the big nursery reveal!

aqua, pink, and yellow nursery

Finally, it’s here….the moment you’ve all been waiting for! haha…ok maybe the moment I’ve been waiting for! The nursery reveal! I had so much fun redecorating the nursery for little girl #3 (she does have name…yes an “A” name but we’re not telling yet…such a tease, I know), and poured every last bit of second trimester energy that I had into it. (now I’m done…hurry up next 8 weeks!)

So let’s dive right in and I’ll show you around. πŸ™‚ I’ll list all tutorials & sources I used throughout the post.

UPDATE: I finally located the paint can, and the paint color is Celery by Ralph Lauren!

All the fabrics are from the Mod Basics organic line, from my lovely sponsor Fabricworm!

Boring storage stuff….made as cute as possible! I still want to make a few more gauze blankets and burp cloths….but we’ll see if I get around to that. I made a new changing pad cover and bought some wire baskets for the changing table storage. Charlotte’s diapers are ginormous compared to the newborn sized ones! Which I don’t have any of yet…soon I’ll need to start stocking up, huh?

I made the window cornice box from a huge piece of insulation foam I got at Lowes, using this tutorial! I covered it in white linen and pinned some butter yellow ric rac from my sponsor Ribbon Retreat around the top and bottom to outline it. I LOVE love love how this turned out. Flippin’ hard to get a good pic of though.

The curtains were made withΒ  the remaining linen and some extra scraps-just pieced together, color block style, and hemmed the edges under with a casing up top. Sorry…it’s extremely hard to get a picture of a brightly lit window that doesn’t burn out your corneas. I’m melting…..

You can see more about the yellow wooden sign here, it’s from this Etsy shop.

Here, the curtains are a bit better here. Rest your eyes, please. Not too long, we’ve still got more to look at!

The crib wall has a wooden initial (more on that below), her hot air balloon mobile, and collection of easy embroidery hoops!

You can read about those here! The white wooden frame and balloon print were in the SNAP swag bag (the print is by Rhonna Farrer I believe), and the yellow frame is from Cut it Out.

My dad cut the A monogram out of MDF using a laser cutter thingy (he belongs to a shop where they have dozens of cool machines that he can use!), and then I painted it with leftover paint from the dresser. I hung it up with some command strips that have velcro-like tabs. Those things are awesome!

I stole the pillows from our master bedroom for these pictures….haha. I don’t usually use a pillow while nursing (just my boppy) so I doubted I’d ever actually leave any pillow I made on the chair…but it looked so lonesome and empty.

The rug is from Urban Outfitters, and you can read more about the quilt here. This is one of my fav quilts that I’ve made, for sure!

The crib skirt was made with this tutorial, and crib sheet with this tutorial. More about the skirt here.

Just another angle….yep I was shutter happy that day!

The view from the closet-you can see the cornice much better here!

And let’s mosey on over to the other wall-tons of projects here! The ombre dresser, chicken wire display frame, scalloped garland, and some hot air balloon specimen art. (plus our traditional first year picture frame we get for all our kids!) Also your standard hamper from Babies R Us.

The dresser has aΒ  little vase from Ikea with some yellow flowers, and a thrifted cool little bowl holds her headbands, plus a little silver baby frame that both of my girls have had in their nursery. πŸ™‚

I used vintage clip on earrings to attach things to the chicken wire. I can’t wait to add pictures of baby herself!

I made some easy hot air balloon specimen art (I think that’s what it’s called?) using some scrapbook paper, a marker, and a circle punch. It took about 10 minutes and I love how it turned out! I also painted the frame coral so that it would stand out against the wall color and white frame below it.

So….phew! After many weeks, it’s finally done! What do you think? Do you think I used enough coral, teal, and yellow? No? It needs more? Don’t tempt me…..

Check out Shauna and Kate’s posts for this week’s belly+baby projects!


  1. I have been really looking forward to this! And I’m not disappointed, it’s absolutely beautiful πŸ™‚

  2. So beauiful! I love the idea of the air balloons! I made my own frame with paper dolls, and lovin it also πŸ™‚

    Such a nice baby’s room, really lovin it!

  3. Adorable! Are you trying to spread “baby fever”?? My best friend needs help getting her nursery ready, so I will live vicariously through her- um, I mean, go and help her out. Yeah. That’s it. Soooo many cute ideas here and it all coordinates wonderfully! Great job!

  4. It’s absolutely beautiful – you’ve done a wonderful job – how exciting to have it all come together!

  5. Gorgeous! I love the hot air balloons and the fabric you’ve used throughout. What a wonderful room to welcome your baby into!

  6. Had to tell you: My 3.5 yr old daughter was looking over my shoulder while I read this post. And in her sweetest Mommy-to-baby voice, she said, “Aww, that baby room is soooo sweet. Aw, look at that changing table. That’s the cutest changing table I have ever seen! Mommy, we should buy that changing table. It’s just so cute!” Kids, the say the silliest things:)

  7. just lovely!!

  8. It’s official…I’m moving I to your baby’s room. It is so bright and gorgeous! And I love all the extra special touches that you included!

  9. What a darling room just full of loving touches. Your little A is going to want to spend all of her time in there for sure. You have a great eye for putting all of the little details together to make the big picture gorgeous!

  10. I am IN LOVE with that quilt! It is so beautiful! Any chance of a tutorial?

  11. It is beautiful. I love the colors. I did ruffles for our little girls crib as well.

  12. It is beautiful. I love the colors. I did ruffles for our little girls crib as well.

  13. oh jess! IT’S ADORABLE! what a perfect, sweet nursery for a perfect, sweet baby girl to come!!! your arms must just be aching to hold her now πŸ˜‰

  14. What an adorable nursery room, all that handmade love in their is awesome! Sometimes I wish I found out what I was having b/c I never got around to planning a nursery beforehand and it’s really difficult to get it all going/done once they are born and you also have a toddler running around your ankles as well (my excuse any ways). You are truly amazing to do all this plus have two little ones yourself!

  15. way way awesome jess. It looks so beautiful! That little girl can’t come soon enough! Oh and thanks for naming her after me, hahaha

  16. Beautiful! It’s so peaceful and whimsical…love the color scheme. I pinned your ombre dresser tutorial a while ago; I think I’m going to do that in the nursery I’m planning :} Great job!

  17. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Sep. 17, 2012. Thanks again.

  18. wow, I am so jealous, this is just amazing! I am in love with this color scheme right now, and this makes me wish i was pregnant again! i would totally kidnap (not steal persay, lol) all these ideas! the ombre dresser is to die for and the bedding is gorgeous! BRAVO!!

    <3 Bethany @ The Sepia Puppy


    Pinning this for later!

  19. so so so so precious! you did an awesome job!!! the color coords are perfect. Makes me want to have another baby just to decorate the room….uh not really. LOL

  20. Absolutely amazing, Jess! I love the color scheme and the hot air balloon theme. It’s all so fresh and uplifting. That lucky little baby. You must feel so accomplished having it all done and ready.

  21. LOVE everything about this!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. YOu are so clever and an inspiration! What a beautiful nursery!!!!

  23. This looks amazing! What a beautiful space for baby A. πŸ™‚

  24. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this nursery! The colors, the prints, the chevrons, the ruffles. Everything!

    Great job!

  25. I love it! It’s so bright and happy. And yes, I have been looking forward to seeing it.
    That cornice is so cool! I love the ric-rac edging on it.

  26. Oooooh it’s so great! Yay for finally showing the whole room at once, those little previews were such a tease! Congrats on getting it done so far in advance, too – you’re pretty much supermom. πŸ™‚ Little Ariel is such a lucky little gal!

  27. Love the color palette and hot air balloon theme! The coral is so fun for a girl and not the ordinary bubble gum pink you see so much of in girls nursery stuff. Super cute! The quilt is amazing.

  28. Darling nursery. And so cheerful too!

  29. Such a precious nursery with so many handmade touches! I can’t decide what my favorite element…I think maybe the ombrΓ© dresser. Air balloons are my favorite and I love your color scheme too! All the room needs now is a healthy little babe!

  30. Lovely!!! It is so, so adorable. And now that you have us wondering the new baby name…. you could do a giveaway where all your followers could try to guess the A name, i vote for Amber!!! ;p

  31. This room looks amazing! And I love the color scheme! πŸ™‚

  32. Oh I love this! It makes me want to have another…well almost – that’s huge credit to the room, cause I am so done.
    I love how it looks collected, and not styled.
    Love the hot air mobile especially, and the quilt.
    Wonderful job!


  33. So many awesome projects! Way to go Jess! And yet, I think my favorite part is the clip-on earrings used as photo clips. πŸ™‚ Hooray for baby #3!

  34. Can you come decorate my nursery for me? I am curious to find out her name. We will also have a baby girl A. And I’m loving the wooden A.

  35. Absolutely beautiful! Such a fun room and adorable color scheme. The hot air balloons are my favorite… both the mobile and the specimen art. Baby A will be thrilled to come home to such a lovely place.

  36. It’s beautiful! Love the colors, the dresser, the rug, etc.

  37. Love how it all turned out! It was fun seeing the final product after reading about all the different pieces along the way. The hot air balloon “specimen art” is my favorite part πŸ™‚

  38. Absolutely love it!!! Beautiful! I am constantly blown away with what you can do with two little ones running around, and being preggers! Your amazing girl!

  39. Love this! I love the colors!! And I think I commented on the quilt before when you showed it to us, but just in case… I’d love to cuddle up in it! πŸ™‚

  40. So adorable. I love the hot air balloons. I can’t believe you are so prepared!

  41. So adorable. I love the hot air balloons. I can’t believe you are so prepared!

  42. So adorable. I love the hot air balloons. I can’t believe you are so prepared!

  43. It’s perfect! Love the crib skirt and bedding and the hot air balloons and the letter A. If you picked “Ansley” you have to tell me. HA. I do think it would go great with your other girls’ names, and maybe you have similar naming criteria like us; we considered Sadie and Charlotte too. πŸ™‚

  44. Lovely colors! Love your nursery so much… If I could have another pregnancy opportunity, I might check your CINO nursery blogs more often πŸ˜€

    By the way, do you want to try sewing some modern cloth diapers? They must be nice on your wire baskets.

    Oh, I can’t stop looking at the vintage clip-on earrings…

  45. It’s absolutely gorgeous!! You are so talented! I’m having a boy in November and I am loving reading all of your baby posts πŸ™‚

  46. Sorry, have to comment again. It’s gorgeous! And perfect! I love your use of color and print, but also of white throughout; it looks fun and beautiful and just right. Much love! Could I ask where you got the first year frame? We got a frame as a gift for our first baby, and have not been able to find one again; I’d love for each of them to get one.
    Again, thanks for the inspiration. I love your blog!

  47. I love this! It’s nice to see the ideas all put together. I’m having a mystery baby in about a month who will be sharing a room with its sister. I’ve been thinking I wanted to do primary colors and then something with hot air balloons and banners, so this is SUPER helpful! You did a great job!

  48. So darling! Nothing is more fun that decorating a nursery, and you are so ahead of the game! I never finished my third…need to make it a “girl” room now.

  49. Wonderful! What a calm and warm room. Your color palette is lovely and I am a serious fan of your chicken wire.

  50. How lovely and truly inspiring for my next nursery! I’d love to know where you got the first year frame too. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and talent.

  51. You did such a great job on your nursery, it looks just beautiful. What a happy place for you and your new little one. It’s been a while since we brought our own D3 home from the hospital, but I remember it well. Best wishes!

  52. Do you remember what your paint color is? Its so cute and calming feeling, would love to use it in my house.

  53. I want to duplicate every inch of that room for my girl’s room!!! Seriously, you are amazing for doing all that while pregnant. Very impressed.

  54. I love reading your blog and am in total admiration of your colour sense (and your boundless energy for creation – with a bun in the oven and kids in tow!) The nursery is gorgeous!

  55. Love it! We are having another little girl and I have had my heart set on a Tiffany blue/coral color. I love it!

  56. IT’S BEAUTIFUL JESS!!! I am so in love with that nursery, it is adoreable!! I love the colors, and the hot air balloons!! Oh, and the embroidery hoops! And…oh my heavens, I just love it all!! Every. Single. Bit. The end. πŸ™‚

  57. I have some very cute yellow fabric with crochet flowers for our draperies and am NOT being successful finding a wall color yet… I love this soft colour you’ve used! Could you share the brand and colour name pretty please?

  58. Obviously, everyone else agrees but this is one stunning nursery! I wish I had found you earlier but I’m loving every single post I click on. Newest follower πŸ™‚ (Pinned it as well)

  59. How many different prints of fabric did you use for the quilt? How many yards each? I’d like to make one.

  60. I am in LOVE with the colors in this room! What a happy space! Thanks so much for sharing, will be pinning this for later!

  61. Hi there! I’m madly in love with your nursery and am planning to post a pic and links to you on my blog today but wanted to make sure it was ok – if it isn’t, just let me know and I’ll remove it ASAP. Can’t wait to share my own nursery reveal pics and link back to you once I’m done (working on that crib skirt now!) πŸ™‚

  62. What is the wall paint color? I love it and have been looking for a color just like it!

  63. I love, love this nursery! Could you please share the paint color with me? It is perfect!

  64. I LOVE that hot air balloon print from Rhonna Designs. I found it a few months ago and decided to base my little girl’s nursery around it– very similar color scheme to yours with yellows, corals, and aqua. It’s still mostly in the brianstorming phase right now, so I’m so glad I found your nursery on pinterest for a little extra inspiration! It is absolutely darling! I’ll be thrilled if mine turns out even half as cute πŸ™‚

  65. This is just beautiful, so creative. Wonderful job!!

  66. I have looked everywhere for something in these colors and fell in love with this! Would you be interested in selling this bedding set or making an additional one?

  67. I am absolutely in love with your nursery and plan on doing the exact same colors. I was wondering if you do custom orders and if you would make me a quilt identical to the one you made? If so, how much would you charge? It’s by far the cutest quilt I have ever seen!


  68. Hannah Plexman says

    Come on! That is the most adorable nursery I have ever seen! Your craftiness, attention to detail and entire vision is so impressive, I am just in awe. Well done…well done πŸ™‚

  69. So I would like to know if this bedding can be purchased anywhere or if the fabric can be to make this I really love this and need it for my daughters room!

    • Hey there! I actually was planning on making this for my own little one that will be getting here in April! Unfortunately, the fabric from Fabricworm listed in the how-to is not the same bright, beautiful color that’s in the picture. I’m not sure if it’s because a few years have gone by and they’ve changed the colors a bit, but I would go to a fabric store in person and pick it out unless you want the coral to be more of a burnt orange and all other colors to be a bit dark and dull.

  70. I love this decor and I am wanting to do this for our baby. Do you remember how much material you ended up buying and how any different colors of material?

  71. How did you make the balloon specimen art? Do you have a template for the baskets?

  72. LOVE this! I saw where you put the tutorial links for the quilt, skirt and sheet but was wondering if you would be willing to make another set for a price? ? I’m not crafty one bit and have been going CRAZY trying to find bedding that my husband and I can agree on. I know you probably have your hands full but figured I’d give it a shot! Feel free to email me if you’d be willing to take this on….it’s a gorgeous set!


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