Julip's "Make Believe" Nursery

Julip's "Make Believe" Nursery

Lauren Hufnagl
Nov 11, 2014

Name: Julip (7 Weeks)
Location: Houston, Texas

This room was a guest room and the space where junk came to collect. I do everything on a budget, so when I wasn't re-using pieces from my son's nursery I tried to DIY or buy from discount stores.

I am not someone who can do a totally themed or one-color room; I get bored too quickly. Mixing several colors and patterns allows for things to be easily transitioned in and out as time passes and tastes change.

For this nursery I didn't want anything "princessy" but still wanted to celebrate the "girl" spirit. Back in December before I even knew I was having a girl, I saw some beautiful colored butterflies and moss displays at West Elm that I LOVED and came up with the theme, "Make Believe," which could go in almost any direction.

I wanted to inspire her to dream and use her imagination. I also wanted to use floral prints and dots to create a girly backdrop for some moodier pieces.

I used a color palette of purple, mint, blush pink, white, and I was obsessed with a black and white dot patterned wallpaper. My husband would not let me wall paper so I started painting dots on the wall, in black {bigger than I originally wanted}. After we finished an entire coat I felt like the black was too harsh against the mint since I wanted the room to feel fresh. I decided to change them all to gold and to paint the dresser (inherited from my great grandmother) a dark, moody purple so it would pop.

The nursery has a mermaid, a dancing bear, a prince frog, a flamingo in boots, toy baskets that remind me of something at the bottom of the ocean, a mad hatter hat, twinkle branches, feathers in "bubbles", a mirror on the wall, and rocks that I had collected as a kid.

I reused the crib and glider from my son's nursery, so those didn't add to the budget. I also painted a dresser that was given to me by a relative to save on the cost.

The song quote above the crib is not only a play on the "theme," but also ties into our Louisiana roots; the LSU band plays it at every football game. I also made a simple no-sew, faux suede skirt for the crib.

The paint color is Benjamin Moore "Creme de Mint." The ceiling fan is from Modern Fan Company - the Halo Energy Smart Fan. I really wanted a chandelier and was going to do a separate table fan since the room is upstairs, and it gets HOT in Texas. After doing some research and not feeling comfortable with the table fans and little kids' fingers, we went with this modern fan. We LOVE it! You can barely tell it's a fan because of the way the blades are mounted.

Source List:

  • Crib: Jenny Lind Davinci
  • Crib Sheets: Land of Nod
  • Pillow in Crib: H&M
  • Curtains: TJ Maxx
  • Curtain Rod: IKEA
  • Wooden Bird Feeder: Target
  • Glass Feather "Bubbles": Red Arrow
  • Flamingo in Boots Print: Etsy; in Ikea Frame
  • Dance Party Print: Society 6; in Ikea Frame
  • Throw Blanket: IKEA
  • Frog Statue: TJ Maxx (also saw at Home Goods)
  • Wall-mounted cabinet: IKEA with one of these doors
  • Paper lining back of shelf: Paper Mojo adhered to some matte board and inserted behind the shelf.
  • Mirror: Inherited from my great grand parents with a bedroom set and painted it gold
  • Branches: Had in my house already, but similar at Hobby Lobby; butterflies from Hobby Lobby
  • Branch Container: Target
  • Basket on shelf: TJ Maxx
  • Alice in Wonderland Babylit Book: Amazon
  • Alice in Wonderland Hat: Etsy and I love that she can use it for dress up later.
  • Cup and saucer: Hobby Lobby and I will be replacing those with some handed down from my husband's grandmother.
  • Headband Container: Poppytalk for Target
  • Picture: My husband ordered the "Mother's Love" print from Kelli Murray and this came as a free gift (smaller than the one for sale). I loved it so I framed it for our baby girl. (Frame from TJ Maxx)
  • Dresser: inherited from my Great Grandmother and was painted "Black Raspberry" from Benjamin Moore - original drawer pulls.
  • Changing Pad Cover: Target
  • Glider: Walmart
  • Fur rug: Marshall's
  • Pillow on the chair: I found on sale at Target for $5
  • Owl: a gift from my mom (from Pier One)
  • Beautiful Girl Print: Matt had to have this for her; from Hobby Lobby
  • Mermaid picture: I already had this in the guest room from Garden Ridge years and years ago.
  • Rocks in frames: When I was younger I was a HUGE rock collector. My box full of smaller rocks has been sitting in the attic for years, so I pulled it out and used some of my collection as the decor in some shadow box frames from IKEA.
  • Toy Baskets: I really wanted some type of toy baskets that weren't a typical shelf so I found some large candle holders at Garden Ridge, painted them gold, and mounted them sideways to the wall.

Thanks, Nikki! Readers, you can see more of Nikki by visitor her blog, Yellow Magnolia.


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