Aurora ("Rory", 7 months)
I had been toying around with the idea to paint the nursery walls Tiffany blue. However, I knew if we had a boy I would always see a jewel box upon entering his room. When we found out we were having a girl I dashed off to the paint store and had the color custom matched.
From there we didn't really have a theme. My husband would say that our theme was "cheap." He had me tied to a very tight budget. We also had to work with a small room with no architectural charm. *Sigh*
Most of the elements in the room are handmade. I spent many hours with my mom working on nursery projects while I was getting ready to be a mom. We made the ruffled crib skirt, crib pillows, stuffed dog in the crib, window valance banner, and the ruffled lampshade. I created the wreath mobile from leftover flowers from our wedding decorations. I also hand cut the silhouettes above the crib, which were inspired by Restoration Hardware. The sparkly wreath was also made by my mom. The mirrored closet doors are a bit of an eyesore, but they can't be changed; I added a chalkboard decal to update them.
My mom made all of the little butterflies in the room out of old book pages, and my aunt crocheted the pink blanket. My husband made the bookshelves, inspired by the Pottery Barn Kids Collector's Shelves, for less than $5! Most of the artwork is framed greeting cards. (Secret cheap art!) The "I love you a bushel and a peck" artwork is from Mandipidy on Etsy. I love it because my grandpa said that to me when I was a baby. But my favorite thing in the whole room is the stuffed elephant on the shelf that my mom and I sewed out of vintage feed sacks. The pattern came from Matsutake on Etsy.
The dresser/changing table was found at a garage sale for $20, the end table was found on Craigslist for $5, and the rocking chair was free! The one big splurge was the reading corner chandelier. Overall, we spent less than $500. It has become a special place for Rory and one of our favorite rooms!
(Images: Lauren O.)
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