My Room: Rosemary Agnes

My Room: Rosemary Agnes

Carrie McBride
Nov 26, 2010

Katy didn't let a few obstacles stand in her way of creating a lovely nursery for Rosemary - and budget-friendly to boot! She tells us more: We are American expats living and working in London. When we found out we were expecting last year, we wanted to make a great nursery for our daughter. However, we were limited by the fact that we rent--we cannot paint and we have impenetrable concrete walls. Also since we live so far from "home" and plan to move back eventually, we didn't want to accumulate anything too permanent or expensive. Our whole nursery (including all the furniture) was done for just $735.

The main pieces came from Ikea, which we like because they are basic and sturdy. We also used a dresser to double as a changing table. My favorite part of the nursery is the artwork. I put together the four pieces above the dresser from pages of old Good Dog Carl books. I love the art in those books and used to read them when I was a child. Also, we have a rottweiler, so it was fitting and cute. The art above the shelves are original paintings of children's characters that we got from an antique market in London. We purposefully found Paddington Bear and Beatrix Potter ones for our daughter to keep and remind her she was born in England.

Luckily, the room we planned to use was already painted a nice soft peach color. We used bright red as an accent color in the rocking chair and decorations. Our daughter has accumulated a hoard of stuffed animals, so we bought the bunny lamp from Lapin & Me and found the rocking elephant at a thrift store to add to her menagerie.

Overall, it's very simple. But the space is colorful and cozy, just as we imagined, and there's lots of room to add more personal touches as our daughter grows.

Ikea Poang Rocker, $139
Ikea Gulliver Crib, $99
Ikea Vyssa Vinka Mattress, $50
Ikea Hemnes Dresser, $199
Ikea Expedit Shelving Unit, $70
Lapin Lamp $68
Thrifted elephant rockig toy, $10
Artwork, $100

Thanks Katy! Readers, you can find Katy blogging at In Nine Months.

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