Location: Boston, MA
Room Size: 10' x 12'
When I found out that my friend Dina was pregnant with her second baby, I knew it was going to be a showstopper of a nursery. You see, Dina is a DIY maven with an amazing eye. Although the nursery looks like a million bucks, she managed to put her DIY touch on nearly everything - from the curtains to the artwork to the showstopper ceiling. Read on to find out more about how she pulled together this soft, starry space for baby Reed.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Light and airy with loads of texture and warm wood tones. A few metallics here and there add some sparkle.
What is your favorite piece or element?
Definitely the ceiling. I was six months pregnant and had a 22-month-old toddler running around at the time I decided to tackle that ceiling. I never thought it would get done (and frankly it wouldn't have had it not been for my very helpful brother!), but it is a real showstopper. And I love that I was able to do it with just paint and silver contact paper (and loads of patience!)
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
Deciding on the layout. We only have three bedrooms, and this room was technically our "guest room," so I had to decide if I wanted to keep it a guest room and put baby in with big brother, scrap the guest room altogether and create a true nursery, or do some combination of guest room/nursery. I debated putting a daybed in the room for a long time but ultimately decided I'd rather have a good-sized room for the baby rather than a dual purpose room that really only gets utilized as a guest room a few times a year.
What do your friends say about the room?
They always say it's beautiful and that I'm crazy...but mostly they say I'm crazy. The ceiling is one of those things that stops you in your tracks when you come in, but then you immediately go, "Are you insane for doing this?" The answer is probably yes, but I don't care. Seeing a creative vision come to life and be so beautiful is worth it!
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
This room was for my second child, so I really spent a lot of time thinking about how to make it comfortable for me and baby AND keep his big brother occupied. The shelving system served the dual purpose of displaying art and sentimental objects up high but storing puzzles, books and toys down low. I wanted it to be a place where I could comfortably feed the baby while my older son played nearby. A little reading nook and open floor space for playing really accomplished that for us.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
Layla Grace, Restoration Hardware Baby & Child and 1stDibs!
Crib: Hudson Babyletto in Espress/White
Bumper: DIY’d by me & embroidered locally
Crib sheet: DIY’d by me (tutorial here) using my fabric available here
Print over crib: Small Talk Studio
Changing Table: Vintage via Craig’s List refinished by me here
Changing Pad Cover: RH Baby & Child
Heart Art: DIY’d by me (tutorial and template here)
Gold Angel Wings: Brimfield Antiques, similar available here
Constellation Embroidery Hoops: DIY’d by me (tutorial here or purchase the original inspiration here)
"R" yarn wrapped letter: DIY’d by me
Monster Print: Mr. Cosmos (frame is vintage)
Baby of Heaven Print: DIY’d by me
Silver Elephant Rattle: vintage (it was my baby rattle!) framed in a shadowbox
Baby Moccasins: Freshly Picked Leather Moccasins in Smoke
Diaper Caddy: JJ Cole in Charcoal (color discontinued)
Rocker: Nurseryworks Empire Rocker
Garden Stool Side Table: Home Goods
Floor Lamp: Jonathan Adler
Pillow: Caitlin Wilson
Throw: Zhush (pompoms added by me here)
Tiger Print: The Animal Print Shop
Kid’s Book Collection: Vintage
Star Chart: Constellation Explorer
Gnome: Michelle Varian
Art Balls: MOMA Store
Brass Moon Bookends: Vintage
Love Balloon Print: DIY’d by me (others available here)
Preserved Boxwood: Home Goods
Leather Lion: Amazon
Naps Fix Everything Print: Honey & Fitz on Etsy
Hans Andersen Fairy tales Book: Vintage
Paper Suitcases: Paper Source
Portuguese ABC Blocks: Uncle Goose
Geometric Balls: All Modern
Knit Dolls: Blabla
Dinosaur Push Toy: Dwell Studio
The Little Prince: Vintage
Wood Stacking Toys: Bannor Toys
Bins under shelves: RH Baby & Child
Rug: West Elm
Wall color: Benjamin Moore Marscapone
Ceiling color: Sherwin Williams Open Air
Light Fixture: Overstock
Thanks, Dina! Readers, you can see more of Dina by visiting her blog Honey & Fitz.
(Images: Ruth Eileen Photography)