in the room perfectly.

My main splurge was the cot bedding... I fell in love with it and it matched beautifully with the bunting mosquito net I had seen at Ikea! The rug on the floor is rag rug, handmade by myself (using this tutorial) to tie in the colours for the room. I wanted to have items that would grow with her and hopefully last the ages.

Most of the items (excluding the Ikea bookcase and toy chest), were all second-hand. The cot was found on the verge-side and we sanded it back and painted it with white enamel paint, I love the style of it. The wall pictures are pages cut from old Richard Scarry picture books backed onto colourful paper and mounted in frames bought from a discount store for $3.00 each.

The mobile was inspired from a few mobiles I had seen on Apartment Therapy. I cut out birds from colourful paper and made the clouds and the sun from paper doilys. I love the idea that when she outgrows it I can reuse the mobile to suspend photos.

Amelie's room would never have looked as gorgeous as it does without all the inspiration I have found on this site. Thank you for helping me make her very first room in the world so special.

Thanks, Amy, for keeping the circle of inspiration going by sharing Amelie's room! Readers, say hi to Amy on her blog Cats.Kids.Cake.

(Images: Amy Deering)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.