So, if it isn’t obvious yet, “Maddie G Designs” was named after my daughter Madeline Grace. When the calls went out that she had arrived a friend congratulated us on the birth of “Maddie G.” The name had a ring to it and it has stuck ever since.
Maddie was born about six weeks after we moved, so her room was the first priority once we moved in. In fact, the previous owners and their realtor were kind enough to let me in so that I could have the windows measured for the shade toppers.
The walls were painted a Benjamin Moore sage color. We had used this color in our guest room previously and knew we liked it. Funny story, I was at my baby shower the day the room was painted. The host’s husband and mine grabbed a bite to eat and then went over to our house to stay out of the way. As the shower ended they arrived and both looked a little worried to approach me……my husband calmly asked, “I thought we were painting the nursery green…..” I looked at him like he was a little crazy. Of course it was green, what other color would it be?
The joke was on me….with my pregnancy brain I’d handed our painter the wrong color…..the walls were BLUE. Thank goodness this painter and I go way back….he was kind enough to fix the colors no problem. Phew, disaster averted.
Anyways, first step was painting and installing crown molding. I think crown molding is a great way to spruce up a plain room and it makes the walls pop.
Here is a photo of one side of her room. The frames are from Target and inside I’ve just enlarged pages from the Madeline series of children’s books. Maddie loves looking at them and pointing to the various people/animals….it is a morning routine of ours. Apologies for my lack of photography skills….it looks as if the frames are crooked but I promise they are not. The chair and ottoman are to die for from a comfort standpoint. I wish I had one in every room. They are from The Best Chair Company, Storytime Series. We had initially picked another fabric to coordinate with the crib skirt. But, the fabric was back-ordered for months and I could never get an accurate answer as to when it would be in. So, I ended up with a floor model about a week before she was born. In retrospect, I love the tan gingham.
I knew I wanted a chandelier in the room and found the perfect one from Home Depot. It was inexpensive and is just right. We have it on a dimmer and put it so low at night it serves as Maddie’s night light. She loves the sparkles. The rug is from Pottery Barn.
The shade toppers (we have black out shades underneath) are done in coordinating Duralee Fabrics, which are also used for the crib bumper….
My mom made the crib bumper, so special. We used the coordinating Duralee fabrics and added a green chenille cording to add a special little touch. We never did end up with a crib skirt due to the previously mentioned fabric back-order issue. Oh well….now that the mattress is in the lowest position we do not even notice!
Behind Maddie’s crib I had to have a monogram. The color looks really off here….but you get the idea. I found the monogram on Etsy. The frame on the left is wooden with a baby prayer, purchased from South Moon Under. On the right, my Aunt had a photo of Maddie and me put on canvas, and I had it framed.
The changing table is from JC Penny and the art over it was purchased where else but Etsy!
There are a few other little touches worth mentioning. The entry to the room has a clock. A family friend had it personalized with Maddie’s birth details.
My sister gave us the smocked pillow (Little English) and the Lovey (Bunnies by the Bay).
The baby rocking chair was purchased at a gallery in Sandwich, NH before I was even pregnant….. I love it and so does Maddie. The bear was sent by Australian relatives and is real sheep’s wool.
And last, but not least, the bunny lamp was purchased by my mom back in Houston when I was still in high school. She said she knew she would have a grand-baby who would love it someday!
PS– We completed this nursery well before I had started Maddie G Designs. Had I been a Maddie G Designs customer, I would have saved $384 on the curtains, alone. And, I purchased them during a big chain fabric company’s 20% off custom order fabric and labor sale!