Posted by Lisa on July 29th, 2011
The one room of the house we did finish was the nursery. Our little one was born during the winter, so we had a few months to plan what we wanted. We did not find out the sex beforehand so we knew the walls would be neutral, along with the furniture and decor.
After much back and forth, we agreed on adding a chair rail to the room. (It was between a chair rail and bead board). We painted the chair rail the same semi-gloss as the rest of the home’s molding – we don’t know the name or brand of the paint since the builder only left us a small unlabeled can of it.
We knew we wanted two colors for the top and the bottom of the chair rail… also we wanted low/non-VOC paint (we are trying to be a green-ish family, plus VOC paints smell). The blue box store carries Olympic paint. ALL of Olympic paint is non-VOC (awesome). The top is Pearl and the bottom is Baked Brie. I love these colors together. I might even reuse them somewhere else in the house. These colors also looked great with our dark taupe carpet.
After the paint we decided on furniture. Yet again there was a back and forth between white and espresso color. Espresso ultimately won. I really like Jenny Lind-style cribs but had difficulty finding a matching dresser. I found a great set online at Simply Baby Furniture that had a crib, matching dressers, and a changing table. Instead of a traditional changing table, I picked out a long dresser and attached the changing pad to the back of the dresser – pretty simple AND I won’t have a changing table to donate when the little one out grows it.
I also added two floating shelves to the room to put decorative items on. The room was pretty bare until the little one arrived. After she was born we picked out a pink and beige crib set to tie the espresso, neutral, and pink colors together.
Two of my favorite pieces in the room are the lamb mobile and the rose lamp – both from Pottery Barn Kids.
I love how this shade matches the bedding so well. The bedding is Glenna Jean – made in the USA!
We are thrilled with how it turned out!