A spare bedroom is converted to a pink baby nursery
Sarah Bailey and her husband Michael’s first child, Jay would only be 17 months old when she would start planning another nursery for her daughter Julia Parker.
Sarah Bailey and her husband Michael’s first child, Jay would only be 17 months old when she would start planning another nursery for her daughter Julia Parker. After years of working as a nursery designer with her mom Linda Flaherty, owner of Once Upon a Time in Crestline Village of Mountain Brook and in Homewood, Sarah was more than prepared for this project.
The room that would be used for the nursery was the third bedroom in the house, but it provided some challenges. There were two separate entry doors into the room that created a pass through feeling and the walls were wood paneled. Sarah decided to float the crib in the middle of the room making it the focal point. With hard wood floors, a rug would be needed under the crib, so a Flochei rug was used to add texture.
Deciding on a crib was easy. An iron crib, the Venetian 3-n-1 from Bratt Décor in antique white. For the walls, Navaho White to help soften the wood paneling. Although pink would definitely be part of the color scheme, Sarah chose a soft ballet pink instead of the traditional pale pink.
For the single short window in the room a white roman shade with a large oversized monogram was chosen. It was coupled with floor-to-ceiling pink damask panels. The panels were added to exaggerate the scale of the window and soften the traditional masculine paneled walls.
The crib linens were simple, but feminine. White linen was used for the crib bumper. Small bow ties and a small ruffled edge complimented the look. A tightly gathered ballet pink silk fabric with white tulle netting underneath gave the crib skirt a girly feel.
Sarah knew she needed a changer but wanted to use a piece that would last longer than a changer and provide more storage than a changer. She choose the Lowboy double chest of drawers from Bradshaw Kirshofer with a pink distressed painted finish. The double dresser provided extra length for not only the changing pad, but also room for diapering needs and lamps. Three art canvases with butterflies, paisley and peacocks from Oopsie Daisy were placed above the chest.
The final touches in the room included adding a bookcase that could house childhood treasures of Sarah’s and newfound keepsakes for Julia Parker. A handmade mohair teddy bear wearing a pink tutu, a gift to Sarah as a child from her godparents, was placed on top for Julia Parker to see while looking up from her crib.