Genevieve's Garden Nursery
Genevieve's Bright Daisy Garden Nursery Theme Decor
The inspiration for my daughter, Genevieve's, Garden nursery theme came from the beautiful crib set that I found at Pottery Barn Kids, the Daisy Garden Nursery collection in green to be exact.
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The happy, vibrant daisies and green gingham fabric in the baby bedding collection made me think of a fresh spring day filled with sunshine and flowers. Since most of my pregnancy took place during the winter months in Minnesota where the winters can be so cold, the idea of creating a warm and inviting garden theme in my baby girl's nursery
appealed to me.
I knew that I wanted to create a "flower garden" somewhere in the room and I thought that it would be so cute include a classic white picket fence. I wanted the garden to seem to be outdoors, so painting the grass and sky on the nursery walls were on my "to do" list. And of course, I could not overlook the importance of the flowers themselves. And rather than simply painting one dimensional flowers on the walls, I wanted to find a way that the colorful Gerber daisies could add both color and a third dimension into the layout of the room.
And so began my delightful journey in shaping the vision that I had in my head. The first step taken was to transform the bedroom with paint. The wooden window and door trims were warmed up with paint in a warm candlelight white color. The rest of the room was equally divided with the bottom quarter of the wall reserved for grass and the top three fourths for the clear blue sky.
Using painters tape, I made a stripe across the entire wall, making sure to measure every foot or so to verify that the line was straight. Below the tape I used a grassy, gingham green (that matched the crib sheets beautifully) to draw the foundation that would be the background where I would layer the details of the grass. Then I used light blue paint above the tape create the sky.
Now that I had a green baseline border, I needed to add the individual blades of grass. Very carefully, I took a paint brush in a smaller size and made quick, upward sweeping motions to create each individual, curving piece of grass making sure that I varied them in height, direction and thickness. The look that I chose kept the grass on the shorter side and a bit untidy like someone was too busy enjoying the flowers in Genevieve's Garden nursery theme to bother mowing it.
Looking at the sky, it occurred to me that it was just too...empty! It didn't take long to figure out that more painted clouds were needed. To give a light and fluffy feel to each cloud, I took a porous sponge, dipped it in the same warm white that was used on the door and window trim and lightly dabbed it onto the wall. When painting the inside of the clouds, instead of using a straight up and down motion I would twist my wrist slightly to give the paint a swirling look. Next, I used silver paint here and there to give each cloud a little bit of contrast. Each cloud was slightly different in size and shape the same as seen in nature.
At this stage I was faced with the dilemma of where to find a white picket fence to decorate the walls of a nursery? It struck me that I could most likely paint it on the wall, but I had envisioned Genevieve's Garden nursery theme as being 3-dimensional and I refused to settle for anything less.
My genius of a husband asked if I had looked at some of the local home improvement stores and lo and behold, I found the perfect thing right there at Home Depot. The fencing that I used that you see in the pictures of the nursery is used to trim landscaped flower beds. With the help of my handy hammer and some nails, I attached the fencing to the wall.
Last but not least I needed to add flowers to the garden. I love Gerbera daisies so that is what I used exclusively. But there are MANY other possibilities out there it's just that I felt daisies worked best with the daisy baby bedding set in Genevieve's garden nursery theme.
I was discouraged by the price of the expensive silk flowers at my local craft store so I shopped online for my daisies. Always a sucker for a deal, I found silk Gerberas on sale at Afloral.com and ordered 20 or so in a variety of colors. Reaching for a carefree look, I attached them haphazardly on the wall allowing them to peek through the fencing at different heights and angles.
I had so much fun creating Genevieve's Garden nursery. Every time I walk into my baby girl's room, it's like I have entered a different world; one that can brighten up even the most dreary of days. Genevieve's Garden is a vibrant and happy reflection of Evie herself. Blessings,