An Aqua, Gray, and Lavender Nursery: The Grand Reveal

The big birthday is finally here, and while I’m welcoming my little girl it’s time to share the big nursery reveal with you!

Although I didn’t have nearly as much time for craft projects with this nursery as I did with my son’s, I’m still so incredibly pleased with how it all turned out. It’s my favorite – and most put-together – room in the whole house.

Before we get to the grand finale, let’s take a look at the various lives this room has lived since we moved into our home in 2008. It started as a bland, beige box that we pretended to use as an office (it was really just a catch-all space).

Then, I made the unfortunate decision to paint it “chocolate cupcake” in a satin finish when we converted it to a proper guest room. I liked it for about a week before realizing that rather than resembling a box of chocolates, the walls just looked like poop. Shiny poop. The brown bed and dresser up against the poopy walls didn’t do anything to help matters. Nor did the clutter that accumulated when we didn’t have guests (which was 99% of the time).

Finally, two coats of Benjamin Moore’s “Maritime Blue” in an eggshell finish (the Aura paint, which was great to work with although crazy expensive) brightened up that dark little room and made it look SO MUCH BIGGER, set the scene for a lovely baby girl’s nursery, and turned it into a space that I actually want to spend time in. Gotta love the power of paint!

aqua gray and lavender nursery

The roman shades and valances make the room. The shade fabric inspired the whole thing, and I simply LOVE it. Love love love love! The colors and the pattern truly make my heart happy. My mom made the valance ties using leftover shade fabric. The one tricky bit was working with quilting-weight fabric, combined with a inner lining and blackout lining. The shades don’t pull up quite as neatly as the one in Big D’s room, which was made with a heavy-weight canvas (thus no need for blackout lining). Despite that, they rock.

nursery reading and feeding corner

A sheer curtain was added to the big window to conceal the super-ugly building next door, which is covered in hideous peeling yellow paint with even more nasty peeling maroon trim. The tiny window by the crib was made to look larger by hanging the window treatments as close to the ceiling as possible. It makes a big difference!

nursery chandelier and ceiling medallion

And how about the fabulous chandelier? It was such an amazing steal from Joss & Main, but my poor hubby had such a bitch of a time installing it. He took a hacksaw to it twice to make it shorter so that he wouldn’t bump his head on it. He still hates it, but is decent enough to keep quiet about it since he knows how much I adore it. He added a simple ceiling medallion to cover the dirty ring left by the previous boob light.

feminine nursery reading nook

The reason this room turned out exactly as I wanted it to was because I started with something I loved – the roman shade fabric – and worked from there. By creating a mood board I was able to see how it would look in advance before spending any money. The design only changed a little bit from the original concept, mostly to make it more feminine by adding the chandelier and touches of lavender.

Nursery Projects:

Nursery Sources:

  • Paint: Benjamin Moore’s “Maritime Blue” in Aura eggshell
  • Upholstered swivel rocking chair: Boston Interiors, originally purchased for my son’s nursery
  • Throw pillow on chair: Karma Living via One King’s Lane
  • Chenille throw on chair: Target, had it for ages
  • Art above chair: TJ Maxx
  • Shade fabric: Kumari Garden Teja by Dena Designs, purchased from Lemon Tree Fabrics
  • Valance fabric: Free Spirit Solids in Lilac, purchased from The Intrepid Thread
  • Sheer curtain: Target, hemmed to fit
  • Side table: Brimfield Antique Fair. Read how I refinished it here. I’ll probably re-paint or replace it, but it works for now.
  • Table lamp: HomeGoods. Read about it here.
  • Chandelier: Savoy House via Joss & Main. Read about it here.
  • Ceiling medallion: Lowe’s

I’m going to take some time off from blogging to bond with my new girl, but hope to share a few little projects and ideas with you soon!

Comments

  1. Love it- soothing and pretty color combo…Loving the lamp and that pillow!

  2. I love it all! And the shades/valances are absolutely lovely! What a great room to bring your little girl home to. I hope all is going well on the big birthday!

  3. Congratulations, I hope all is going well! The nursery is beautiful, I LOVE how it turned out!!

  4. Glad you found the fabric for inspiration! Great work. Thanks for linking up!

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