It looks like Ashley and her husband spared no expense in this lush nursery, but, in fact, they did everything themselves. Ashley shares: We wanted something unique for our son's nursery. Going into the creation of his room, we knew certain things; we wanted warm, muted tones that were calming and inviting...and with a bit of whimsy.
We wanted a nursery that had an equal balance of baby and our personal style. We also wanted to keep the budget small and so did everything ourselves.
The bamboo floor that my husband put down really brings in that warmth we were seeking. He also added crown molding to the room that gives it a finished look. Another thing I knew was that I wanted a crown bed cornice over the crib (isn't every Mommy's child a prince or princess?), so my husband took on the project of figuring out how to construct one. I also wanted something other than my son's full name above the crib so I decided to DIY a simple "L" with a bow.
After searching high and low for bedding and coming up empty handed, I realized I would have to piece it together with things I could find and the others I would have to make. I was after a neutral palette. I chose a store-bought, ecru bumper and replaced the ties with polka dot fabric found at a local fabric shop. My mom, being the sewing goddess that she is, custom sewed the animal print dust ruffle, window treatment and closet drapery.
Knowing that I wanted the wall behind the crib to be a focal point, I decided on painting an argyle print. All the baskets were from other parts of the house that we pulled into the nursery. We added the same ties to the changing table baskets as are on the crib bumper and closet drapery.
I didn't want a basic closet so we took the doors off and my mom sewed draping, with cornice and ties. I covered a basic cork board with fabric and ribbon, made corresponding buttons out of the leftover fabric and hand painted the crown applique. I also hand painted the bi-plane over the closet.
Lastly, I knew I wanted a saying of sorts on the wall adjacent to his crib. After finding "A Boy Is..." I knew that was the perfect poem and hand painted it next to his rocking chair.