After having a boy, Caroline was looking forward to the fun of doing a little girl nursery for baby Norah the second time around. In love with the bright, cheery color palette of aqua and yellows, Caroline discovered design inspiration from pillows at Pier One Imports that pulled the room together. At eight months pregnant, Caroline caught DIY fever creating this cool room for Norah. Think there was a designer involved? Nope! “It was a really fun project being able to do everything from scratch, picking out paint, fabrics, everything,” Caroline said. “It was a lot of fun decorating for a girl! I think you can definitely use brighter colors with girls, which I obviously like.”
“I slowly purchased everything, and filed away inspiration, and it all finally came together when Norah was about 3 months old. It probably took me about 4-6 months start to finish.”
Starting with Benjamin Moore’s Robin’s Nest pain, Caroline set out fashioning a room that would make her smile each time entered it. One of her favorite elements in the nursery is the sunshine yellow crib, definitely making it the main focal point of the room. Originally a used Jenny Lind-style crib, a $5 yard sale find, Caroline painted it yellow with a Krylon spray paint called ‘Bright Idea.’ “It really brings everything together,” Caroline said. “It took forever, but I was so pleased with how it turned out and it really is the focal point of the room. One challenge in decorating was I would get a little too DIY happy and think I could do a lot of it myself, which can be a bit of a challenge when you decide to paint an entire crib at 8 months pregnant!”
“A lot of the room was a DIY project since we were on a budget. Her dresser was my husband’s when he was child, and we painted it white, we also spray painted the chandelier pink, and a few of the accessories like her letter N’s and owl were painted to match the nursery. Also, her window valance is just a table runner from pier one.”
Norah’s yellow crib bedding was from Pottery Barn and many accent accessories like the chair cushions were also from Pier One. The alphabet print is from Lovely Sweet William on etsy and the red and white bird print is a William Pate Flock print. “The chandelier was from Ikea which we painted a light pink. The lamp shade was also from Ikea,” Caroline said.
“My best advice is to start gathering inspiration of rooms you like. If you can find a pillow or a piece of fabric that incorporates all the colors you would like to have in the room, it is then really easy to pull colors from that and then work from there.” Thanks Caroline for sharing Norah’s nursery with us!