Tallulah's Colorful Nursery

Tallulah's Colorful Nursery

Carrie McBride
Jun 30, 2010

Name: Tallulah
Age: 16 months
Location: Austin, TX
Room size: 10' x 12'

We've been fans of Jennifer Perkins and her fun jewelry at The Naughty Secretary Club for awhile now, and you may even remember her fabulous house full of vintage collections we toured before. As you might imagine, having a daughter and a new nursery to decorate was the perfect showcase for the kitschy and crafty Jennifer, and little Tallulah's room is full of color, vintage finds, cool local art and more!

Glancing through Jennifer's home, you can see she has an eye for finding one-of-a-kind and amazing vintage finds, and you can spot collections of old toys, weird art, bowling balls and more in her house. When it came to decorating little Tallulah's room, color and vintage details were always in the plan. Inspired by a neat fabric with bright colors and a cheetah motif, the rest of the room was based around that bright color scheme. We love the bold choice of a wall color, and how the yellow lockers and red chair really stand out.

Collections of old-fashioned toys mingle with classic children's books and crafts that Jennifer has made, like a favorite of ours, an Etch-a-Sketch picture frame. Since Tallulah is so young, not a lot is needed in terms of furniture, but we got a big kick out of the vintage vinyl bench Jennifer found that converts to a desk and a toy box. Our only complaint is the minimal natural light, but the way Jennifer's house is situated on the lot and surrounded by older trees blocks a lot of sun from getting to the house. Besides, Tallulah has a cute clown lamp for any lighting needs!

What was the inspiration for Tallulah's room? I found some fabric with leopards on it by Echino and designed the whole nursery around it.

What is your favorite element in her room? I love her toy box. The chest is vintage and covered in sparkly red vinyl and also doubles as a desk and bench.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room? We decided not to find out if we were having a boy or a girl so that made decorating a wee bit tricky.

What was your biggest indulgence? As a rule I didn't spend a lot of money on anything in the nursery. I couldn't see spending a ton of money on a crib or changing station that she was going to use for such a short amount of time. Funny, the most expensive piece of art in the house does hang in her nursery. The painting over Tallulah's crib during the Ohdeedoh photo shoot is by my sister Hope Perkins (Hot Pink Pistol). I am testing it out in the room to see if I want to make it a permanent addition. Before this painting there was another piece in the room of tigers on piano keys.

Do you have any advice for parents or parents-to-be starting this process? Think long term. I didn't want to make the room really "baby-a-fied" because I wanted Tallulah to be able to enjoy this room as she got older. I also wanted the room to match the aesthetic and feel of the rest of my house: kitschy and colorful.

If money were no object, what would be your dream source? Etsy – the mecca of all things cute.

Ikea is a cheap God send. I scored my crib, changing table, shelves and rocking chair there. Don't forget there is nothing that says you can't alter Ikea items to fit your nursery theme. My mother was kind enough to cover the head pillow on the red Ikea chair to match the curtains (which she also made). I am a crazy thrift store/flea market shopper. Not only can you find cheap gently used nursery items you can also find fun clothes and toys.

Thanks Jennifer and Tallulah!

- Adrienne Breaux

(photos: Adrienne Breaux)

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