Nora's Light & Dark Nursery

My Room

Name: Nora
Location: Goose Creek, SC

I wanted Nora's nursery to be a reflection of who we are style-wise as a family, and for it to transition to a big girl room easily. I also needed her room to be affordable! I don't really know what you'd call our style...modern eclectic? I'm not sure.We love the clean masculine lines of modern furniture, yet we love the look of the feminine quilted bedding. This room used to be the guest room, and we didn't want to repaint it, so we had to make sure everything would go with the wall color, which is a brownish-gray.

Since the color is so dark, I wanted to have all white furniture, however, we found this DaVinci Babyletto 3-in-1 crib and changing table for a steal on Craigslist. We knew we liked it because we have the same set for our son in all espresso. The white adds a bit of brightness and girliness that this room needed. The bedding is Pottery Barn. It was a part of their retired "Chloe" bedding. I purchased it used off eBay for a great deal. We had the floor lamps from Target in the guest room and decided to keep them in there.

The IKEA Poang rocker was a gift from my sweet in-laws. It will transition to another room nicely once my kiddos are too big to rock. I also made the bird art on the opposite wall. An easy project that consisted of an old mirror frame from Goodwill that I got for only $2.00, white spray paint, jute twine, cardboard, and scrapbook paper. The only cost to me was the paint and frame...affordable and cute! The adorable mobile was a gift from our family friend.

The picture gallery was a project! It took a couple of weeks to put it together, but I love the way it turned out. All but two frames were Goodwill and garage sale purchases (all $2.00 and under). It was super easy to do, but time consuming! All but three of the art pieces were made by me, so I was busy. I also made the yarn-wrapped letters that spell her name. The only three pieces purchased are the prints of the butterflies and the felt bird canvas. We purchased the butterfly prints on our honeymoon from a local artist in Amelia Island, Florida. The bird canvas is from a local store, the Eclectic Owl.

The doll cradle was a garage sale find as well. My husband spray painted it white for me, and I recovered the pad that came with it in a turquoise fabric. It now holds memories from my childhood. I saved those particular dolls and stuffed animals in case I had a daughter some day. New dolls and stuffed animals for her to call her own sit in her crib. Also in her crib is a beautiful pin-tucked, ric-rac pillow I purchased from Target for a whopping $2.86. (Don't worry, all of these things will be taken out once she sleeps in there.)

Source List:
Room color: Woodlawn colonial gray (Valspar National Trust for Historic Preservation purchased at Lowes)
Crib & changing table: Babyletto (purchased off Craigslist)
Bedding: Pottery Barn (purchased off eBay)
Poang rocker: Ikea
Floor paper lamps: Target

Thanks Julie! Readers, find Julie at Julie's Jotter.

(Images: Julie/Julie's Jotter)

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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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