Monthly Archives: October 2013

Simply Elegant Wisteria Nursery


Since I’m on “unofficial” bedrest to prevent our baby girl from arriving too early, I thought it would be the perfect time to post her nursery on the blog!

A mixture of new & old, along with bargain finds & handmade items make up a simple, yet elegant nursery fit for a princess! A big shout out to my sister, Nicole, who made the bedding, a pillow & the beautiful chevron blanket you will see hanging in her nursery. She is very talented & I’m so happy to have some of her handmade work in our daugther’s room. She hand embroidered our son’s name for his nursery & she’s made more beautiful creations for our baby girl!

Entering the nursery, here is the view.

The rocking chair & ottoman are both from Target. I got a great deal on the ottoman (check out my ways to save $ at Target post) & the chair was only $99.

I bought all of the fabric for the nursery from & made the cornice box myself (a “how to” post coming soon on that). The sheer curtains I had saved from our spare bedroom & the little basket under the window was a 50% off Hobby Lobby find. I got the idea for hanging blankets in the nursery from Pinterest & used a curtain rod I already had. It beautifully showcases the chevron blanket Nicole made & the beautiful white blanket great grandma Susan made. The shelf above is a simple floating shelf that was on sale at Target & it will showcase special items.

The crib & changing table were in my son’s nursery & we knew we wanted to re-use them. After spending nearly $200 on his bedding set & not using half of it, I asked my sister if she would make the bedding & luckily she agreed. The bed skirt is wisteria print & I immedietly fell in love with the pattern. That fabric set the tone of the entire room. We used this tutorial to make the crib skirt It’s held up by push pins and as the crib level adjusts, I can adjust the skirt without it bunching up at the bottom. Nicole had an idea for the crib rail so no tutuorial was needed, but I’m sure there are many online if you need one. I love the grey ribbon holding it on the crib, it gives it a more elegant look. Above the crib are ceiling medallions that I got on clearance at Lowes for $4 a piece. Painted yellow to match the theme & a round mirror glued in the middle make them gorgeous mirrors. The geometric pattern on two of the medallions matches the pattern on the ottoman & the pattern on the middle medallion matches the wisteria print on the bed skirt & cornice box. Above the changing table is an open frame with our daugther’s initials. The frame was in my parents garage, I totally lucked out by finding it because I had been looking & hadn’t found anything I liked that was a reasonable price. FREE is pretty reasonable to me 😉 It was brown & old so it took some sanding & a few coats of paint, but now in white it’s exactly what I wanted. The monogram came from an Etsy store I ordered the 20 inch monogram & it was only $23! Painted grey so it would really stick out against the lilac walls & white frame, it really makes a statement when you enter the room.

The bows & books wall was inspired by Pinterest. My girlfriend April (thanks April) brought me back the bookshelves from Ikea which are actually spice racks. All 4 cost just under $20. They come unfinished, so you can paint them any color you’d like. I thought white would look best to tie in with the rest of the furniture. The nursery is small, it’s the smallest room in our house so we needed space saving options & these spice racks worked perfect. Above the bookshelves is a beautiful bow display. I had this metal piece in our spare bedroom at one time & kept it, hoping to use it again. Painted the same grey as the monogram, it works perfect for bows & headbands & looks very pretty too!

I wanted a simple but elegant nursery for our baby girl, Maci. I didn’t go with a “theme” this time because I wanted to add things I liked as I found them. Putting the nursery together this way worked out best for me because it saved me money by re-using a lot of items I already had, giving me flexibility in colors, designs, etc & allowing me to find items on sale & making them work for me!

Now we are just waiting on our princess to arrive!