Name: William (1)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Room Size: 10' x 13'
The Slumber Boat
Baby's boat the silver moon, sailing in the sky,
Sailing o'er the sea of sleep, while the clouds float by.
Every design decision Melinda made was influenced by her poetic muse — The Slumber Boat — especially the virtually monochromatic palette and sailboat silhouettes. Melinda has strong memories of her grandmother rocking and singing the lullaby to her. So she sought to capture the peaceful feelings of those times and give them life in William's nursery. What 2 words would she choose to describe the look of this nursery? "Calm" and "Quiet". Mission accomplished. We think it's like a deep breath of fresh sea air.
Did you have a starting point? Where did you get it?
The nursery started with the bedding. It belonged to my older son and I wanted to re-use it. When I was pregnant with him I had this fantasy that I was going to make all of his bedding myself; that somehow my maternal drive would turn me into a seamstress. I lived with that psychosis until I was about eight months along. Then, with his bedding still in pieces all over my house and a serious reality check, I ran out to Babies R Us and picked up the sailboat bedding.
How is the nursery similar or different from the rest of the house?
The paint for this room and for the rest of the house comes from the neutral section of the paint book, but the rest of the house is done in warm shades of gold, red, cream, and brown with very little blue.
What is your favourite element in the room?
It's the lullaby. I think the words are beautiful and it reminds me of my grandma. I love to sit in the chair and sing it to my baby. It has magical properties :) There have been times when it was the only thing that could soothe him.
What was your proudest DIY?
It's a toss-up between the vinyl lettering and the sailboats. I found printable sheets online and created the lettering on my home computer using Photoshop. This allowed me to color-match my lettering to the paint. I made the sailboat and moon stencils out of $3 worth of poster board and packaging tape (to cover the cut edges and keep it from getting soggy). It worked beautifully.
Were there any surprises? Good or bad?
That would have to be when I finally got the armoire assembled and realized an important piece was backward. Not a happy moment.
Any advice for other people starting this process?
Don't jump into anything. Give yourself plenty of time to just think about it.
What was your biggest indulgence?
Definitely the shutters. The window is so large it required something custom. I didn't want curtains or blinds so close to the baby's crib, and I like the clean look of shutters. When they're open they flood the room with gorgeous reflective light; closed, the room is perfect for naps.
• Crib: a local children's store, now out of business
• Armoire: Babies R Us
• Bedding: Babies R Us
• Alligator: Ikea
• Bunny: Pier 1 Imports
• Rug: DownEast home and clothing
• Baskets: Target
• Shutters: Prestige Window Coverings
• Vinyl Lettering: BelDecal.com (rub-on decal paper)
• Rocker: Babies R Us
• Burp Cloths: JaniceBlacksMarket.blogspot.com
Thank you Melinda!
As you might guess from the beautiful photographs of her son's nursery, Melinda is a talented, professional photographer. You can see her other work here.
(Images: Melinda Bryant)