|Things get curioser and curioser!|
This is my mind on decorating, seriously!
Let's see if I can mange to start somewhere near the beginning of my fall into decorating madness. It all started innocently on a trip to Babies-R-Us the day I found out that I was having a little girl. My mom and I had already been there a couple of times, and I thought I had absolutely 100% positively picked out a crib and bedding set for either sex. For a little boy I was going with the Driftwood crib...
|What goes better with pirate's than driftwood?|
|Ships, deserted islands, monkeys...all leads to pirates!|
|See, no real Disney at all!|
|Isn't it pretty?|
On this trip to the baby store I actually was pretty much still decided on the canopy crib, but I was toying with changing my little girl's bedding to this Le Fleur set because I absolutely loved the mobile!
|Love the fluff-ball mobile and how it is tiered!|
At least I had my theme down, vintage Alice in Wonderland. This I was definitely 100% certain on. So like all normal people, I began browsing online for various Alice themed items. Actually, I originally started browsing crib bedding online since I figured if I was torn between the two at Babies-R-Us, then why not scour what else was available out there in the world. The scouring for bedding led to a friend mentioning having hand-made bedding done and maybe looking at Etsy for inspiration. Of course I thought that was a brilliant idea. So I got onto Etsy and searched "Alice in Wonderland."
One of the first items to catch my eye was this incredible teacup bookcase. You should know, I love books! And since I have already started Piper's book collection, she would most certainly be needing a bookcase in her room...so I took a closer look at said teacup bookcase. Needless to say, I fell in love with the bookcase!
|Isn't it fabulous?|
This piece, a brightly colored purple and yellow vintage side table, had all the whimsy of Alice and was just absolutely fun in its creation. How could I resist such a wonderful morsel of fantastical delight?
|Yeah, just slightly hard to resist!|
|Alice has to have a key for all those doors!|
By now you can probably see that my soft, floral, vintage Alice room had at this point begun to turn into a brightly colored Wonderland more reminiscent of the Disney version (as far as colors go). So I began to ponder my original idea. Yes I loved the vintage Lewis Carroll version with the artwork by JohnTenniel. However, I also loved the over the top world of colors sported by the Disney version, too. So a mix would be best, right? Right!
Now that I had become comfortable with my new direction for the nursery, it was on to more shopping! I had to come up with entirely new nursery furniture that would fit with my teacup bookcase and lively side table. The white canopy crib was no longer going to fit as well as it had before, and neither would the bedding. Soft colors with pale florals was not going to sit well within the walls of whimsy I was planning on creating. I decided my next task was to choose a crib and bedding set that would work with the pieces I had already purchased.
Finding the bedding was not an easy task to say the least! I wanted bright colors but nothing garish and unfeminine. I still wanted to keep the vintage feel while incorporating the whimsy. So I scoured the internet from top to bottom, side to side, all around and on every diagonal. After searching every fancy-shmancy nursery decor site out there, I finally decided on a set I found on the BabySuperMall website.
|It is absolutely perfect!|
|Just a closer-up look at the patterning.|
Once I had found the perfect bedding, I moved onto the crib. This was another painstaking task that had me running all over the net. I found some amazing cribs that were way too expensive, and I found some boring ones that were on the less expensive side...neither seemed to fit. Then I ran across one in particular that was a special edition of another crib in a very special "Hope" pink color. This Hope crib was created by the designers at Newport Cottages in conjunction with Little Crown Interiors. In addition to the specialized pink color, 10% of all sales from the crib go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. So not only was it the perfect crib, proceeds from my purchase would go to a wonderful cause. love a good win-win.
|Notice that the bedding pictured has one of my fabrics in it!|
|Side panel with fabric of your choice!|
|Personalized plaque up to 132 characters!|
Okay, so where are we on the nursery design? I've got the side table, the bookcase, the crib picked out, the bedding ensemble, oh wait, I forgot to mention the mobile that came with the bedding. Remember how I said that I loved the fluffy balls and the tiered style of the mobile with the Le Fleur bedding set? Well low and behold guess what came with the Dena Sophia bedding set? Check these two images out and tell me that the fates didn't somehow intervene on this one!
|The one on the left is the new one!|
Okay, back to where I was. Got the side table, the bookcase, the crib and bedding. Now on to the rest of the furniture! I have it all picked out, halfway paid for until it is completed, and I will be picking it up the weekend of January 18th all the way in San Antonio. I decided a ten hour each way drive would be a lot better than the hundreds of dollars it would cost to have it shipped. So, are you dying to see it or what?
First, I once again found this furniture on Etsy. Imagine that! I was once again browsing Alice inspired pieces when I came across a site called TraceysFancys. Tracey does amazing work refurbishing old vintage/antique furniture and painting it to your heart's desire. Her site is full of whimsical pieces to which I was instantly drawn. I absolutely loved her eye for design and color and knew I had to have her do a piece for me. So I began my correspondence with her to see what we could come up with. After settling on which pieces I wanted done and initial costs, we then discussed design elements. I talked with her about the nursery's theme and sent her pictures of everything I had already. What I wanted from her was a dresser and either a chest or armoire that would fit the theme and the color scheme I was now 100% invested in. And to my absolute delight, she got as excited as myself about the project and by the next day had come across a dresser and an chest/armoire that were, once again, perfect!
|French Provincial Perfection!|
|Close up of the dresser so you can see the details better.|
|Inside the chest/armoire.|
So there you have it, my last two needed pieces of furniture for the nursery. Once they were chosen, we then began the fun part of deciding what type of colors and designs I wanted them to have. In order to get the design juices flowing, Tracey had me look around and send her pictures of pieces that inspired me. I found several on her own site, of course, and I also found several pieces roaming the net in other places. While compiling these picks, I ran across a certain design element I hinted at before while talking about the fabric panel on the crib. Check out the top on this piece.
After I decided that the tops had to be the harlequin, I had to choose the colors for the rest of the pieces. I knew I wanted each piece to be unique from the other as far as color went, and I went from there. Now while I haven't 100% completed the design of the pieces, Tracey and I are waiting on a sample of my crib's paint to match up the pinks, I have narrowed my colors down.
One of the pieces, most likely the dresser, will be aqua with yellow highlights. The other piece will be lavender (most likely two different shades) with citron green highlights (sort of an apple/lime shade). The chest will have a floral style monogram "P" on each side, and somewhere we will be incorporating stripes. Here are a few pics of other pieces inspiring my pieces:
|Another one of Tracey's pieces|
|Dig the color scheme!|
|Floral monogram idea.|
So that is as far as we've really come on the pieces Tracey is working on. I do know I will also be incorporating the pink from the crib into both piece in part of the floral-like applique. As for additional design elements, once I get my crib sample in and get all my paint chips and samples mailed to Tracey, we will then brainstorm some more. Now that I have the colors chosen and a basic blueprint for what I want, I'm pretty much going to trust her with the details. From what I've seen of her work, I have no worries that she will absolutely stun me with the finished design. Cannot wait to see the finalized pieces in January!
Besides a few other decorative pieces, that about covers what I have accomplished in the nursery so far. Wait, I have decided on paint for the walls and ceiling, too. I am going with a light blue ceiling with clouds painted on it. I am most likely going with a lavender frost paint for the walls (or maybe a very light pink, still flopping around on that one) and then I have to decide on the color for the crown molding which will most likely be a darker shade of the wall color...I think. Okay, now back to the decorative pieces!
Here are the piece I have purchased so far:
|Most amazing Humpty Dumpty ever!|
I would just keep on posting photos, but I have actually run out of items purchased for the nursery! I do have a rabbit lamp that I purchase some time ago that I will be using, but I will not be posting a pick of it until I'm done redesigning the shade and possibly diddying up Mr. Rabbit, too. So you'll just have to stay tuned for that one.
So what do you think? It's going to be a pretty awesome nursery, huh? I really wanted it to be special and unique, fun and whimsical, bright and feminine and vintage and lovely. I think I'm heading in the right direction and I couldn't be happier about my choices. I have never seen an Alice inspired nursery done quite like it, and I can't wait till it is completed and I get to finally see all the pieces together at once. I know Piper will love it and her little eyes will never get bored.
On a final note, I will leave you with another Alice in Wonderland video that I just loved. Definitely check it out and when you're through please vote for me at Top Baby Blogs by clicking the banner below the video. Also feel free to follow me on Facebook. Until next time, go have some adventures for yourself!