I am so super, uber, extra excited to share with you the completed nursery design for Miss Marcie Jane! My sister Sara and I worked on this project together as a gift to our fabulous friend Rachel (Marcie’s mama).
We had an absolute blast designing and decorating the nursery. For me personally, it was incredibly satisfying to work on a design that actually got implemented! I’ve spent so much time obsessing over floor plans and design boards, but since I’m still months away from building my house, I don’t have anything tangible to show for it. It’s very satisfying to have fully finished a project!
And of course, it’s very satisfying to have produced something that made Rachel and her husband Dave so happy. It was really sweet to see how much they love the new space. The day after we finished, Dave texted Rachel while he was at the house alone and said he was sitting in the nursery, just looking around at everything. How incredibly adorable is that??
There were some unique design challenges to conquer in this space. First, the room is tiny. It’s only 9 ft. x 11 ft. That’s plenty of space for a nursery, but a substantial area was occupied by built-in shelves and a built-in desk. We made the desk into a changing area with baskets below for storing diapers and supplies. Here’s a look at the nursery as you enter the room:
Before the makeover, this room was a catchall storage space. Here’s a look at the before and after from this angle:
And here’s a look at the built-in shelves:
The pillow on the rocker was the inspiration for the entire design. Marcie looked like a little bunny rabbit in her first sonogram, so we wanted to incorporate a subtle bunny theme throughout the nursery.
The crib is on the wall opposite the changing area. We used a vinyl decal to add interest to the wall. I was dreading getting the decal onto the wall, but it actually turned out to be quite easy!
Rachel already had the bedding from Pottery Barn from her first daughter. The “welcome” bunting was left over from Rachel’s shower. It’s probably some sort of safety hazard, so it won’t be staying on the crib. But for now, it’s a nice message to send to Marcie to let her know she is welcome to arrive sooner rather than later!
The decal we used came with Marcie’s name and two little bunnies. You may have noticed one of the bunnies in the lower left corner of this photo of the shelves:
We used the bit with Marcie’s name above the mirror over her dresser.
The wreath on the door was a DIY project I did to keep the vibe going even when the door to the nursery is closed.
Speaking of DIY, probably my favorite part of the entire room is the MJB initials on the wall opposite the entry into the room.
This project was a happy accident that came together at the last minute. We realized we had a bunch of wall space with nothing on it, and we couldn’t find a good picture on our mad dash to Walmart (last minute home decor options are rather limited in our tiny town). Sara spotted the wooden squares in the craft section, and we repurposed the block letters that were originally displayed on the shelves. The letters are from Hobby Lobby and were each painted a different color with chalk paint. We hot glued them to the wood and hung the finished pieces on nails. To cover up the nail and the rope holding the squares, we hot glued a faux peony to the top of each piece. I absolutely love how it turned out, especially because it was such a stroke of genius on Sara’s part to solve a last-minute design crisis!
We got the whole nursery finished in two days – painting on Saturday and decorating on Sunday. According to Sara’s FitBit, we somehow managed to walk over 2 miles within that tiny 99 square foot room on Sunday!
I’m really happy with how everything turned out. More importantly, Rachel and Dave are really happy with it. Now we just have to wait patiently for Marcie to arrive and move into her new room!