Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Baby's Room Inspiration

First of all, she had better be a girl!

Secondly, my baby's room is faaaaaar from ready.  She's due in less than 12 weeks, but you wouldn't know it by her room (which is currently the craft room, which needs to be moved down to what we call the "multipurpose room," which is next to our bedroom, which needs to be moved upstairs, next to the nursery, into the what is now called the "man room" and will later be referred to as "the study," which needs to be moved downstairs - catch all that?  Anyone like to paint?)

Thirdly, I thought I'd share the inspiration for her room.  The words I assigned to this project are: old-fashioned, yet whimsical (not stuffy).  I knew that I wanted vintage/antique art as the inspiration, so I started scouring ebay and etsy.  I found the perfect thing that I never knew existed - The Prize.

It's a nineteenth-century children's magazine which reminds me a lot of Godey's Ladies Book.  If you've never heard of Godey's Ladies Book, look it up.  It's *very* neat. 
The Prize came in monthly issues, but was also bundled into book form for an entire year's issue. It has hand colored illustrations as well as black and white illustrations inside.  Here are the three pieces that I'll be framing for the nursery:

The one on the left is the first one I found and I think it embodies "old-fashioned, yet whimsical!"  After I bought the individual covers off etsy, I found an entire bound book from 1890 on ebay!  It came in the mail today and it is soooo neat!  The cover is the first picture in the post.  Here is the back:
Some inside pages: 
I'm a bad person and I was going to take out one of the colored lithographs as my third piece to frame, but there was a colored lithograph in the front and I just used that instead with no harm to the book! ;)

The etsy seller has more covers here:  Prints and Paper

Much more blogging time with be devoted to setting up the nursery, but here's a preview of my next blog post! ;)


  1. Oh, I love your inspiration! I wish I had had a separate nursery for my wee ones to decorate :-)

    I'm loving the old pictures and that doll has completely captivated me ;-)

    Lots of love,
    Sommer...and really? Only 12 weeks or less?! ACK! Yippee!!!

  2. Lovely!!! And don't worry about waiting to decorate, Evie's about to be a year old, and I'm just now finishing up her nursery!! But she just started sleeping in there, so I guess that's okay :) Can't wait to see pictures of it!

  3. Fantastic ideas - I love all the old prints, I'm sure it will look great!

  4. Oh,pick me! Pick me! I like to paint! ;) It seems like it's going to be a very Keri nursery which I think is so sweet.That little doll is adorable too. :)

  5. Aww, cute! I'm about to take apart a much loved vintage-ish children's book to salvage the good pieces for a project. I love those prints!! What a great find. I can't wait to see what else you've been working on! That doll is fantastically cute. :) (And don't worry about the room, Anthony is two and I'm just now getting to his room. :) He's just started sleeping in there though, so I suppose it's okay. :)

  6. goodluck with the babys room! im loving the inspiration thus far x

  7. Gorgeous inspiration pieces! Hope it's coming along well!

  8. I threatened my baby to come out a girl but I got a boy. And I'm so happy I did now.

    Lovely photos!

  9. You're nursery is going to be very cute with the items and theme that you want.



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