Baby, I’ll take you Around the World

posted by harlie in family, home

Four months seems like a good long while, but I know that time will just fly by. So…it feels like it’s time to start dreaming up a nursery for our baby-to-be.

Well, we found our recently that we’re having a little girl. Whoo! Not being a particularly girly girl myself, I never expected that I’d want to style a girly nursery, but I’m oddly excited about it! That said, I’m definitely not an advocate of the deluge of pink and purple that seems to dominate everything girl these days. However, I have had this vintage poster for a while that I love and that I’ve wanted to hang in a kid’s playroom/library for a while:

It never felt quite right for Lil’Man’s room (which had a circus vibe with a different color palette), but I still love it. It does feel right for a jumping off point for this new nursery. I really love the minty teal with the warm colors. But I didn’t want a full-on nursery rhyme theme for my little girl. As much as I love nursery rhymes and fairy tales, I wasn’t feeling inspired by the idea. So, prompted by the poster’s reading theme, I thought of what books might be a fun jumping off point and Jules Verne’s 80 Days Around The World just grabbed me. I thought this could direct me to a “theme” without getting too “themey”. I could take ideas from as many different cultures as I wanted and match them with the feel of the book: photos of foreign cities, exotic textiles, maps, Victorian details… and hot air balloons. Can’t leave out the hot air balloons — that’s the most whimsical part of the book!

So, when I saw this map on Apartment Therapy I had to look deeper. At first, I was disappointed with the mostly brown and sienna colorway, but then I looked at the designer’s website and ‘lo! A map that perfectly coordinated with my Miss Muffet print. In English (as opposed to French). It was kismet! I knew that this nursery was on its way.

So far, this is what I’ve come up with. It’s definitely not pink, but it does, unequivocally, say girl (in, I hope, a very elegant way). And while I took elements of the book to direct my choices, I don’t think it screams “LOOK AT MY OH-SO CLEVER THEME!” This isn’t an exact plan for the room (lots of details to fill in!), but it certainly has helped me hammer out some ideas. Plus, I’ve been able to show it to the Mr and get his stamp of approval.

We have the framed art and the crib, but everything else is up in the air. For some items, I’m considering some DIY. For other items I’m really hoping I can find less expensive alternatives.

| Art: Around the World, Paris is a Feeling, Miss Muffet WPA print, Hot Air Balloons | Chandelier:Vertigo Gold Leaf Chandelier | Curtains:Anthropologie Marrakech Curtains | Crib:Da Vinci Jenny Lind | Chair: Nurseryworks Empire Rocker | Pillow: Hand-Painted Balloon Pillow | Lamp: Urban Oufitters Stella Floor Lamp | Rug: Vintage Overdyed Turkish Rug | Nightlight: J Schatz Egg Lamp | Dresser: Abigail Double Dresser |

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