June’s buffalo check and Liberty print nursery

19 January 2017

I am not one of those people who had the nursery tied up with a bow by the time their second trimester rolled around – in fact, we were still adding the finishing touches several months after our girl arrived! On time or not, I’m happy with how my vision came together, and on a budget of less than $500, too. Let’s take a little tour, shall we?


Not to start off on a negative note, but I used Jenny’s pelmet tutorial for the blue buffalo check curtains and MAN it was a beast. I don’t know if I was doing something wrong, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I will begrudgingly admit the pelmet is still on the wall and looks good a year and a half later, though, so I guess it worked out in the end…?




The dresser was a vintage find at the Raleigh Flea Market (I LOVE the color of the wood!), and the painting was a very special gift from one of my best friends – she made it herself after the wallpaper I was considering was discontinued! So talented!!




One of the main differences between my nursery inspiration and June’s finished room is the crib skirt. I originally planned to do blue toile like Jessie, and even ordered a blue toile skirt off of Etsy, but when it arrived it just didn’t seem right. A few months later I bit the bullet on a favorite Liberty of London fabric, and my aunt graciously sewed it into a skirt. The fabric itself was not exactly cheap, but it’s my favorite thing in the room and added the feminine note the space was missing!






That little cat is the first stuffed animal we bought for June, when we were in Paris and I was pregnant!


My amazing aunt also KNIT this horse mobile after I showed her an exorbitantly expensive one I had fallen in love with! I have absolutely zero sewing skills, but it’s definitely a goal of mine to learn so I can one day make my niece or granddaughter’s nursery dreams come true. Gotta pay it forward :)



Let’s talk about one more project that may or may not have been worth my while. We wanted to have a line of scripture or a hymn on June’s walls, and while I considered a beautiful piece from Between You and Me or House of Belonging, I was scared off by their pricing. So I decided to make one myself, and while I am mostly happy with how it turned out, it was a lot of work! AND, I knowingly had to spell one alleluia wrong, because I couldn’t fit another L on that line!! Argh. Oh well…



Missing a few nursery-specific items you expected to see? June’s glider and changing station are both downstairs in our bedroom, because that’s remained our hub of activity for the most part. We also recently hung her baptism cross over her crib, and it’s one of my favorite additions!

I’ve listed sources below, but if you have any questions, ask away! I’m happy with how June’s sweet space came together, and hope you like it, too!

All photos by the very talented Nancy Ray.

Wall paint: Simply White by Benjamin Moore (were I to get a redo I would paint the walls Love & Happiness by Ben Moore instead) | Buffalo check fabric: Calico Corners in Blueberry | Twin bed: Craigslist | Pink pillow: Target | Blue quilt: Garnet Hill | Dresser: Vintage | Wooden frame: Target | Horse painting: Custom | Lamp: Target | Crib: Hand-me-down | Liberty print fabric: Alice Caroline Supply | Mobile: Custom | Sheep rocker: Pottery Barn | Faux sheepskin rug: Ikea | All Creatures art: DIY | Book bin and stool: Homegoods | Sunshine banner: Small Branches | Felt balls for garland: Gracie & Marie | Flush mount light (which you can’t see in these pictures, but is really cute!): Pottery Barn Kids

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January 19, 2017 7:33 am

I love this space! I think it’s so sweet! You did a great job!

January 19, 2017 7:46 am

Love this sweet and cozy space!! I’m really impressed that you made that sign, I honestly would never have guessed! I had also never put together that you were pregnant on your trip to France, I love that detail! XO

January 19, 2017 10:43 am

Yes! About 8 weeks. I was so thankful my morning sickness wasn’t worse, since we booked the trip long before we knew I was pregnant. I just munched oyster crackers while walking around and that kept queasiness at bay! :)

January 19, 2017 8:04 am

Such a beautiful nursery!! And way to get a lot of mileage on your lifestyle session! ;) Such smart planning!! Oh! And I was in Pottery Barn the other day and saw their new blue gingham pattern bedding and thought of you!!!

January 19, 2017 10:43 am
Reply to  Robyn

I saw that, too!! So pretty!

January 19, 2017 8:29 am

This came out so wonderful! I love these photos too (in addition to all the other photos recently posted). I like that it is not to kid-ish or to pink! Love it :)

January 19, 2017 8:33 am

Ahhh, it’s SO cute! Love the Liberty print you added into the mix–I feel like it suits June so perfectly! :)

January 19, 2017 8:52 am

You did such a great job! I love how so many things in the room have a story behind them (especially all of the handmade items from family). I think the sign you DIYed turned out great and I am sure June will love it even more as she gets older knowing her mama made it for her. :)

January 19, 2017 10:51 pm

Thank you so much, friend! That’s the hope :)

January 19, 2017 10:56 am

This is such a sweet, unfussy nursery! One question, do you have a source for the “You are my sunshine” banner? I just love that!

January 19, 2017 11:14 am

Oh this is so nice! Please tell me you have some advice for gliders. Which one do you have? Do you like it? I am having the HARDEST time finding one that doesn’t cost a fortune! Thank you!

January 19, 2017 2:49 pm
Reply to  Victoria B

Not to hijack–but I have a decent tip– We found ours at Buy Buy Baby and it was a floor model with imperfections (the arm fabric was a little ripped in a spot that could hardly been seen), so it was marked down quite a bit. We then used a 20% off coupon and got it for $240!), (IF we had gone custom with ordering the same chair in a fabric of our choice the cost would have been roughly $550-600, or so) . We felt like something under $250 was VERY reasonable in comparison to many that we had seen. It is quite pink and bright, NOT what I had in mind, but at that point, I was willing to make it work and I’m glad I did because it is comfy and I loved the shape! If we were to have a boy down the road, I’ll just get a slip cover made or just rock him in Libby Sloane’s room (or even move it to our playroom)! ALSO–I’m not sure where you live, but I’m in a local facebook buy/sell/trade called MICIT (I think it’s all moved to a website, too-and various cities have it), and getting a used one was totally a possibility for me. http://www.besthf.com/best/Furniture/Chairs/Swivel-Glide/RONI -that’s similar to ours, by the same company. I don’t think that BBB carries them anymore and our chair seems to be discontinued, and I totally recommend trying chairs out in person…but ours is super comfy and we’ve loved having it! I got a fun pouf to prop up my legs.

January 30, 2017 11:12 am
Reply to  Megan

Thank you! I definitely appreciate it. We only have Babies R Us near us, but I am heading there soon to at least try a few models and shapes and go from there. I would love to spend around $250!

January 19, 2017 10:53 pm
Reply to  Victoria B

Hi Victoria! I feel you, because we looked around at big box stores and couldn’t find a price we were happy with! I ended up finding a glider for $25 (!!) on Craigslist. After purchasing upholstery-grade fabric and having it professionally upholstered, the cost came out to about $250, which I felt was a reasonable price. Best of luck in your search!

January 30, 2017 11:14 am
Reply to  Em

Thank you Emily! I have been checking them out, but our area is more of a retirement town, so it has been tricky, and I just don’t have much luck with that kind of stuff. But I think it would be a great way to go if I can find it.

January 19, 2017 2:13 pm

Catching up to EFM! girrrl…I hear ya on that pelmet project :) I have another I need to do for our powder room and I just keep pretending it’ll get done itself. I enlisted the help of my mom for Libby Sloane’s, so that was helpful, but, what a feat. My dad also drilled a 2×4 to the wall for us to mount it on so that it would stay.

LOVE her room. It’s so sweet and I’m glad you did the floral LoL fabric! I just LOVE Liberty. Where is the pom pom garland from?! I love that and may need to borrow that idea for our playroom doorway!

January 23, 2017 7:39 am

The buffalo check and sweet Liberty pattern are adorable! You did an amazing job with that sign, too! :)