lucy's pinterest-inspired nursery

Back in September of last year, when Eric and I were frantically searching for a new house so we could move out of my in-laws' basement house shopping, we felt blessed to finally come across the house that we are in now.  With rooms like this, who wouldn't be sold?

Oh, to be a young girl and so in love with pink and a teen heart throb again.  Subbing a Zac Hanson or Andrew Keegan poster for the Biebs, this was my dream room that my mom never let me have.  Now I can say with absolute certainty that I respect my mom for denying me.  Hindsight is always 20/20, right?

When we found out I was pregnant in the midst of closing on our house, I immediately began dreaming of this room as the nursery...only the pink had to go.  Before I even found out whether we would be having a boy or girl, I found a lovely subtle shade of blue that didn't scream boy or girl to me, and I got to work painting.  And then I got stuck.

Thankfully, Pinterest saved the day, and a whole collection of pins that I saved up along the way found their way into my plans.  Over the course of about three months, Lucy's nursery developed, and I'm proud to say that it is my favorite room in our house.

It was this pin that set my navy and coral theme into motion, and the rest really just fell into place after that.  I found these curtains and replicated them with white and coral fabric.  I began scouring our local antique mall for a soda crate after seeing this pin, and I also created my own "we love you because..." print, which contains a blank space to change the message with a dry erase marker.  It currently says, "we love you because you're ours."  I based the gallery wall on the flowers that I saw in this pin, which I then hunted down.  And finally, my favorite project of all, I made Lucy's name sign based on this pin.

This room had so much love in it before Lucy even came along.  I used to spend my nights in there just rocking and reading and listening to lullabies while I rubbed my belly and talked to our daughter.  Here is a run down of all of my "love" projects (made by me):
  • "Lucy" name sign
  • Tissue poms
  • Curtains
  • "relax" pillow
  • All frames found at Salvation Army and painted
  • Mirror painted
  • Cross stitches on gallery wall
  • Knit blanket on back of chair

And the love continued with the handmade gifts she was given -
  • Aunt Maggie made her crane mobile, which is by far her favorite part of the nursery
  • Her great grandma (my mom's mom) made her quilt and dust ruffle
Some of my favorite details:

And a run down of where everything is from:
Paint:  Olympic - Free Spirit
Dresser/changing table, mirror & lamp: second hand from a great store in Fort Wayne, Indiana called Finders Keepers
Fabrics in quilt: Dear Stella - Lanikai
Wall shelf & brackets: Lowe's
Deer cross stitch pattern: Etsy
German Shepherd cross stitch pattern: Etsy
Ich liebe dich cross stitch ("I love you" in German): Etsy (ich liebe dich & whale)
Bicycle cross stitch: Etsy
"What I love most about my home" print: Eighteen25 blog (free!)
Mother/daughter print: Diaper Style Memoirs blog (free!)
Shepherd/flock patchwork/embroidery: Purchased in Bolivia for Lucy by her Aunt Maggie
Changing pad cover:  Target (no longer for sale, but here is the rest of the line)
Owl lantern:  gifted
White lantern:  local antique mall
Globe:  local antique mall
Stuffed elephant:  gifted - Jellycat (no longer for sale, but here is the rest of the collection)

When you spend as many sleepless nights as we have in one place, it really needs to be peaceful, and I am proud to say I feel like I accomplished that with this nursery.  In fact, I'll just go ahead and fool myself into thinking that this nursery being so peaceful is the reason that Lucy started sleeping through the night, like a champ, at seven weeks.  Yeah, that must be it.

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10 Responses to “lucy's pinterest-inspired nursery”

  1. I love it. My daughter's room is my favorite room in my house, too. I found your blog from Bower Power. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Just discovered your adorable blog - love it! Your daughter's room is so sweet!

    1. Thank you, Lily! I stopped by your blog and love it. Your sense of style is so much fun!

  3. Love how you transformed the bright pink room into such a charming, cozy nursery! You did a great job!

    1. Thank you, Jennette! One room down, about 12 to go. No big deal, right?

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    1. Thanks, McCall :) Nice to be back to blogging so we can reconnect!

  5. Hi Lauren!
    Thanks so much for stopping by
    I thought I'd return the favor & check out your blog as well.
    So glad I came. This nursery is adorable, as is Lucy!

  6. Wow, those before images certainly are pink!! The nursery looks amazing now, you've done such a fantastic job :)

  7. Wow, what a great transformation! I especially love the string art above her crib. Nice work!