Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Design Ideas for Baby Boy D

Where to begin?  Starting the nursery design is often the hardest part.  There are so many choices out there, which is great, but it can get a little overwhelming.  Luckily, Baby D's mom already has a great starting point - this assortment of bold, graphic fabrics, with a cute giraffe print thrown in.

Since the fabrics are so nice and almost look like art, it would be cute to cover canvas with them and glue letters over the top to spell a name or monogram like this:

image and letters from this seller

All of these supplies can be purchased inexpensively at Hobby Lobby and are super easy for even the most novice DIYer. All you need is a staple gun to wrap the canvas, a little craft paint on the wooden letters and some strong glue.

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Don't want to do letters?  I am envisioning a set of 3 square pictures, each a solid color pulled from the fabric, with a white giraffe silhouette in the center.  This would also be an easy DIY project.  Just use a photocopy machine to enlarge the giraffe design and cut out one giraffe.  Trace onto the center of the canvas and paint the background a solid color using simple craft paint from Hobby Lobby.  It will probably take 2-3 coats of paint but the end result will be fun and graphic!

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Or how about this adorable wall decal, available in a variety of colors, with an almost matching giraffe:

at just $44, this decal from Single Stone Studios won't break the bank

If you are not crafty yourself, I suggest recruiting a crafty family member or friend to help you with some projects.  Tell them their assistance can be their gift to you instead of a shower gift.  Or turn to  You can truly find ANYTHING you could possibly want to decorate a nursery there.

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Since Mom is a teacher, I am guess books are important to her (not that they aren't always important!).  Forward facing bookshelves placed near the nursery chair create a perfect story-time nook and add color and interest.  Try organizing books by color for extra impact.

Catalina Magazine Rack from Pottery Barn Kids

Want to make your own?  My dad is kind enough to be building these for my nursery

DIY instructions found on Centsational Girl blog
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Finally, a few giraffe touches wouldn't hurt to play up the cute factor.  I like this small rug on clearance at JCPenney for in front of the crib, plus its on clearance for $29.99!

Hope that helps you get started on your modern, slightly safari room!

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