“My heart is happy every time I walk past Audrey’s nursery. The colors, the patterns, the fact that it is the girliest place in our house.” After three boys Emily of Jones Design was delighted to find out they were adding a baby girl to the family. “I began dreaming of her room far before she was born! Because this was my one and only girl, I wanted her nursery to be very feminine, but not in the typical way. I’ve realized as I’ve spent time in her room, that if I could decorate my home any way I wished, without considering the four males that reside with me, it would look very much like our sweet girl’s room.”
“As sweet as a pink room is, I am not crazy about the color pink,” Emily said after opting out of a pink palace for a subtle, soft blue. The wallpaper with its oversized metallic gold peonies was the starting point. “At first, when my husband saw the color, he questioned me. Why blue? It was my one chance to go pink, and I chose blue. I guess I’m just not as crazy about pink as I am blue. It is calming, pretty and coordinates with the rest of our home.”
Would it surprise you to learn that Emily’s wallpaper isn’t wall paper at all, but gift paper! “I have loved this gift wrap paper for years and years. I wanted to use it as wallpaper in my previous office, but never committed. When I knew we were having a girl, I knew I wanted to use it. I contacted the company and purchased the sheets wholesale. I had to purchase way more than I needed, but it was still much less than purchasing rolls of wallpaper.” The wall color is Rhino by Behr, a light blue/gray/green.
“I found the fabric for the crib sheet at my local fabric store and fell in love. It really has nothing to do with any of the other colors in the room, but the wheat color and the slightly grayish green work really well. I love a subtle mix of patterns and I think they all work together nicely in the room. The bedding I made myself using linen curtain panels from IKEA. The bedskirt is a dismantled twin size bedskirt from Pottery Barn and I added tulle to the bottom to make it special.”
“Decorate with the child in mind, but use elements that are unexpected for a nursery. Adding old frames, metal locker baskets, unconventional choices for fabrics … all of these details give a room a sense of history and interest.” The gold frames were from Emily’s grandparents’ collection. “They passed before I really knew them, but I think we would have gotten along beautifully. Both were actors and artists – my grandfather did set designs for theater, my grandma taught acting classes to Judy Garland. My mom mentions often that I would have loved her home growing up – glamorous and eclectic at the same time.”
The room is a good sized room, so putting in a twin bed seemed like a great choice. “We can use the room as a guest room if needed, but it will also grow with her when she is ready to move out of her crib. When that time comes, I’d love to build in a bench seat in the alcove where her crib is and create a cozy reading spot.”
“I love that we didn’t have to spend a lot of money to get a very pretty room. We didn’t particularly have a budget in mind, but I can say that it all cost less than $500. I think by being resourceful, reusing items and making some of my own, you can create a great room for low cost.” Thank you Emily for sharing Audrey’s beautifully detailed nursery with us!