Name: Little B
Location: Philadelphia, PA
I started collecting ideas for a travel-themed nursery well before I found out that I was pregnant. My husband Chester and I both love to travel and can't wait to share our adventures with our children someday.
We wanted the nursery to be a very girly space with a vintage look and feel. We incorporated both handmade and DIY items into the decor to make the room even more special for our little girl.
The first order of business was repainting the boring, putty-colored walls of our former guest room. We amassed quite the collection of paint chips from Lowes before settling on a cotton candy pink shade called “Hello Dolly" which is made by Valspar. It's the perfect complement for the white furniture and soft pastel colors that comprise the rest of the room's color scheme.
When we started looking for decor ideas for the nursery the whimsical illustrations from Loxly Hollow were among our first finds. We sort of planned the colors and furnishings used throughout the rest of the room around them. We created a gallery wall along the left side of the room using six of them and a map letter that I made.
In addition to passing on my love of traveling, I'm hoping that Little B will take after me and will love to read. The Sauder Pogo bookshelf is just the right height for a small child, so that she’ll be able to reach for her books (and toys!) on her own in the not-too-distant future. Chester spent most of the summer refinishing and repainting a rocking chair that my grandfather gave us and it fits perfectly in the corner. I love that this part of the room is kind of like a little reading nook. I can't wait until I can start spending time there with her!
There is a shortage of closet space in our house, so we chose the Delta Six-Drawer Dresser which has plenty of drawers to store all of her little clothes. I jazzed up the plain, white wooden drawer pulls that came with it with postmark stickers from Cavallini & Co. and a bit of Mod Podge. The crib is also made by Delta and converts to a toddler bed, day bed and full size bed.
The city plaques on the wall to the left side of the dresser were also a DIY project. Chester spray painted wooden plaques from the craft store, and I covered them with scrapbook paper and cut-outs from Rifle Paper Company's 2014 "Around the World" calendar.
The hot-air balloon mobile from Hanging Mobile Gallery is one of my favorite items in the room. It was a bit of a splurge, but since it’s a little bit more sophisticated than a traditional crib mobile, I figured that it could be used as room decor for at least the next few years. I also love the tiny, pink Paris-themed chair that we found on a random trip to Home Goods. I am going to pose Little B in it for her monthly photos.
We had a great time selecting the items for the room and putting everything together. Hopefully, this room will inspire our little girl to go out and see the world!
Paint: Valspar's "Hello Dolly," purchased at Lowes
Crib: Delta S Series Convertible Crib, Target
Dresser: Delta 6 Drawer Children's Dresser, Sears
Drawer pulls: Semi-DIY using knobs that came with dresser and Cavallini & Co. Ephemra Stickers, purchased from Paper Source
Bookcase: Sauder Pogo Bookcase, Wayfair
Rug: Cotton Dhurrie Border Mat, Pottery Barn Kids
Bird Bath Lamp: Land of Nod
Bon Voyage Suitcase Set: Land of Nod
Chantilly Wall Shelves: Land of Nod
Curtains: Simply Shabby Chic Vertical Ruffle Panel, Target
Illustrations: Loxly Hollow
Frames: Sondrum, IKEA
Map Letter: DIY, using craft paper letter from Land of Nod
Cavallini & Co. world map wrapping paper: Pomp and Posey
City plaques: DIY, using wooden plaques and scrapbook paper from AC Moore Rifle Paper Company 2014 "Around the World" calendar: Paper Source
"Little By Little, One Travels Far" Print: Made by a friend
Mobile: Flying the Skies Mobile, Hanging Mobile Gallery
Rocking chair: Gift from a family member; refinished and repainted by my husband, Chester
Rocking chair pad: Heavenly Soft Rocking Chair Cushion, aBaby
Paris chair: Home Goods
Thanks, Lauren! Readers, you can see more of Lauren at her blog, Pass The Spork.
(Images: Chester Villanueva)