One of Sara's favorite things about her daughter's nursery became too popular for her taste so she reinvented the room to fit her and her daughter better. She shares: Before my daughter Charlie was born, my mom and I created a sweet modern nursery for her. The main focus - the ubiquitous tissue pom lantern thing - was inspired by a post on Ohdeedoh, and I originally loved it. As time went on, though, the tissue pompom thing I created started to make me crazy - I was seeing it EVERYWHERE! I wanted a change by the time she was three months old. ;)The desire to give her a room makeover was already there...but by the time Charlie was 6 months, her little personality became very apparent - and she was NOT girly. This is a very adventurous little girl, and I wanted to create a "big girl room" for her that reflected her personality and was a bit more fun.
I'm a huge fan of IKEA (we live 5 minutes from one!), and the room was actually inspired by a very cheap rug I found there (no longer for sale). I always wanted a rug like that when I was little, and now I'm living vicariously through Charlie. ;)
Over time, the perfect theme came to mind - a city. And when I decided to create a little reading nook for her, I came up with the idea to create a park-themed reading area in a modern city. The hot air balloons are made by Travels Light, and were a gift from my friend Reichel over at Copy Cat Chic (she bought them for her daughter's gorgeous nursery and didn't end up using them!). I think they look perfect above Charlie's crib, and have the added benefit of being earthquake safe (we live practically on top of the Hayward Fault - don't remind me!).
The little reading nook is one of my favorite parts. I love the LOVA leaf canopies from IKEA, and I've been surprised that more people on Ohdeedoh aren't using them in their kids' rooms! Sitting under them makes you feel like you're in a secret spot - they're awesome!
Underneath, she has "grass" (two little rugs, also from IKEA) and a cushy place to hang out. My mom made the big gumdrop pillows, and I made the animal pillows (I'm an illustrator, and they're from my drawings). Because I wanted everything within her reach, I used the spice racks I see on Ohdeedoh practically every day (for good reason!).
Over her changing area are two wooden biplanes with a special purpose. I am super proud of this idea - it was a stroke of genius in the dead of the night. ;) I needed a place to hang her barrettes - so I created little banners for these planes (thick floral wire inside white ribbon), and clipped her barrettes on them.
The shelves on the wall are RIBBA photo shelves (from IKEA, of course). Behind them, I painted clouds directly on the wall (I was inspired by shelves I saw on Ohdeedoh, but wanted something a little more handmade looking).
Her original nursery included a lot of artwork, and I was sad that a photo wall didn't exactly fit in with the new theme. There were a couple of pieces of artwork that I really wanted to display, though, so I put them on the shelves - like the Wish Tree print (one of the items from my shop), which my husband and I filled out for her and means a lot to us.
And of course, the super helpful IKEA Expedit, outfitted with everything a girl could possibly need.