Jen of The Willows Home and Garden doesn’t consider herself a ‘shabby chic’ decorator anymore. She feels her look as evolved into what she calls “French Country.” Influenced by vintage pieces, her style can be felt in her daughter Bella’s nursery. Originally she had an idea for an all cream and white room, but she designed the room around the beautiful crib. Jen added feminine touches and pops of pink when she found out she was expecting a baby girl, creating a space that was soothing and very feminine.
When she graduated college, Jen worked at a children’s boutique and helped many mommies-to-be design their nurseries. “I absolutely loved designing baby and children’s rooms because you can be so whimsical.” Nurseries are so personal because you are decorating for the most important little person in your life, so I think you can be over-the-top and just have fun.”
Her home was built originally in the 1970s and was added onto several times. Some of the walls are the original slump block, as seen in Bella’s nursery. She painted them antique white to match the rest of the walls. Original ceiling beams running throughout the entire house also add to a rustic feel in the room. With the muted color scheme, Jen found that lambs were the perfect accessory for the room, so they are found in Bella’s mobile and the stuffed animals around the room. “I love the little vanity desk and bench I put in her room. On top you will see two little pink suitcases that I got as shower gifts. They were perfect for filling with little rattles and toys.
Jen discussed with a friend who she could bring stars into the room. She had fun making the star garland out of white cardstock and twine, tracing the stars from an old cookie cutter her grandmother gave her. “It was an easy project and I love how it turned out.”
Even before Jen was pregnant, she knew she would do Bella Notte bedding in her baby’s nursery. “I’ve sold the bedding to clients for years and I just love the quality and the look. The whisper linen is my favorite item from them, so I went with a whisper linen crib skirt and bed scarf for the twin bed to make the room extra soft.”
Jen’s mother-in-law gave her three beautiful dresses she wore when she was a baby. While they were not in a condition for Bella to also wear them, they did make beautiful artwork on the wall. She also has a little lamb that rocks, which Jen had when she was a baby. “It has my name and birthday engraved on it.” She spray-painted it antique white and it now sits beside Bella’s crib.
The nursery is the one room Jen says there are no rules and to let your imagination run wild. “I love that the space was created with so much love for my daughter, and I can only hope it is a place that will soothe her and inspire her creativity as she grows!” We’re sure it will! Thanks Jen for sharing Bella’s beautiful room with us!
Photography by Emily Burch