Poesy's Eclectic Vintage Nursery

Poesy's Eclectic Vintage Nursery

Danielle Thompson
Mar 18, 2011

Name: Poesy Wren
Age: 2 months
Location: Mid-Missouri
Room size: 10x12

Although the room was originally used as Mommy's studio, this lovely eclectic nursery came together just three days before little Poesy's birth. You would never know it, with the obvious love and affection that was imbued into each charming corner of this sweet and cozy nursery.

Katie Shelton is the talented artist behind the adorable one-of-a-kind plush creations found in her shop, Skunkboy Creatures. As any handmade artist can attest, the holiday season is a busy time! Katie knew she'd have to keep using her daughter's future nursery as her studio through the holiday months, so they had quite the challenge bringing it all together just a few days before Poesy's birth.

But she was able to create such a serene and thoughtful space for her baby using a lot of the same decor from her studio, along with some new handmade and vintage finds for baby. One might find the task of assembling such an eclectic mix of items daunting, but Katie certainly has a knack for composing beautiful vignettes with her sweet finds.

We asked Katie how she went about designing Poesy's Nursery.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Vintage, hodge podge

What is your favorite piece or element?
My favorite element is definitely the chandelier. We found it at a flea market with all the wiring ripped out. A friend fixed it up and installed it for us, and it totally makes the room.

You are an artist (I adore the pretty things you make for Skunkboy Creatures!). How did this influence your nursery decor? Was adding handmade items a priority for you?
Poesy's room was previously my studio. I kept many of the same elements and decor, so that influenced the look of the nursery immensely. Adding handmade items to every room in my home is a priority, and it was the same with this one.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
Since this room was my Skunkboy Creatures studio, I needed to keep it through my busy Christmas season. The biggest challenge was seeing it all come together just days before Poesy was born. We had all of the pieces, but couldn't put them all together until the very last minute (3 days prior to birth).

Vintage is obviously a big influence in your decorating style. Do you have any advice for parents wanting to create a nursery that is centered around vintage pieces?
Have fun collecting the pieces! Don't worry too much about matching every little thing, just have a good time collecting the things you like. If you are someone who needs a central theme, map it out. Find a color story to help guide your purchases.

I love the handmade touches around the room that you created, like the vintage scarf bunting for example. I especially love your take on the (fake) taxidermy trend in decor with the piñata piece - brilliant! How did this idea come about and can you share how you made it?
Last year during my other daughter Hope's birthday, the kids were having fun taking turns whacking the pinata. When it finally broke the head came clean off and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. We bought a plaque, mounted it with hot glue, and made it a little name banner with letter stickers. Hope named him Pancake.

If money were no object, what's your dream source?
If money were no object, my dream source would still be flea markets and antique malls. I find it very fun and relaxing to search out beautiful treasures that I've never even imagined. It's the thrill of the hunt, for sure.

•Mobile, changing table/dresser, pictures, hot air balloon lamp, scarves, and side table were all found at various flea markets
•Handmade bear picture: Abigail Brown
•Handmade lamb doll: Misako Mimoko
•Vintage dresses: Oh!Sydney Vintage, Frecklewonder, Lishyloo Vintage

Thanks Katie for sharing Poesy's lovely nursery with us!

(Images: Katie Shelton)

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