Well now that Stella is 19 months old and we’re about to move again, I’m finally sharing her nursery with you! Over a year ago, I shared this inspiration board for this future room and at that time, I was not envisioning mint green at all, or even all these whimsical elements, but I’m happy with the direction it went and even though it was a short-lived room I’m ready to show it to you today!
But I’m really only ‘ready’ in the sense that I just kind of had to stop, call it done, and photograph it so that I can actually pack it all up and leave it behind. Really, in the ideal sense, this room is not finished. I never quite got it to the point of doneness that I would have liked to. It doesn’t feel perfectly complete and there are even projects seen here that are flat-out half finished and not what I imagined. However, there are so many parts of the room that I do love and I’m also okay with the fact that it’ll never be “done.” Maybe this makes no sense but the fact is that this labor of love was fun, fits this house, this time in our lives, and is almost what I dreamed it would be. But, I feel like my design senses are headed in another direction and so I’m happy to leave the whimsical color of this space behind and see what the next house sets us up for.
I have always thought of this space as glamorous meets whimsical. Lots of metallics and glitter and velvet tufting meets circus animal cookie marquee lights, bubblegum machines and balloons. Perhaps this giant, gilded rubber ducky illustrates that perfectly.
And really, I think that defines my style in everything perfectly. My living room is gray and industrial but there are humorous quotes in the frames. My dress style is mostly neutral and layered but I top it off with a Harry Potter time-turner necklace. So this space is so me in that way and I love that. Of course it’s technically my daughter’s room, but, let’s be real, she’s not old enough to know, nor care, about what ‘her room’ looks like. This space, like her first birthday party, is for me. It’s for young me that just couldn’t wait to have a baby girl for a) the clothes and b) her room. (Don’t worry, before she came I wanted her for many more reasons that just those).
If you want to see more of this fun, mint + pink + black + gold + silver baby girl room then click through for all the details, DIYs and links to sources!
I would definitely have to say that my favorite part of this room, the one I dreamed about the longest, spent the most money and time on and I know will cherish for many, many years, is her tufted crib.
This project, which you can do yourself, was shared here in this step by step, very detailed tutorial. You can see a lot more final pictures, and read about it’s inception story here. It wasn’t hard, just a little time consuming but SO worth it I think! I think it’ll match perfectly with any decor I chose to go with in the future and the neutral gray color will suit any gender of baby we might have in the future. I love and am so proud of it!
All that fantastic, whimsical tissue paper bunting I shared the DIY for here and I’m sure I’ll be making similar bunting forever more for every party I ever throw!
Another absolute favorite part of this room for me is the paint job. I love the slightly-more-than-half painted walls. I think I’ve said this before, but this house is a little modern/new for me. My ideal house, aesthetically, wouldn’t have textured walls, thick base boards, carpet or any tan walls. I am not an earth-tone person. At all. Unless you count black as an earth tone. But, I do have to say that living in a newer home, as opposed to an old one whose design elements I might prefer, is really nice. There’s no bugs, lots of light, very little maintenance and so far no replacements.
Either way, this is the home I have (and I do love it!) and so I knew I just needed to work with it rather then try to make it something it’s not and risk the whole thing becoming a jumbled up mess. Where this house not only has tan or cream walls everywhere, the blinds, vent covers, ceilings, trim and doors are also custom color matched the same creamy-tan hue. Ok. So painting this room white, my initial desire, was out. Sure I painted my craft room white but I also removed the blinds for optimum light so there weren’t any conflicting color elements. Although, now that someone else will be living here, I’ll probably need to figure that out as I’m sure they’ll appreciate blinds…
Regardless, my problem with this room was solved by deciding to work with the tan color and only paint half the room a gorgeous mint green. This decision was facilitated by the rug I got. I love that beauty. It’s from Land of Nod and the stripes between the black and pink ones are the exact same shade as the walls/blinds/doors/ceiling/etc. How perfect! Once it arrived, I felt secure in my decision to kiss white goodbye.
But my most favorite part about the paint job is the doors. I decided to also paint them half-way which I know is not typical and at first sight, my husband thought I made a mistake. But no! I strategically planned it that way and I love it! If I ever do a two toned room again, the doors are FOR SURE gettin’ in on the action! It looks like the whole room was just taken and dipped in a bucket of paint and I think it gives it a congruency of style.
The DIY for that pink gum ball machine is right here, the striped floral print in the bottom frame is here for free, the middle sunnies print is from Thimblepress here and the simple black frames are from Walmart, by far the best price I found for such an item. BTW the mint paint color is actually a mix of two colors. When I painted my craft room white I initially bought Benjamin Moore Decorator White. BIG MISTAKE. So ugly! Way blue tone to it. So anyway, I bought like a gallon and a half more than I needed and took the extra one back and had them add in
This shelf is definitely number two on the list of what I love most in this room. It was also DIY and you can find those instructions here! It was fun and easy to build (hint: I didn’t actually “build” any of it. Pre-made selves just drilled, strung with painted rope and hung. Easy!) and it displays Stella’s prettiest books. She is now tall enough to grab them off of the bottom shelf and that’s fun too.
All of the Little Goldie Books are from World Market, a lot of them my mom found at the thrift store (she has that kind of patience and seriously finds the BEST toys and books!) and the little Goodnight Moon was Stella’s first book, from aunt Malissa :) The white crystal rock is from a museum gift shop, the furry and glittery ball garland was from Target when they first put Christmas out this year, the rubber ducky is from World Market and I spray painted it gold with Rustoleum paint + primer. The pink jar and gold candle holder is from H&M, the S was from Joann, spray painted gold and then sprayed with glitter spray paint (best invention ever). The happiest girls print is free right here and the kitty print is from Hello Tosha.
Well I think that pretty much covers the whole room! Thanks so much for sticking through to the end with me :D I’m excited for the future rooms our family will inhabit and I can’t wait to see how I repurpose all of this stuff for our new space. Stay tuned!
Oh, there’s a few last things actually :), the DIY for the circus animal cookie light is here, the white rocking chair is from Overstock, the 16″ gold letter balloon is from Zurcher’s, the flower baby blanket was made by Malissa following this tutorial and using this fabric, the pink and white crochet blanket was made by my mom, the stuffed sloth is from Amazon, the bunny print over the crib was from a farmer’s market in DC, the silver heart, sequin and black and white pillows are from H&M but are no longer available, and the lights over the dresser are Bright Lab Lights and are all the things. And, finally, the pom pom curtains are from Urban Outfitters.