“H” is for Harper’s Room

published May 7, 2010
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Name: Harper
Age: 18 months
Location: Gig Harbor, Wa.

“Choose things that you love, and it will come together,” says Harper’s mom. And this room certainly has come together- not in a forced, overly planned way, but in an organic way with lots of special touches from mom and dad.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Inspiration: To create a soothing, calm space for sleep that was also fun and inspiring for play.

Favorite Element: The corner with the glider is my favorite. The chair itself was my mom’s and we repainted it and she sewed us a new cover for it. I love the huge H that hangs above it (we laughed at how big it was when we bought it, but now i adore it!) and the branches with birds. The little birds are scattered around the room flying and perching, but the little one on the window sill is my favorite. Harper would stare at it while she was eating as I rocked her when she was a newborn. I just really love that whole corner.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Biggest Challenge: Choosing! With so many color schemes, themes and amazing decor out there, it was hard to decide on anything. But we started with a basic pink and brown palette and have since made it more colorful with pops of yellow, green, teal and orange. I love how the room has evolved with Harper as she grows.

What Friends Say: Everyone who has seen photos or been in the room seem to love it! I recently posted a photo tour on my blog and was overwhelmed with peoples comments. Since I see it everyday I suppose I have gotten used to it, so it was really cool to get great feedback on what we worked hard on.

Proudest DIY: Probably Harper’s name over the crib. My husband, Scot, worked really hard and made a unique alternative to the common ‘name above the crib’ thing. He’s proud of it and I don’t blame him! I love it. As for me, I hand sewed a couple of pillows (shown, the fawn and bird) that I am pretty proud of myself.

Biggest Indulgence: I’d have to say the furniture, and even then, we didn’t go overboard! So many things in the space are DIY and gifts from family and friends. I love the mix of trinkets, books and nature inspired elements (birds, owls, trees, etc) that pull the room together, but aren’t too matchy matchy. The chair and bookcase are both recycled and Target owns my heart for great items at not indulgent prices!

Best advice: Don’t try and make everything “go”. Even choosing 2 colors (like we did in the very beginning) is very limiting. Instead choose things that you love and it will all come together!

Dream source: I can not get enough of DwellStudio. Drool, swoon, repeat.

Resources: Rug: Target, Crib sheets: Pottery Barn Kids, Crib: Babies r Us, Paper Lanterns: Martha Stewart, Branch Wall decal: Etsy (seller no longer open), Name above crib: letters – Craftcuts and frame – Home Depot (handmade), shelf and lamp: Ikea, Pug and French Bulldog prints: Brian Rubenake. Paint is Glidden in “Brushwood”.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful room!

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