Evelyn’s Pink Paris-Inspired Nursery
Last week, I started putting away more of Evelyn’s “baby stuff” from the nursery.
I know it’s totally cliche to say that the first year goes by fast, but it’s true! All that baby gear; the boppys and the bumbos…they only get used for so long before it’s time to put them away in storage until the next one comes along!
Which is exactly what I did last weekend when I took the changing pad off the dresser and passed it on to my sister-in-law for her little one. Evelyn was just too big for it anymore. So I thought I’d share a few pictures of the Evelyn’s nursery before it gets totally dismantled and turned into a toddler room.
Nearly a year and a half ago, when we found out we were having a girl, it was time to get serious about decorating the nursery. I knew I wanted it to be girly, but beyond that, I had no clue what to do. Pink, most likely. But classic. Flowers, yes, lots of flowers. And delicate touches were a must. I had pinned so many pink nursery pictures, I didn’t know where to start.
It finally all came together when one day we were antiquing along Omaha’s Leavenworth Street. We stopped into McMillan’s Antiques and I instantly fell in love with a 1950’s dresser that had been repainted a whitewash gray and fitted with French provincial drawer pulls. From there, the pink Paris theme was born.
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We chose Sherwin William’s Charming Pink for the walls. It’s the perfect light and delicate pink that I feel does not at all overwhelm the room.
The crib is a more affordable variation on this Pottery Barn beauty, which we bought from a local store here in Omaha.
One of my splurges for the room was this rose mobile. I literally agonized for months on whether or not it was worth the price tag. I finally gave in and I’m so glad I did! It adds great color and depth to the room.
I painted an assortment of frames from Home Goods to match each other, and then scoured the internet for just the right Paris garden prints, with a few of Evelyn’s newborn photos mixed in. The floral ‘E’ was made myself, inspired by this one online.
Dresser: McMillan’s Antiques // Changing Pad Cover // Rectangular Frames: Home Goods // Oval Frame: Hobby Lobby // Floral E: handmade (tutorial here) // Hamper // Angelcare Monitor (if I had to recommend any one baby item, this would be it. So much peace of mind in one little box.)
I also had a heck of a time deciding on an end table. In the end, I chose to buy a pair of simple off-white side tables from Wayfair, because I loved the first one so much and they were so reasonably priced!
I received this guardian angel frame from my Great Aunt Helen and put a photo of a young me and my own mom inside. Since Evelyn will never get to meet her Grandma Donna (at least on this earth), it’s a way to always have a little piece of her with us.
And finally, after months and months of procrastination, we finally got Evelyn’s floating bookshelves hung. Matt made them himself shortly before Evelyn was born, but for some reason we kept neglecting to actually hang them!
After a long wait, all of Evelyn’s books from her travels now have a proper home. While Matt cut pieces of crown molding to put these together, you can get a similar look using vinyl rain gutters (our inspiration!).
Evelyn’s nursery has been and will always be a calming place in our home. Sure, we’ve spent many stressful and restless nights in there, but also many quiet nights rocking our little girl to sleep. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to repaint those walls; it will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Have your travels inspired any decor trends in your own home?