I love seeing how mood boards and design plans come to fruition, and Eleanor’s loft 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 all-out girly girl – ruffles included! The fabric had me at hello when I saw it 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 cribs 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. That led to losing the pink and adding lilac instead…
I tweaked the design one more time while I was deciding on paint colours. Normally, I wouldn’t mess with it so much, but I had 18 months to play with it this time!
In the end, I love how it turned out, and so did Ellie. There’s a full list of sources – and more photos – in the reveal post here.