What was the inspiration for your room?
I officially deemed our nursery the Turkish Aviary after being inspired by the Souk Chic rug tiles from FLOR.com and the Bird Reference curtain panels from Anthropologie. The rug being the "Turkish" and the curtains being the "Aviary"...We knew we wanted a bird theme to carry through the design. Some favorite finds for the nursery include a beautiful painted wooden bird mobile from an online nature store, the Counting Birds wall cards by eeBoo, branch and bird wall decals from Ikea and a sound machine that plays soft bird calls and nature sounds! It's way more pleasant and soothing than plain old white noise!
What was the first piece that you purchased for the room?
The crib and changing table were the first purchase from a local store. We choose the very traditional Jenny Lind turned spindle crib and changing table in dark cherry. I already had an antique mirrored dresser, club chair and wooden rocking chair that I knew I wanted to use in the nursery, so we selected the crib and changing table to coordinate with the feel of these pieces. The rug was the next purchase, then the curtains. The fun really started when I selected fabrics for the custom bedding. I found all of the fabrics at one of Atlanta's prize fabric showrooms, Lewis and Sheron, and had the bedding made in their workshop. I ordered an extra Bird Reference curtain from Anthropologie and had them cut it up to incorporate it on one side of the crib bumper. Then, after selecting fabrics, I had the large antique club chair and a precious little footstool reupholstered in fabrics used within the bedding so that the entire room coordinated. I chose the pale aqua paint color after finalizing all the other selections for the room. It was the best contrast to the rug, curtains and fabrics, and was gender neutral. We did not find out the sex of the baby until the day she was born, so all along, I was making selections that I felt would work for boy or girl.
What is your favorite aspect of the room?
My favorite aspect of the room is the vintage look and feel. I wanted to design a room that felt like an off-shoot of the rest of our home. We live in a beautiful historic condo built in 1922, but we are dealing with close quarters. I didn't want the nursery to scream baby right into the living room! We have a very eclectic home, and I wanted a cohesive look throughout our small space.
Now that your room is complete, what would you change or do
differently if you could?
Now that the room is finished, the only thing I would change is my Diaper Genie 2! I wish I had bought one with a foot pedal. Seriously, there is nothing I would change in the nursery, I just love it. It is such a cheerful place to be.
flor.com - Souk Chic Rug Kit
anthropologie.com - Bird Reference Curtain panels in Brick Red, embroidered lampshade
lsfabrics.com - fabrics and workshop
ikea.com - wall decals
eeboo.com - Counting Birds wall cards
thenaturestore.com - Hummingbird Balancing Mobile