the nursery

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.  At first, when my husband saw the color I was asking him to paint, 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. 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.

So let me welcome you to the nursery {beware, there are many photos!}

First, the before.

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This was previously a boy’s nursery {go figure} and I loved the stripes. I originally wanted to use our guest room as the new nursery and us this room as the guest room so that I wouldn’t have to paint over the stripes, but that didn’t happen. So goodbye stripes.

And here it is now:






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We’re still missing a few key elements {a chandelier – I just haven’t found the right one; a large sheepskin rug; a canvas painted with her scripture verse on it; a few more pillows}, but it is as good as it will get for today. The rest will happen over time. I’m learning to be okay with that :

Some of my favorite things:

:: the wallpaper {actually flat sheets of gift wrap that I have adored for a long time}

:: the ruffles on the curtains

:: the old gold frames {from my 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 vintage little dresses {I bought one before I was even married and the other was my mom’s}

:: the pink ruffle pillow {I was not planning on putting pink into the room, but I found the pillow and then my mom gave me the crown artwork and it just came together.}

I really love all of the room. I was concerned that I had a vision that I wasn’t going to be able to translate into real life, but I think I got it pretty close.


27 Responses to the nursery

  1. Bryana August 21, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Emily – did something happen to the photos in this post? There also aren’t any photos in the button flower tutorial. Oh well, I remember how much I loved your flower crib hanging and I’m just going to wing it ;)

  2. Jen July 28, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I’m just a tiny bit behind on checking out this post, but I can’t see any of the photos. I’ve tried a couple of different browsers, but still no luck. You might want to double check?

  3. Jessica September 7, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    LOVE your blog! Found you through The Nester. PLEASE tell me where you got the bedding. I adore those sheets! I’m assuming you made them yourself because that’s usually what happens when I want something [and that fabric is probably discontinued!]. Either way, I would love to get my hands on some of that. It’s beautiful.

  4. janie brown June 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Love your house! Just wondering where all the slipcovers came from on your furniture. Please don’t say you made them. I am looking for a source to purchase some for my home.

  5. Sarah E. June 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    What is the color on your wall? I can’t tell if it’s a gray or a greenish blue. I love it. Getting inspiration for my daughter’s room.

  6. lisa April 20, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Are those shades mistreatments? I have some bamboo roman shades that i’m trying to pretty up and i love these shades! What a lucky little girl to have such a beautiful room!

  7. Carrie March 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    Can you tell me about the shades in the nursery? Are they roman type shades? They look like exactly what I need!!

  8. Calli Loveless February 19, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Can you tell me about the wall paper in the nursery? I love wallpapers, but why is that my taste is always so expensive?

  9. Faith February 3, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Can you please do a tutorial on the gift-wrap wallpaper? That is ingenious!!!

  10. Lauren F. January 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    How do you apply wallpaper? Especially paper gift wrap… I didn’t know that was possible.

  11. Janae January 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Where did you get her bedding??? I am expecting again–and I think I might be able to make that gender neutral! Please let me know!! Love love love your blog–and holly’s ;)

  12. Maggie Hotz September 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Audrey’s room is just gorgeous! I too have a daughter (16 months old) named Audrey. I just wish I would have found your website before I decorated her nursery! Tons of great ideas.

  13. Jenica Cory August 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    I was wondering if you know anything about the top baby slip that is framed in the nursery. I found 3 like that at a rummage sale for 25 cents each. I’ve tried looking for the tag description online, but no luck.

  14. Mrs Modern Country August 28, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    WOWEEEE! That is by the far the nicest looking nursery that I’ve ever seen. I love, love, love it.

    That’s so original. What a lucky girl! It’s amazing.

    I feel as though my eyes are boinging around on stalks like a cartoon. Gorgeous.

  15. Shannon P August 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    i want to hear about the wallpaper in this gorgeous room too! so clever and gorgeous.

  16. Lauren August 27, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    wallpaper…i have always wondered if this would work!
    i have fallen in love with paper and want in as wallpaper…
    how did you pull it off.
    share your secret pls! :)

  17. eve August 27, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Oh ya, and how did you apply the wallpaper to the wall? Did that end up being cheaper than real wallpaper? I love the changes you made to it too.

  18. Audrey July 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    such a lovely room! where oh where did you get the gray/yellow fabric for the bumper? i must have it! :)

  19. MELANIE July 26, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Wow..Emily. That is a beautiful room. I did my newest daughters room in January. Unfortunately we sold our home and are renting right now and relocating hopefully to Florida. So I had to work with what colors were already in the new house, which was dark cranberry in the soon to be nursery. So I went with a fun rainforest theme..Im so over it now. lol I have 4 girls and no beautiful rooms but tons of wonderful items to display for them. I purchased 2 iron/glass finial beds from Pottery Barn over 5 years ago and havent been able to use them until now. I also did not go with pink in any of the girls room. Oldest has a white/beige/gray/black Paris color scheme…Middle 2 girls have a blue room with flower and tattoo decals all over and vintage dressers. Thanks for sharing

  20. eve July 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    I came over from the Nester too. This nursery looks better than my whole house! I would love to know the paint colors you used, absolutely beautiful.

  21. RubberChickenGirl July 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    How pray tell did you put the wrapping paper on the wall?

    Please tell us!


  22. Tiffany July 4, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I found your blog from A Nesting Place….and this is probably the most beautiful nursery I have ever seen. Gorgeous. I love your style.

  23. Kimberly July 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    I absolutely love your brave choice of colors and how you’ve made excellent choices to prove how they work together. The room has a “quiet” feel to it as well. It’s genius how you’ve taken such masculine-feeling colors and yet created this elegant and feminine space. You could seriously leave this room alone until your daughter moves out! :-)

  24. Corrie July 3, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    What a gorgeous nursery! I love how elegant and feminine it is!

  25. Paige July 3, 2010 at 6:29 am #

    I am in love with the color scheme you chose for your nursery….and trying to pick my jaw up off the floor after looking through your blog. Pat yourself on the back for such an outstanding sense of style….how areyou not famous yet???? :-)

    Have a great weekend!


  26. Susan Isaacson June 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi Emily! I have been enjoying for blog and love the pictures! I’m excited and happy for your big event next Tuesday! I love what you’ve done with Audrey’s room. I am looking forward to seeing your boutique online. I’ve admired the hair flower that you made Isabella/Hadley! So pretty. You’re creativity inspires me! Keep up the good work!
    Susan Isaacson
    (Mike’s mom)

  27. Ellen Hoffman June 22, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Amazing! How did I not see the room when I was over visiting? The pictures are very descriptive! You are very gifted.

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