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Monday
Oct102011

A Playful Nursery

 

Well, I didn't do so great with time management today.  I finished the board, but I'll have to check back in to this post tomorrow to write the description.

More details coming soon...sleep coming now....zzzzz.

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Alright, so it's Tuesday, and I'm just getting around to posting the details for this Inspiration Board.

No, I didn't sleep from Sunday until Tuesday (though that sounds nice!), I just figured I'd use my free Tuesday to write it up so that I could focus on posting yesterday's Tip of the Week.

1.  I love this color scheme for a nursery.  It's gender friendly, meaning you could add little accents to make it more suited for a boy or for a girl, but you really could go either way with it.  It's great for anyone who is waiting to be surprised and doesn't know the sex of the baby yet!  Find a soft gray color to paint your walls.  This acts as a cool neutral within the space, and will really allow your bright accent colors of orange and lime green to shine!

2.  This crib from Land of Nod ($599.00) features straight lines that will work with many styles of design. The white paint will also contrast nicely with the gray walls.

3.  This chest from babyearth.com ($1079.00) is a bit pricey, but use it as a reference for a DIY.  Scan through Craigslist postings in your area for a chest with similar features.  Don't worry too much about finish.  A good coat of paint on any dresser will make it feel brand new!

4.  This chair from Overstock.com ($258.99) will look great in the space.  If you prefer a rocker, look for similar features, and definitely go light (preferrably white) with the upholstery.

5.  Try this rug from Overstock.com ($264.00 for 5x8) to add some energy beneath your feet.  Within this scheme, bright green sets the tone for a vibrant space!

6.  DIY some curtain panels in a bright color and bold pattern.  I love these panels from Etsy ($125.00), but the price tag is way too steep!  You can use this no-sew method for making your own curtains.

7.  This board was actually inspired by this artwork from Valentina Ramos.  You might remember this post a while back where I expressed my love for her artwork.  I vowed then to create a nursery-themed Inspiration Board based off of her prints, and here we finally have it.  I think filling a nursery with her art would be out-of-the-box, and would fill the room with unexpected colors and prints.

8.  Grab a decorative frame and make a chalkboard, like this one from Etsy ($174.00).  Personally, I think it's crazy that the asking price is $174.00 from this shop, especially when you could make one yourself with this frame from Ikea, a can of spray paint, and some chalkboard paint for less than $50.00.  My opinion, don't buy--DIY (put that on a bumper sticker)!

9.  These owl bookends from Pottery Barn Kids ($30.00 for the set) tie in great with the owl artwork and the color scheme.  They're also a great way to add some organization for your tot's favorite reads.

10.  Place a bright pillow on the chair within the room, like this one from Etsy ($22.95).  A monogram is a great way to add a personalized touch to any space.

11.  This lamp from Lamps Plus ($176.91) is super-playful, and super-fun!  Look for similar lamps at TJ Maxx, Ross and Home Goods, or even look for lamps to refurbish at second-hand stores.  If you can't find a good replica, I say splurge!  I love this lamp!

12.  These decorative balls ($4.95-$9.95) add cheerful pops of color without breaking the bank.  You could also create DIY'd versions using styrofoam, or wood. 

So what are your thoughts?  Is anyone out there planning a nursery?  What colors/themes are you doing?  Leave a comment to share/link up to pics, or send an email to ahappyplacecalledhome@gmail.com.  I love to see what you're all up to!

PS...to see more Inspiration Boards, check out the Idea Center/Inspiration Boards

PSS...don't forget to vote for my pumpkin, voting is open until October 20th!

 

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