Charlotte Joi's Vintage Wonderland

Charlotte Joi's Vintage Wonderland

Katie Steuernagle
Jun 28, 2012

Name: Charlotte Joi (4 months)
Location: Seattle, WA

Charlotte's room is a "Vintage Wonderland of Fun"! I wanted to create a room that she could grow up in. It all started with an Irmi mobile that was mine when I was a baby.

This mobile and a nursery I saw on this site (Penny Lou's Ode to Mary Blair) were my inspiration. I started searching for Irmi stuff on eBay and Etsy. I found 3 more Irmi mobiles, Irmi wall art, and a super cute Irmi mouse bank. The bookshelf is an old bookshelf I had that I painted the same colors that are found in the Irmi pieces. I became obsessed with finding used toys and artwork. I made much of the artwork in her nursery by printing pictures from my computer and framing them. The Mary Blair prints were created this way. I want Charlotte to imagine that she, like the little girl in these pictures, can be anything. There is a tribute to Charlotte with the "Charlotte's Web" print above her crib. This is my creative way of having her name in the room without it being overt.

The Raggedy Ann and Andy pieces were made by my mom for my nursery. I love that they are in her room. The rocking chair belonged to my grandmother. The bookshelves are Ikea spice racks that I painted and hung. I want to instill the importance of reading in my children so I created her "reading corner". It is my hope that Charlotte will get lost in books and experience the lives of Huck Finn and Anne of Green Gables. Almost all of her books have been given to her as gifts or I have purchased them used. Some of our favorites are the Swedish Mumin books which my husband reads to her in Swedish and "I Can Fly" Little Golden Book which is illustrated by Mary Blair. I read this to Charlotte almost every day.

I scrutinized over the furniture and fabrics. It took me a month to pick the 2 fabrics that I used for the curtains, chair, and bed skirt. A dear friend of mine made all of these things with the fabrics I chose. The chair is a simple Ikea chair covered in the pale blue fabric. The curtains are such a main focal point of the room so I needed them to be the absolute perfect color combination. The curtains pick up the pale pink, pale blue, red and orange colors found throughout the nursery. The bed skirt is a combination of the two fabrics. I couldn't have picked more perfect fabrics than these to tie this room all together.

The quilt and baby blanket hanging on the chair were made for Charlotte by my sister's mother-in-law. I picked out the fabrics and sent them to her, and she made the amazing quilt you see in Charlotte's crib. Many of the fabrics are from the "Children at Play" line. The baby blanket is made with a French fabric that has mice playing in tea cups, saucers, and cupcakes. It is adorable!

The artwork above the changing table was a brilliant find at Goodwill for $5. It is a Noah's Ark crewel piece that is framed in wood. Then we get to the "Angry Baby". This is a print of the famous Norwegian sculpture from Vigeland Park in Oslo. It is so apropo to be hanging in this spot. My mom framed the print in a white frame with a pink matte. It may be tough to see but there is a sign on the diaper pail that one of my best friends made for Charlotte. It says "Have Fun Smelling my Poop". I think this is so cute and funny. I definitely want Charlotte to grow up with a great sense of humor and to see the fun side of life.

Charlotte is beginning to show her personality. She is playful, sweet, and loves to snuggle. She loves being surrounded by toys and is curious about her surroundings. When we take her into her room her eyes light up, and she looks all around her at the colors, textures, wall art, mobiles, and toys. It is exactly what I imagined!

Biggest indulgence: The fabrics used for the curtains, chair, bed skirt, and quilt. The curtain fabric is Deer Valley Persimmon Fabric by Joel Dewberry. Many of the fabrics used in the quilt are from the Sarah Jane Children at Play line.

Most fun purchase: The Ikea spice racks turned into bookshelves. I love that they will be at her level when she learns to walk, and that the books face out so she can see the covers.

Hardest thing to find: The little school desk that Paddington Bear is sitting in was extremely hard to find. I ended up finding it on Etsy. I hope to eventually find a life size vintage school desk for her room.

Advice: Don't be too strict with your ideas. Let each project encourage the next. This is how this room came together.

Thanks, Sheley! Well done!

(Images: Sheley B./Frank Jenkins - Vista Estate Imaging)


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