A shabby chic lavender nursery

Cream nailhead glider | Crib skirt | Monogram fabric swag above crib | Lamp
Side table | Basket | Mirror | Mobile | G throw pillow | Lavender ruffle throw pillow
Gallery wall top left to right: Wreath | Abstract | I love you more than stars
Gallery wall bottom left to right: Feathers | Fabric flower | Heart print | Large landscape art

My very close friend is having her third baby in March and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We just found out that the baby will be a girl. She has two boys, so she gets to design a nursery! So exciting! She asked me to put together a lavender shabby chic nursery for her and I’m excited to share what I whipped up this past hour after being inspired at Home Goods this morning.

A few considerations we worked with

My friend Kari needs to use the crib she already owns. It’s an espresso brown crib and is not something she loves anymore, but it can work. You will see this included in a second design board below. The crib she has is a solid piece of furniture and because it has to be included, I kept everything else in the room light and bright! We also kept a matching dresser/changing table in the room.

She prefers to use the curtains she owns which are cream. I think that will work completely fine with this design. If I were going to recommend something, I would have her DIY a Pottery Barn Kids Harper Roman Shade copycat like we did in Ezra’s room. It would cost about $50 for a plain white blackout shade and then she would just buy some lavender grosgrain ribbon and stitch witch.

Lastly, she had already purchased this fun Damask style lavender and white Wall Pops wallpaper, so we included a feature wall behind the crib which is clearly the showstopper when combined with the monogram swag!

My list of must-have items in a nursery

  • Crib and dresser or changing table.
  • Lamp with 15 or 20 watt light bulb for bedtime reading.
  • Comfortable rocker or glider. The one I used is $399.
  • Bookshelves of some sort. I didn’t add it here, but I am going to recommend that my friend put IKEA Ribba shelves on a wall really low so baby girl can reach books. We have this in both boys’ bedrooms and they are fantastic.
  • A gallery wall. In this case, I would love to see the gallery wall on my friend’s second larger wall. I would also like to add a wood initial in the gallery wall when we find out what her name is.
  • A mirror. Babies love looking at themselves. I have the mirror above the changing table here, but it could be somewhere else instead. I found the perfect mirror for this nursery at Home Goods this morning! You can’t tell here, but it has a touch of lavender on the outside and inside edge and is a soft creamy white. It’s $29.99 for a fairly large mirror that will work in her room for years to come.
  • A fun crib skirt. I actually like to stick to soft cotton or t-shirt material sheets and think that plain white or subtle colors are best. With this nursery design, I would do just plain white and then include the crib skirt with just a touch of color and pattern.

Home Goods mirror

The top photo is sort of my dream version for someone who is starting fresh or has a large budget. The crib is from Serena & Lily, but honestly, the $199 Jenny Lind crib would work just as well at a much more reasonable price point. Now on to my friend’s nursery board with a few things she already owns.

Shabby Chic lavender nursery with dark crib

Cream nailhead glider | Crib skirt | Monogram fabric swag above crib | Lamp
Side table | Basket | Mirror | Mobile | G throw pillow | Lavender ruffle throw pillow
Gallery wall top left to right: Wreath | Abstract | I love you more than stars
Gallery wall bottom left to right: Feathers | Fabric flower | Heart print | Large landscape art

This isn’t my typical style, but I absolutely love how it’s turning out. While Kari asked for shabby chic, I kept it a subtle shabby chic. I know some people go all out for that style and it can be beautiful, but I think the modern elements mixed in make this room really pop.

For me, the swag over the crib completely makes the room! And the gallery wall is full and pretty but isn’t too much since we stuck with a fairly simple color palette. Even with the dark wood, the room feels bright and fresh.

Almost all of the art is very budget-friendly on Etsy. Print them off at Costco in different sizes and buy frames at IKEA for a beautiful and affordable gallery wall!

Again, I’d go with a white crib sheet and the crib skirt we have in the board to keep it simple against the statement wall. What do you think? I’m now on the hunt for a few budget-friendlier versions of some of the things I included.


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