My Room: Eloise Anne

Carbondale, IL

Eloise is due January 10th. Colleen has done such a beautiful job preparing this charming pink room that we hope she spends the remaining days with her feet up! She shares: Eloise's room has been so much fun to decorate and a wonderful way to get ready for her arrival. It's most definitely become my favorite room in the house.

Once we found out we were having a girl, we wrestled with whether or not we should paint the walls pink or a nice robins egg blue. When it came down to it, though, pink is my favorite color, and it seemed silly not to go all out...and pinked out it is!

The biggest struggle was trying to figure out how incorporate the color, while keeping it modern and fun at the same time. I didn't want it to become too baby-ish to where it couldn't grow with her in some way. I've never been great at matching, so there's a lot going on pattern and color-wise all over, but I finally decided to stop trying and just go with it.

I've got so many favorites in this room, but the rug is probably one of my absolute favorite purchases (Rand rug from IKEA) because it gives the room so much personality. The sweet bunny mobile was a gift from my mom, which she hand knit using a pattern from Vintage Knits for Modern Baby. It took forever to settle in on the perfect bedding, but we finally decided on the Zinnia set from Dwell Studio, which I'm really happy with. The changing table and wardrobe were given to us by family, which saved a lot of money. They were a pretty cherry color, but since the room is so small, they looked really imposing when they were dark. So, we chose to paint them white to match the crib and simply changed the knobs (from Hobby Lobby). Sanding and painting took quite a long time, but it was totally worth it...I just don't think I'll be doing it again very soon. :)

It was a bit of a struggle to figure out how best to use the space, considering the windows take up so much wall space, so we were able to use a wall-mounted bookshelf (from Land of Nod...where many of the other accents came from) and a small stainless steel bin (from Lowe's) as a makeshift toy chest to keep things contained, rather than bringing in more large furniture.

I got a lot of inspiration from Ohdeedoh...the hoop swatches (Purl Bee's tutorial), using lots of color (from "Norah's Sweet and Sunny Nursery"), putting little "E"'s all over, and the "LOVE" Print (from MadeByGirl, which I first saw in "Penelope's Pearl of a Room"). Overall, I'm really happy with this labor of love and so thankful for all the ideas from Oheeedoh. Now we just can't wait for her to get here!

Thanks Colleen! We're sure Eloise will love her room! Readers, you can see more of this room and find out more about Colleen's sources here.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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