Name: Aimee, 7 Months
Location: Alexandria, VA

Not too long after we found out we were having a baby, I did what most moms-to-be do and started planning the nursery. By the time we found out we were having a girl, I had completed countless hours of “research” on the web and had a few basic ideas: 1) I wanted the room to pretty and girly without being over the top (i.e. not a ton of pink); 2) I wanted the room color to be something that could potentially be used with a boy in case future baby #2 is a boy; 3) I wanted white furniture; and 4) I wanted some fun curtains to liven up the space but that would also block out all of the early morning light we get given our east-facing house.

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We decided to paint the walls a blue-green color that I think is both gender neutral and doesn’t scream “baby”—so it will grow with Aimee or any other child we may have down the line. My husband envisioned the lattice pattern on the one wall and it turned out amazing, thanks in no small part to his perfectionist tendencies/mad taping skills.

The lattice pattern was done with a roll of painter’s tape, a tape measure and a level. My husband, Jason, was the mastermind/architect of that particular feature. He had a vision and somehow knew exactly how to execute it. He started by measuring/taping a line from the bottom left corner of the wall to the midpoint of the top of the wall. He then taped other lines parallel to the initial line as a guide so that they were evenly spaced. He repeated the process going in the opposite direction, taking great pains to ensure that the points of the lattice lined up correctly. Once the taping was complete, he used a roller to paint the entire wall (2 coats) and then removed the tape, leaving the lattice pattern behind.

After months of looking for pre-made blackout curtains in a fun pattern, I decided to make my own (after not having sewn a stitch since 6th grade home ec). And while I am not anxious to do it again, I am pretty proud of my handiwork.

Originally, I had a number of DIY projects planned for the room; in addition to the curtains, I was going to make the crib skirt, some painted bookends, and a fabric covered memo board. I am not a crafty person, so I can only assume this was some type of nesting instinct. Fortunately, I came to my senses after the curtains (I probably bit off more than I could chew there even though they turned out pretty well) and decided to leverage other people’s craftiness (via Etsy) for some of the remaining decorative items.

We tried to do the room on a reasonable budget. The crib was from Walmart and the dresser/changing table and nightstand were from Ikea. My husband Jason refinished a cabinet that we already had to use as storage for Aimee’s toys and books. And we did the custom painting/sewing ourselves. The one splurge was the upholstered glider, but even then we decided to go with a neutral fabric so that we could reuse the chair in another room down the road.

Aimee’s nursery is probably the first room I have “designed” from scratch. When we bought our first house a year and a half ago, we decided to make do with a lot of the furniture and décor we had from our previous apartment(s). Sure, we bought a few nicer pieces of furniture here and there, but for the most part we weren’t really given much opportunity to be creative. But with her nursery, I was able to put all my HGTV-based knowledge to good use. One of the things I had fun with and am the most proud of is the mixing of fabrics and patterns: the lattice on the wall, the modern floral curtains, the chevron crib skirt, the polka dot changing pad cover. They all fall into the same overall color palette of  blue, green, gray, and yellow and feel cohesive without being too matchy-matchy.

I don’t know if I can point to any one feature in the room as my favorite. One of the things that I love about the room in general is that both Jason and I contributed to it—Jason with the accent wall and me with the curtains. I love that we created something special for our daughter, and that we did it together.

Just like Aimee, the nursery was a labor of love and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Although she doesn’t spend *that* much time in there now, we hope she will enjoy it for years to come.

-Paint: Benjamin Moore Natura paint in Wythe Blue
-Curtains: Wavery Pom Pom Play Spa; fabric (including blackout lining) purchased from Fabric.com
-Crib: Baby Mod Olivia from WalMart
-White cabinet: something we already owned and refinished
-Crib skirt: Etsy (seller Babylovin)
-Chair: Little Castle Capri via Belfort Furniture
-Letter A: Craft Cuts
-Knit blocks: Dwell Studio via Amazon
-Dresser/nightstand: Ikea Birkeland
-Somewhere over the rainbow picture: Etsy (seller sugarfresh, colors selected by me)
-Whale picture: Society 6
-White with green polka dot changing cover: Pottery Barn Kids

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3. Noah's Nautical Nest by Mrs. Hide and Seek
4. Liam's Nursery: After by mrs. tictactoe
5. Big Reveal: Baby H's Nursery! by Mrs. Hopscotch
6. Baby Stroller's Navy and White Elephant Nursery by Mrs. Stroller
7. Baby Stroller's BIG Baby Nursery by Mrs. Stroller
8. Sienna’s Nursery Reveal by Mrs. Sunglasses
9. Real Nursery: Andrew's Modern Jungle by Mini Spaces
10. Lilly Grace's Feminine Floral Bedroom by Mini Spaces
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