One of my favorite blogs to read weekly is Urban Grace Interiors. Erika is a beautiful mother, a talented published interior designer and a fabulous blogger. I wanted to share some images of her gorgeous, unique, budget friendly, DIY nursery for her little daughter. One of the fun parts about the nursery is that she takes you through an eight part chapter series on her blog through every step of the design journey. It is pretty rare that a designer tells and shows you how they go through their design process and projects. Click here for the summary and for links to all of the chapters.
The first challenge was that the nursery was small, 10'-8" x 11'-4". (Well that is standard for NYC or LA Beach Cities living).
Erika started the nursery with a few pieces that she already owned so this helped save some cash. Amazingly the crib was her old one (except she re-painted it), the changing table was formerly a bar in her dining room, the green stool was in her garden, and the two bookcases were from a former project. I think she did a great job stylizing the bookcases and really like how she placed the lamps on top of the bookcases to draw your eyes up. The gold chosen for the crib is a nice surprise from the standard white and adds a bit of eclectic glamor to the space.
There was no theme associated with the room, just a color scheme based around the Oscar de la Renta bedskirt fabric that she had been hoarding for years. Isn't it just gorgeous! Would love some curtains made out of that for my office/playroom area of my house.
The decoupaged plates above the crib is a sophisticated look but has a playful paperdoll dress theme. Although beautiful, she will need to take away the lower row once her daughter can stand and grab things in her crib. My son can open his plantation shutters above his bed already!
The idea of using an antique drying rack (seen below) as a posting/collection board was genius and has a country feel. Erika is so good at taking old items and changing their use to make them new again.
For more images of her design portfolio and to visit her blog click here.
Thank you Erika for letting me share this nursery with my readers! I can't wait to see her big girl room in a year or so.