Quinn Evie's Serene Space

Quinn Evie's Serene Space

Katie Steuernagle
Mar 26, 2012

Name: Quinn Evie (2 months)
Location: Boulder, CO

When we found out we were having a girl, I couldn't resist the chance to pull together a sweet space but one that didn't scream "I'm a nursery!". Keeping things serene yet whimsical was key.

Inspired by a blooming branch wall decal from Etsy, a color palette of soft whites, gold & raspberry, all set against a neutral wall color (that serendipitously enough has soft gold undertones) was born. The rest of the room just fell into place after that.

One of my intentions was for this space to grow with Quinn, so I kept the nursery elements neutral & multi-functional. A dresser serves as a changing table & can later be used simply as a dresser again. The crib can be converted to a toddler bed. The branch wall decal can easily be removed as her interests evolve. The neutral walls will hopefully work with any color of accessories we bring in later on.

Nursery items also had to be budget-friendly. I scoured thrift stores, the internet, & Etsy for a lot of things (taking advantage of free shipping offers & promo codes). Some items were also repurposed from other rooms in our home (e.g., the ceramic garden stool & capiz chandelier). Instead of an expensive glider, we opted for an affordable Ikea upholstered chair that will be tweaked to become a swivel-rocker (its slimmer size works well for this small space). The changing table/dresser was a Craigslist find that we refurbished. Cheap picture frames were customized using a leftover tube of Rub 'n Buff. Drapes were made from affordable fabric that I hemmed with iron-on hemming tape. Classic children's books were found via Amazon for a steal.

Though "going green" wasn't a strict mantra, we opted for no VOC paint, low VOC finishes, and natural fibers like organic cotton, wool, & jute. Most people thought I was crazy to have so much white in a nursery but so far it's been surprisingly easy to maintain. The Dwell fabric arrived already stain-guarded (they've been innocent bystanders during less than perfect diaper changes) & the Ikea chair slipcover has been successfully washed several times. Almost every surface is wipeable, washable, etc.

Now that Quinn is two months old, I can honestly say that her nursery is a functional & fun little haven for all of us.

Source List:
• Crib: Jenny Lind DaVinci
• Crib mattress: Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 150
• Crib skirt: Tadpoles
• Chair: Ikea Ektorp Jennylund
• Ottoman: CB2
• Wool and jute rug: Target
• Changing table/dresser: Craigslist, refurbed by us
• Art deco knobs: Anthropologie
• Antique gold knobs: Home Depot
• Wall decal: Nature Style
• "Q" wall letter: Pottery Barn Kids
• Animal Photos: Sharon Montrose
• Frames: Target (Rub 'n Buffed by me)
• Acrylic book ledges: Clear Solution Displays
• "La Vie Est Belle" Print: fifiduvie
• Dragonfly hook: Anthropologie
• Drapes: Dwell Studio via Tonic Living
• Capiz chandelier: repurposed World Market find from 2 yrs ago
• Ceramic garden stool: repurposed $20 Big Lots find from 1+ yr ago
• Vintage ornate mirror: repurposed $10 thrift store find from 2 yrs ago
• Greek key pillow: repurposed Z Gallerie find from 2+ yrs ago
• Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Grant Beige
• Doors, baseboards, changing table paint: Benjamin Moore White Dove

Thanks, Freckles Chick! Readers, see more of this beautiful room at Freckles Chick.

(Images: Freckles Chick)

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