Eleanor’s Nursery: Design Board to Real Room

I always like seeing how plans come to fruition, and Eleanor’s nursery came a long way from my original design:

I started working on it while I was pregnant, and I was so excited about having a girl. I went straight for super girly – including ruffles! I was in love with the fabrics in this board, especially when I saw some of them in Emily’s gorgeous nursery. I went through a couple of different variations on the theme, trying to use what we had and keep it budget friendly…

There were a couple of things that made me change direction. The first was discovering the nasty effects of formaldehyde found in crib that aren’t solid wood – just like the one we had (which I didn’t like anyway). We searched Craigslist for an alternative and found our Oeuf crib the night before I was due. It was grey, of course, and so all of a sudden there was grey in the mix and a more modern look too (which I loved). To tie the new crib in, I decided to slip cover the glider we already had in grey fabric left over from upholstering Sebastian’s bed.

While this was happening, we moved to a condo with hardwood floors and I spotted the turquoise rug and decided to lose the pink and add in a bit of lilac instead, and it was looking more like this:

I tweaked the design one more time while I was deciding on paint colours. I honestly don’t normally tweak as much as I did for the nursery, but it was over 18 months from start to finish so I kept going back to it.
It still didn’t end up exactly like the design board, but it was close. I regrettably went with a more pinky paint colour (I was hoping for something just a little softer than BM Peace and Happiness and it didn’t turn out exactly as I’d hoped). I also opted not to stencil the wall, and that’s where the gold dots came in instead.

In the end, I love how it turned out, and so did the little lady. I haven’t listed sources but there’s a full list – and more photos – in the reveal post here.



  1. December 21, 2014 / 7:57 am

    Beautiful!! I love the wall color. What is the wall color? Thanks.

  2. December 21, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Hi Claire, I'm not sure anymore – thought I'd written it down somewhere but I can't find it now. Sorry!