Next is the research for do it yourself projects these things keep a large project much more in budget. You can look at many locations for DIY projects and find lots of options, but you have to select these for yourself. It’s not something someone else can find for you or tell you what is best for your design. A nursery is for you more than your baby at newborn ages cause they don’t see much more than 10 inches in front of their faces. Here is how to set up a template for curtain rods you knock holes in your walls all at the same place so they don’t look uneven and weird.
While some things are best to do yourself some things you may want to buy, I suggest using Esty.com or some site that would be similar. Apartment therapy is a good site for DIY projects or design ideas. They have a large variety of projects and a fun way of getting the information to you.
Some of the project I will be using are listed below:
http://tatertotsandjello.com/2011/02/guest-project-anthropologie-inspired.html – VINTAGE LAMP SHADE
http://www.gerberadesigns.com/triedandtrue/?p=1442 – BOOKSHELVES
www.madebygirl.com/product.php?sku=PC-04 – NAME ABCs
You’ll need to pull together your own resources and make some choices to which projects you have time for or which is better to just buy the equivalent of from a retail shop or something. Try finding some projects that you can do on the weekend not projects that will take days and days. Especially if you have a daytime job and will only be able to work on the weekends.
So after the steps to prepare I wanted to collect all my ideas in one place. I looked for fabric, lighting, decorations, wall art and furniture I would like in our nursery. I found some awesome inspiration for frame that would grow with her by adding chalkboard paint to them and since I can’t paint I wanted to paint the inside of the frames and hang them that way. The ABCs art is also neat and won’t be too hard to do. I will get some stencils and trace the different letters on cardboard and cover the cardboard with quilt padding and fabric. Then since I wanted to go with Giraffes I found some more art that I liked and would like to use on the walls.
Now onto lighting I found some do it yourself ideas using spray paint and fabric I could make the purple lamp and the white giraffe lamp shown is around 300 dollars so I will be looking for cheap alternatives to that, but i like the idea of the modern lamp.
The furniture was pretty simple I need a crib (which I already have in a dark brown wood color), a rocking chair and a small table. I am right now having an issue getting a vintage looking table with nice curves for a decent price so I may just get a more simple table. I will need to get the rug but that one will cost 120 dollars and I’m not looking to spend that much so I found another DIY t-shirt rug post in a blog and will be cutting and gather spare fabric for that may take longer but I will have a nicer and more personalized version for much less in the long run.
So here is what I have put together gathering all my ideas for the room into a style board.
The idea behind a theme is to connect the colors to a theme. Something happy and fun. I was thinking owls but they are just so old and overused in the nursery themes today, so i hunted for a while was thinking jungle in general with lots of animals. Then I thought harder and wanted it to be fun for me and my daughter, my favorite animal is the Giraffe so that’s where the idea started then I hunted some more and found that it has been used but not as whide spread as the owl is. So that’s what I picked. Some different art that inspired me to select this theme are shown below.
I like this first image for the texture given it is an image of a wall sticker that I would purchase because I rent my home I can not paint the walls and this will add well needed contrast to the dark green wall paint.
This image is more abstract using shapes to create the giraffe’s silhouette and I thought it would be purfect for a nursery but still add the touch of sophistication I am looking for.
This image just caught my eye and eye catching things are good to help encourage a babies mind to grow and learn.
Just how sweet is this? I love the fact that the mother and father are in this image helping clean and nurture the baby giraffe.
Black and white textures are timeless and infants can see contracting colors like these more than colors of the same hue.
I probably just like the lighting in this one and it is a copyrighted image from national geographic so I wouldn’t be able to use this one but it really is very cute so many down the road I could purchase it from somewhere as well.
So in conclusion this week, You should pick something dear to your heart that you won’t get tired of after 6 months, or even longer. Something from your childhood and just stick with colors. I Love this idea now I need to create a style board and add ideas to create a unique and streamlined look for my daughter’s nursery.
Welcome to my blog for the month of May, 2012. I have been looking for some inspiration for my foster daughter’s nursery. I went around and selected a color palette first. My favorite site to look through for color selection is http://www.colourlovers.com/ they have a wide variety and I can select in the browse area a hue that I am leaning more towards.
First off let’s start with the wall color. I currently rent my home and can not paint in the rooms so I need to find something to match the dark green wall color that the owners picked out when they painted the house. So I select a hue of green. Then generically most people associate pink with the female sex and I wanted to stray away from the normal with this design scheme. I like purple I think we will look and see what Colourlovers bring into light with green and purple (or as they call it violet). So far I have green and purple, now knowing that I may not be adopting this child and will have children of my own down the road I want to bring in a third color to depend on more than the purple, since it is not gender neutral, and this third color will be more of a back bone than the purple but I want it to pop a little more that the purple, so I think I’ll try yellow and see what we get.
These are a small selection of the over 30 pages the site gave me to chose from but i found one that I am leaning toward so I stopped looking and took a screen shot for you. Although the are all nice I love the top one. It does however have four colors and I only wanted three so the far left will not be used, it is more of a baby green than the walls in our baby room. The reason I like the purple and yellow in that palette over the other ones shown are that the mature tones allow for growth of our baby and allow the decor to still look nursery-like while she is an infant. I figure if I had to let someone sleep in a room with these colors they wouldn’t die from brightness even at night. LOL, but instead would calmly go to sleep or read or whatever someone growing up would need to do as they age. I’m sure she will not keep the color or decor forever but longer than just until she is 4 and wants to redecorate… that is what I would like to avoid, if at all possible (since this is my first child I will just have to find out).