Now that Rowen is almost 9 months old, I think that it is about time that I finally finish her nursery. Honestly, if I procrastinate any longer on this room, it will be time for her big girl room. [Insert all of the “they grow up so fast” comments!] But if you are ready to tackle your baby girl’s nursery and need a little inspiration, keep reading!
TL;DR – Here are the quick links to the most asked about items in Rowen’s room:
Tassel Wall Art sourced via eBay.
Paint Color: Behr Sonora Rose at 75% in a matte finish.
Back before I ever thought that I would have kids, what is now Rowen’s room was my office. It has definitely gone through a few makeovers during that time and none of them were ever complete. We didn’t even put trim around the door until it actually became a nursery! I think it was around July 2021 when we started working on turning this room into a baby room. It’s now August 2022 you guys!
Rowen has been in the room since she was about 10 weeks old, so it has been liveable and semi-finished. But like I said before, only about 85% finished. My August challenge is Rowen’s room and I am determined to get it done.
So I wanted to walk you through my process of visualizing what her room would look like. I definitely made some mistakes along the way which I’ll dive more into in the reveal post coming at the end of August.
How to Narrow Down Your Baby Girl Nursery Theme
Narrowing down a theme for your baby girl nursery is 100% personal. You have to go in there every day, you have to look at it, your child has to live in it. So it should reflect the things that bring you joy.
For me, I wanted the room to be cozy, elegant, Harry Potter-esque, and fun. There were themes I definitely wanted to stay away from because they didn’t fit my personality. Honestly, I wanted to stay away from the color pink, but I kept being drawn back to it. Especially after I saw Shay Mitchell’s nursery for Atlas.
Because I wanted to incorporate Harry Potter elements, I knew I needed rich colors. [Hello to all my Gryffindors!] This ruled out a neutral theme, even though that is what I assumed I would do. I was trying to go more towards a burgundy paint color (which I did and it was not good!) but this pink from Behr was a game changer.
To be honest, narrowing down the theme for this room was a bit of a trial and error for me. I think the reason I had such a hard time with it, in the beginning, was that I couldn’t picture my life as a mom. I knew I wanted the room to be a place where Rowen and I could spend time together and read books, but I didn’t actually start picturing that until after she was born.
So don’t be nervous if your baby girl’s nursery is taking time to unfold. Decorating a room for a person you have never met before is hard. It’s ok for the baby to come and for the personality to start to develop before you narrow it all down.
Need help narrowing down a theme you’ll love? Ask yourself these questions:
- What do you have that you know for sure you want to incorporate? Ex. A specific paint color, a family heirloom, characters that you love, etc.
- What do you want to stay away from? Ex. I wanted to stay away from anything overly “baby” like baby animals.
- What do you already own that you’ll be using? What do you need to buy? (Budget plays a big part in picking a theme!)
The biggest thing to remember when choosing a theme is that there is no right or wrong answer. There is so much inspiration on the internet that it can be overwhelming and can make you second guess all of your decisions. My advice is to go with your gut and don’t be afraid to change your mind when something doesn’t feel right.
Other Sources Where I Found Inspiration
Dani Marie used Sonora Rose in her entryway makeover which gave me the inspiration for the color and I had it diluted to 75% based on her recommendation. I found the post via Pinterest.
Emily Welch posted about these Harry Potter photos last fall on her Instagram and I immediately bought them for Rowen’s nursery.
Where to Find New & Vintage Baby Girl Nursery Decor
Shopping is probably my favorite part of any project if I’m being honest. The number of hours I spend looking for treasures online or in person is shocking. When it comes to buying vintage or used items, there is nothing better than the thrill of the hunt. Here are a few of my favorite places to find new and vintage decor for a baby girl nursery.
Pro tip: If you find something you love from a store, search eBay or other secondhand websites to see if you can get the item at a discount. The easiest way to search is to copy the item title and paste it into google, but don’t forget to try different variations of the title if you are not finding what you are searching for.
- Thrift stores. My best advice is to go to a city where there are numerous thrift stores.
- Facebook Marketplace or Buy Sell Trade pages on FB.
- eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, or any other secondhand website.
- Relatives! If your grandma was anything like my grandma, then she had you put post-its on everything that you wanted when she was gone.
- Vendor fairs. If you are in Nebraska then I highly recommend doing the Junk Jaunt, I find treasures every year.
- TJ Maxx
- Pottery Barn
- Petal & Stem or your local boutiques. Don’t forget to support your local small businesses! Petal & Stem is owned by my sister and she always appreciates the support.
- Rocking Chair
- Pillow Cover
- Tassel Wall Art
- Slumberkins Unicorn
- Crib – Linking to similar styles, this one is out of stock. I borrowed this crib from my sister.
- Book Shelves – I am going to build my own but these are the inspiration.
- Harry Potter Art
- Gold Chandelier
- Blue Pot
- Sonora Rose by Behr
- Dresser is vintage via FB Marketplace
It’s All In The Details: Adding the Finishing Touches
Turning any room in your home from just a standard room into a room that fits their personality and is super cozy is all about the finishing touches. What outlet covers are you using? Does the door handle fit in with the theme? Is there an empty space on the wall that could be filled with something special?
For Rowen’s room, there were a few things that I will be adding to make her room feel like a magical place where she can grow up in.
- I’ll be adding crown molding and shoe molding.
- Vintage hanging lamps by her rocking chair.
- Switching out the standard pillow cover on her chair to something fun.
- Custom bookshelves.
- Plants! You know that I think every room needs a plant.
Overall, your baby girl’s nursery should be everything that you imagined. And if it takes you months to complete, that’s ok! Give yourself time and really be thoughtful about what you are doing. This is not a race or a competition. Rooms are constantly evolving anyway.
Don’t forget to check back in when Rowen’s room is officially done for the big reveal! In the meantime, I want to see your baby girl nurseries! Send me the links so I can check them out.