Bella's Dreamland Nursery

Bella's Dreamland Nursery

Welcome everyone! I'm so excited to be launching my new blog, A Darling Daydream! For months, my husband spent many late nights and early mornings helping me create this space. Changes after changes and then more changes after that. We've been talking about doing this for years (since he works in the tech industry!) and finally decided early this summer, that now was the time to push forward!

A Darling Daydream came to be, since I've always been a dreamer. In high school, I would get in trouble for "daydreaming". Daydreaming is how I decided to become an interior designer. I wanted to create spaces that were beautiful, relaxing and functional. So A Darling Daydream came to be.

I thought "Bella's Dreamland Nursery" was only fitting to be the very first post. Her nursery is one of my favorite rooms in our home (if not my favorite). When we found out that we were having a baby girl, after all the tears of happiness, you can imagine that my mind began to flood with all things girly. I knew that I wanted to create the ultimate dreamy space that I hope she would love to play in and daydream herself.

My dreams of wings , clouds, stars, unicorns, soft textures, white, cream, gold and of course touches of pink became Bella's dreamland nursery. I love walking into her nursery, especially when the sun is twinkling through the blossom tree right outside her window and into her room. It's purely magical and calming.

Tips on creating a beautiful space on a budget:

I would love to share with you how I create spaces on a budget. I'm just going to touch on it lightly in this post, since this deserves it's own post entirely.

First, figure out what pieces are going to be your investment pieces. These should be be things that are important to you. Maybe something you've seen that you love and just can't get an affordable alternative. I usually look at this as a sofa, bed, crib, chair or another piece of furniture. These are items that you will use everyday and you want to last. Versus let say, a bookshelf. I'm not saying that good quality bookshelves aren't great because they are. But if you are looking to keep costs low, I would choose more affordable options for pieces that aren't getting heavily used.

Next, do not shy away from craigslist. You can get very well made pieces (sold wood and tongue and groove drawers) of furniture (dressers especially) that just need some TLC. Painting, staining and changing out hardware are easy ways to update a look and save a lot of money.

Textures. Different textures and surfaces create interest. In Bella's room, I used wood, metal, paper, feathers, faux fur, chunky wool, cotton and many more. Layering and dimension also creates interest. Some examples would be to put a rug on top of a rug, display a collection of blankets in different texture or elevate a lamp with books or boxes. By keeping things in the same color family, you will avoid the room feeling cluttered or messy.

Of course, you can't talk about a budget and not touch on DIY. This is probably my favorite thing about saving on costs. If you don't like DIY's because they are too time consuming, start with something that easy. The wings above Bella's crib are made from white foam board, feathers and hot glue. They were affordable and they create such a statement.

Patience. My biggest piece of advice is to work on your rooms slowly. A secret about many designers is that they will wait and wait and wait until they find the perfect pieces for their own spaces. Wait for sales, wait for the perfect find and keep layering these things in the room. There's really no rush to finish a room (unless you're a designer designing for someone else or you work on HGTV). I'm still adding stuff to Bella's nursery. ;)

Shopping Sources:

Crib: RH Baby & Child

Crib Sheet: Aden & Anais

Crib Skirt: RH Baby & Child

Heart Blanket: Pottery Barn Kids

Large White Bunny: Pottery Barn Kids

Large pom pom pillow: Homegoods

Gold Ornate French Frame: Craigslist find

Wood Letter B: Creative Wood Letters on Etsy

Feather Wings: DIY

Canopy: Macy's

Mobile: DIY

Dresser: Craigslist find

Gold Mirror: Craigslist find

Paper Flowers: DIY

White Branch and Swing: DIY

Tassel Basket: Target

Sequin Hangers: Pearls & Pastries

Shabby Chic Lamp: Target

Frames: TJMaxx

Ballet Moccs: Wren Nest Creations

Gold Crowns: Love Crush Boutique

Unicorn: White Faux Taxidermy

Star Wall Decals: Urban Wall Decals

Letters: Michaels

Large Wings: DIY

Basket: Serena & Lily

Armoire: Craigslist find

Initial Hanger: Pearls & Pastries

Letter Blocks: DIY

Boxes: TJMaxx

Stuffed Unicorn: Pottery Barn Kids

Built-Ins: DIY Blog Post

Window Treatments: Pottery Barn

The Sweet Life Iron Quote: Pottery Barn Kids

Ruffle Pillows: Target

Chandelier: Overstock

Feather Lanterns: Cost Plus World Market

Rug: Overstock

Angel Wing Rug: Lorena Canals Rugs

Tanya R Ng

Tanya R Ng


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