Not that I have anything against Pottery Barn kids, because I don’t, they were the coveted nursery designer of the millennium, but this decade has broadened the horizon of home design.
With apps like Houzz and Pinterest one no longer has to wait for their catalogue to pine over a dresser they could never afford. A quick search for “girl nurseries,” brings forth an onslaught of craftily decorated berths worthy of Hollywood’s kin.
I personally love this, because I am all about unique vintage looks, and saving money.
Pinterest is full of DIY ideas. Repurposed cribs and dressers painted with Annie Sloan paint, unique knobs switched out for old boring ones, and vintage pieces purposefully transformed.
A popular trend I am seeing is uniquely themed nurseries. One I recently designed was a National Park nursery. We found some vintage prints from Yosemite and Glacier National Park on Etsy, painted an arrow wall stencil in navy, bought some grey flannel bedding and a fur blanket, threw down a funky rug form Ikea, and hung a rustic pendant found at World Market. Voila - instant Pinterest nursery on the cheap!
To do this yourself, think of something that interests you (your baby may not be old enough for a say in this). Go to Pinterest and have a look around. There are a lot of good ideas.
I always go with a statement wall (one wall that has stencil, shiplap, or reclaimed wood paneling). Then pick an interesting pendant light to hang above the crib. There are so many out there. Next pick a great rug, and do the bedding from there.
Etsy is a great site for wall décor. Make it fun, and different, and cozy (I love the shearling throw rugs from Ikea to amp up the coze factor). And have fun!
Living Huntington 'Local Voices' Contributor: Jolie Andreoni