Georgia’s Shabby Chic Nursery
Wait until you get a glimpse at this stunning nursery that Mama Say What?! mama Sarah put together for her beautiful little girl, Georgia.
This amazing nursery— complete with chandelier, chaise lounge and gorgeous hand-painted tree —would be a dream come true for any little girl.
I absolutely love every detail on this nursery, and I know you will too!
When you found out you were having a girl, how did you decide what “theme” you wanted to go with for her nursery?
When I found out I was having a girl, I knew the fun could begin! From the very beginning of my pregnancy, all I could look at was girl nurseries. I had a million ideas swirling around in my head, but I always came back to a shabby chic type of feel. I wanted something calming but fun, cute but not babyish. I had a classic shabby chic feel in my head but I knew that I couldn’t spend a million dollars either, so I put my spin on “shabby chic.”
How did you make it all come together? Inspiration boards, all in your head or another way?
I am very much a person that puts everything together in her head. Even for my wedding, I didn’t have any pictures of what I wanted it to be, it was all in my head. I can visualize things very easily. The nursery was no different. I knew what I wanted, including colors and accessories.
We were lucky enough to be living in a house that had two master bedrooms, which means her room was huge! I knew placement of the furniture would be simple enough since we had so much space.
The first step was picking the color for her walls. Her room had gorgeous white casing and doors with two large windows so I knew I wanted something light and airy. I debated for a short while between a Tiffany blue and a baby pink, but pink won. I was having a girl after all, and couldn’t resist the pink on the walls!
Next, I decided on furniture. We wanted a crib, a dresser, a chair and a shelf. We chose to get a shelf rather than a changing table so I could use it for storage and it would grow with her, which was the purpose of the whole room. We just put a changing pad on the shelf and it was perfect! The debate was then if we wanted light or dark furniture. I let my husband, Brandon, pick. He chose dark. Lucky for him that’s what I was secretly hoping for… and then we went shopping!
The hardest part probably was picking the accessories for the room. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted but I just needed to find it all.
I knew I needed some glass containers for her bows and headbands, I wanted lettering to spell her name, a ballerina costume and a picture on her dresser. I had a picture to hang over her dresser and we put a TV over her shelf (for all those late-night feedings).
For me, it was a matter of looking around and things just jumped out at me and I knew they’d be perfect. I actually found all of the accessories within about a week of each other.
Lastly, we needed to decide what to do on the wall where we were putting the chaise. It was a large, empty wall and it needed something to jazz it up.
And then I saw it! The branch! I came across a beautiful wall painting of a simple tree with small branches that had flowers on it. The flowers were fake flowers that had been pinned to the wall.
I knew I had to re-create it. My mom and I free-hand painted the tree on the wall and attached flowers to it. To this day it is one of my favorite elements of the room.
Once we found everything we slowly started putting it all together. I didn’t complete the room until two weeks before I gave birth. It was so important to me to have her room just right!
What were your main colors?
I wanted to keep the scheme very simple. Our main colors were pink, brown and white. It’s a classic color pallet.
Where did you find most of the items in the room?
I found items all over! Mostly places like Ikea and Michaels. Her crib was purchased online at www.csnbaby.com. It was an amazing deal, and surprisingly it wasn’t a crazy amount to ship to Canada. We bought it when they had a 20% off sale to save us some money, so that ended up covering the shipping.
Our dresser was purchased at Ikea. It is the Hemnes 8-drawer Dresser and it is the perfect dresser for a baby! It has a ton of room in all the drawers and we got it for $100 off.
The shelf was also from Ikea. We put little baskets in the top of it to store toys, diapers and diaper changing products. The bottom stored her books and a picture frame with a picture of her from the day she was born and her hospital bracelet.
The chaise was from, you guessed it, Ikea. The chaise we have, with the one arm, is no longer available. It is now sold with no arms. I do have to say though, the arm is one of the best parts. I was able to rest my arm on it when I was feeding Georgia. The chaise is so comfortable and I could easily sleep in it. We chose to get a chaise rather than a glider or a rocking chair because I wanted something I could lay down on fully. Another great feature —the cover comes off and is machine washable. I can’t even begin to tell you the spills we’ve had on this chaise and it still looks brand new thanks to that!
All of the accessories were found in random stores whenever I could find them. I found the lettering for her name at Michaels, the glass jars for her headbands and the picture frame at Home Sense and the high heels on her dresser were actually a gift from a friend.
The flower picture above her dresser was from Ikea, I had bought it years ago when we first moved in together. The curtains were purchased from Ikea for $30 for both panels— they were a great price. I don’t believe they sell them any longer, but the drapes at Ikea are amazing for this type of project. We are actually in the process right now of up-cycling them for Georgia’s big girl room.
The chandelier was from Ikea as well, (this might just be an Ikea room!) I loved the girly element it added to the room. I do warn though, it hangs quite low so if you or your husband are tall, keep your eyes peeled.
Her last accessory was the ballerina outfit. We bought a pettiskirt with a ruffled shirt to hang above her crib on eBay for only $25. She is now big enough to wear it and looks super cute in it, I must say!
The tissue paper poms in the corner, I bought at Michaels. They are a Martha Stewart kit, but they could easily be made with tissue paper from the store. We hung them with clear tacks and clear fishing wire so it looked like they were floating. The fuzzy rug was from eBay, great purchase at only $10. It is so soft and really tied the whole room together; it was the anchor.
The last thing we bought was the bedding. We bought the CoCaLo Daniella Nine-Piece Crib Bedding Set. The colors and design were absolutely perfect. The sheet for the bed has little flowers and branches on it just like her wall piece! We loved it from the moment we saw it!
When I look back there weren’t a ton of “items” in the room, but they all played an important role in bringing the room together.
Were you on a budget?
I wouldn’t say I was on a budget, but we did try to keep costs down. We bought things when they were on sale and bought alternatives to some of the more expensive stuff that’s out there. It’s all about getting the look you want for a fraction of the cost.
Any tips for mamas on how to make their dream nursery come to reality?
First, create a vision. There are so many different ideas out there that you could drive yourself crazy by trying to pick just one. Go with your gut! Your mama instincts will lead you to your ultimate vision. Pick your colors and the general idea of items you’d like in the room and don’t stray.
Next, create a budget. We didn’t have a specific budget, like I mentioned, but we did say things like, “I don’t want to spend more than $350 on a crib,” etc. That helped keep us in check. You could easily spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on a nursery.
Lastly, enlist some help! We had help from my mom to put together the furniture, friends of mine helped paint and my husband and I did the final touches. Without the collective effort, it would have been way more work.
Did your husband give any input on the room?
He absolutely did! He loved giving his opinions and I was more than happy to take them. Brandon seems to have a bit of an eye. He actually picked her bedding and most of her headbands. He wanted a little miss, and when we found out we were having a girl he was ecstatic, so he was very involved and I loved it.
What does Gia (or you) love most about her room?
Georgia’s favorite part was the chaise and the books on the bottom of her shelf. When she became mobile she was always crawling to the books and bringing them to me to read to her.
We spent hours upon hours on that chair. She learned how to turn the pages of a book on that chair, she learned how to hold her own bottle there, she learned how to clap her hands there. It was her own little learning nook under her tree. Because of all that, that chair was my favorite part of the room too. So many things were learned there, so many special moments. There was laughter and tears in that chair under the tree, there were hard nights and easy nights, frustration and sadness, happiness and joy.
We’ve since moved and I miss her nursery every day. It was where I brought Georgia home and where I watched her little chest move up and down all night when she was sick to make sure she was okay.
I will forever miss that reading tree and am seriously considering doing one in her big girl room to have as a secret little hide-a-way for my most precious Georgia!