Stella's Peach & Gray Handmade Room

Stella's Peach & Gray Handmade Room

Lauren Pavao
Feb 1, 2013

Name: Stella (4 months)
Location: Raleigh, NC

With a fashion-forward mom whose artist profession includes photography, mixed media artwork, and personal styling, there was never any question that Stella would sleep and play in a unique and girly room filled with art and design. The sophisticated color theme may be a departure from what many would expect in a baby's room, but the gentle and peaceful result is surprisingly perfect for a sweet little girl.

Stella's mom, Jen, drew from some unexpected inspirations (including a picture frame) and her desire to make many of the items in Stella's room to conquer the small space that had to be fit for her princess. The peach and gray nursery she created is a delicate and cozy menagerie of art, lace, and vintage elements, all with a handmade touch.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room? Vintage, romantic, warm, artistic and one-of-a-kind

What was the inspiration for the room? A hand-carved, dark peach wood frame I received at a photography workshop and a 1920's orangey-peach feather hat pin I found at my local antique store. I love grays as well and love the way a soft peach and gray can be so sweet for a little girl's room.

What was the biggest challenge decorating the room? The room is really small, and I wanted to include lots of creative things and furniture pieces without it being overwhelming and cramped.

What is your favorite piece or element? I love the vintage printer's drawer that I turned into a wall art piece. I added charms and findings to it from various flea markets, junk stores and sales. I loved finding the vintage letter dice that I used to personalize it with her name.

If money were no object, what's your dream source? Anthropologie- I know it sells mainly adult clothing and house items, but wow that place is so inspiring, and I wish I could go on a spree there. I think many pieces could be brought in and used for a nursery since lots of the household items tend to be more whimsical and unique. I actually bought the scarf rug and metal name letters from Urban Outfitters, which is a sister company of Anthropologie.

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child? Don't feel like you have to follow a standard, pre-made design when designing your nursery. Just because many other moms are getting all their nursery decor from a big box store doesn't mean you have to. Don't feel like you have to do pink for a girl or blue for a boy. Have fun with it, and bring elements of yourself and what you would love for your child into the room.

What is your proudest DIY? The butterfly book page mobile was the most time-consuming and tedious element of the nursery. My husband and I had sore fingers from all the delicate cutting and hot gluing we had to do for that. It was totally worth it, though, and she loves looking at the delicate butterflies as she drifts to sleep.

Source List:

  • Scarf Rug: Urban Outfitters

  • Metal "Stella" letters: Urban Outfitters

  • Dresser: Habitat for Humanity Restore

  • Crib Sheets: Tweet by the Sea Designs

  • Crib Bunting: DIY (old scrap fabric and ribbon)

  • "Freedom" Mixed Media Painting: one of my original works, Jen Snyder Design

  • Peach Handcarved Frame: The Carving Tree

  • Butterfly Book Mobile: DIY (vintage book pages and sticks from a recent vacation in Montana)

  • Bird Bowl: Anthropologie

  • Vintage Mason Jars, Ink Bottles, Buttons: junk store finds

  • Hat Feather Pin: local antique store Beggars & Choosers

  • Vintage Gray Velvet Chair: Habitat for Humanity Restore

  • Curtains: DIY (cream curtains with a vintage crochet tablecloth cut and sewn on top)

  • Milk Glass Chandelier: Lowe's

  • Bird Pillow: DIY (iron on transfer and old buttons)

  • "Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee" Wall Art: custom artwork by artist Carrie Davis

  • Vintage Textile Spool: gift from a friend

Thanks, Jen! Jen and her family have recently relocated to another state, and we can't wait to see what she has in store for Stella's new room.

(Images: Jen Snyder)


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