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{nursery progress} the big reveal!

Now that Emma is finally here, I can show you her finished nursery! The expression “labor of love” has a whole new meaning for me now, but we did put a lot of hard work and care into getting her nursery just right. If you remember back to my initial post about the nursery, this is the design plan I started with:

And here’s what the room looked like before:

Starting with a firm budget of $1500, we set out to try to create a sweet, DIY inspired, eco-friendly nursery…

Here’s the breakdown of what we DIY’d:


As I mentioned before, we set a firm $1500 budget for the nursery – and while my husband had serious doubts about my ability to stick to that budget – I’m very proud to report that I came in UNDER BUDGET at $1302.24. The biggest expenses in the room were the Naturepedic organic crib mattress ($259), the Ikea Hemnes dresser ($199), the DaVinci Rivington crib (on sale for $191.99), the Elfa stacking drawers for the closet ($99), and the Naturepedic organic changing pad ($89.10). Together, those purchases made up almost 2/3 of our whole budget. We could have cut corners a bit by not going organic for the mattress and changing pad, but raising Emma in an eco-conscious way is very important to us, so we were willing to invest a little more for those things.

Here are close-ups of most of the things I DIY’d:

Bird mobile

Paper circle mobile

Golden Slumbers print

Murder in the City print

Monogrammed throw pillow

Personalized baby quilt


Gum Drop ottoman

I hope you like it!  Well, really I just hope Emma likes it. :-) It was a lot of hard work, but we couldn’t be happier with the final result. Leave me a comment if you have any questions about resources or any of the DIY projects!


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  • Sarah June 28, 2011, 2:23 pm

    I LoveLoveLove it! And I LoveLoveLove you guys!

    You know what I realized when I got back on the road Sunday? I didn’t actually go up and see the finished room with Emma’s stuff/baby jazz actually in it. Guess that just means I have to visit again soon!

  • Brittany June 28, 2011, 8:28 pm

    Congratulations on your baby! I ran across your blog last year while searching for DIY wedding invitation ideas. I enjoy all your posts! The nursery looks incredible.

    • allie July 19, 2011, 5:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Brittany! :-)

  • Neelah July 22, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Very sweet nursery! I’m sure Emma loves it too! I was wondering if that is a bird mirror over the chair. Not that I have any space in my tiny nursery left, but it is very cute!

  • Kate August 1, 2011, 11:06 am

    Is the paint Benjamin Moore Robin’s Nest?

    • allie August 1, 2011, 4:30 pm

      Thank you! The paint color is Teal Treat by Miller Paint. I checked the walls against my Benjamin Miller fan deck, though, and Caribbean Breeze is a very close match.

  • Anna August 1, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Hi, I came here from Ohdeedoh! Gorgeous nursery and I love your DIYs.

    • allie August 1, 2011, 4:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Anna!

  • Carrie Jung August 1, 2011, 1:14 pm

    I LOVE the bird mobile and the personalized baby quilt that you made! Your post on Ohdeedoh definitely put a smile on my face today because many of your DIY projects featured a fabric line that I helped design, Hideaway. Thanks for finding us and using our fabric in your adorable nursery!

    • allie August 1, 2011, 4:37 pm

      Thanks, Carrie! I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I found those fabrics!! They were the exact colors I was looking for, and the little birds were just too perfect. Thanks for such great designs!! :-)

  • Sara August 1, 2011, 8:09 pm


    Did you make the bunting? I’d love to know how you did it or where you bought it.

    A lovely room …

  • Caron August 1, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I saw your post on ohdeedoh today and just wanted to see more! I’m loving the colors you chose, you have a good eye. I wish I saw this post when I was decorating my daughters room, her room is a very similar color blue so it would have been perfect!

  • Amber August 2, 2011, 11:25 am

    lovely nursery!!

  • amy h September 4, 2011, 3:38 pm

    Emma’s nursery turned out so cute!! I love the hanging book shelves. Where did you find them?

    • allie September 4, 2011, 3:58 pm

      Thanks! They’re actually spice racks from Ikea. You can find them in the kitchen section. The come unpainted but ready to hang.

  • Kathryn July 22, 2012, 6:46 am

    Hi Allie, I love your nursery! And you are sooo crafty… the things you DIY’d are awesome.

    I just wanted to mention that these images won’t pin on Pinterest! I’m not sure why, but if you were looking to increase traffic, it might help if they were pinnable :) I think I can pin the original OhDeeDoh/Apartment Therapy ones though.

    Great job!!


    • allie July 22, 2012, 7:50 am

      Gahh! Thank you so much for the heads up! (And the super sweet compliments!!) Apparently those photos were set to private on Flickr (no idea why), but they’re public and Pinnable now. Sorry about that!

  • Kristen January 1, 2013, 7:55 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your daughter’s nursery. I’d love to use the same colors in my baby’s. I was wondering if you could tell me where you found the crib skirt or the fabric for the crib skirt. You did a beautiful job! I wish I was talented enough to make that quilt and mobile!!

    • allie January 2, 2013, 5:10 pm

      Aww, thank you so much, Kristen! I got the fabric at Fabric Depot in Portland and unfortunately I’m not sure who makes it. It’s just a basic dotted quilting fabric. But honestly, I personally wouldn’t bother with making a crib skirt again. We’ve had to adjust the height of the crib mattress several times as our daughter has grown and by the 2nd adjustment the whole thing was dragging on the floor and looked awful. Maybe they sell ones that deal with this issue? It’s worth looking into so you can save yourself a bit of hassle. Good luck, and congrats!!!