Thursday, December 9, 2010

claire's room

Normally, I'm a very very organized and timely person, but with Claire's room, I just couldn't pull myself together. I had a vision for what I wanted it to be like, but it wasn't coming together.

First, her room was painted the light tan color that was the same through0ut color in our house. I actually liked the way that looked, but was wanting something a bit different. So, we changed it to yellow, which in theory sounded nice, but really it just looked very yellow once it was painted. Didn't like that at all. So, there her room sat for weeks. Complete, but yellow. I tried to talk myself into liking it, but I just wasn't.

Finally, I worked up the courage to tell Greg that I wanted it repainted. And, that I wanted it to be blue. I think he really thought I had lost my mind since it was supposed to be a room for a girl. But, he obliged and painted 3 samples of paint on the wall for me, and we finally settled on this color.

(I'll have a complete listing of my paint colors in a separate post.)

I call it "aqua" because that sounds less masculine.

The quilt was made by yours truly after following an online tutorial recommended to me by Susan Weinroth. Unfortunately, the tutorial isn't available online anymore, but I'm sure you could find one similar. I've only made 2 quilts in my lifetime and both were self-taught by following youtube videos or tutorials. The binding tutorial that I used was by Heather Bailey, but if you're like me and have never seen the concept, watch a youtube video on it first and then her instructions will make more sense.

The picture frames in the above photo are by Pottery Barn Kids and they're on sale now. I purchased all 3 sizes, and plenty of them. Then, I filled them with old dictionary pages and diecuts from the Nursery Rhyme Slice Cartridge by Making Memories.


This armoire is actually an old TV cabinet that Greg and I bought for our first apartment. We had it repainted gray and the VCR (yes, that's right) box taken out and replaced with a rod for hanging clothes. I keep her current clothes in here and the ones she'll wear later in the closet.

The dress is one of mine that my grandmother made for me when I was 3. I can't wait for Claire to be able to wear it.

This rocker is a hand-me-down from my dad's side of the family. If you could only have seen the nasty torn vinyl on it. We had it reupholstered and new cushioning added too. The fabric is a nice thick waffle-type weave and the pillow is a clearance from Pier1.

You might notice the Sassafras poster. I don't think anyone believed me 2 years ago (or was it 3?) when I saw the Life is Beautiful line at CHA and stated that I would hang this poster in my baby's room. I don't even know if I believed it myself, but the colors really did work, so we went with it!

This window overlooks the east, so there is bright sun in the morning.

The bunting was made with my leftover quilt fabric, plus a few additions. I can't say enough about the etsy seller who made it. She was wonderful to work with and did a fantastic job. She even made me a cute bib with some of the fabric. She was wonderful.

The sheers are from Restoration Hardware Kids and the rod is just a dowel painted white and Greg added an old doorknob to the end. I don't know how he did it, but he made the comment, "I could do projects like these all day long" after he was finished. So, if anyone wants a door-knob curtain rod, he's your man!





And, the most used (and abused) piece in her room...It's been peed on more than once. And just today, Greg announced that this wall was a casualty as well.

I'm officially tired so that's all I can think of posting about her room, but if you have any questions feel free to ask.

30 comments:

lisa truesdell said...

those frames? AMAZING. and the sass poster is perfect for little sassafras foster. =)

Kimber-Leigh said...

it's beautiful april :) claire will love growing up in there! and i adore the frames. they are fabulous!

shelby valadez said...

so pretty! I LOVE how you did the frames!

Michelle said...

The room is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, now get some rest. New mama's need all they can get!

Shunrai said...

This room is beautiful. I love the quilt and the frames. Thank you for sharing !

Emily Pitts said...

the room is ADORABLE! and aqua is a lovely color for a girlie :)

Kelsey said...

This is beautiful! Love every thing about it. And I'm so glad to see this girlie blue. I'm about to repaint our girls' room (currently yellow too;) blue and my hubs thinks it's crazy. That blue belongs in our boys' room, not the girls'...;)

naomi chokr said...

wow claires room is just perfect! i love it!

Kimberly said...

I have seen it in person. I think it is a lovely room. Enjoy it now while it is clean. Children have a way with their own decorating techniques! LOL

Julie said...

It looks perfectly beautiful!

emily said...

Oh my gosh, I think that is the most beautiful nursery I have ever seen. Ever. Ever ever ever. Love it. :)

Mrs Frizz said...

oh wow ... another stunning room ... fabulous bunting and those frames ... O.M.G.

Marti said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing, April!

Barb said...

Oh, April!
The nursery is beautiful!

*reyanna klein* said...

Wow! You did such an amazing job! Of course, I'm not surprised in the slightest that it's gorgeous. ;-) I so wish I could hire you to decorate my house. *sigh* You have such a great eye, April! Thanks for the ongoing inspiration! :-)

em said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE the colors on the quilt! And, I don't think blue is too boyish at all! Miri's whole room is green and aqua!

Megan said...

Eep! I'm SO excited that this post is finally here. I've been looking forward to seeing how her sweet room turned out, and you absolutely didn't disappoint. I LOVE the way everything looks. She's a lucky girl to call such a happy place home. Thank you for sharing the adorable images!

jennifer pebbles said...

It looks so beautiful April!! I love the side table, so shiny!!! :D Congrats!

Gabi said...

This room and all the rooms in your house just seep style! I love it. Gorgeous room, just perfect!!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

melanie said...

I'm totally in love with your entire house, but this room is my fave- it's perfection! The blue/aqua is stunning.

ShellyJ said...

WOW! just beautiful! ... perfect little nersery. you did a wonderful job on your quilt. I would love to see a close-up/over all of it! and where you found the tutorial too :) thanks for sharing this with all of us!

Kimberly said...

I would just want to stay in that room and never leave! It is perfection! Love every detail!
xx
Loves,
K

Keshet said...

This is gorgeous! And it really reminds me of one of your scrapbook pages--have to find the one!

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

I love it! This room is absolutely beautiful :) the quilt, frames, the colors - all of it!
Two questions: it seems the bunting etsy seller link is broken so could you tell me who the seller is?
Also, where did you get that lovely area rug?
Thanks!

Ursula said...

All I can say is, "Girl, you sho do got style!"

I love this, in every way!

Leslie Davis said...

What a lovely room. It came together just like the fabulous Studio Calico kits! ;)

jamie said...

This is the most beautiful girl's room! It's perfection. Great, fun, lively details without going overboard. I'm so impressed and inspored

Susan Weinroth said...

i dont think that i ever commented on this post, but i just wanted to say that Claire's nursery is nothing short of perfection! she is a lucky little girl :)

Cheryl said...

I love Claire's room! The aqua is perfect! I have to tell you that I fell in love with that pillow, too! It is in my stting room and my husband is not allowed to crush it!

kristin said...

April - have you mentioned the paint color of Claire's room? I know everyone's home is different (lighting, etc.) but I'm curious about the color - it's beautifully soft and classic. Please let us know - thank you!!
P.S. Your overall home decor is impeccable!