Up, Up & Away in Baby Z's Nursery

Up, Up & Away in Baby Z's Nursery

Carrie McBride
Jul 24, 2015

Name: "Baby Z"
Location: Bedford, Massachusetts

When we found out we were expecting a baby girl, we couldn't wait to get started on her nursery. We moved into our first home about 8 months ago and have been moving from room to room updating the decor. Our general aesthetic starts with a mid-century style but incorporates more current pieces. We have also tried to be respectful of our home's colonial style (built in 1928).

We wanted our nursery to be a special place for our little one but to fit with the rest of our home. While we wanted it to be feminine, we didn't want it to be traditionally girly. We chose a hot air balloon theme to represent all the places she can go (literally and figuratively). Choosing a color scheme on which we both agreed was more challenging than we expected but we finally settled on beige walls with peach/coral, mint, and navy accents.

We should also note that most of the nursery is fairly budget friendly, as we largely repurposed old furniture and hand-made decor. The items we purchased new were from low-cost venders (RugsUSA, Overstock), with exception of our crib that was a present from baby Z's grandparents.

There are a couple pieces in our baby's room that make us especially proud:

  • First, her mobile. We attached round party poufs (purchased on Amazon) cut in the shape of balloons to little wooden houses (purchased at Michaels). Jason painted the houses in our theme colors and I hot glued the flowers and flags (cut from origami paper) to jazz the balloons up a bit. We used fishing line to attach the hot air balloon to the ceiling so it looks like they're floating.
  • Next, her hot air balloon banner. Jason sketched the image (that's our house at the bottom!), scanned it in, added color, and uploaded it to a website that prints images on fabric (Spoonflower).We got the metal brackets to hang it at Ikea and had a local tailor trim it to size for us. Love it.
  • Not to be outdone, I wanted to contribute a handmade gift of my own. I cross-stitched a hot air balloon in her colors and glued little pom poms to the embroidery hoop.
  • Finally, her gallery wall. Frames were purchased at Ikea, Michaels, and Home Goods. It was easy to find white, navy, and mint frames, but much more of a challenge to find coral - thank goodness for spray paint. We found inspiration on Pinterest for leaving some of the frames open and purchased our art work from Etsy vendors.
  • Baby Z's crib is the Moderna style from Ti Amo.
  • We decided against a rocking chair/glider because they seem to be either really ugly or really expensive - the chair in this room was purchased on Overstock.
  • The beautiful handmade quilt on the back of her chair was a custom order from an Etsy vendor, as was the paper garland above the windows.
  • Her curtains were picked up at Home Goods, as was the very inexpensive lampshade in mint!
  • Her rug was purchased on RugsUSA - our favorite source for stylish but inexpensive rugs (they always have 75% of sales).
  • Finally, her dresser was purchased about 4 years ago from a great vintage store in Raleigh, North Carolina called Father and Son Antiques. One of the best parts of living in NC was the super cheap, cool furniture finds. It made the move to Boston with us and we used it as our own dresser until we moved to our new house. The drawers and pretty small, so it is perfect for baby clothes.

Thanks, Shannon & Jason!


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