I'm excited to be sharing a labor of love with you today: my daughter, Milly's nursery. I began working on this space over a year and a half ago, and while most of the furniture and layout are the same from when her big brother slept in here, the fabrics and accessories are all girl.
I've learned that fabric is often the best jumping off point. The room is rather small, but has high ceilings and I thought it would be nice to draw attention to this with some really great draperies. I knew what my dream fabric was all along, but 10 yards of that was not even in the cards. (I'll show you where I have used some of that fabric in the next few weeks). I looked EVERYWHERE. Every local or online fabric store you can think of, eBay, craigslist, Etsy...nothing was even close. Heck, I even tried making my own fabric.
I had settled on going with the Spoonflower design I had made when one day I came across a store I had never seen or heard of before. It looked like a total miss from the outside, but I decided to give it a shot, and boy am I glad I did!
Entering Home Fabrics and Rugs was like walking into discount fabric heaven. Hundreds and hundreds of reams of home dec. fabric and nothing priced over $6.99 a yard. I ended up finding all of my fabrics for the room that day, and spent less than I would have spent on one yard of my dream fabric, the Orangerie. I raced home and got to sewing!
When I was pregnant with Milly I had some complications and that Shakespeare quote was often in my head. She was fierce in the womb and she continues to be so today.
I liked the idea of her being surrounded by the strong women who have come before her. These are all pictures I collected of Milly's grandmothers all the way to great-great-grandmothers. It's really lovely to see these every day! The little beaded purse was handed down from my great grandmother. I found the frame at a flea market and just added foam board, batting and some fabric to make it a bulletin board.
My sister-in-law made the mobile over the crib for me, tearing fabric strips and tying them to an embroidery hoop. I like that it adds a bit of whimsy to the space.
While most of the other art in the room is something I made or received from family, I really loved this silhouette and purchased it here.
I picked up the moroccan pouf at Cargo Largo. This discount store can be hit or miss, but I often find really great things (I usually share them on Instagram). I actually saw one of these several months prior for $99 and passed on it. I then thought about it often until I ran into it's twin on a recent trip for $69. I took it as a second chance and snatched it up!
I was hesitant to purchase a glider without trying it, but there are not very many stores in my area that sell great looking baby furniture. I ended up going to a La-Z-Boy store for the chair. For less than you would pay for top end rockers, you can customize something at La-Z-Boy. I was able to choose the fabric and the base which rocks and glides. In the beginning I had my heart set on white, but I'm glad I went for this more textured neutral. There have definitely been some spills and accidents on it, but you would never be able to tell. We can remove the base down the line if we decide to use it elsewhere in our home.
The crib is the Oeuf Sparrow in Grey. We've been very pleased with how it has held up with two kids and I love how easy it is to get little ones in and out of.
If you would like to hear more about how I approach putting together a space and see a few snapshots of elsewhere in my home, I am guest blogging today over at The Avarice. Go check it out and while you're there take a look at Whitney's beautiful work! She is one creative lady: a designer and an artist whose ability to mix patterns and colors is insane! Some of my personal favorites can be seen here, here, here and here.
I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner of the baby swing giveaway! Now that I've searched the world for fabric (I wish I was kidding), I'd love to know, what are your go-to sources for textiles?