Emma’s Sweet and Girly Nursery

When Mama Say What?! mama Samantha found out that her little bundle-to-be was a little girl, she knew pink was the color for her. She and her husband decorated this beautiful nursery for their precious baby girl. This nursery even made a move from their apartment to a new house they purchased. What a sweet and girly nursery for little Emma!

When you found out you were having a girl, how did you decide what “theme” you wanted to go with for her nursery? 

I wanted something pink, bottom line, no question about it! It took me forever to finally decide on exactly how I wanted it – I basically searched all over the internet for the “perfect” bedding — something cute that could “grow” with her, but not over-the-top and budget-friendly.

How did you make it all come together? Inspiration boards, all in your head?

This was before Pinterest, so I had everything saved on my computer. I constantly made up little “inspiration” boards of my ideas to see how well things would coordinate together. I had so many different thoughts and designs before I finally decided on this one.

What were your main colors?

Pink. I knew I wanted pink, and then when I found the bedding, I pulled out the browns and tans for the coordinating pieces — fabric bins, wall décor, etc. We lived in an apartment, so we knew we wouldn’t be able to paint the walls, so the only way to bring in color for her room was from the bedding and décor. Now that we’re in our own home, we decided on a rich brown wall color. Her room has a nice big window that lets in a lot of light, so we could get by with a darker color on the walls. It makes her crib and bedding really pop.

Where did you find most of the items in the room?

I made a majority of the décor myself or re-used different things from around the house that we already had. We didn’t have to purchase much ourselves.

The bedding, crib, the name canvas by the door, a few of the cutesy frames and cubicals were all gifts.

The changing table and glider are items we borrowed from my brother-in-law and his wife.

We did purchase the curtains ($28 for the pair at Walmart) and the cute little lamp ($10 on clearance at Kmart) that is on her cubical used as a night light, letters for above her crib ($8 total from Pat Catan’s Craft Store) and the flower to hold photos above her rocking chair ($5.99 at TJ Maxx) but they didn’t break the bank!

I made the tie-backs for the curtains, the hanging ceiling mobile, the crib mobile (just the flowers, I used an existing mobile that we received as a gift and replaced the little animals that came with it), and the wall prints above her changing table (I already had the frames leftover from our wedding signage).

As for the princess tent, we just added that in a couple months ago. We got that on clearance at Kohl’s and plan on putting it in our basement in the future – we’re hoping to finish it with a playroom for the kiddos at some point in the future.

Were you on a budget?

We weren’t necessarily on a budget, but we also knew we weren’t going to spend A LOT on the room. We didn’t NEED a fancy room – we wanted something that would look cute and that she could enjoy, but breaking the bank to do so wasn’t worth it to us. I’m a bargain shopper; I shop around for the lowest prices and best deals. I live in the clearance sections!

Any tips for mamas on how to make their dream nursery come to reality?

Have a general idea of what you want the overall room to look like BEFORE you start buying! It saves you a bit of time and money.

If you can DIY it, definitely do! The ceiling mobile was something I saw in Babies ‘R Us that I loved. They had a different design but I liked the general idea. I wasn’t about to spend what they were asking for it, so I found out I could easily make my own for much less!

And always check the clearance sections! You may be able to find wonderful coordinating pieces for much less there!

What does Emma (or you) love most about her room?

Emma loves her princess tent! Haha – she loves hiding in there when it’s time for a diaper change, and jumping out at me yelling, “Boo!” She also likes trying to fit daddy and me in there with her sometimes – it’s a tight squeeze, that’s for sure, but if it makes her happy, we don’t have a problem with it!

Another thing she likes is the pictures of us on her wall — she’ll walk in her room and point to the pictures saying, “mama,” or “daddy.”

I personally love all of the DIY touches I was able to add to the room. It makes it unique and special because of the time and thought I put into it all for her.

Did your husband give any “input” on the room?

I made sure to ask his opinion on everything as we went along. It was usually followed by a response of, “that’s nice.” He would tell me if he didn’t like something, though.

When we were picking out bedding, I liked a set that had birds on it, but birds “creep him out” so we chose something different.

He liked to be involved, but considering the room was for a girl, he also mostly trusted my choices. We did choose the paint color together, and he painted the room not too long ago and is so proud of how it all came together now that everything is hung up on the walls and complete.

Now he says that once our little boy comes, he definitely wants to have more input!

One Response to Emma’s Sweet and Girly Nursery

  1. I love the princess tent!!

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