This beautiful and elegant room is a completely different vision from it’s original planning. Kelly’s husband has a tattooed sleeve on his right arm, inspired by the artist Alphonse Mucha, an Art Nouveau painter. “We originally wanted to have the room heavily inspired by Art Nouveau details as a nod to the artist and my husband’s tattoos, but in order to keep our budget in check, we kept the details more subtle, and will change out light fixtures/hardware/etc over time to get back to our original plan.”
Kelly experimented with a giant art canvas to find the perfect paint colors. “Light is tricky in our house, and I didn’t want to keep re-doing the walls. I originally planned to keep pretty much everything in the white family, and my husband convinced me to bring in the bronze, through the mirror, outlet plates and light switch plate, wooden “G”, and accessories. I’m so glad he did, I think it really balances everything.”
After finding out they were expecting a girl, Kelly came up with their original plan for the nursery. They started with paint, then crown molding and baseboards, and just this past month finished building the furniture and putting in the final touches. “When
planning our wedding, I was dying to get married at a local ballroom with a fabulous art deco/art nouveau style, and when that didn’t work, we decided to use that style in our home. I thought it would look lovely in a nursery, with everything gold, bronze and white, with crystal accents.
The rug came from Ikea for $140 and is multiple sheepskins pieced together, but looks seamless on top. “It is one of my favorite parts of the room. I have two Bichon Frise puppies that already adore this rug, and I anticipate many hours of play time with my three “girls” on it.”
The “G” came from Etsy. “My husband sanded and painted it, and we hung it with 3M Command Strips, since I tried to avoid as many nail holes as possible, not knowing what the future holds on these walls. We bought the stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and it is the Damask Gabrielle pattern. My aunt is a professional faux painter, and she did the damask stencil on the walls for us. She used acrylic metallic craft paint with a roller to apply the stencil to the walls. It took her and a partner about 4 hours, but would have taken me days!”
“When my mom was pregnant with me, my dad bought her a gorgeous wooden rocker, and a child-size version for me at the same time. I always remember it being in my room, and when I wasn’t in it, my dolls were. It was a bit banged up from over the years, so my husband sanded and refinished it, painting it a soft white to go in the room.”
For Kelly and her husband, putting this room together was a fun way of working together to reflect their tastes in a room for a little girl they haven’t met yet, but think they already know. “Compromising on so many details was a good exercise for parenthood, and we learned a lot about each other’s style and preferences. And, it was a lot of fun! We wind up in this room most nights, playing with the dogs on the rug or sitting on the rocker and ottoman, talking about how things will change when she arrives – I think this nursery has already become the heart of our home.” Thanks for sharing your beautiful nursery with us Kelly!
*** Guinevere Ann’s name was chosen from her father’s favorite book – T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King”. While Kelly was pregnant her father would read it to her. ***
Crib: The crib is a Tucson crib in Antique White from
JCPenney s. We bought the first edition on clearance for $130.
Bedding: The bedding was sewn by my mother. We loosely followed a McCalls pattern for
the crib skirt, making it three times as full and twice as long, to give it a
more “ball gown” feel. The skirt and curtains are Party Taffeta in Ivory from
JoAnn Fabrics. The canopy is a chiffon in Ivory, also from JoAnn Fabrics. We
didn’t follow a pattern for the canopy or curtains. All fabric cost about $70
Ikea Hemnes for $299
Chair: The rocker and ottoman came from Babies R Us, and are the Newco Serenity models in Buckwheat Velvet.
Wall paint color: Wall paint is Benjamin Moore’s Bare in eggshell finish. The ceiling is from the Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic line in Winter Bloom. The stencil is donewith one 8oz bottle of Delta Creative Ceramcoat Acrylic craft paint in PearlFinish, from Michaels Craft Store, and all trim/crown molding and baseboards are Valspar’s Ultra White.
Rug: The rug is from Ikea – it’s a real sheepskin
Lamp: The overhead light was from WalMart’s Better Home line for $30 on sale. The side
table’s lamp is from Home Goods, also for $30.
Side table: The table with the lamp is from
Ikea for $129
Mirror: The mirror is from Kirklands