Nursery Designed by DeWitt Designs
Photographed by McKenzie Coyle Photography
When I first thought about Georgina’s nursery I knew that, first and foremost, I wanted this to be a room that could grow with her. I also wanted to capture my own style; all things classic, European influenced, and most of all… cozy and comfortable. But I also wanted to incorporate the things that inspired me while I was pregnant with my daughter. During my pregnancy, I felt especially drawn to gardens; I would browse the picturesque English country gardens in magazines (my camera roll is full of them) and walk through our local garden center endlessly, breathing in the floral fragrances and admiring the newest blooms. I even had my baby shower in a Victorian conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens. My love of gardening comes from my father and his father before him… And being out in nature, amongst the flowers, has healed my spirit more times than I can count. My hope for Georgina – my little “Bunny” – is that she appreciates nature as much as her ancestors have and that she allows it to restore her and give her peace when she needs it most. I hope that when she feels lost, she can return to nature and find herself again, as I have.
I hadn’t expected to get pregnant so quickly, so I hadn’t done any preparation whatsoever. When I realized I was pregnant, the “nursery” was still an extra storage room filled with shelves of craft materials and PR boxes and the closet was full of my out-of-season clothing. It took my mom flying out a few times and helping me empty the room, donate the furniture and clothing, and sort so many photographs and mementos to finally get the room ready to decorate. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her – it felt so overwhelming at the beginning, but my mom is a saint and helped me through it. Luckily, this coincided with my nesting and as we went through everything I realized something important… Less clutter means more happiness. It’s true. The more things we hauled away to donate, the happier I became and the more clarity I felt in my mind. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t blog the same way I used to, featuring new clothing and items every day.
Once we emptied the room and closet, I began working on Georgina’s closet organization; you can see a blog post on this here. And then someone came to prepare the walls for wallpaper and fabric trim. I’ve included the “before” photos in black and white below.
The final step was the “install” – window treatments, moving in furniture, and adding the finishing touches with decor. DeWitt Designs (along with my mom!) created the perfect dream garden for my little girl; it’s now my favorite room in the house. I was concerned about the small size of the room, but I was surprised to see that the window treatments and beautiful furniture actually made Georgina’s little nursery feel much larger and more open! I still find myself walking into it in disbelief, unsure if this room is really the same one that was lined with shelves of ribbon, boxes of photos, and piles of new beauty products just a year ago. It’s incredible to see the transformation. We all love to spend time in Georgina’s nursery; it really is such a peaceful, tranquil space for us to enjoy.
Most of the items in Georgie’s nursery are custom from DeWitt Designs. If you’re interested in the draperies, light fixture, crib, bookcase, dresser, chair, side table, or dresser/changing table you will need to contact them to order and discuss color/paint/design options. A few things I like about these pieces are the bookcase, which has dimmable lights to showcase items on the shelves, soft-close doors, and slide-out shelves in the lower section for easy access to toys and books. The chair has a removable Sunbrella fabric slipcover to make it durable and washable in the event of stains and spills. The changing table topper removes to become a dresser Georgina can always use. And the light fixture was custom painted to make the colors a bit softer in line with the rest of the room and includes moveable magnetic crystals. I do know the wallpaper is called “Romey’s Garden” by Zoffany and we used a sweet fabric trim to create a less formal feel than crown molding.
We were given such sweet gifts from friends and I’ve even incorporated items from my own childhood room in Georgina’s nursery, but I’m including the sources for absolutely everything I could find after the second set of photos below.
Please note the pillows and blankets are taken out of the crib when Georgina naps in it. We hope to remove the front crib panel and turn this into an upholstered reading nook when Georgina is older, so we wanted the pillows to match and I honestly don’t mind taking them out each time she sleeps; I think they look beautiful when the bed is made!
Third Shelf: Blankets, Quilt, Silver Spoon: Gifts From Friends. Antique British Plate + Plate Holder: from my childhood room. Bunnies By the Bay Ballerina Bunny. Reed & Barton Turtle Music Box. Reed & Barton Ladybug Music Box.
Wedgwood Gold Oval Mirror. Changing Pad. Pink Changing Pad Cover. Vintage Peter Rabbit: from my childhood room – One Available Here. Pipette Baby Oil. Pipette Baby Balm. Bunny Painting: from my childhood room (matted in fabric scrap from the drapes!)