I wanted to create a turn of the century vintage circus baby nursery. I came up with the idea on my own. I wanted to have the luxury, gold, and magic of an old world circus.
I created everything from scratch, sewed all characters for the mobile by hand as well as the tent/mobile and framework.
I made the bumper, throw pillow, and lamp by hand from scratch.
I took an antique dresser and shelf that were falling apart and refinished them with paint and vintage circus paper, hand painting scroll work.
What brand and color of paint did you use?
Valspar Ruby, And Olympic teal color.
If you added stripes, polka dots or other paint effects, tell us how you did it.
I taped off stripes and swags and painted them to feel like an original circus tent, as if you are under the Big Top.
What bedding set did you use? Where did you buy it?
The bedding was hand made from scratch using a vintage shelbourne circus fabric collected from all over the country.
Tell us about your window treatments, lighting, rugs, wall decor and accessories. Where did you buy them - were any handmade?
The curtain rod is gold with crystal knobs. The curtains, valance and ties are all hand made from scratch. The curtains are red and white stripe to feel like the Big Top, the valance is tan and red stars tied up with hand made bows of gold teal and red ribbon.
The lamp was made from hand cut out wood, painted gold.
An antique leather elephant, and the saddle and
head piece was made by hand from 4 different fabrics and hand beaded and sewn together.
The lamp shade was hand made with circus fabric from etsy.
We bought the lion rug from ebay, and purchased 6 vintage circus posters and framed them in ornate gold frames.
The baby's name poster was hand drawn and designed and sent to a printer to computerize it and print it.
How did you store all your baby goodies? In baskets, on shelves?
In drawers, and in red canvas baskets and a lion basket, on a hand refinished shelf .
How long did it take you? Was it easy, fun, difficult? What was your favorite part?
It took me 8 months. It was difficult and very fun to hand make everything. I loved knowing I was putting so much love into each piece with every stitch. I am so proud of having made each and every part of the room by hand and from scratch.
Did you do the entire nursery on your own or did someone help you? Who? What did they do?
I did everything except, my husband's aunt hand made the baby's quilt.
What do you love most about your little one's finished room?
Everything, but my favorite thing is that no matter how fussy my baby might be, he loves his room so much that if I simply put him in his room he just smiles.
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