Blakeley's Dual Purpose Nursery

My Room

Name: Blakeley (8 months)
Location: Costa Mesa, CA

When first trying to figure out where to start with Blakeley's nursery, I knew I wanted it to be that room that you couldn't help but steal a glance at when walking down the hallway.

I was very inspired when I came across Little P's nursery on Apartment Therapy a couple years ago. I just loved the calmness brought on by the wall color and the cheeriness of the bright yellow. And I also knew that even though we had found out we were having a girl, that I just wasn't quite ready for pink. I had found that amazing fabric used for the crib bumper, window valance and glider pillow at Joann's Fabrics and when I found out we were having a girl, I thought it would work perfectly with this color scheme!

This nursery was previously our office and contained that white corner desk and a leather couch. We knew we could do without the couch but also knew the desk was a necessity and needed to stay in the house, and since there was no where else for it, we opted for making the room 25% office space and 75% nursery. We added a few accessories on top of the hutch and pretty paper in the drawer labels to somewhat incorporate the look and feel like it actually works pretty well!

As far as turning the rest of the room into a nursery, we were working with a seriously tight budget and knew most items were either going to be used or DIY. The green dresser/changing table was B's great-great grandmother's and painted that gorgeous green color somewhere down the line. I found the glider on Craigslist for $10, and it actually came with a pretty gross cover that we ended up tossing, deciding to just use the white frame. Between the green cushion I bought at Pier 1, the yellow blanket made by my Aunt, and the pillow case made by myself and mother-in-law with that Joann's fabric, I thought it really worked well with the room. Not to mention it is incredibly comfortable :-)

I had originally wanted a sleigh crib but was having a hard time finding a used one in our price range. We have incredible garage sales in our neighborhood almost every weekend and ended up scoring that Jenny Lind crib for $15! It was white when we bought it but I really wanted it to pop against the robin egg wall color and opted to change it to that bright cheery yellow color. It was quite a process to get that thing painted, but with the help of a few willing friends, we got it done (12 spray cans and 3 clear top coats later!).

Finally, the closet for that room is actually a shared closet next to my room and since it was already too full, we knew we needed to find an armoire to hang all those adorable little clothes. I had seen this one at Ikea and fell in love with it, and it holds SO much stuff! I spruced it up with some Anthro knobs, hung my nursing cover on it, and wha-la!

As far as the smaller items go, the galvanized buckets on the floor holding the stuffed animals and books, as well as the ones on the shelf holding cloth diapers located above the changing pad were made by a friend who hand picked those fun prints. The beautiful art quote above the glider was found on etsy and the sweet animal prints above the desk were found online. The white tree behind the crib, which I would say is definitely the focal point of the room, was painted by a friend and the birds and leaves were cut out with pretty paper.

This is by far my favorite room in our house and I just love that we get to enjoy it everyday!

Thanks, Barbara! Well done!

(Images: Barabara I.)

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