Eleanor’s Loft Nursery Reveal

It’s time to play catch up here and show y’all how far I got with our loft before we moved. Here’s is Eleanor’s little nursery…

When I say little, I’m talking 8′ x 9′. It took me weeks to figure out how to fit everything in. We originally had a double-wide dresser which made the whole thing a real squeeze. In the end, we sold it and bought a smaller one. You can probably figure it out from the photos, but here’s how we set it up:

Two of the walls were only partial – they went up about eight feet then had a two foot gap to the ceiling. There were no windows, so it had basically no natural light. It was a bugger to photograph! Still, with the lights on, it felt bright and airy in there; I think the high ceilings helped. 

The crib is by Oeuf, and we found it on Craigslist the night I was due (Eleanor rocked up six days later). It was expensive – they retail for $900 and I think we paid $600 – but after learning about the effects that formaldehyde and other nasties found in cheap plywood can have on developing humans, we decided that it was more than worth the splurge. It’s solid wood, eco friendly, has no VOCs and is made in Europe to strict standards. Plus, it sure is purdy.

The painting above the crib is kind of what inspired the room, at least colour-wise. That, and the Caitlin Wilson fabric on the pillow in the crib.
Gold dots are everywhere now, but I actually had these decals up right at the beginning of the craze. I’m not often ahead of the game, but I was here! Of course, I waited ages to show you, so you probably don’t believe me now anyway. Pfft. They go all the way to the ceiling on that one wall, and I’ll write another post about how I put them up (it was really easy once I figured it out). Update: more on the dots here.

I used a big gold mirror (from our old master bedroom) to fill in for the lack of window, and it did help bounce a little bit of light around.

The glider I recovered found a spot next to the crib. I never did get around to covering the arms, but I don’t think it mattered.
Ted often lurked in that corner behind the glider, trying to avoid the abundance of “affection” thrust upon him by the kids.
The glider sat underneath the $3.50 alphabet wrapping paper I initially framed for Sebastian’s room. I repainted the mat again.

I also picked up a little brass side table, because Emily Henderson told me to.

I loved the turquoise bookcase, mainly because of the colour (you know me and turquoise) but also because it was the perfect size to hold all her things. Out of everything I sold before we moved, I think I regret this the most. I also have no idea why I sold it – I think I just got carried away with pairing down and went a bit too far.

The birds are decals too. It was easier to fill four blank walls with a mixture of decals and framed art – four walls of frames would have looked choppy I think. I do feel a bit sorry for the one dude who gets stuck in the cage while all the others are free though.

The dresser was just good old Ikea, but I replaced the knobs with pretty coral pulls.

We used the top as a changing table – admittedly the vase didn’t live there all the time.

Above the changing mat I hung a little collection of things including a photo from the one and only professional photo shoot we’ve ever done, when E was three weeks old, and a silhouette of Teddy, which was probably her favourite thing in the room.

I found the little oil painting at an art fair in Indiana on vacation. The print bottom right is by Yellena James, who I love.

And that, my friends, is about it. Here are the sources…
Crib – Oeuf Sparrow via Craigslist
Glider – Walmart
Brass table – West Elm
Dresser – Ikea
Dresser pulls – Anthropologie
Bookcase – Home Decorators
Crib sheet – Land of Nod
Crib pillows – from fabric by Caitlin Wilson & Pier 1 Imports
Knitted blanket – gift from Granny
Glider cushions – recovered in Waverly Cross Section in Charcoal
Pillow on glider – Next
Changing mat cover – Land of Nod
Rug – PB Teen
Decor & Art:
Gold dot decals – Land of Nod
Giclee print – Alison Keefe
ABC print – Paper Source (frame from Ikea)
Mirror – Pottery Barn via Craigslist
Flower vase – Anthropologie
Yellena James print – Etsy
Birds decal – Amazon
Chevron photo frame – Anthropologie
Wooden letters – gift but available at JoJo Maman Bebe
Lamp base – Target
Lamp shade – PB Teen
Baskets – Target
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  1. January 16, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    I love it!! Can't wait to hear how you did the decals 🙂

  2. January 16, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    I have the exact same bird decal in Daisy's nursery. Looks great next to the bunting Hannah made! X

  3. January 16, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    so well done in such a crazy small space. love it

  4. January 18, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Oh wow, this is a GORGEOUS nursery design. I love everything about it – including how you fit everything in such a small space. Those gold decals are soo pretty (and I totally believe you!)

  5. January 21, 2014 / 12:46 am

    It looks so great, Lizzie! And I seriously would do anything Emily Henderson tells me to, as well ; ) Amazing use of that tiny space, great job! xo

  6. January 23, 2014 / 11:35 am

    Thanks Michelle! Good luck with yours & congrats again! xo

  7. January 29, 2014 / 4:20 am

    This is so adorable! I love all the gold polka dots… all the details are perfect. It is so fab that I am featuring it tomorrow at Work it Wednesday. Hop by to grab your button if you have a chance!! Thanks for sharing it:)
    ~Krista from the happy housie

  8. January 29, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    What a cute room! It reminds me of our daughters "room" before we moved. It was actually our walk in closet, but I decorated it for her to feel cozy.
    Now that we are in our new house I have been trying to finish her room here. I just re-painted and put gold stars on her wall. I can't wait to make canopy for over her daybed. It will be like she is sleeping in a tent under the stars 😉

  9. January 31, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    That sounds gorgeous – I would love to check it out! I'm thinking stars might very well make an appearance in E's room here at our new house too…maybe coral ones…

  10. April 16, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Everything about this nursery is adorable!!! I love your polka dots and hope mine turn out as cute!!! The little gray crib is so cute too!

  11. March 6, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I find this room so adorable, many thanks for sharing. You’re a talented interior designer:) I’ll be following this blog, since it is an amazing place to learn some amazing ideas for the decoration of my apartment.

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