Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nursery Room Tour

I can't believe we started on the nursery room back in January, and just finished it up a few days prior to Kalia's due date (May 30th)!  We've come so far and done so much in there though...it's a room we both truly love and can't wait to watch Kalia grow up in now that she's finally here.

In designing the nursery, I wanted to create something that would grow with Kalia.  We put a lot of time, energy, and love into creating what exists right now, which I knew we would, so the thought of trying to change it up in a few years because it was too 'baby' wasn't something I was willing to do.  The second huge consideration was that Chris and I had to love the room too.  Not like it, but love it.  Let's be honest here...while Kalia's in the nursery phase, the two people that are going to spend the most time enjoying or hating the nursery room design are Chris and I.  Kalia will enjoy all of the patterns and shapes in the nursery, but the functionality and feel of the room is more for Chris and I right now than Kalia.

I came up with the general color scheme for Kalia's room when I came across this image on Benjamin Moore's website :

I loved everything about this color scheme, but decided because it was a baby's room, that I wanted the gray color to be a little bit lighter.  This color scheme uses these colors :
paper mache

 Accent Colors
royal flush

I used BM's Moonshine as my gray color for the walls, and used my existing white paint I had for the trim and pieces we built.  When I picked up the paint from Benjamin Moore, I also grabbed their paint cards so that I could continually go back and compare the color blue and pink that I wanted for accent colors.  I had the paint swatch card in my wallet and pulled it out and compared it for anything and everything that I bought to go into the nursery.  It was such a great way to stay within my color palette 

I scoured and scoured the internet, and went into baby shop after baby shop looking for ideas.  The first go round, as much as I'm embarrassed to say it, I came home from Pottery Barn Kids crying.  I'm not a pastel pink kind of gal, and store after store, that's all I could find.  The internet was a much better source for me personally.  The one item that I completely 'borrowed' the idea of was Kalia's bookshelves.  All of the rest of the ideas I came up with pretty much on my own...I tried to design the nursery to be appropriate for a baby / toddler, but not scream "BABY!!!".

Lets go back to where we started with this room.  This room was a mess when we moved into it, so we kept it as our junk room while we worked on fixing up other rooms in our home.  Previously, I used it to do all of my building and painting projects.

We had to redo everything in this room to even get to a blank slate.  We cleaned out the junk room (see here), primed the walls, removed the old carpet, painted the ceiling, and installed a new window (see here), painted the walls and closet, and installed a new ceiling fan (see here), painted the trim (see here), installed bamboo floors (see here and here), all to wind up with a clean slate room to start putting stuff in.

And here's where the nursery stands today (and all of the details on cost, where I purchased an item, and links to each initial post) :

This is the entry way to Kalia's Room.  Both items on the hallway walls were gifts from Kalia's baby showers.

Next up, here's the crib wall.  Details from this picture are below.

Curtains : Ikea (post here).  Cost : Hava Curtain Rod : 39.99, white curtains, 19.99, pink curtains 24.99 on clearance.

Blinds : Home Depot (post here) Cost : $50.

Crib : (initial post here).  From Bratt Decor.  Cost: Crib and mattress (and a mobile not shown), bought off of someone for $400, white sheet from Target : gift, bedskirt from Pottery Barn Kids $53 (I wanted to make this, but ran out of time / energy!).  Next to the crib is an old planter bench that I threw fabric on top of ($3), and am using as a stand for our diaper champ (gift), and we actually have since put Kalia's clothes hamper up there too.

Monogram : Made by me, post here.  Cost : $5 for spray paint and pictures (already owned everything else).

Rug : (initial post here).  From Land of Nod, Cost : $289

Chair : Pottery Barn Comfort Swivel Glider and Pottery Barn white twill with stone piping slipcover.  Cost:  free - gift for my birthday.  (It's amazingly comfortable).  Pillow : Marshall's $15.

Side table / ottoman - Calypso by Target.  Cost : $50 (used completion discount plus 5% credit card discount).

Here's a close-up of the closet (details below) :

Closet System : Made by us (initial design post here, toy box post here, no sew bench cushion tutorial post here, entire closet system reveal post here, closet filled with clothes organization shown here).  Cost : Wood : $50, adjustable hanging racks : Home Depot $20 , Mirror : Home Depot $30 , letters for name : Jo-Anns $10, hinges for toybox : Home Depot $17 (for all 4 hinges).  Baskets : Lowes (already owned).

Next up, the bookshelves :

And from another angle (that's a little bit brighter) :

Here's what it looks like with the rest of the room (as much as was possible to capture) :

Bookshelves : Made by us (initial post here, follow up post here).  Idea from Elizabeth Sullivan Designs (see here) seen initially at House of Turquoise (see here).  Cost : $40 for wood.  Already had paint and screws.

From there, we'll move onto the daybed wall :

Pillows on Daybed : Made by me (post here).  Elephant pillow - made from a tea towel from Anthropologie.  Cost : $18.  All other pillows I had the materials for.  I've had the big green pillows for quite some time now, but they're from Stein Mart.

Daybed : Made by me last year. (making the daybed post here, moving to the nursery post here).  Cost:  Already owned, free.

Alphabet Wall : (initial post here) Flashcards from Etsy (here).  Frames : Dollar Store.  Cost : Flashcards $64 (with shipping).  Frames : $26.

If you keep turning, you'll see Kalia's dresser :

Another shot of the dresser with the crib :

Dresser : Made by us (build post here, finishing post here).  Cost : Wood plus drawer glides: $150, already had everything else for building and painting,  handles : Pottery Barn $6 (used discount code and $25 off $50 coupon),  lamp : Kirkland $25, changing pad : Target $20, changing pad cover : Pottery Barn $19.

Gallery Wall above Dresser : Full post here,  Consists of hand-me-down Mirror refinished (post here) and diy wall art (post here).  Cost : Mirror, free, wall art : $10 (diy frames, fabric, and clothes pins).

And, of course, the best part of the nursery is this little girl right here :

She made all of the hard work worth while.  I took that picture a week ago for her 3 week birthday.  I love her so much!!

Whew...that post has been awhile in the making (and took awhile to type up).  If you have any additional questions that I didn't cover, please check the initial posts out, and then if I still haven't answered them there, feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to get to answering it in a somewhat timely manner!

Hope you guys enjoyed the full nursery post!  That room really has turned out to be our favorite in the house thus far.  It took a lot of hard work, but it's something we both truly love and are proud of.  What do you think of it?  Anything you would've done differently?

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  1. I love the closet system! That's so awesome that you guys made it! =) I think the color scheme is great too. And of course your cute little girl is the star of the room!

  2. writing that post and linking must have taken forever...i hope you made chris do it while you played with that sweet girl. love her patriotic outfit from the other post, by the way. this room is so unbaby, yet it's so perfect for baby. loves.

  3. wow!! i'm truly amazed!! you did a wonderful job!! There are so many things about this room that I LOVE!! I love your crib, I love the "K" above it (are their pictures on the K?) I love the shelves on your wall, and I LOVE the ABC art you did!! Great job, and thanks for sharing!! I will be pinning a few of your pictures!!! Oh...and your little girl is beautiful!!!

  4. I just found your blog...I LOVE this nursery, we have to start our nursery soon but there's just so much clean up to do before that I'm not motivated at all. You guys did a wonderful job! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. i love so many things about this room! i love how you kept the closet open and you painted the inside to add a pop; i love the ana white bed that you made - so practical; i love the wall of books as well as the framed abc cards. this room is absolutely precious!

  6. Wow! You are a super mom! The room is full of love and mom's will power!

  7. What a great room. The library wall is amazing. Beautifully done.

  8. What a great room!!! We are currently re-doing a bedroom and turning it back into a nursery...you have such great ideas. I don't what I like best about the room the framed flash cards or the bookshelves on the wall.

  9. love it so very pretty with all the books on the wall plenty of reading time promised and such a wide open space. Come visit us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  10. it is so beautiful! wow! just stunning, what a lucky little lady!

  11. Hi! I Love the nursery! What a sweet baby girl! I'm a new follower! I found you through Paisley Passions blog hop! I would love it if you followed me back! Thanks!

  12. I've loved this nursery since I first saw it! This post is awesome because it links to all the tutorials! I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

  13. Beautiful Nursery! I think the bookshelves were my favorite part and your daughter is so sweet! I found your blog through the WW hop and liked you on Facebook. Kris from Definitelydeals.com

  14. Hi Kara, saw your nursery featured at somedaycrafts. I just loved everything you did! Thanks for linking to all the tutorials, I want to do a lot of the same projects like the daybed and wall of books. I was even more excited to see you are a Gator Girl! Me, too...GO GATORS. Although we live in DC, we still make it to about 4-5 games a season, but that will probably change soon as our first baby gator is due Feb 1. I'm excited to follow along, congrats on the beautiful new addition to your family!

  15. Wonderful!!! Very organized and well done. I can't wait to use some idea's for ours. I will link back if I do. THANKS!

  16. Very cute!
    I'm a new follower! I found your link on Paisley Passions Wandering Wednesday Blog Hop.
    Hope you stop by for a visit!

  17. Love the book area and the seating. The frames are adorable. great work!!

  18. Kara....I love it!! It looks so neat and put together. I can definitely tell that you and the hubs put a lot of love, sweat, and effort into creating a beautiful space for your sweet baby girl! It looks amazing! Go Gators!!!

  19. Hey Kara! I'm over from the Shabby Chic party. I'm so glad I happened upon your post! Love the nursery! You have the same philosophy on designing a nursery as I do - it's more for you than for the baby, and you don't want to have to redesign it in a few years, too. Couldn't agree more! I LOVE the daybed in there. I wanted to do that in our nursery, too, but I didn't have the space. I might have to build me one like yours though - pretty sweet! I also love the book shelves. I've been wanting to do that in my boys' room, but we're moving in a couple of years, so I think I'm going to wait. Anyway, love the blog! I'm a new follower. :)

  20. Wow!! I'm so impressed. That crib is to.die.for. And it's so funny because that bookshelf photo is my inspiration for my next nursery too! Thanks for your post on how you made the shelves, I am definitely going to bookmark that!

  21. Looks amazing! The closet is fabulous! How do you keep your kids from not climbing the book shelves? I know my nieces would be trying to get to the top!

  22. What an amazing nursery! I'm so impressed. You did a fabulous job, and I hope you've posted all your builds over on Ana's brag blog!

  23. Your nursery is spectacular! Makes me wish I had another nursery to do. Well done!

  24. A fabulous room, all well organized! Congratulations!


  25. Looks so great.... I really like the wall with all the books!!! Such a great way to encourage more reading!!!

  26. Hi Kara! I found your blog through The Shabby Chic Cottage. I'm in Tampa, too. :) I love what you did in your baby's room (Congrats, BTW!!) I especially love how you painted her dresser. Love your blog!

  27. What a fabulous post, I had my son on the 27th May and know exactly what emotions you must be feeling right now! Kalia is such a lucky girl to have such a gorgeous space to call her own and she is absolutely gorgeous!!

    :) Hazel

  28. Love it! You did such a great job! I love the bookshelves and the framed alphabet gallery.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I am visiting from the Meet Me Monday blog hop. It is nice to "meet" you. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  29. Beautiful baby girl! Her nursery is so pretty and charming as well, fit for a princess.

  30. You did a great job at decorating! Look at her book collection already! Yay for books!

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  31. Kara, I am so glad I found your blog via remodelaholic. I have been racking my brain for ideas for my daughter's room and this is great. I love the bookshelves and the toy box in the closet. With the cushion it is a sweet spot where my toddler would find enchanting:)

  32. What a wonderful nursery! My favorite things are the alphabet wall and the day bed. Love the colors!

  33. I love this nursery! I'm not a "babish" decorator either. The 3 week picture of Kaila is so cute, I have 3 kids (5 1/2, 3 1/2 and 6 months)... seeing a baby picture makes me want another one. It's so fun to watch a baby grow and to get to know them!

  34. Awwww, she is so beautiful! Dont get me wrong...I loved the whole post, but she steals the show.

  35. such a gorgeous nursey! congratulations on your baby girl. she's beautiful!

  36. Wow! This looks beautiful - you are talented :). I found your site from Ana-White. Love your ledges and your style!


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