You may recall this post where I revealed my mood board for Kidney Bean’s nursery. Well, Kidney Bean turned into my daughter Elliott Marlene, who is a month old today, but this mood board was not destined to morph into her nursery. Somewhere along the way I scrapped the muted whites, dusty plums, and aquas and went in a totally different direction. I decided, since I only got to do this once, that I wanted something brighter, cheerier…funkier! I kept just one thing from my first iteration: the swan end table, and dumped the rest.
I started with crib bedding. Unfortunately, with the move to our new home and the fact that my craft room is a hot mess, I didn’t have time to make the bedding myself. Thanks to Etsy and the folks at Modified Tot, I was able to select fabrics to create a custom one-of-a-kind crib set in a palette of lime green, plum, and teal. I bought a blanket, crib bumper, crib skirt, pouf, and even window valences in this awesome ikat fabric (I may have gone overboard).
The green zebra rug from Zinc Door came next. The chair I recycled from Griffin’s old nursery (he didn’t need it anymore now that his nursery is packed toddler playroom), and added finishing touches such as jade milk glass drawer pulls on the changing table, shelves featuring silver heirloom baby dishes (a gift from Aunt Jane) and handmade creations (I made the aqua pinafore dress hanging from the shelf, see my dress how-to post here), and birth announcement artwork, also purchased on Etsy from graphic designer A Lovely Detail.
I still lust after this bird’s nest chandelier from my mood board, but have had to let it go because it’s now sold out, boo!
The last detail we added was the dandelion wall decal, also purchased from Etsy. This brought the personal touch to Elliott’s room. The dandelion represents all of my wishes for her happy and healthy future, but more importantly, it reminds me of my mother Marlene, after whom I named my daughter. This was the last picture we took together as my mother died soon after this was taken. Elliott will never meet her grandmother, but the dandelion is a reminder that my beloved mother will always be a part of my beautiful daughter (and I think Elliott has my mother’s eyes).
Elliott had been staying in her bassinet next to my bed for her first month, but we moved her into her nursery last night. She slept for 5 hours straight. I think she likes it.