Lorelle's Lovingly Handmade Nursery

Lorelle's Lovingly Handmade Nursery

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Carrie McBride
Aug 1, 2015

Name: Lorelle (3 months)
Location: San Francisco, California

Even though we knew that we were having a girl, my goal was to create a functional nursery that wasn’t too sweet or too pink. “Pink in moderation” I would say. I’ve always favored the color teal and figure any little girl of mine probably would too!

Lorelle’s room is light, bright and full of lovingly handmade items. A lot of which are repurposed DIY projects from my work as a wedding planner and designer. The room was beautifully shot by Olivia Smartt who happens to be a friend who also works in the wedding industry!

Inspiration: The room was previously used as my home office and I repurposed a lot of what I already had on hand. I also wanted the space to be somewhat gender neutral and in truth, the room would have looked almost exactly identical had we had a little boy.

Favorite Element: I love the tissue paper backdrop hanging above the crib. I wanted something that would be cute but also safe to hang above the baby. We’re in earthquake territory after all. I love that the display is so cheerful, it weights less than two pounds and even if it came off the wall is too large to fall into the crib. It cost less than $60 and took around 6 hours to make.

Biggest Challenge: Easily the biggest challenge I faced in designing the nursery was limited space. The room is less than 80 square feet with some awkward wall breaks. Finding a dresser that had more than three drawers and still left space for a small rocker took months of searching.

Biggest Indulgence: All in all, this room is very budget friendly. I guess you could say that the dresser is the biggest indulgence since it cost the most, but even at that, it wasn’t much more expensive than a dresser you would find at Ikea!

Best Advice: Order your furniture several months in advance. We purchased the dresser in December and it was supposed to arrive at the end of January, just before Lorelle’s due date. As luck would have it, she came three weeks early and the furniture came five weeks late. We spent the first two months of her being home changing diapers in the dining room and had no where to put her things away.

Source List:

  • Crib: Babyletto Hudson
  • Shutters: Building ReSources (DIY’d and leftover from our wedding)
  • Tissue Paper Art: DIY by Stacy
  • Quilt: made by Stacy’s Mom from fabric Stacy hand dyed for her wedding
  • Frames: Target
  • Dog Silhouettes - DIY by Stacy (see details at The Glitter Guide)
  • Bear Wire: Zinc Details
  • Curtain: Ikea
  • Ball Lights: From a trip to Costa Rica (similar at Bright Lab Lights)
  • Rocking Chair: Rue La La
  • Dresser: Scandinavia Designs
  • Lamp: EQ3
  • Rug: Jonathan Adler
  • Book Shelf: Ikea
  • Frames: Ikea
  • Bear Stuffed Animal: Anthropologie
  • Tissue Numbers: DIY (see more #LorelleByTheNumbers on Instagram)
  • Lorelle’s Mermaid Onesie: Nordstrom

Thanks, Stacy! Readers, see more of Stacy's work at They So Loved Events.

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