Lily's Charming Attic Nursery

Lily's Charming Attic Nursery

Carrie McBride
Nov 21, 2014
(Image credit: reader Deborah)

Name: Lily (1)
Location: Ravenna neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

We are lucky enough to have a spacious nursery - it's half of a converted attic (the other half is our bedroom, so we are never far). We wanted a room that would grow with Lily, and that includes personal touches. We had to design around some weird attic doors, and the sloping ceiling.

We are in a rental, so major renovations aren't an option. Luckily we have the freedom to paint, so we updated it from the original orangey hummus wall color to a brighter, fresher grey. The entire color palette was inspired by the bins we found at Target. We even brought one of the bins to FLOR when we were picking the rug colors and pattern.

My favorite thing in the nursery is the dresser. My mom bought that dresser for me in 1978, and I used it until I was in college in San Diego. Then I gave it to my brother when he had his first daughter (he eventually used it for his younger daughter as well). Between the two girls, the dresser had taken a pretty good beating. Several years later they gave it to their neighbor, who moved to a Seattle suburb shortly after I moved up from San Diego. Amazingly, that same neighbor contacted me just as we were about to have a baby and offered to give it back. We had a local artist repaint it. It still has my name, written inside a drawer, from when I was a small child.

I also love the Moriko bunny chair, which adds some warmth and whimsy. I hope that the bunny chair is in our family just like the dresser was. The Moriko chair can be found here. My husband and I folded 1000 paper cranes for our wedding, and we used 3 of the cranes for the mobile over the changing table. They are also the inspiration for the crane water colors that we painted and framed.

The rocker was our biggest investment. We searched high and low for something that would be perfect, and in the end, I'm really glad that we splurged on that chair. We use it every day for every nap. My husband made the teal "stump" table to go next to the rocker. It's exactly the right size for the iPad, bottle, and my phone. It's heavy enough that it's safe for Lily to pull up on now that she's starting to stand.

Thanks, Deborah!


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