Emmy’s Nursery Reveal

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Crib || Glider || Elephant Rocker || Chandelier || Side Table || Table Lamp || Painting (c/o Taelor Fisher Painting ||  Crib Sheets || Crib Skirt || Rug (c/o Lorena Canals) || Changing Table || Purple Knobs (multiple colors) || Changing Pad || Mirror || Pom Blanket (c/o Lorena Canals) || Bunny Knobs || Flamingo || Star Baby Chair || Cowhide Pouf || Acrylic Bookshelves || Drapes: newer version || Nursery Paint Color: Dunn Edwards Igloo

When you find out you’re having a little girl, it’s impossible not to become giddy over designing a nursery!  No offense to my friends who are having boys, but little baby girl stuff is just SO DANG CUTE.  Parker and I both really gravitate towards a mix between a modern and transitional style preference, so knew from the beginning that I wanted to keep the color scheme white, light, and bright with pops of color.

Before I dive into all the details on decor, I want to share one of the best decisions we made BEFORE beginning the nursery: setting a strict budget for ourselves.  It is really easy to get caught up in spending.  Because you are most likely accumulating goods over a period of several months, it’s easy to conveniently “forget” expenses here and there.  I was extremely diligent about tracking every penny that we spent from our big purchases like furniture to the small purchases like $5 drapery hooks.

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The crib sheets were actually the first patterned item we purchased for the nursery, so it established our color scheme by default.  Parker is the most amazing husband because he usually lets me do whatever I want when it comes to interior decor.  He rarely feels passionately about home decor, but he LOVED these sheets, so I really wanted them to be a staple piece in the room.

Originally, I had always dreamed of doing wallpaper in the nursery, and I had actually found several patterns that I loved.  What I didn’t realize is how expensive wallpaper is! Parker and I are unsure how many more years we will spend in this house, and I hated to think that I would end up spending several hundred dollars on wallpaper that we would only enjoy for a short period of time.

I decided that finding a piece of beautiful, abstract artwork would be a much more practical decision because we could move it to another home but also it could also be used in a room other than a nursery at some point. The problem?  We already had our hearts set on the crib sheets, and it was proving very difficult to find something that matched our color palette.dallas lifestyle blogger, maternity photography, dallas maternity photographer, pregnancy pictures, Lauren Barger photography, Taelor Fisher painting

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Thankfully, my sweet friend and former co-worker Taelor Fisher came to the rescue! I reached out to her because I have followed her work on Instagram and absolutely love her style.  She was so excited to partner with me to design an original piece of artwork for the nursery that would fit our color scheme, room dimensions, and overall style aesthetic perfectly! If you are in the market for a commissioned piece of artwork, I can’t recommend her enough.  I sent her several pictures of work she had previously completed that I loved and the bedsheets so she could perfectly color match.  She created a few “mock ups” that I was able to tweak, then personally delivered it to my house for final approval.  It is hands down my favorite part of the nursery! If you are interested in information regarding commissioned artwork, click here for more details.

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I wanted to break up the whites with some touches of grey.  I decided on a grey changing pad, glider, rug, and baby blanket.  My friends at  Lorena Canals reached out to me and wanted to help style my nursery by gifting me a few pieces from their collection.  I selected the grey Lace Ice rug because I loved the neutral color with the feminine touch of lace detailing.  I mean, I am having a girl after all so I can stray just a little bit from the simple, modern theme, right?!  One of the biggest perks about the Lorena Canals rugs is they are machine washable.  Yes, I said it, MACHINE WASHABLE.  No need to spend tons of money on dry cleaning, or let’s be honest, just ignoring the grit and grime altogether.  Not to mention, they are natural and do not include any VOCs like more carpets and rugs.  Word on the street is that mom life is stressful, chaotic, and defined by sleep deprivation.  I need products that make my life easier and allow me to catch the occasional shut eye when I can! Health and safety is our biggest priority, so it gives me so much comfort to know that we can eliminate germs and chemicals in her nursery as much as possible.

And the same goes with the bubbly light grey baby blanket– not only is it precious and completely gender neutral, but it is also machine washable and non-toxic. It also comes in several colors (green, blue, and pink), so you could purchase this as a shower gift for one of your pregnant girlfriends!  Because it is crafted of durable cotton fabric, I plan on using mine for playtime and tummy time on the floor! So many of the baby blankets that I have received for gifts are dry clean only, so this will be my selection for everyday use.  As you all know, we have two big, heavy-shedding dogs, so I plan on just throwing the blanket in the washing machine after every few uses.

In my opinion, both of these products are reasonably priced, considering their high quality and extreme safety measures that Lorena Canals ensures for each of their products.  The grey Lace Ice rug in particular is something that could easily transition to another room in the home, so I fully expect to get several years of use out of this product!

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Of course, there were several other pieces that we “splurged” a bit on as well, like the gorgeous chandelier that I literally could not live without 🙂 But like I mentioned earlier, we were operating on a budget, so I wanted to share a few creative ways that we saved money along the way.  We definitely recycled some furniture from other rooms in our home and DIY’d a few projects ourselves:

1. Side Table: This was our old side table in the master bedroom, but we needed one with more storage components. So we just moved it to the nursery.  That’s a perk of using white furniture- you can shop from lots of different retailers OR refuse stuff you own!

2. Mirror: We have owned this mirror for 5 years, and it has taken up residence in our living room, master bedroom, and now nursery. We bought a floor length mirror for our master, so decided to recycle it in the nursery.

3. Changing Table: We purchased this inexpensive, basic white dresser from IKEA because we didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that would probably get used and abused over time.  We decided to purchase new knobs to dress it up a bit!

4. Curtains: I purchased 3 different curtain patterns, and I just didn’t love any of them.  We decided to just take the plain white curtains from our study and use them in the nursery to save money.  We spent a Saturday afternoon DIY’ing them into blackout curtains using the following products: drapery hooks, blackout panels, and Velcro (Note: I have to give full credit to Parker- it was totally his creation!)

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We truly couldn’t love this room more, and the only thing missing is baby Emmy!

Love, Erin

Thank you Lauren Barger Photography for capturing such beautiful images of Emmy’s nursery.  I will treasure them forever! 

Links to Other Pregnancy Posts:

Pregnancy Announcement

Baby Registry

2nd Miscarriage

Diaper Bag + 34 Week Bumpdate

3 Comments

  1. GeeVee February 19, 2018 / 06:00

    Love love Emmy’s Nursery! Great job….

  2. Kathleen Albrecht March 1, 2018 / 18:16

    My darling Godson and sweet Erin, just yesterday Phil’s Daddy came to ‘fancy ‘doublewide’ we occupied at ranch at the time and announced Mike called Parker had arrived! So thrilled love you Aunt Kathy

  3. Alex March 13, 2018 / 03:08

    Hi! i am obsessed with this nursery! i love the chair and rug! just wondering on colors – what color/fabric is the chair and does it match the rug in grey? the rug looks much darker on the website but it looks fairly light grey in your nursery! thanks so much!

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