Animal Alphabet Band Inspired Nursery

Rabbit Rabbit ūüôā Happy June! It’s baby girl Pritchett’s birth month!¬†We are so excited as we¬†prepare for her arrival. I thought I’d go ahead and give you a tour of¬†the nursery and how it came to be before she comes home.

When we moved in, this room was designated as “my” room where I could keep all of my treasures, out-of-season clothes, and craft supplies (basically, the things all girls “need”¬†but don’t want to give up after moving in with a boy). We also put a sleeper sofa in here¬†so it could be used as a guest room.¬†Because of this purpose, we did not paint or put much effort into it (even kept the drab curtains that came with the house).

Guest Room Guest Room Guest Room Guest RoomAfter finding out that our family was going to be expanding, I knew that meant it was time to purge! Luckily, one of my most prominent pregnancy symptoms has been nesting, which makes it less of a chore to pack up and organize (especially while listening to the Serial!).

All of the things

After the purge was done, we had a blank slate! Choosing a theme for a room is hard! Especially when doing it for someone you have not even met! And executing a theme is even harder. We Googled, Houzzed, Pinterested, Apartment Therapied, and Project Nurseried. Finally we asked ourselves¬†“what do we both like? what is our common bond?” and landed on an idea of an animals-playing-music themed nursery. So back to Google, Houzz, Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, and Project Nursery. Still nothing really spoke to me. My mom suggested finding a textile or print that could get our wheels turning. Then l remembered Spoonflower – ¬†a Durham-based ecommerce site that prints fabrics designed by individual artists. That is where I found our inspiration for baby girl’s nursery: Musical Animal Alphabet¬†featuring a cheetah playing a cello, a sloth playing a sax, a fox playing a flute¬†– you get the picture.

Animal Alphabet Band

Now, what to make with this fabric? Sure, I’m a College of Textiles grad, but I did not want to spend a lot of money or time on a DIY project. I decided to make box window valances as an accent and go from there in terms of decorating. My parents came over to help me make them. We used leftover wood remnants from our mudroom renovation, some corner brackets, batting, and a staple gun to assemble the valances.

Window Valance DIY Window Valance

We installed the tie-backs with coordinating double curtain rods to allow for both sheers and black-out curtains. The trickiest part of the DIY window cornice was figuring out how to attach it to the wall. We ended up using L-brackets and setting the 4-sided cornice on top, securing it with a couple of screws. The curtains came from Kohl’s.


I felt more confident about moving forward with choosing a paint color after nailing down the theme. Several paint samples later, we selected Sweet Leaf by Valspar. My dad used his power painter to get it done in no time!

Transition Transition TransitionAll of this painting and crafting in the nursery was happening simultaneously with our office renovation!

Once the paint was dry, the furniture could finally be put into place! Below is the obligatory photo of dad-to-be assembling the crib.

CribAnd voila! Baby girl’s room is ready for her!


3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper, Swan
Ubbi Diaper Pail, Gray
Keekaroo Peanut Changer, Sable
Maternity Photos by Azul PhotographyNursery

Rocker – No link available! Ben’s parents reupholstered his¬†25 year old La-Z-Boy recliner as a gift to us and baby girl. The fabric is Richloom Studio Home Decor Fabric in Haskett Charcoal from Jo-Ann Fabric. A La-Z-Boy’s comfort is truly everlasting, and this¬†one rocks and reclines. Priceless! The chair is draped with a blanket made by my mother-in-law featuring a beautiful cross-stitched design.
Sundvik Crib from Ikea
Deer Silhouette and Wolf Howling with Music Sheets РInstant Etsy Download
Office Window Covering in Bass Clef Fabric from Spoonflower

NurseryLamp – hand-me-down from my aunt
Knit blanket handmade by a sweet friend for a shower gift
Manhattan Toy Crib Mobile¬†(recommended by Lucie’s List)
Posey Canvas Crib Skirt from DwellStudio
(My Boppy and hospital bag are ready to go!)

NurseryShelf handpainted by my grandmother – I have to have a place to put trinkets and knickknacks.
NurseryCabinet from Shelton’s Furniture
Bicycle from Ross
Baskets from Marshalls
NurseryKeno Guitar Rug from RugsUSA

NurseryNow, if she could just here soon so that she could start enjoying it! I hope she likes it as much as I do ūüôā