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Caroline’s Bold & Girly Nursery

A looooong while ago, I promised a post about my daughter’s nursery. If you are a new reader, you may be surprised to know that this business began with my love of design. I then fell in love with photography. Now I merge the two. Love of color + love of photography= neat imagery! So here we are.  Over a year since the concept came to me in a dream (as most of my good ideas do) and here I am. Finally posting some nursery pictures!!! I love her room. I spend a lot of time in there every day and each day, the hard work that went into it seems worth it. I hope she enjoys it as she grows up. We won’t live here forever, but long enough to make the project worthwhile. Here it is!


above shot is as you walk in the door…

•walls stenciled by me, in a color I mixed for the perfect shade of pink
•curtains off eBay, pottery barn teen linen panels 70% off! I attached black ribbon to make them a little fancier to match the accents
•just wish I could get rid of that awful fan, but in TX, they are a must. esp. with the reduced incidence of SIDS
•kicking myself for leaving her white sheetsaver on the crib when I took the photos…could have photoshopped them out, but don’t have the time!

I don’t believe in changing tables. I like grow-with-you furniture.

•dresser IKEA, replaced knobs. Knobs from hobby lobby, 50% off
•lampshades from homegoods, sewed the embellishments & hand made the flowers for sass
•frames from homegoods (major score–marked $100. got for $10 each!) inside, the pink is the same fabric as her dust ruffle on the crib & the prints are scanned & photoshopped images from our fave book-guess how much I love you.
•chair is IKEA, I sewed the slip cover. Fabric was three throws I got for $10 in the clearance section of marshalls. All the polka dots are embroidered!
•woven basket houses my Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapering system
•grey walls are Mt. Rainier by Ralph Lauren

Every girl needs an armoire!

•armoire used to serve as our pantry in Omaha! WOAH for re-purposing! The glass is lined with the same fabric as the chair slip cover. inside are black & white polka dot bins!
•wall frames were collected from discount stores, and spray painted black. mats are cheapest at hobby lobby, just FYI. 11×14 were $7, vs the $55 Michael’s quoted me!

Princess quarters! Caroline loves staring at the high contrast damask pattern on the walls!!!

•bumper was $4.97 (orig $100!) from the pottery barn outlet!!! SCORE! It’s the “callie” line with contrast diamond pattern stitching. The bows were too small, so I sewed on bigger ones.
•sheet was a PB outlet score as well.
•sewed the dust ruffle, which is a wavy pattern of light magenta on magenta.
•wall frames are of prints from piggies & paws–very special. a fairy & butterfly made from her 6 week hand & foot prints!
•and the beautiful mobile! More on that…

Custom mobile from the incredibly talented Irma with Gifts Define. She makes the MOST ADORABLE children’s room decor! We picked the animals & she made them to match! The ribbon at the top is the same ribbon on her curtains!

And Lastly…I stumbled upon the Design Your Own Bed tool on the Pottery Barn Teen Website & was tickled to find some big girl bedding to match the room. I decided to mix & match some of it with the polka dot sheeting she has now (also available as regular sized bedding). Caroline’s crib turns into a Full size bed, so the plan is to use the pink & white bedding you see below with the polka dot sheeting above (in pink & white). I also ordered an extra set of the polka dot sheets so I can sew a custom toddler sized duvet for her transitional bedding. I know I have seen the pink quilt & puff shams @ the PB outlet so I am going to keep my eyes open for those.

This having a girl thing is just a wee bit fun!!!!

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  • Rachael - Ooooh I love it! Everything turned out beautiful, especially the damask on the walls!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Oh good golly, this is precious!
    So really random, we met at the Botanical Gardens… I’m friends w/ Erin B. Then I saw you post on Rockin’ Green’s FB page and recognized your name. And then I stuumbled onto your blog and am so glad I did!! You are quite talented :)ReplyCancel

  • A. - LOVE LOVE LOVE your room! I saw it on spearmint baby and I was wondering where you got the stencils?ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - Rachael–thanks!
    Lauren–I certainly remember you! Would love to hear your opinion on RnG!
    A.–I cant recommend the place where the stencil came from. I don’t want to publicly bash their business, but after 15+ unreturned phone calls (product arrived 2 months after I ordered, and was substantially damaged) I must say they are terrible business people. I will recommend Jan Dressler & Melanie Royals. Both have stencil design shops & run them professionally. Thanks for the blog love!ReplyCancel

  • Vickie - Just lovely! Love the colors and especially the pink! Wondering where you got that crib..?ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - Thank you Vickie! The crib is from Babies R’ Us.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - I’m in love with what you did!!! I really wish I stumbled on your website before I finished my room… :)ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - I love her nursery. So cute. Did you stencil each of the damask on the wall?ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I did! I used a large production stencil with three medallions per sheet.ReplyCancel

  • Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com - did you take these w/ your 28mm?ReplyCancel

  • Lydia - Hi. I’m new to your blog, I found you when I was looking for stenciled walls for my baby girls room. I love what you did to this room, it looks amazing.

    I never stenciled before and was wondering if you mind sharing any tips you learned. I’m afraid the paint is going to leak through the stencil. Did you use spray paint instead? Would really love to hear back from you.

    Love your blog and all the beautiful work you do. You’re awesome.ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - Thank you! I used the dry brush technique. Too much paint will always seep under the stencil. Use a little & tap tap tap. That’s the trick! Good luck!ReplyCancel

      • Lydia - Shawna,
        I REALLY like the design of the stencil you used and I ordered it from the company you used a month ago, left them messages and emails and haven’t herd back.
        I really wanted to finish my baby’s room before my baby girl arrives and her due date is coming up fast.

        If it’s at all possible, I would love to buy the stencil from you if you still have it.ReplyCancel

        • -shawna- - Lydia–the EXACT same thing happened to me. I would not ever recommend purchasing anything from Royal Design Studio. I ordered one, then a second large production stencil and neither came for THREE MONTHS. Then arrived smashed in the box, bent in half. I did some TLC on them to get them to work, but after a dozen unreturned phone calls, another dozen unreturned emails, I canceled my credit charges from them and never heard a thing. Royal Design Studio does bad bad business.

          & I appreciate your interest, but because we are a military family & we will be moving in three years, I have to hang on to it in case caroline would like another wall like her pretty walls in the next house. You might try this company instead: http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/wall-stencils-damask-stencils.html. Good Luck!ReplyCancel

      • Lydia - Thank you so much for a reply. I understand, I would keep mine as well :) but had to ask.ReplyCancel

        • -shawna- - you don’t get what you don’t ask for! it never hurts!! :) good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Which curtains are off ebay (and what store) and which ones are the linen ones from the PB oulet? Are they blackout? I need new curtains for my daughters nursery…they ones I have just aren’t working out for us. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - the curtains in the nursery are PB linen off ebay years ago. I attached blackout fabric behind them. :)ReplyCancel

      • Katie - Where did you find the hot pink blackout fabric? Did you use a double rod? Thanks :)ReplyCancel

        • -shawna- - the blackout fabric is not pink–the curtains came with pink bands on the edge. I added the black stripe. I rigged the clips on the curtains…I should do a blog post on them They need a picture to describe. Short answer: I used clip rings & used the clips to hold up the blackout fabric & the curtains had their own hangars that I hooked through a small ring that I added to the clip rings. I’ll show…soon!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Which curtains are off ebay (and what brand/store) and which ones are the linen ones from the PB oulet? Are they blackout? I need new curtains for my daughters nursery…they ones I have just aren’t working out for us. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - My sister-in-law stumbled across your blog, and I am so glad she did! I LOVE this nursery, and your other baby links! I am doing something very similiar for my little girl due in early October:) Where did you get the black wicker hamper/basket on the side of her dresser? I am having a hard time finding one. Also, did you buy/order her bobby cover or did you make it yourself? Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - Her hamper is from homegoods, it was brown & I added some black spray paint to darken it a bit! I am not sure what you mean by “bobby cover.” Can you clarify?? :) If you are talking about the boppy–it’s by amy coe!ReplyCancel

  • E. - Hi Shawna- I love your blog, especially the baby food section. I was wondering if you liked breastfeeding in the IKEA chair. I am also considering this chair for my nursery (little one expected in 7 weeks) but was concerned the chair might be too low/uncomfortable for breastfeeding. I would love to know how it worked out for you! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I did! I bf’ed all the time in the poang. I LOVE that chair!ReplyCancel

      • E. - thanks so much for replying! i am super tall so the high back of the poang is appealing! now if i can only figure out how to cover it with a cute pattern like you…!ReplyCancel

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