Eleanor’s Loft Nursery: Mood Board to Real Room

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.


Baby Girl Nursery Mood Board

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.


Baby Girl Nursery Mood Board

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.

DIY Slipcovered Nursery Glider


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…

Baby Girl Nursery Mood Board


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!


It still didn’t end up exactly like the design board, but it was close. I went with a more pinky paint colour. I also opted not to stencil the wall, which is where the gold dots came in instead.Baby girl nursery with wall decalsPolka dot decals in loft nursery revealBaby girl loft nursery reveal

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.



  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!

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