Well as the proverbial saying goes, “better late than never” no? My little lady turned three not too long ago and before we swapped her crib for a big girl bed, I figured we may as well have the nursery photographed to remember it fondly and document each source. If this piques your interest, read along for the inspiration behind the decorating and where to procure every last detail.
As soon as I found out we were having a girl, visions of Ralph Lauren Home’s Matilda Ribbon Trellis danced in my head. The blush and white wallpaper print, sadly discontinued, came to be over three decades ago and chances are you or your daughter or granddaughter had this trellis treat in your room—it’s an oldie but goodie (my favorite kind!).
The white crib canopy and valance temper the pattern and were made by Atlanta Custom Draperies. The canopy covers up a window so we could have more space in the room which has been ideal and the look of it is so pleasing. The downside is that the linen fabric creases if you even look at it and with a curious pair of little hands bunching it up while attempting to get a peek out the window, I became a perpetual steamer. Now with a headboard in the place of a crib, the mischief has thankfully settled down. Under the valance on the big window are custom cut bamboo shades from Lowe’s and they’ve worked out wonderfully.
For furniture appointments, we went with a classic spindle crib from Pottery Barn (here is a similar one for just $199), a mint condition vintage Henry Link wicker dresser found on Craig’s List for $120, and a very comfortable glider bought at Huff Harrington Home. It is slipcovered in Sunbrella’s Salt performance fabric and can be popped in the washer machine which I do with regularity. Adding a little more wicker to the mix are a planter that serves as a book trough and a fun little elephant picked up in Palm Beach. The hand stitched prayer hanging above the dresser lends a layer of sentimentality as it was done by my mom and hung in my nursery and both of my sisters’ rooms as well. I had it reframed in gilt goodness found at Antiques and Beyond which gives it even more of a storied feel. Storage has never been more delightful with the scalloped baskets that hold all manner of toys and stuffed animal friends.
The lighting is as feminine as it comes with a dainty French chandelier and custom pie crust sconce from Pared. Tea parties and sticker soirees happen at the little play table and I couldn’t help zhushing these chairs with a coat of Farrow and Ball’s Lichen and cushions in this fabric. Echoing the pink and green theme are botanical prints found at Scott’s that I placed in frames with a matching matting, also purchased at the monthly antiques fair. Reciting your ABCs is best accompanied by a floral motif print from The Letter Nest, trust us. Underfoot is a budget find that won’t stain easily and feels soft enough for a sisal rug. The binding in a cream tone and the option to have a square size is nearly unheard of when it comes to ready-made rugs so I highly recommend this one if you’re in the market for something similar.
Shall we talk bedding? The crib skirt and bumper are a RH Baby & Child diamond matelasse pairing that are just as beautiful and a fraction of the cost of anything you’d have made custom. Louisa’s favorite accoutrement was her Biscuit crib sheet in their floral Truvy pattern so we made sure to include it on her big girl bed in the form of euro shams and a boudoir pillow. Schweitzer Linen’s lily of the valley embroidered shams are the perfect grown up complement—they are simply divine.
A symphony of scallops plays out with a blush Matouk pique coverlet and crisp white twill bedskirt. The headboard was made by Han’s Upholstery in my go-to washed European linen in sage with contrasting cording in this pretty Belgian linen. I have another headboard in my house upholstered with the same linen in a blue shade and can attest that it is excellent quality for the low per yard price tag. The duvet cover, duvet, and sheets are all affordable Amazon finds that are both organic and incredibly comfortable. I also bought a couple of pool noodles that act as bumpers under the fitted sheet as to thwart any middle-of-the-night falls. This trick has worked so far and eliminates the need for unsightly and expensive guard rails, thank me later.
I hope this little nursery turned bedroom tour was helpful, if you’d like an additional resource or have a burning question leave me a comment and I will get right back to you. Thanks for reading along, dears!
Odds and Ends:
Diaper Pail: The ivory color is what sold me on this model initially but it was a workhorse for over two years and that’s priceless.
Hamper: Our cute bunny hamper has been discontinued but this white wicker option that comes in a set of two is très pretty.
Little House Tote: One of the cutest children’s items I’ve ever laid eyes on!
Stroller: Countless hours have been spent strolling doll babies around in this little cart.
Bamboo Picture Frame: I have these elegant little bamboo frames all over the house, the round shape is fabulous.
Purse: The toddler “it” bag of the season.
Local Atlanta sources I use and trust:
Wallpaper Installer: John Little, 770.380.7355
Draperies: Atlanta Custom Draperies
Upholstery: Han’s Upholstery, 770.714.6444
All photography by Mary Catherine Brownfield.
Disclaimer: Crib bumpers are considered a danger to infants under the age of one.