Edie's Charley Harper "Birds & Words" Nursery

Edie's Charley Harper "Birds & Words" Nursery

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Carrie McBride
May 10, 2013

Name: Edie
Location: San Antonio, Texas

I fell in love with Charley Harper's prints a couple years ago when I read a Todd Oldham book called Hand Made Modern. When I discovered Charley Harper, An Illustrated Life, also by Oldham, I immediately knew that Harper's work would be the inspiration for my future baby's room, regardless of the gender.

I bought the book used on Amazon for a fraction of the cost because I knew I would be cutting out the pages to be framed. As soon as we found out we were having a girl, I decided his collection called "Birds and Words" was perfect! I collected bird statuettes as a kid, so naturally, I rolled with it. I chose these prints mainly for the massive amounts of color, but also for the little "baby" references in the eggs and nests.  

With the blasts of color, I chose gray walls, so as to avoid too much stimulation. Baby's still gotta sleep, right??! And, since the space is so small, 8' x 10', storage was a MUST. We went with a dresser as the changing table and shelves above for holding blankets, toys, etc. If there's any advice I can give, it would be that form follows function. I don't care how beautiful a space is, if you can't take care of business in it without ruining it, it's useless.

Here's a fun tidbit: 2 months after Edie (rhymes with sweetie!) was born, I finally started to actually read the Charley Harper book. His wife's name was Edie! I thought that was so strange! (And no, it wasn't subliminal. We found her name by browsing the users' names on Pinterest!! Ha.)

Source List:

  • Paint: Light Gray, Passive by Sherwin Williams
  • Paint: Dark Gray, Rocky Bluffs by Valspar
  • Crib, Pendant Lamps, Shelves, Bookcase, and Rug: Ikea 
  • Backing of the Ikea-Hacked Bookcase: Wrapping paper from The Container Store
  • Storage Bins: Target
  • Storage Bin Label: Printed off from Better Homes and Gardens
  • Dresser: A Craigslist gem!
  • Changing Pad: Baby Smart Cooshee Changer, Amazon.com
  • Frames: $1 Each at Dollar Tree, spray-painted
  • Charley Harper Book: $25 Amazon.com
  • Monogrammed Mirror: IKEA-hacked, hand-etched by me 
  • George Nelson Repro Clock: Home Goods
  • Bird Painting: Handmade by my sister
  • Bird Mobile: Gift from sister
  • Eames-ish Rocker: Amazon.com
  • Orange Pillow: Handmade by my sister

Thanks, Molly!

(Images: reader Molly)

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