Maeve Rosalind's mom, Michele, didn't go safe with this room. Nope, after lots of moving and years of living in rental homes, the purchase of the family's first home gave Michele the freedom to chose whatever paint color she wanted. We love the fearlessness of the charcoal gray, and it's the perfect backdrop to the bright colors that stand out in this room like handfuls of hard candy.
Michele admits that she started in one direction with this room, and then scratched the whole plan and started over. When you're designing a room, sometimes you can feel overwhelmed or like you've backed yourself into a corner, so it's nice to know that others have experienced the same feeling. Read on to hear more about how Michele worked this room into the vivacious space it is.
What was your inspiration for the room? As an army family, we move around quite a bit and have always rented. The lifestyle presents MANY opportunities to decorate each new space, but the challenge comes in that what worked in the old room may be completely wrong in the new (i.e. furniture doesn't fit, you need a rug (or don't anymore), etc.) With the purchase of our first home, I wanted to take advantage of my newfound ability to paint whatever color--and do whatever I wanted with the nursery! My initial idea for the room began with a lot of olive green and pinks. There were stripes. There were patterns. It was too much. I scrapped the whole thing and really brought the vision for the room together around a rainbow granny stripe blanket that I crocheted after a trip to the craft store. It was so bright and bold, everything else needed to either match or be grayscale. I hadn't thought of it at the time I was putting it together, but now the room reminds me of those really overcast rainy days where the sun still inexplicably peeks though, and colors are all the more bright and beautiful by contrast.
What is your favorite element in the room? The mobile. It's just the centerpiece of the whole room.
What was your biggest challenge? I'd say the biggest challenge was working in the new pieces with the pieces that we already had from our eldest daughter's nursery. The crib, red book shelf, recliner, and dresser were all hers, but her nursery had a completely different look. It was a bit difficult to separate them from the context in which I had known them.
What was your biggest indulgence? The Oeuf crib we already had, otherwise that would have been the biggest expense. I'd say it was a toss up between the Anthropologie rug and having my grandmother's recliner reupholstered.
What advice would you give to someone designing a nursery? Sometimes you have eureka moments, but I think often the best ideas evolve over time. Don't be afraid to let decorating be a process, and don't be to quick to settle on something that's just okay instead of the item that really pops. And always remember to let the room's function dictate your decisions--it doesn't matter how beautiful it is if it's not practical!
What is your dream source? Etsy. There's SO much out there that is unique and brilliant. Plus you get the added bonus of supporting the creativity of an individual.
Crib: Sparrow by Oeuf
Red shelf: discontinued (I think) IKEA Rexbo
Rug: Dream Menagerie rug from Anthropologie
Dog floor lamp: Offi My Pet Dachshund
Paint: Iron Ore by Sherwin-Williams
Blanket and mobile: Made by me! Now selling at my Etsy shop, Screamy Mimi
Crib skirt and bumper: Made by me
Set of 3 posters above crib: Subliminal Baby series by Sycamore Street Press on Etsy
Tutti Fruitti poster to right of red book shelf: Keep Calm Gallery
For Like Ever poster: online from Village
Pom poms: Pink, Indubitably by Pom Love
Wall flowers by Umbra: many stores, including Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Shelf under window with books: West elm
Decal: Alphabet Zoo Re-stik decal from Blik
Thank you, Michele, for sharing your gorgeous nursery and be sure to check out her Etsy shop, Screamy Mimi, where you can find her beautiful, crocheted blanket and crib mobile for sale!