I do nurseries. Not professionally, just as a hobby. Growing up, my Mom was the go-to among her friends if anyone needed a room redecorated or a piece of furniture painted. She was the first to teach me that it was okay to experiment with something new and that, in the end, "it's only paint". . . Now she is a decorative painter by trade (she does beautiful Venetian Plaster and stencil work) and I guess I have taken her place among my group of friends when it comes to decorating; especially nurseries and children's rooms.
I've been doing it long enough to do a couple of rooms twice - from nursery to "big kid". I love the design behind the work, and really enjoy doing rooms on the cheap. I get a certain joy out of creating something beautiful without spending a lot of money. Of course, the blank-slate and unlimited budget rooms are fun too (I go to Posh Tots for those), and I have done over a dozen rooms in the last several years.
This room was done with a color palette of yellows, blues and pinks with touches of bold turquoise, apple green and bright white. I stole the stencil from my Mom's stash and did the walls and canvas painting with it (well actually, Dave did it all. He and a friend painted the room, and he did all the stencil work himself). Almost everything in the room was either passed on to the new baby girl or given to her for her shower. We started from there and worked it out until we got the above. Dave and I finished the room this morning, and I thought you might be interested in seeing what has been keeping me from being a good blogger lately . . ..
If you are interested in seeing more of the rooms we've done over the last few years, let me know and I will post some pictures as I find them.