My Room: Ellie

My Room: Ellie

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Carrie McBride
Dec 13, 2010

Elena Allison aka Ellie's room was a family affair made with love. Mom Laurie shares: Ellie's nursery actually came together in bits and pieces. It all really started with the glider, it's dark espresso wood and upholstered in black and white swirly fabric. We found it at a baby furniture store we just happened to stop by while we were out of town. We weren't really seriously looking at the time because it was really early in my pregnancy, but my husband and I both saw it, sat in it, and fell in love. So it just stayed in the back of my mind as the months went on.

I'm a graphic designer by trade and a very hands-on, creative person so I've spent a lot of time thinking of and researching online for nursery decorating ideas. The only thing I knew for sure is that I wanted to add my own personality and touch by painting a mural of some kind. So, when we found out we were having a girl, I started thinking about it more seriously and ended up deciding on this swirly tree. The mural is my own creation and was hand painted by me, and when Ellie gets old enough, we are going to use the trunk of the tree as a growth chart.

After we learned that we were having a girl, we started looking for fabrics. My mother has an amazing talent for sewing so I knew I wanted her to make the baby bedding and curtains for the nursery. When we were shopping for fabric I tried to stay away from pastels and your typical "baby" prints. So when we found the white, pink and green and black stripe fabric, it quickly became the inspiration for Ellie's nursery decor. The darker colors in the fabric not only complement the tree mural that I designed, but do you remember that glider that's been floating around in my head for the past several months; well, I knew the fabric would be PERFECT with it!

With the fabric bought my mom started sewing. She made the crib's dust ruffle in two layers, so that when we drop the crib down, we can remove the polka dot layer of the crib skirt and still have the stripe layer. The curtains are also layered to match the dust ruffle.

Once we found the fabric, we matched paint colors to it and got started putting it all together. The paint is all by Sherman Williams, Duration Home Interior in a satin finish and coordinated beautifully with our baby girl's pink and green nursery decor. The main color that we used on the wall is Rice Paddy (SW 6414).

The colors that I used to paint the tree mural are as follows: Black: Tricorn Black (SW 6258), Dark Pink: Cerise (SW 6580), Light Pink: Tuberose (SW 6578), and Dark Green: Rye Grass (SW 6423)

The KViBY dresser is from IKEA. It is supposed to sit on 6-8 inch feet, but we left them off because it made the piece too tall to work as a changing table. I also replaced the clear acrylic drawer pulls with wooden ones after painting them to blend with the rest of the room.

One of my favorite additions to the room is the custom-made dollhouse bookshelf. I got the idea from some similar bookshelves that I saw on an Ohdeedoh post. I fell in love with the idea but the ones online available to purchase are too big for our space. I showed them to my dad, and he and I came up with this smaller version! It's the perfect height to display Barbie dolls and fits on the small wall in our nursery.

The little lamb prints are by Connie Tögel. I found them a couple years ago at a knitting conference, bought them with intentions of hanging them in another room (at that point we weren't ready for kids). I never got around to hanging them so I guess it was meant for them to play a part in Ellie's nursery. They are 5x7 prints matted and framed in 11x14 frames.

Decorating the nursery has been a real family effort and I have enjoyed every minute of it. My mom did all the sewing, my dad built the bookshelf, I painted the tree wall mural and my wonderful husband put the furniture together, hung the ceiling fan, curtains (and anything else I couldn't) and listened to my (sometimes crazy) decorating ideas every step of the way.

Ellie's nursery turned out better than I imagined, and it makes me so happy just to go in there and rock my sweet baby girl!

Thanks Laurie!

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