Monday, December 31, 2012

Sweet Baby Emily's Nursery

Emily Britt Edmonds, our newest granddaughter, was born on November 20! 
As soon as we found out Ashley and Ryan were having a girl, we started working on her nursery.  Ashley wanted a white, old fashioned crib, an eyelet bed skirt and was leaning toward a yellow and white color palette.  She also wanted the nursery to have personal touches. Unable to sleep one night, I came up with the following inspiration board for the nursery.   Not wanting the room to feel old fashioned, I chose a mix of vintage and modern furnishings.
To my surprise, Ashley loved everything exactly as I proposed and we went to work ordering swatches and the crib.   Although she liked several white iron cribs we found, we decided this was a save item as it would only be used for a few years.  This model was also recommended for shorter Moms, as it had a low profile. 
Painting the ceiling and installing the light fixture were the first steps in the project!  Soon, all the pieces began to fall in place and the nursery started to come together!

The beautiful Chevron quilt was made for Emily during our family's annual Britt Girls' Weekend.  Great Aunt Lynne orchestrated the quilting bee.  She not only designed the quilt, she purchased and cut all the fabric pieces so we could assemble the quilt top.  She then took the quilt top home, added a border and backing, and turned it into this beautiful quilt. Gigi (Great Grandma), Neena (Grandma), Great Aunt Mary, Second Cousin Lauren and Ashley all helped to make this heirloom.

Due to safety concerns, Ashley and Ryan decided to forgo a bumper pad.  We still wanted to use the yellow fabric, so I designed a custom faux bumper to fit between the mattress and the crib rails!  It gives the look of a bumper without the risk of SIDS.

I found this cute little side table at an antique store in Monroe, Georgia for $35!  Its shape added an interesting profile and just the right amount of storage for next to the rocker.  Ray Ray (Grandpa)  painted it in Sherwin Williams Begonia.

Here is the view as you enter the nursery.  The rug, from Land of Nod, became our inspiration for the color palette.  This and the Dutailier glider were the splurge items in the room.  The Ikea light fixture (now on sale for $39.99) against the blue ceiling adds drama to the room.
Although she deliberated for months on the expense of the glider, it has turned out to be a great addition to the nursery.  It is a perfect fit and comfortable for long hours of nursing and nurturing.

I love the pattern play the light fixture creates on the ceiling and walls.  Great contrast for baby Emily to focus on!


I love this lamp shade from Land of Nod.  However, I wasn't thrilled with the lamp base they showed with it.  Many other options were considered, but nothing seemed right.  One day, I walked into my nursery and saw this wicker lamp base I had found at Goodwill.  PERFECT!  Once we ordered the shade, we had a slight problem with the way the lampshade attached-- below the light bulb.  It would not work with the socket on this lamp.  A trip to the lighting store, a new socket, and a screwdriver, and tada! 

The porthole frames that have baby pictures of the parents, were purchased several years ago on clearance from Pottery Barn.  (If Baby Edmonds was a boy, we were going with a nautical theme.)  These frames will eventually hold pictures of sweet baby Emily.  The frame with the monogram was purchased at Hobby Lobby and spray painted off-white.  Ashley added the burlap backing and wooden monogram to add texture and personalization.   The last frame was found at an antique store in Monroe, Georgia, and  I created the artwork using rubber stamps and embroidery based on a similar piece Ashley had seen on Pinterest.
On the opposite side of the nursery is the changing table.  This was originally a display unit that Chapin Group Interiors used in their antique booth.  A fresh coat of paint and some baskets from Pottery Barn Kids, and it is a perfect changing table and "dresser."  I custom-made the basket liners to match the ceiling paint color.
The baskets provide lots of storage for diapers, clothes, burp clothes and swaddling blankets.  The upper cubbies were used for display.
Ashley's Grandpa Britt worked for Gerber Products for many years so we displayed this vintage tray along with some of Emily's boots.

Ashley's baby picture and baby mug share space with an "Emily" book given to Ashley by dear friends at her baby shower and a wooden toy from PB Kids.

Ryan's baby mug balance's Emily's spoon.  The PB Kids jewelry box holds her pearls (also given to Emily by sweet friends)! The pink ceramic booties were a vase that I received flowers in at the hospital when Ashley was born.

This print was purchased on Etsy and framed in a Pottery Barn frame.

The Princess and the Pea doll was stolen from the shelves in Neena's (my) nursery, along with the Gerber tray and vintage duck pull toy.
The artwork above the changing table is a doll quilt made of my Aunt's baby clothes.  (The linen mat board was back ordered for several months.  Hence, the delay in posting about Emily's Nursery!)

The bookshelves are 4-foot Ribba picture ledges from IKEA.  A great way to display books without
taking up a lot of space. 

All fabrics were ordered through  The pinch pleated drapes were custom made along with the lumbar pillow by Chapin Group Interiors.

Contact Chapin Group Interiors if you would like help with your nursery or other project. 
Welcome to the family, Emily.


  1. Great job! I love how you included "personal/family" items into the decor.

  2. What a sweet room - love the quilt, the colors, the whole room. Thanks for linking up!