Soft and Sweet Nursery Furnishings

Decorating is all about layering-doesn’t matter if its a castle or a nursery. You start with a blank canvas, then slowly add colors and textures until you have achieved your desired effect. Along with paint and wallpaper and furniture, the baby nursery décor wouldn’t be complete without soft goods- draperies, sheets and pillows and a blanket or two.

Mural and QuiltI put together this flannel quilt with fabrics I chose from the vast selection at Joanns. Who knew that black and white nursery prints were a thing?!

Black and white quilt fabric.JPGThere were so many to choose from, I had a difficult time deciding.

Arrow quilt fabricBut, in keeping with the overall woodland theme, I went for the same types of fabrics-

Dream Big little one fabrictrees and mountains and leaves and baby animals-along with a few inspirational quotes for the baby-to-be.

Follow your dreams quilt fabricAll in black and white and framed in graphic black and gray buffalo check.

Black and white quilt frontThis soft flannel quilt is not hand stitched-at this point in my life I have neither the patience nor the inclination to produce that type of quilting masterpiece. Instead, it is machine stitched and machine washable-perfect for a typical messy baby : )

When I create these types of quilts, I just lay all the pieces out in whatever pleasing pattern seems to work. I often utilize the very scientific “squint test”: place everything, then stand back and squint- this blurs the prints but gives you an overall sense of the balance of colors. Then I cut. The stitching is fairly simple: the squares are first stitched to the borders, then filling and backing is added. If you can sew a straight line, you can create a quilt like this in just a few short hours.  Along with the mountain mural, it adds another layer of interest to the room.

Along with the quilt, I crafted one of these fleece blankets- you see them everywhere, and they are absolutely the simplest thing in the world to make!

Black and white fleece throwTwo pieces of fleece, any size, back to back. Cut squares into the corners, cut along the edge in 1-2 inch increments all the way around. The wider the cut, the fatter the fringe. The deeper the cut, the longer the fringe. Then you just tie knots to attach front to back. Warm and soft and very cute-and also machine washable!

My daughter chose these sweet pin-dot black out panels from Target.

Mural and CribEven though they are white, they do a nice job of blocking out the late afternoon sun that beams into the nursery. Pillows-the graphic one from Ikea, the Arbra pillow from some quilt fabric scraps I had left over.

Arbra Pillow

That one’s from me (I’ll explain later : ) Moving on to the next project! Still waiting for baby to arrive : ) xoxo Susan

Gonna Build a Mountain…

For the past few weeks, we have been converting a small study/office at my expectant daughter’s home into a nursery for our newest (soon to be born) grandson. When she first mentioned that her chosen color scheme was simply black and white, I have to admit I was a wee bit skeptical. However, as the nursery has taken shape, it has proven to be the perfect choice for a baby boy’s room! All of the walls were painted in Benjamin Moore “Wedding Veil White” eggshell finish.

Wedding Veil White Benjamin Moore

This color is a smoky white that is a neutral backdrop for all of the black and gray accents. First up-the mountains. We created the expansive mountain mural on the largest wall, essentially the length of the entire room, using different shades of Behr and Benjamin Moore paints. This isn’t really difficult, just time-consuming. AND, your taping and measuring needs to be pretty exact to create the crisp, clean lines of the mountain range-the key is to work in layers. Here is the before (well, not exactly-we had pretty much cleaned it out-we just had to remove the dog : )

Baby nursery dogThe first step was to decide on the scope and scale of the mountains, then tape them off. There is no right or wrong here-the only thing I did measure was the angle of the mountain tops to keep them in some sort of symmetry.

Once I finished taping them, I marked the lines with pencil, then peeled the tape back so that I could paint the sky above the peaks to match the rest of the walls. Everything required two coats, so there was a lot of watching paint dry-literally.

Mountain Mural Pulling Tape BackOnce the sky was dry, we started with the light colored mountains, then layered the darker ones on top as we built the range. There was quite a bit of taping and re-taping as we went along. Just remember that the paint needs to dry and cure before you re-tape over it-otherwise it will peel right off with the tape!

Mountain Mural Progress.JPGOnce the range was in place, we added a couple of snow-caps for contrast using zig-zag Frog painting tape.

Mountain Snow Caps.JPGThere are loads of DIY mountain range tutorials on Pinterest that have simple instructions to follow-once we got started, we just sort of winged it until the range was completed to our liking. And then finally, we added the sky. My intention was to cut out stencils of the moon and the stars to paint onto the sky, but my daughter had other (simpler) ideas. A quick search on Amazon revealed the perfect inexpensive cutouts- a quick click of the button and they were on her doorstep the next day! As we added them one by one, it literally just came to life and completed the look of the mountain range under a dreamy night sky.Mountains and Stars.jpg

Full Mountain RangeOnce that was completed, we re-assembled the gray Pottery Barn Kids crib that was once my grandson’s-now a 3-year-old who sleeps in his “big boy” bed!

Mural and CribThis lucky little baby will be “sleeping under the stars” every night in his new nursery. We can’t wait to meet him! In the meantime, more DIY Black and White Nursery ideas to follow. Have a (hopefully where you are) sunny Sunday everyone! xoxo Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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