Sadie’s Nursery

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Currently I’m living in a state of complete euphoria after the birth of my first baby, Sadie. She is pure perfection in my eyes, and I truly want time to CRAWL. I’m absolutely loving being a Mom!

So now, the Nursery Reveal! I had such a fun time designing this room. I knew even before any fabric or paint had been selected what the color scheme would be. Read about my initial design concept here.

We’re currently leasing so my goal was to purchase pieces that would be flexible down the road. That also meant the carpet stayed – eww. I’d love to get a rug eventually but that is not at the top of the must-purchase list because the room is tiny and I don’t want to buy something that wouldn’t work in a larger space down the road.

I was basically working with a box. A box with a lot of doors and one window. I did a lot of space plans on Auto-Cad trying to determine if I could squeeze a guest bed in there. It was a major stressor for me, and ultimately there was NOT room and I haven’t looked back since donating the old bed.

The crib and bedding were the hardest decisions. I had a really hard time finding a crib I liked at any price point. I never dreamed I would select a “Jenny Lind” style. Ever. I used to think they were hideous. I originally thought I would want a really modern crib, David Netto style. However, the bedding I was drawn to was really soft and feminine. I loved the turned spindles with the bedding, so flat slats were out. That REALLY limited my selection. The more I thought about it, the more the J.L. style just made sense. Financially and style-wise! I am SO happy with my decision.

The large giraffe was Sadie’s Christmas present from CiCi and Pops (my husband’s parents). The photograph by Sharon Montrose mentioned here set the tone for several “pops” of giraffe throughout the room.

I ordered these letters from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child but I’m still waiting for them to arrive (they were back ordered). The letters will go above the crib.

At the last Round Top, I went a little crazy buying these fashion illustrations from Paris that I had seen at the Blue Hills show that past Spring. The vendor still had some so I spent a long time selecting my favorites. The black and white Balmain illustration was my big splurge and I just adore it. The “S” and “H” alphabet prints were out of an old children’s book. The pink fashion illustration is an original, and the bottom print of the ladies is out of an old French Magazine. The “Baby Doll” & “Coco Mademoiselle” illustrations are by Etsy seller, Emmakisstina. Her work is awesome, check it out! The portrait on the bottom left was purchased at the Guild Shop.

As far as framing went, I needed to use a little imagination as I could have spent a fortune custom framing every piece. I bought a pair of really ugly “fake” art prints at Marshall’s for square frames for the alphabet prints. I think it was $19.99/pair. I then selected a cute scrapbook paper and mounted & matted the prints myself.

I wanted vintage looking gold frames so I scoured the art section at the Guild Shop in Houston for ugly artwork in good frames. I then had white mats cut to fit.

Sophie the Giraffe, gold mocassin booties, a couple of books (okay, yes, that IS the Lauren Conrad book – I bought it at Marshall’s for $12…sort of embarrassing), and a small white marble lamp scored @ Homegoods sit on top of a table scored on One King’s Lane last week.

I designed the crib bumper and bed-skirt and had them made. It is white linen with gray/lavender cording, ties and rosettes. I had NO IDEA how hard a lavender fabric would be hard to source. Let me tell you, it was! The sheets are by Serena & Lily. I have another dark gray linen sheet by Matteo for when I want a different look.

As I was rushing through the Guild Shop five minutes before they closed, my hands full of frames, I saw this brass & lucite chandelier and stopped dead in my tracks. I LOVED it. They were closing and the line was out the door, so I snapped a quick pic on my iPhone so I could think about it. You don’t ever “think” about anything at the Guild Shop. I couldn’t believe this chandelier was still there (it had been there through one mark-down cycle)! I went back that next week and it was waiting for me so I snagged it up – not knowing if it would even work! My dear friend, Sam, worked for hours to get it installed and working!

The shelf unit was a present from my Mother-in-Law scored at Excess in Round Top.

Here is a list of sources for those interested:

WALL PAINT COLOR: Sherwin Williams, “Ponder”

DRESSER/CHANGING TABLE: Family Piece refinished – see post here.

CRIB: Da Vinci Jenny Lind Crib (purchased from but couldn’t find it on their website)


FITTED SHEET SHOWN: “Florentine” Crib Sheet by Serena & Lily

FITTED SHEET OPTION (NOT SHOWN): Vintage Linen Fitted Sheet in “Coal” by Matteo


CURTAINS: – My FAVORITE source for ready-made curtains.

SWIVEL GLIDER: Lee Industries (a gift from my parents)

VINTAGE ARTWORK: Antique Maps & Works on Paper via the Blue Hills Antique Show

CHANDELIER: Vintage, sourced at The Guild Shop. By or in the style of Charles Hollis Jones. This is a smaller version of the same fixture.

GOLD CANDLE SCONCES: Vintage, sourced at The Guild Shop.


GREEK KEY GOLD END TABLE: Christmas Present ๐Ÿ™‚ This is bad, but i think it’s either World’s Away or Global Views via One King’s Lane – I can’t remember which one but it was from their sample sale a couple of weeks ago.

So there you have it, Sadie’s Nursery!

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30 Comments to 'Sadie’s Nursery'

Katie Doherty 04 Jan 11 at 7:57 pm

Absolutely LOVE this. Very good work! Congratulations on your new little addition ๐Ÿ™‚

Emily @ Merrypad 04 Jan 11 at 8:35 pm

Very cute! I really love the cushy bedding. Congratulations!

Erin 04 Jan 11 at 8:44 pm

Sophie will be the MOST USED and VALUABLE toy in a few months … My daughter is 7m old and won’t put Sophie down. Seriously …. the best investment ever.

LOVE the room!

Liz Keough 04 Jan 11 at 9:01 pm

So pretty and peaceful.

Marlaina Teich 04 Jan 11 at 9:07 pm

What a serene baby’s room! I love the color scheme. Its sophisticated yet totally livable.
Congrats on the baby!!

Meg 04 Jan 11 at 9:16 pm

I’m OBSESSED! It’s gorgeous Lauren, you have fabulous taste. That sweet Sadie is one lucky lil girl! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see you soon! xxx

Lauren AHier 04 Jan 11 at 9:59 pm

I really like the color scheme, but am most in love with the fashion illustrations you have. They’re amazing!

Peggy 05 Jan 11 at 3:11 am

I thought the chandelier was an unexpected touch. You thought of everything!

Dizzie 05 Jan 11 at 7:18 am

You have such good taste! I always enjoy looking!!

Congratulations on your new baby!!

So Haute 05 Jan 11 at 10:26 am

Wow, how did I even miss that you were having a baby!? Congratulations Lauren!! Sadie’s nursery looks beautiful! And I love the name Sadie by the way! Wishing you all the best! xo

Lisa 05 Jan 11 at 9:12 pm

You did such a gorgeous job! Lucky little girl!

Julia-Chicago 06 Jan 11 at 12:01 am

Lauren and Sadie,
The nursery is perfect! You two will be spending a lot of time there together ๐Ÿ™‚
Enjoy your little treasure!

designstiles 06 Jan 11 at 5:31 am

So pretty. Absolutely LOVE that chandelier.

Courtney 07 Jan 11 at 7:56 pm

Lauren, I am so excited to see how it all came together– it is perfection. So incredibly beautiful! Congrats on Sadie’s arrival!! xoxo

mariah 08 Jan 11 at 11:16 pm

i can’t believe that the internet just led me back to that chandelier in a very roundabout way! i made the mistake of thinking about it-and still lament it when i see the pic on my phone ๐Ÿ™‚ though i’m so glad it has a perfect new home. so funny!

Holly Mathis 09 Jan 11 at 1:24 am

It is perfection..congratulations..i love the bedding..i just adore serena and lily sheets..and i love the collage wall.


MThayer 10 Jan 11 at 6:57 pm

Hi Lauren,
Congratulations on Sadie! It is such an amazing thing to become a mother and I hope you enjoy every second of it. It sounds like you are! My daughter is 2 1/2 now and I can’t believe how fast it has gone by.
I saw you mention that you don’t have a rug in the room, except for the carpet that you are not too fond of.
I am the designer at cmi, a rug manufacturer in Rhode Island. I’d love to work with you if you were interested in designing a small rug to even throw in front of the crib or something.
Feel free to shoot me an email if you want to talk about it.
Beautiful room. Congratulations again!

elesabeth 10 Jan 11 at 9:28 pm

My goodness, this nursery design is just gorgeous. I absolutely love the personality infused on the shelves and here and there throughout the room, instead of a store-bought theme. I got a lot of inspiration for my own nursery (I used giraffes too!) at this blog

sketch42 11 Jan 11 at 10:36 pm

I LOVE that chandelier! That whole room is gorg… but the chandelier adds the perfect modern glamour touch!

Ton 12 Jan 11 at 4:52 am

I love your daughter’s nursery. It is very simple and chic. My three favorite things about the nursey are the chandelier, the large giraffe (her Christmas gift) and the Little Dictionary of Fashion. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it! Great job!

amy 17 Jan 11 at 4:45 am

the paint color is fab!

Jacqueline Downs 28 Jan 11 at 6:11 pm

I just love this nursery. I hope you don’t mind, but I used a few of the pictures as inspiration on my blog here:

Thanks for the inspiration; I read almost daily!

Jacqueline 02 Feb 11 at 7:03 pm

I love the new trends of baby nurseries. Less about the Pink and Blue, more so about the grays, tans, cremes etc. I love how your space is still age appropriate with the stuffed animals, baby toys/books etc, but the furniture, walls and fixtures will help transform your space into a childrens room down the road. Nice work!

Double Glazing 05 Mar 11 at 11:50 am

Nice interior. I love the nursery so much! The paint was so impressive as well as the furnitures. You inspire me. Keep up the good work.

Plumbing 29 Apr 11 at 9:46 am

You have some real talent. That is exactly what I would hope my baby girl’s nursery would look like. I love how modern and glam it is. I hate nurseries that are too babyish.

Perego Pliko p3 fan 20 May 11 at 6:38 pm

Her nursery looks absolutely beautiful! I love the giraffe theme throughout the room. The “Little Book of Fashion” made me laugh. That is one lucky girl you have.

Buy 4 Less 23 Jun 11 at 3:21 pm

Such a very great motif you have chosen for a nursery room. Very cute, elegant, and relaxing. Simple and perfect for a rightful gift from heaven.

The Guild Shop 18 Sep 12 at 5:12 pm

We love it! Thanks for sharing! We mentioned this post on Facebook,

sheila 23 Oct 12 at 9:15 pm

Hello there,
I absolutely love this nursery, I saw it on La Dolce Vita. I was wondering if you can remember the color and type of fabric the draperies are. Are they silk or faux silk? I wanted to look for them on half price draperies but wasn’t sure of the color or the material. If you have time to share that would be much appreciated! Beautiful nursery!

classical brass beds 20 Mar 13 at 7:27 pm

Hi. can anyone suggest a good paint brand for painting my furniture,
something not too expensive and also easily accessible?
I have been using Farrow and Ball for some
time now, lovely colours but a little expensive……..

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