HELP!! We are having girl #2 and I am drawing a blank when it comes to what to do in the nursery. I am going to use the same quilt and bumper from the first. It's one that I made with reds and all sorts of polka dots. I need some inspiration. Any ideas? I love your blog and always find lots of inspiration there.
Tara's baby quilt...
A portion of the room with the crib...
Tara described her style as Pottery Barn-inspired and IKEA-realized. I hear ya, Tara! So keeping that in mind, I came up with a game plan that would incorporate a classic PB style and add in the whimsy that I think is necessary in children's decorating.
Tara mentioned that she is re-using the bedding from her first baby girl which is red and white with polkadots, and that her crib is dark cherry wood. With this in mind, I went with a color scheme of red, pink and white with touches of green. This will contrast beautifully with the dark wood.
The first is P Kauffman Animal Tale - mint. It is a slightly more gender neutral and quite sophisticated. 15.99/yd at thefabricfinder.com.
15.99/yd at thefabricfinder.com.
Every room needs artwork. Here are a couple of great ways to personalize the space just for baby.
This first idea comes courtesy of my good friend Kasey. Each letter of baby's name (in a different font) can be framed in its own mismatched frame and placed whimsically above the crib. Tara could use either shabby white frames like Kasey did, or dark cherry frames to match the crib.
And what could be more classic than a silhouette? Tara can choose from a number of different silhouette styles and can change the color from red to either pink or green at Sarah and Abraham. Custom name prints 8x10 - $20, 11x14 - $30.
Tara also mentioned that there is a lack of light in the space. What could be prettier in a nursery than a chandelier?
This little number is from IKEA and costs a mere $39.99.
Although it is meant to be hardwired, any chandelier can be converted to a plug-in with a swag kit available at your local hardware store.
Finally, every room needs something soft underfoot. I've chosen three fabulous options for Tara.
Option #1 This happy little rug from IKEA. It is very whimsical and continues the polkadot theme from the bedding. Measuring just about 4' it costs only $24.99
Option #3 The Alvine rug by IKEA. This rug is my personal choice because it is classic, fairly understated and incorporates all of the colors in the color scheme without focusing too heavily on one. It measures 5'x8' a perfect size for Tara's 12x12 room and costs a reasonable $149.
Put it all together and what do you have? A fabulous nursery that is both sophisticated and whimsical and ready to welcome baby!!
Congratulations Tara on the impending arrival of baby girl #2! I hope these ideas help!
Have a great weekend~