Caroline’s Nursery


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When we found out we were having another little girl, I didn’t have any earthly idea on what I would do to decorate her nursery. We knew which room was hers, and it was already painted a nice, earthy taupe color that I honestly didn’t feel like repainting. I wanted to spend as little money on the nursery as possible while also making it feel like a cute space for Caroline. I also wanted something that would also grow with her as she grew.

It took me a really long time to decide on what the inspiration for the nursery would be. We bought her crib and dresser at Ikea (because, hello, second child), and those two pieces just sat in there for months. At first, I wanted neutral with colorful accents, but then I found a stunning quilt on etsy from Fern Leslie Baby and decided that I would play off of the colors in the quilt. From there, it just seemed easy.

I feel like there are little things I can still do here and there throughout the nursery. For example, I could change out all the knobs on the drawers to something cute and unique. I could also add a rug. My stepmom is also working on a watercolor that will go somewhere in the room, as well. To be honest, I finally put pictures in the frames, the room was immaculately clean, and I took pictures. If I didn’t take pictures or share it now, I probably never will. I know this because I never posted about Kennedy’s nursery on my blog. So we’ll just take what we can get, right?

Neutral nursery with pops of color, ikea crib, budget friendly

The rocking chair was Kennedy’s, and so was that chest of drawers in the corner. I condensed some things in her room and we moved it into Caroline’s room. I spray painted an old party bunting gold. I spray painted the circle vine monogram silver. I painted a little accent drawer thingy white. I found a bunch of art on Pinterest, and I also created some of my own in Photoshop.

Neutral nursery with pops of color, ikea furniture, etsy quilt, pinterest prints, budget friendly

The paint color on the walls is Behr “Pure Earth.” I’m just in love with this quilt, and I really feel like it just channels Caroline. I have no idea how a quilt could channel a baby, but this one does.

Neutral nursery with pops of color, ikea furniture, etsy quilt, pinterest prints, budget friendly

Custom watercolors for baby's nursery - so special!

Even though this nursery is something that is a lot of hand-me-downs and inexpensive items, I wanted something special in this space for Caroline. My friend, Bree, did these custom watercolors for me, and I think that they are just so special. They are the absolute perfect item for the nursery and it really makes the space special to me.

Neutral nursery with pops of color, ikea furniture, etsy quilt, pinterest prints, budget friendly

This little space above the changing table became a little hodge-podge. I spray painted some silver and gold, found a print off of Pinterest, printed some other photos I had. My mother-in-law picked up those little shoes and flower crown when she was in Mexico. That little accent drawer thingy is the official house for all hair bows, headbands, hats, and socks.

Neutral nursery with pops of color, ikea furniture, etsy quilt, pinterest prints, budget friendly

I almost always tear up when I hear the Vitamin String Quartet version of “Your Song”, so I thought this print was perfect for the nursery, along with the custom print I had made on Groopdealz. (Side note: oh my goodness, I’m now crying listening to the string quartet version of “Sweet Caroline” #postpartumhormones)

Neutral nursery with pops of color, ikea furniture, etsy quilt, pinterest prints, budget friendly

Items in Nursery:

  • Crib – Ikea
  • Dresser/Changing Table – Ikea
  • Chest of Drawers – Babies ‘R Us
  • Rocking Chair – Hayneedle
  • Quilt – Fern Leslie Baby
  • Picture Shelves – Ikea
  • White 8×10 Picture Frames – Ikea
  • Polka Dot Ottoman – Amazon
  • Rocking Chair Pad – Amazon
  • Custom Watercolor Portraits – Bree via her Etsy shop Lady Pair Designs
  • Wooden Initial Monogram – Groopdealz (Unfinished Wood Co.)
  • “I prayed for this child…” Print – Groopdealz (Handmade by Jennifer Chase)
  • “How wonderful life is…” Print – Pinterest
  • Gold Deer Head Print – Pinterest
  • “C is for Caroline” Print – Pinterest
  • Mobile – Babies ‘R Us (old, was in Kennedy’s nursery)
  • Purple Stripe Canvas Bucket – Burlington Coat Factory
  • Various picture frames that are old and some spray painted gold and silver
  • Ampersand – Hobby Lobby (old)
  • “Dream Big, Little One” & Initials 4×6 Prints – Made by me in Photoshop and printed at Walgreens
  • “Hello, Love” 4×6 Print – Made by me in Photoshop and printed at Walgreens
  • Accent drawer thingy – gifted a long time ago, spray painted white

29 Comments

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    Britt | Southern Mama + Child
    October 14, 2014 at 8:22 am

    LOVE!! Great job mama! Loving those special paintings of your sweet fam!

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you so much!! The watercolors are definitely my favorite part!! πŸ™‚

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    Katie
    October 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I love her nursery, it’s so sweet! And you did a kick ass job on the prints!!

    I also love that one of the companies you used is called unfinished wood lol.

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      LOL when I looked it up on Groopdealz to see who made the monogram, I shuddered. That website is my worst nightmare.

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    Anne
    October 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

    What a sweet little room.

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you, friend! πŸ™‚

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    Amy
    October 14, 2014 at 9:47 am

    love it!! so beautiful in there!

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    Beth
    October 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I love the ‘C’ Letter! I have a ‘B’ one on my wall from Sample House!

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Aren’t those letters the best? They’re so versatile!

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    Ashley
    October 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful! The room is warm and light and airy! I love it!

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you, friend! It’s tough when you’re on a budget and are using tons of hand-me-downs (I’m sure you can relate to the hand-me-down part, ha!), but I think it turned out really cute.

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    Darby Hawley
    October 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Oh I love it! Especially her C above the crib πŸ™‚

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you! I love that vine monogram, too! Got it for a steal when it was on Groopdealz!

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    Lisette
    October 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Such a fun room! I love that ampersand!

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much! It was fun to get creative on a budget and with things we already had in the house!

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    Leslie
    October 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I love the colors & her monogram! I hope her little sister is excited to meet her. I hope you guys are having a great day!

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you! Big sister Kennedy loves Caroline! Hope you’re having a great day, too πŸ™‚

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    Jill Barnett
    October 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    The nursery looks great! Since our little guy arrived before ours was completed…I think I’ll be using one of those printables to add to his room! πŸ™‚

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you! Yes, use Pinterest a ton to find free printables! And if you’re lazy, send them to the nearest drugstore and have them printed on 8×10 photo paper!

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    Ashley
    October 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    The nursery looks great! I love the watercolor paintings of your family that your friend made! So cute!

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you! Those watercolors are probably my favorite part! Bree did an amazing job!

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    Meghan
    October 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    It’s perfect. I love all of the prints, and I think the colors are fantastic!

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      Meg O.
      October 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you so much!! I splurged on the custom watercolors, but definitely utilized Pinterest when it came to other things on the wall! It was fun to be creative while also staying on a budget.

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    Ling
    October 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I’m so in love with this room!!! Great job Meg! I wish I had your interior design skills. πŸ˜‰

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      Meg O.
      October 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you, Ling! It was quite the task to put everything together from things we already had or spending little money, but I think it turned out really cute!!

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    Whitney
    October 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Can I move in?? Seriously this room is gorgeous! I love that wall color. I love that it’s not super “cutesy” and it’s something she could grow into. Love it!

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      Meg O.
      October 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you, friend!! Interior design is something I do not pride myself in, but I’m proud of this room!! πŸ™‚

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    Shayna
    October 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I just found your blog through a few other ladies & Instagram! Love finding other Texas ladies!! I love how simple yet so pretty your daughters nursery is!! You did a great job!! & I am all about reusing things from around the house and/or purchasing inexpensive items as well!!

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