Last winter a reader asked us for examples of India-themed nurseries and we didn't have much to offer her. Along comes Shannel with this lovely space. She shares: When I first started thinking about my baby girl's nursery, I thought I wanted something really simple... and then time passed, the anticipation of her birth increased by the minute and suddenly I was "Evernote-ing" nursery ideas every night after dinner. As I started thinking about what I wanted her nursery to be, these were the words that came to mind: feminine, eclectic but chic, Indian, personal, unique & budget-friendly.
My inspiration piece became a lovely vase, which I found while browsing on Anthropologie.com. I loved the colors and I loved the Indian art style. And, so began a more focused decorating journey aka obsession.
After finding this vase and seeing the pretty mehndi designs on it, I started thinking about how I could incorporate that into the room. Then I remembered seeing painted damask stenciling on Styleberry blog, that resembled wallpaper, but promised to never be the tedious mess that removing wallpaper is, and I wondered if I could stencil an Indian mehndi-like pattern on the wall. After doing some research online (and consulting with Shawna the author of Styleberry on the "how to's of stenciling"), I found the perfect stencil from Royal Design Studio, and so began a not-so-simple nursery!
While browsing Ohdeedoh, I also found and fell in love with Tiffani Thiessen's baby's nursery, so along with that gorgeous vase from Anthropologie, I knew that lavender was going to be Kiera's nursery color.
Along with the paisley & mehendi inspired wall design, I knew I wanted to incorporate elephants since they always remind me of India. As I've been taught by my parents, in Indian culture, elephants with their trunks pointed to the sky are "protectors", so for Kiera's mobile and for the artwork for her walls, I made sure to include elephants, and when possible, made sure their trunks pointed skywards!
For her changing table, I used my childhood desk. My husband added a shelf to it and I decoupaged it with pages out of an old novel about a British man's journey through India (published in 1929) which I picked up at the local used book store. Then I added baskets to store changing table essentials.
We love how the nursery turned out and we think Kiera does too!
Chair: Babies R Us
Changing Table: My childhood desk
Bookshelf: Home Depot
Rug: Pottery Barn
Stencil Pattern: Royal Design Studio
Artwork: I painted the canvases that were inspired by artwork I found online
Elephant Mobile: I made this with fabric, ribbon and an embroidery hoop
Crib Sheet: Pottery Barn
Changing Table Baskets: lucky find at Grocery Outlet
Changing Pad Cover: The Land of Nod