Audrey's Nursery: Whimsy and Elegance

Audrey's Nursery: Whimsy and Elegance

Jackie Boucher
Sep 28, 2010

Name: Audrey
Age: 6 months old
Location: Washington
Room Size: 10' x 12'

After Emily already had 3 boys who outgrew each of their nurseries it was time to redesign the space for her new baby girl on the way. She knew she wanted to create a space with a feminine quality that wasn't too pink or too 'girlie' in the traditional sense. "Whimsical elegance" are the words she uses to describe baby Audrey's room. She achieved this with an admirable number of DIY projects, from gift wrapping paper on the walls to re-purposing curtain panels for the crib bedding and a lot of personal touches in between.

What was your inspiration for the nursery?
The golden peony 'wallpaper' (flat sheets of gift wrap), gray silk curtains and the paint color on the bed were my first inspirations.

What is your favorite element in the room?
I love the overall feeling of the room -- it is pretty and feminine, but not too babyish. I love the touch of black in the chandelier, the old gold frames (from my grandparents' collection) and the mixture of subtle patterns in the wallpaper and bedding. Nothing matches, but it all goes.

How is the nursery similar or different from the rest of the house?
The nursery is definitely an extension of the rest of our home in terms of color and feel, but much prettier and feminine. If I did not have a house full of boys, I think this is how the rest of the rooms would look!

Before starting, what did you know you wanted to include, for sure?
I knew I wanted to use the 'wallpaper' as well as the gray/blue paint colors (on the walls and bed). I set out a little 'inspiration' board using things I had around the house to get a good idea of how it would all work together.

Were there any surprises? Good or bad?
I was a bit surprised that I pulled it off! Nothing matches -- there are different shades of gray and blue, assorted metallics, textures and prints. I think that is what makes the room so pretty and unusual and I'm so glad it came together.

What was your proudest DIY?
Everything in the room was DIY, so there are many. I love the flower mobile and scripture print above Audrey's crib. The curtains and bedding turned out just as I had hoped. And the framed vintage dresses, shoes and bonnet were simple (and inexpensive) projects that add history and beauty to the room.

What was your biggest indulgence?
Honestly, the most expensive thing in the room was the 'wallpaper'. I ordered the sheet wrap wholesale and spent less than $80. The bed and chandelier were given to Audrey by my mom, the crib, dresser, changing table and chair were used in our boys' nurseries, the frames are from my grandparents' collection, the accessories are things we had around the house. I made the crib bedding using linen curtain panels and a yard of cotton fabric, the striped crib skirt, pillow and lampshade were made using a cut-apart full-size bed skirt I purchased on ebay. I love that this room looks beautiful without having to spend much.

Any advice for other people starting this process?
Create an inspiration board using colors, objects, fabrics and papers. Add and edit until you get the 'feel' you are going for in the room. And don't be afraid to use items that don't 'match'.

If money was no object, what would you add to the room?
Wood floors and a large sheepskin rug on the floor!

• Wallpaper: sheet wrap from Caskata
• Chandelier, frames and framed baby items: vintage
• 'Sweets' print: Cavallini
• Pink ruffle pillow: Pier 1
• Bedding: made by me using linen curtain panels from IKEA, Potterybarn classic stripe bed skirt, cotton quilting fabric (Patricia bravo French Riviera)
• Striped rug: IKEA

Thank you Emily!

See more of what Emily is up to at jones design company.

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(Images: jones design company)

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