I will never forget the day we found out Aria was a girl. My fertility office had called to inform us that they had the results of our Panorama (a screening test for genetic conditions in the baby’s DNA) Part of this test reveals the sex of your baby. We opted in for that because the eager beaver, planner, hate surprises me just couldn’t wait to find out. I was pretty convinced I was having a boy. So much so that I began using him/his/he.
“It’s a girl!” said our nurse. Huh!!?
Sure, I was over the moon but confused because I was so certain that my mommy instincts had it right. I quickly started to envision what she would look like, our relationship, all her cute clothes and of course the nursery. I wasn’t prepared to dive into designing until I felt a bit safer with the pregnancy and perhaps that’s why it took so long to complete.
What I did know is that I wanted her to have a room she could grow with. So I went with neutrals and subtle hints of soft pink.
I went with something white and modern. As a new mom, I had no idea that cribs could convert to toddler beds so as soon as I knew this was an option, I went for it.
Notice the plaque in the upper left corner? A bit of back-story on how that came to be. When my beloved Grandmother passed away in 2011, she left me with $1000. I kept it sealed in an envelope for years because I knew I wanted to spend it on something special. I used $500 of it on my wedding dress (I knew how much she would have wanted to be a part of that moment) and the other half I used towards our crib and change table. I made sure to bring the envelope along when we made the purchase, and I’ll never forget that total: $498.00. Yes, the wonderful woman even left me change for a decaf coffee. God love her! I want to raise Aria knowing who she was so it was important to get the plaque made. I like to think of it as Gran watching over her as she sleeps, her guardian angel.
To add a little detail to the changeable, I came across these gorgeous Handpainted Flower Knobs. A great way to spruce up any plain, boring dresser or nightstand.
I hunted everywhere for the perfect chair. Of course I wanted something that looked good, but comfort was key. I mean, this would be the chair I would most likely spend many nights stretched out in. This one reclines, swivels and glides. It’s my dream chair. Worth every penny
I fell in love with this wallpaper as soon as I saw it. It’s simple, but the sheen gives it such a feminine touch. It’s a timeless design that I knew Aria could grow into.
With space being an issue we knew a closet organizer was a must, but professional closet installation can be costly. We came across this system from Martha Stewart Living. We love the options to customize and change the pole height as she grows.
The Name Art
I had seen this done in nurseries before and loved it! I came across a great company that had just what I was looking for. I went for the plain wood letters and spray painted it soft metallic pink.
Every little girl’s room should come with a chandelier, right? RIGHT!??? I was sure that I would find the fixture I wanted, then have to spray-paint it. That is until I scored this Pink Tutu Finish chandelier. It screams little girls room, don’t you think? Check out the flower detail. It’s the icing on top.
I didn’t want window coverings with patterns but still wanted something with character. That’s why these solid pink blackout curtains were perfect! The overlay is a tulle piece of lace. It adds such elegance to the room.
To ground the room I went with this Charlenne Hand-Tufted Light Pink/Ivory Area Rug. I love how soft and airy it feels in the space. If you’re looking for a thick, durable rug that looks pretty, this is it!
I have to thank my cousin for this. She asked guests at my baby shower to give books instead of cards. Every book was inscribed with a special message for Aria. These were defiantly going to be keepsakes for her one day so I displayed using an over-the-door organizer.
I was looking at some ideas on Pinterest for baby shower backdrop pieces and came across this. It turned out so great that it may have ignited my scrapbooking skills. All you have to do to start is find a clothespin picture frame. I saw tons at HomeSense.
To girly up the room a bit, I knew I wanted to include flowers. I cut up some flower arraignments and made my own. You can either glue or stick flower pieces into styrofoam.
I needed a table next to my nursing chair but didn’t want anything too bulky. We had an old metal Ikea tables lying around, but black wasn’t going to cut. Check out what a little pink spray paint can do. Voila! It now fits the space perfectly.