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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Path to Our Dream Home: Nursery

Today we continue the Path to Our Dream Home series with our second daughter's nursery.  To catch up, you can visit these posts: Back to the Beginning, the Main Bath, the Guest Bath, the Utility/Storage Room, and the Media Closet.  Each post tours the space in photographs, and shows how we work a lot of organization and function into each room of our small house.  There are many project ideas for each room, so none of them is ever "done", but they are all on the path to our dream home!

I don't have before pictures for any of the bedrooms as they are just standard bedrooms and the changes were all cosmetic - paint, ceiling fans, faux wood blinds for the windows, and new floors.  My husband did scrape off the old popcorn ceiling treatments, which made a huge difference in terms of updating the spaces.

We moved our older daughter Alyssa into another room in order to re-use the nursery furniture for our second daughter Zoe.  Since my Mom is a super-talented quilter, we based the decor for the room on a quilt she made; we chose the pattern and fabrics together specifically for the room.   We based the look loosely on the example quilt pictured for the pattern, which was from the book Quilting for Baby.  We achieved a completely different (and gorgeous) look for the re-decorated room by avoiding pinks and purples.

The back of the quilt is a fabulous chocolate brown minky fabric that allows you to really see the beautiful quilting work.

We used extra fabric to make this beautiful, inexpensive matching memory board.  I'll cover how to do this in another post soon.

We left the top half of the walls the same celery green it had been for Alyssa's nursery, but painted the bottom half of the walls chocolate brown and added a chair rail (after the glider made it clear exactly where it was needed by scuffing up the wall in the previous nursery!).  Three black-out panels in chocolate brown cover the wide window.  I have plans for some modifications to these soon, so stay tuned!

New bedding with cute green and brown polka-dots coordinates with the room perfectly.

We also re-used the white high-shag rug from Alyssa's nursery (it was from Target originally).  With a professional cleaning from an awesome local carpet cleaning company, it is still white!!

I found these baskets at Michael's which are the perfect color of not-so-common blue for this room, and I was extra excited when they were on sale that day!  They are the perfect solution to contain and hide away all the infant-care and diapering supplies!  And this dresser's many drawers provide the storage we need for Zoe's clothing, since this room has no closet.

I am in love with how this room turned out!  Some projects I have planned will make it even better!!
How do you re-decorate rooms to have a totally new look without changing the anchoring furniture?

This post is linked up to the following parties:

Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party at Delightful Order

Hookin Up with HOH at House of Hepworths

Home Decor and Organizing Link Party at Organize & Decorate Everything 

Sticker and Party Time at The 36th Avenue 

Weekend Warrior Link Party at Ask Anna

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

One Project at a Time at A Bowl Full of Lemons

Inspiration Board at Homework

Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now

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