Lizzie’s aqua and red nursery

aqua and red nursery

The second I found out we were expecting baby #2 I knew two things: that I was going to get to decorate a new nursery and that I wanted it to be vibrant and fun.  I really hate babyish nurseries. That may sound harsh but I don’t understand why people immediately jump to pastels. Babies don’t see well anyways and are drawn to bright colors, so I started the design for this nursery by picking two bright colors: aqua and red. Aqua and red are not obvious choices for a nursery but they were so much fun to work with and thanks to Etsy I had literally  unlimited custom decor at my fingertips. Lizzie’s nursery is one of my favorite rooms in the entire house. I love that it’s unexpected and yet still girly and cute. We had a difficult time picking a wall color to go above the wainscoting but eventually we decided on Olympic Blue Persuasion which is a pale aqua that complements the color scheme without overwhelming the room.

Aqua and red nursery with DIY nursery bedding

The first thing I picked for this room was the fabrics which are from Michael Miller’s Aqua Red color family. Since modern crib bedding is expensive (think Serena and Lilly) I decided to make it all myself using what I had left over from Sophie’s nursery.  I recovered the old bumper and added ribbon ties in a coordinating ribbon.

DIY crib bedskirt in aqua and red

Here’s a closeup of the crib skirt. I simply reused the old white crib skirt from Sophie’s nursery and added  a panel of red and white polka dots to the bottom of it and finished it off with an aqua ribbon to hide the seams. This is the same process I used on the curtain panels which also used to hang in Sophie’s room.

aqua and red nursery wall decal owl

The owl wall decal is probably my favorite piece of art in the room.  Its from Lucy Lews and was completely customizable. I was really nervous after ordering it. I was afraid that the colors wouldn’t be right, but when it came in the mail it was absolutely perfect! It’s a vinyl wall decal but because we have textured walls we couldn’t apply it directly to the wall. Our solution was to take an old canvas we were no longer using, spray paint it white, and apply the decal directly to the canvas to make a custom piece of art.

diy nursery mobile aqua and red birds

The mobile I made myself from a grapevine wreath I bought at Michael’s, left over ribbon, and left over fabric. I found the pattern for these cute birds for free online and made them out of the left over fabric from the room. Then I simply stuffed them and attached them from ribbon to the wreath. Lizzie loves to smack at them.

3D nusery art butterflies aqua and red

For a while I wasn’t sure what to do with this wall adjacent to the crib. It felt like it needed something but I didn’t want anymore rectangular art since the room already had 6 pieces, then I found these butterflies from Simply Chic Lily, and I was instantly in love.

Aqua and red nursery with birds

The dresser is Hemnes from Ikea which is seriously the best dresser ever.The container was also from Sophie’s room which I simply spray painted white and added a decorative ribbon trim to.   I think the frog humidifier is just fun.

aqua and red nursery art

The super cute bunting is from Betty and Barclay on Etsy. You may remember I used it in Lizzie’s 1st birthday cake smash pictures as well. The bird prints are by vtdesigns also on Etsy. I love that these prints coordinate perfectly with the room but do not scream at you “BABY ROOM”. You can see that nature became a subtle theme in the room as well (flowers, birds, butterflies, ect)

aquar and red nursery art aqua and red nursery lamp

The art installation, lamp , and hamper are from the Cotton Tale Designs nursery line which is conveniently called Lizzie (seriously how could I not buy them right?) I like them because they are childish without sending the room into a full blown temper tantrum. aqua and red nursery ptterybarn kids anywhere chair

Finally, I found the perfect chair for Lizzie at Pottery Barn Kids. It’s one of their anywhere chairs but I found this particular cover in the clearance section (score!).

2 thoughts on “Lizzie’s aqua and red nursery”

    1. Thanks Erin! The crib was actually a hand me down from my cousin and seeing as it is a drop side you won’t be able to find it anywhere. Sorry I can’t be more help.

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