My Room: Emma

My Room: Emma

Carrie McBride
Aug 1, 2011

Allie's blog is called Made by Bird which fits perfectly since her nickname is Bird and her daughter's beautiful nursery is filled to the gills with things she made herself. She shares: Our design plan for Emma's room came together pretty quickly after we found out we were having a girl. We wanted her room to feel sweet and personal without being overly girly.

I put together a budget worksheet to see if we could really have the nursery of our (okay, my) dreams on a $1500 budget. Thankfully, with a good amount of DIYing and a bit of repurposing, it was actually possible!

Here's the breakdown of what we DIY'd:

• Painting the walls, ceiling, trim, Poang, bookshelves, and built-ins
• Fabric covered 7″ cornice for the window
• Crib skirt
• Bunting
• Crib/play quilt (Amy Butler pattern from Little Stitches for Little Ones)
• Gum Drop Ottoman (Amy Butler pattern)
• Monogrammed throw pillow with ric-rac trim
• Paper circles mobile
• Bird mobile
• Song lyric art prints
• Laundry bag

All that hard work paid off because we ended up coming in under budget at $1302.24! The biggest expenses in the room were the Naturepedic organic crib mattress ($259), the Ikea Hemnes dresser ($199), the DaVinci Rivington crib (on sale for $191.99), the Elfa stacking drawers for the closet ($99), and the Naturepedic organic changing pad ($89.10). Together, those purchases made up almost 2/3 of our whole budget. We could have cut corners a bit by not going organic for the mattress and changing pad, but raising Emma in an eco-conscious way is very important to us, so we were willing to invest a little more for those things.

I couldn't be happier with how the room came together. There are so many handmade touches, from the song lyrics prints to the mobiles, that make it feel so special to us. We just hope Emma loves it as much as we do.

Thanks Allie! Readers, visit Made by Bird for more specifics on Allie's tutorials for this nursery.

(Images: Made by Bird)

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