Nursery Tour: Penny Lou's Ode to Mary Blair Art

Nursery Tour: Penny Lou's Ode to Mary Blair Art

Heather Blaha
Jul 24, 2009

Name: Penny Lou
Age: 4 months
Location: Portland, OR


Starting with artwork by Mary Blair, a sea foam green record player, and a love of mustard yellow, Penny Lou's parents Molly and Curt created a nursery that is fun and functional. With DIY visions of grandeur, the outcome looks super pro: handmade cubby baskets, cloud shelves, painted picture frames, and a refurbished dresser only start the list. Molly's best advice is to make the nursery a place you too want to hang out; Penny Lou's vibrant space of artwork, golden books and record collections have us wanting to pull up a rocker...


Inspiration: We wanted to make a fun space for our daughter to grow. We love the art of Mary Blair and found lots of ways to incorporate that into the room. The Sea Foam Green vintage record player was the inspiration behind the wall color.

Favorite Element: The cubby shelves. We like so many little things and this shelving unit allows us to display all of those things and have the space not feel so cluttered. The cloud shelves are a favorite, but I also like the dirty clothes bin that we found at Value Village to an absurd degree.

Biggest Challenge: Finding a rocking chair that we could afford, that was comfortable, and that looked good ... Countless hours wasted researching online. We lucked out and ended up getting a converted Eames chair/rocker as a gift!

What Friends Say: People really seem to enjoy her toy/ book/ record collection because they are mostly faves from when we were little, or our actual old stuff.

Proudest DIY: I couldn't find baskets that fit our cubby shelves, so I decided to make them. A frustrating process indeed! I'm so happy with the results. It is nice to have places to put away small toys, burp rags, diapers, etc. Here are the directions I used...

We enjoyed making lots of things for Penelope. I didn't realize just how much we had done until I got to this question. The curtains, cloud shelves, painted picture frames, refurbished dresser, the dolly on the shelf and the pennant holding wall birds!

We also have lots of creative friends and family that have added so much to this nursery.

Biggest Indulgence: Flor "Toy Poodle" carpet squares

Best advice: Make the room a place you want to hang out in. Have a comfortable place to play on the floor.

Dream source: a time machine

Resources: thrift stores, internet lurking


Images: Molly Anderson (Penny Lou's mom)

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