"I knew that I wanted it to feel feminine and cozy but also tailored and contemporary with clean lines. I also wanted it to be somewhat playful and look like a nursery, but not too 'baby-ish'." -Sonya
She started by choosing gender neutral furniture to accommidate possible future children and combined that with little pops of color and texture to delight baby's senses. Early on, the inspiration for the room was found in the form of a sweet coral and gray elephant print fabric that Sonya found at Spoonflower.
"I had heard once that elephants are considered by many cultures around the world to be symbols of strength, wisdom, and good luck, and of course these are all things that I want for my baby girl, so I was inspired by this when I started thinking about my design for the room. Early on, I fell in love with this terrific print." -Sonya
What makes this nursery so special is the combination of Sonya's DIY touches and the many personal details around the room. That adorable elephant fabric became the crib skirt which she learned to make from a tutorial found on Young House Love. Her husband constructed the window cornice from plywood and L-brackets which Sonya then covered in batting and coordinating geometric fabric.
Having difficulty finding white black-out drapes, Sonya bought simple white cotton panels from West Elm and sewed in black-out lining that she purchased inexpensively from the fabric store. She finished off the look by trimming the drapes with coral grosgrain ribbon to add a little pop of color.
The sunburst mirror was found on clearance at Home Goods and Sonya painted it with acrylic coral paint to match the room. Inspired these tutorials here and here, she created a mobile to capture baby's interest and to ensure their Wheaton Terrier-Bischon, fur-baby Teddy was not left out!
Sonya framed the sweet little baby shoes that used to be hers in a shadowbox frame backed with seersucker fabric. The prints framed on the gallery wall were each chosen for a specific reason and include photos of her and her husband when they were children, a photo taken in the Turks and Caicos during their "babymoon" vacation, and specially chosen colorful prints found on Etsy.
If you look closely on the ladder bookcase, you will find a beautiful conch shell. This is one of the most special items in the room to this growing family because Sonya's husband dove for the shell while on their "babymoon" vacation in the caribbean. The shell serves as a reminder of the wonderful time they had together while expecting their first bundle of joy, and it just so happens that the coral colors of the shell fit perfectly with the theme of her lovely nursery.
Sources for Furniture and Decor
-Silver Gourd Lamp: Target Clearance $8
-Leaning bookcase: Crate and Barrel $129
-Gray knitted ottoman: Cb2 $89.95
-Gallery-Style picture frames: Ikea
-Closet Organizer: Ikea
-Drapes: West Elm
-Sunburst Mirror: Home Goods
-"Moon Gazer Dog" Print: Etsy
-Elephant Print: Etsy
-"Today You are You" Print: Etsy
-"I am a child of God" Print: Etsy
-Wall Color: Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter
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