My Room: Thatcher

Williamsville, IL

Shanna is a graphic and web designer who takes her work home with her. She tells us about Thatcher's playful room: The inspiration for my nursery came from a show logo I did for our local outdoor theatre - "Carousel", a musical play. I wanted to have the space be filled with a lot of color and pattern with a vintage feel to it.

One of the spacial problems I have in this space is the fact that I don't have a lot of storage space upstairs and I knew that with babies comes A LOT of baby stuff. So I added two Billy bookcases that flanked both sides of the crib for extra storage. To give it that extra umph of vintage feel, I added bead board running horizontally between the two bookcases as a cheap way to get a vintage texture in a house built in the '90s with a big impact!

Also we took out the old, gross, stained deep royal blue carpet and put in laminate flooring. To finish everything off, we added crown molding to the top of the bookshelves to give them that built-in look. I really wanted an upholstered chair instead of a glider and got a great deal at Walmart.com for mine - it looks similiar to the upholstered rockers in Pottery Barn. The rest of the furniture I bought on sale from JC Penny. The chandlier came from Overstock.com. The wall art came from a bunch of different places. The vintage games came from eBay, the photography came from bomobob on Etsy, and I created the poster above the crib using the same font from my inspiration logo. My mom sewed all the bedding, pillows and even made the fitted sheets. The antique toys are from mine and my father's collection.

Thanks Shanna! Readers, say hi to Shanna at Doxi Designs and you can see more after photos including some very rough "before's" here.

(Images: Shanna Haycraft)

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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.