Nursery Final Reveal

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Welcome to Alexis’ Nursery Final Reveal

To view the progress, follow the links below:

Nursery Part I
Nursery Part II- bits and pieces

All the items in the room and where you can find them will be listed at the bottom of the post.

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. The room we had for her is the smallest in the house and I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to decorate it the way I wanted. I am not great with styling or design, I am not crafty and we didn’t have a huge budget. But I feel that we were able to do exactly what I had envisioned with minor concessions. There will be some changes to the room in the future and it’s not 100% complete, but it is as complete as it will be until Alexis starts sleeping in it ( which she currently isn’t and probably won’t be for a long time). I am planning on adding pom-poms in the ceiling corner and a bookshelf, but this is as final as it’s going to get for a while.

So let’s start:

The chair is the only thing that doesn’t completely match, but in order to get a white chair I would have had to either sacrifice my comfort or price. So this was a good middle of the road rocker/recliner that is insanely comfortable. The rug is temporary, as well. I haven’t been able to find a rug that fit the room perfectly, so this cheap Target rug will do for now until I find something more appropriate.

The blinds will get cord winders soon (if you know of good ones, please share)
The crib skirt and bows were made by my sister who lives in Russia. She did an amazing job, considering she’s not a seamstress and went off of our measurements. We opted for no bumpers (even though I had a very cute one in mind) and an organic muslin crib sheet and a Naturepedic mattress.

I debated buying children’s canvas art for the room or framing my own photography. I am glad I went with frames, because that means I can switch out photos once in a while when we get bored of them.

The dresser was a old craigslist dresser that we had refinished. And yes, I am aware the handles are upside down. No, it wasn’t on purpose :). Since the dresser is old, the only crafty thing I managed to accomplish was lining the drawers with pretty purple and white fabric that I ordered online.

We have two mobiles over the crib. Wispy soft and cute one for looks and for when Alexis is a bit older to be interested in such delicate things (see how to win one), and another developmental crib mobile made out of black, white and red plastic shapes that encourage baby’s visual development. Needless to say, Alexis loves it as much as she does her black and white board.

It took nearly to my due date to find a chandelier that we both liked. I didn’t want it to look cheap with plastic crystals and anything with real crystals was either too big or over the top. This one came in black and was exactly what we needed after some spray paint action.

The butterflies offer some entertainment for Lexi while she gets her diaper change ( that is when we use that area to change her diapers). The beautiful owl and birdie mobile is courtesy of Denise from my favorite Magical Whimsy Etsy shop

The closet dividers are courtesy of Erica from Fifi’s closet on Etsy and can be made in a variety of color schemes

Nursery Details:

Paint: Zero VOC Olympic Paint in Iris Isle

Mirror: Rooms To Go Disney Princess Mirror

Lamp: Shade from Layla Grace, base from Ebay painted white.

Owl: Red Envelope

Cloth Doll: Haba Organic Doll

Flower vase: vase and flowers from Michael’s, cut and arranged by me.

Frame: a gift from ex-neighbors. They framed Alexis’ announcement which I thought was so creative.

Dresser: an old craigslist dresser and night stand refinished. (bought for $150, refinished for $500)

Drawer Liners: Made using foam board from Michael’s, cut to size. Fabric ordered online.


Butterly mobile over the changing table: Amazon

Owl & Bird Mobile: Magical Whimsy Etsy shop (WIN IT! see below)

Black and White Mobile: Manhattan Toy

Black and White Board: on Amazon from Manhattan Toy

Canvas: Easy Canvas Print


Sparkle statue: Zulily

Framed Photos: Frames from Michael’s, photos taken by me printed at Bay Photo Lab

Recliner/Rocker: Matter Brothers

Crib Skirt and Bows: handmade by my sister in Russia

Rug: Target

Shades: JCPenney (super cheap solution, but not cordless)

Shelves: (painted white)

Organic Changing Pad: Naturepedic

Organic mattress: Naturepedic

Ugly Dolls: Amazon

ABC Nightlight: Pottery Barn Kids

Closet Door Handles: Pottery Barn Kids

Closet Organisers: Fifi’s closet

Closet cubes: Martha Stewart Collection

Closet canvas totes: Martha Stewart Collection

Flag Banner: Etsy

And that’s pretty much it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

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  • Reply
    May 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    one piece of advice. I cant seem them in the pictures so you may already have them…but those cords on the blinds are a hazard. Get those wind up thingys for them NOW……if you wait, you will end up forgetting or just figure “eh, she doesnt touch them, she’s fine” and then have it not be fine. The nursery itself is darling….and quite honestly those handles on the dresser are more practical upside down because they look like they would be easier to use with the open part up (especially since you are so tall).

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    May 17, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Just be careful with those cord hanging down from the blinds when she gets older 🙂

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    Mary H
    May 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Her nursery is gorgeous!! Absolutely love everything about it!

    That picture of you holding Alexis over your head is so precious! And her headband is too cute!

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    May 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I loved this post! Thank you for sharing!!

    I’ve been following your blog for some time now thanks to a friend of mine who had recommended your blog to me. I just want to tell you that your pictures are so beautiful and I love reading your posts!! 🙂

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    May 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Wow, I’m a little surprised at the comment that is focused on the cords on the blinds. You clearly have common sense and know how to keep your baby safe.

    The nursery is beautiful! I love the bows your sister made. You guys did an amzing job! Also, Alexis looks adorable as she always does. 🙂

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      May 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      I agree with Kay.

      The room looks amazing, E! It looks huge too, so good job with decorating it to utilize the most space! 🙂

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      May 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      Right?!? I don’t think people read the blog, they just comment. She even says:
      “The blinds will get cord winders soon (if you know of good ones, please share)”

      Anyway, the nursery is beautiful. Very girly and uplifting 🙂

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        Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
        May 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        To be completely fair to the commenter, I added that line a few hours ago after I read the comment so that people wouldn’t repeat themselves. I knooooow- the blinds need to be childproofed 🙂

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          May 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM

          I have read every post of Elenas blog. I have been with her (almost) from the beginning. I KNOW she “has common sense” She doesnt appear not to….She even posted a million years ago (when she was deciding on what kind of blinds she was going to get) about the winder things. Sometimes things slip our minds because we have 9 million other things going on when we first have babies (and continue to have going on even after the baby stage) . Elena’s baby will be crawling soon, pulling up soon…..granted, she doesnt sleep in there right now but things happen in the blink of an eye. It was just a gentle reminder because like I said earlier….things slip our minds and then it might become “meh, she’s ok…she never goes near them” and then for the 3 seconds we are in the bathroom (or blowing our noses) they decide to go near them.

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    May 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    What a lovely space! I really like that it’s kind of a hodge podge of different things and ideas. That makes it unique and personal.

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    May 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I love the recliner! I have one very similar to it that we bought when I was pregnant. Everyone said we needed a glider, but Mommy wanted a big soft leather recliner.

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    May 17, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I gotta say, I went with a rocker recliner too and even though it’s a bit chunky in the room, I LOVE it. I hate how hard wooden rocking chairs are and it it just about comfort.

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    Jolene (
    May 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Absolutely beautiful nursery! And … you look fabulous!

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    May 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Love the nursery, it’s very sweet! The Target rug looks perfect in there too

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    May 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    You look AMAZING! And Lexi is adorable, obviously.

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    May 18, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    I love the crib! What is the brand/model? Thanks!

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    May 18, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    What a nice light filled room. I’m not sure if you are intending to keep the bows on the cot, but they pose a huge potential choke hazard if you don’t take them off when your little girl starts sleeping in there.

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    May 18, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Love it! Girly but not over the top obnoxious! Are you planning on taking the bows off the top of the crib? All I see is danger with those, but everything looks amazing!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      Either that or I’ll sew them together and see how I can attach them more permanently. Definitely not leaving them like this though.

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        May 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Sweet! (I didnt think you would leave them seeing as you seem to take every other precaution in keeping your baby safe but I know a few people who thought leaving the bunting flag trend stuff up was a great idea..) seriously though I love the nursery and I’m super jealous of your Craigslist dresser find:)

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          May 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

          Thanks 🙂 Re: craigslist dresser, there are actually a ton of dressers like that constantly popping up on CL. I guess it was a style back then. All you have to do is refinish it.

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    Leigh M
    May 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    It looks great! I was waiting for this post : )
    We just finished our nursery and also have blinds with cords-trying to find the cord winders was a total pain! We eventually found some in Ace hardware, they’re not fantastic but do the job. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find such a simple, essential item.

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    Earthy Nicole
    May 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I love the room, Elena! And thank you for posting where everything is from. My favorite elements of the room are the mirror, the dresser, the owl, and the Ugly Dolls! Oh, and your own photography in the frames. I love seeing my own photos in my house but I’m terrible about having prints made… shame on me!

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    Elena C.
    May 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    I absolutely love it! So many details that catch the eye 🙂

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    June 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Thanks for posting this! The nursery looks AMAZING! I know I’m way late.

    And thank you for featuring the dividers from my ETSY shop 🙂

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    June 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Where did you get your crib sheets??

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    July 7, 2018 at 4:55 AM

    Lovely nursery room for a lovely baby.

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