When Lolo’s birth mom chose us to be the parents of her little one she didn’t know if she was having a girl or boy but when we found out it was going to be a little girl, I must admit my whimsical soul did a little dance.
You think I would have my fill of decorating happy places since we have three fun shops, but this space was special. There is no theme but it’s quite evident that I like my share of patterns, pom poms, posies, pennants and polka-dots (and if you couldn’t tell… alliteration ~ I do love that too;-)
I can’t say I’m a huge fan of slip covers but I was pleasantly surprised how this canvas stripe number transformed our old living room chair and ottoman. (plus it’s machine washable which I’m sure will be helpful when it comes to future spills)
The photo ledges are from Ikea and are perfect for showcasing the current bedtime story selection. I bought the bean bag so I could easily prop Lolo up for photos but I have a feeling it will turn into a comfy reading spot soon enough.
Once I decided on the main color of the room, I dressed up old dressers with some paint and decorative knobs. The other color inspiration came from a pack of quilting fabrics I found that featured patterns and tones that appealed to me. I used that fabric to create a polka-dot nook using embroidery hoops and a string of pennants throughout the room. The pennants were the last thing I added to the nursery… fearing they might be a little too much but I ended up keeping them (because ultimately I’m a too much kinda gal & if you’ve shopped in any of our catching fireflies locations, you know what I mean ;-)
While shopping for our store at a wholesale show this summer, I saw a pom pom mobile that stopped me in my tracks. I took a mental picture and headed to the craft store and created my own version. With the same yarn selection I also wrapped this giant M and adorned it with some felt flowers. The other pretties above the crib include our personalized baby print and a magnet board from our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market. Also since the nursery is so sunny in the afternoon, I placed one of our solar rainbow makers in the window which creates a flurry of small rainbows dancing on all of the walls.
One trend that I am loving are these gallery walls. They are the perfect way to create a little vignette of special goodies. The majority of this collection was curated from treasures I found at our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market and a delightful shop in Traverse City called The Red Dresser.
The anchor artwork’s message, “love is bigger” really spoke to me and it is also by an artist I admire and have exhibited next to before. I fell in love with Jane’s crocheted animal heads the second I saw them & am so happy she is part of our Yellow Door family of artists. I also can’t get enough of Jennifer’s little felt embroidered gems.
I dolled up the curtains a bit (and I’m sure those curtain ties are gonna have to go once she is mobile considering her super human grip she has at only 4 months) I was also happy to bump into Sarah Miller of Moon Forest Studio at an art show this fall for some additional cuteness (because… you know, it wasn’t quite at capacity yet)
I know the “something old, something new” doesn’t apply to nurseries but since my mother is a serial packrat, she did give me this sweet sun pillow that I had when I was a tot. I’m looking forward to many sunny moments shared on this chair as lil’ Lolo grows.
So there you have it ~ a small room packed with as much love and whimsy it can hold.
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