Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Serenity's Storybook Nursery

I'm feeling a need to post more about Serenity's nursery, because it's about to change drastically with the arrival of a new sibling in May!  So here are the details of her nursery that I created just for her.  I already posted about her storybook art that I made here.  Here are the rest of the ways I decorated her original nursery.

Here's a pic of me with the storybook art at about 6 or 7 months... yeah, pretty sure I already look this pregnant this time at more like 4 months...
My dad and I built this bookshelf, inspired by a Pottery Barn shelf.  We decided to make our own for two reasons, first of all I needed color anywhere I could get it in this room, and I couldn't justify paying 100 dollars for Pottery Barns shelf when I would have to paint it immediately.  And then we just like building things together. =) Plus, we made ours bigger! I used it to hold lots of storybooks, especially those I thought we wouldn't read until she was older, and those that were too big to fit on her regular bookshelf.  I will try to post plans for that shelf if anyone is interested in how we made it!  Just a quick note, I find the biggest shelf by far the most useful, having room to face out all the odd size books really help!  Also note that my sister got me lots of great vintage Raggedy Ann books that were just adorable for this.

The big blue rocking chair was my major baby purchase, and worth every penny as I slept there way more often than I should have.  It also added some nice color, and I made an Irish Chain quilt with my mother to give it even more!  My Mom appliqued all the butterflies, and I used a rainbow of colors.  Ok, rainbow minus orange.  I have my quirks.
I debated the pattern for this quilt FOREVER but decided on the chain because it made me think of rainbows =)

We had this brown bookcase that was a nice color to go with the crib that we inherited from my sister.  I added the colorful baskets that worked great for storing all her clothes.  Yeah, no hanging tiny baby clothes, I'm way too lazy for that.  Stuff them in the baskets, occasionally consider folding... and that does it.

The bumper is a pottery barn alphabet one that I begged my sister-in-law Kelly to send me when my nephew was done with it, as the letters and colors were just perfect for my plan.  =) 


  1. I would love to know how you made that hanging bookself. I would love one in each of my kids rooms!!! Thank u, Brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  2. i saw this on the 'saturday soiree, i would also love to know how you made the shelf!

  3. Ok, the new post for the shelf plan is up!

  4. You did a beautiful job! You have one lucky baby. Thanks for linking-