A Neverland Inspired Nursery for Lucy

A little over a year ago, we decided to make a drastic life change. We put our spacious house in the suburbs, the one we planned on raising our family in, on the market, and rented a small flat in the heart of downtown Charleston. It was a bold move, and while there have been many adjustments since then, I can honestly say that the only thing we regret about it is the fact that Lucy never actually got to sleep in the nursery that we spent so much time getting ready for her. Luckily, my sister managed to snag some photos of it before we moved, so it can live on in the internet world if no where else.

I have always loved the story of Peter Pan, and thought it would be fun to design a nursery loosely based on that theme. I didn’t want Peter Pan prints and Neverland signs, (although I did buy a cool vintage copy of a Disney Peter Pan book on Etsy), but definitely wanted it to have that whimsical feel and spirit of adventure.

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Since Penny had the striking graphic wallpaper in her room, I knew I wanted to do some sort of cool wall treatment in Lucy’s room as well, and ended up painting a zigzag pattern on the walls to represent mountains, after finding some inspiration photos on Pinterest.

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We used the same soft gray that was in the rest of our house on the top (Notre Dame by Valspar), and a pretty mint green on the bottom (I can’t for the life of me remember the name of this one). It turned out beautifully, and added enough interest that there wasn’t much need to hang a lot the walls.

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Penny’s old Jenny Lind crib was moved in, as was a dark wood cabinet that had originally been used as a media console, but made the perfect changing table with its’ slightly nautical pirate feel. We also used a blue rug that we already had, because its’ graphic tribal pattern seemed to fit right in and added a nice punch of color to the bland beige carpeting. It was purchased several years ago, but there is a very similar one here.

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We also moved the Pottery Barn rocker from Penny’s room into this one, and added a fun starfish pillow and a basket with cozy blankets and a mermaid doll (the same doll that Penny was gifted when we had our much anticipated gender reveal in this post!), as a nod to Mermaid Lagoon. The light and airy flower mobile above the chair reminded me of fairies and Peter Pan’s hideout, and looked looked so soft and pretty hanging in that corner of the room. It is no longer available at Pottery Barn Kids, but this one and this one are similar.

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The antique fireplace mantel, which my Dad found at a Habitat for Humanity for a steal, had originally been used as a headboard for our guest bed, and we toyed around with what to use it for before ultimately deciding to display books inside. The character of the mantel reminded me of something that would be found in the Darling childrens’ nursery, and was the perfect place to display items that would be out of reach of curious hands. The clock, coral, and mint green picture frame were all found at Home Goods, and the vintage lantern was stolen from our living room. We painted the inside of the mantel a golden yellow to make it pop, and added a couple of Ikea picture ledges to display children’s books on.

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The teepee was a diy project that we found the instructions to here, using some wooden poles, twine, and a painter’s drop cloth. Bonus– there was no sewing involved, as sadly, my skills do not extend into that realm. The teepee paired with the faux bearskin rug (you can find a similar one here) gave a nod to the Lost Boys and Native Americans.

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My sister created all of the art work for the room with the exception of the seascape, (that’s right folks, this talented lady does more than just take gorgeous photographs!), and framed them in simple white Ikea frames. These photos were taken after our home was staged for sale, so the artwork was not pictured in the room in the name of simplifying and de-cluttering, but was originally hung above the changing table. This is also why there are no detail shots, but hopefully you can get a feel for the room from these few photographs.

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My favorite element in the room, however, was the yarn art hung above the crib. I wanted something that would take up a fair amount of space, make a statement, be lightweight and safe to hang above a sleeping baby, but was also budget friendly, and finally settled on creating this yarn art after seeing the idea on Pinterest (find instructions here). I literally found a long stick in the trail behind our house, and knotted some yarn around it- one of the coolest and easiest projects ever, and I loved the way it turned out.

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While it is clearly true what they say about second children getting all the hand me downs, I really love how this nursery is made up almost entirely of things we already had or DIYed. It was such a beautiful space to spend time in, and I truly appreciated the effort we put into the room. Children’s spaces are a great opportunity to have fun and make bold choices that you may be too afraid to make in other areas of your home, but they should also be places you are happy to spend time in as an adult. Let’s face it, I spent way more time looking at this room while nursing Lucy in her rocking chair during the first 3 months of her life than she did (her focus was on other…things). But don’t feel too badly for her- she is loving the room she now shares downtown with her big sister. I look forward to sharing the girls’ current room with you as well, in another post coming soon!