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Rooms: Niah's Delicate Bird Nursery

Written by Kim Toland on .

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Niah (5 months), Baldwin

I have always really liked bird-themed decor and wanted to do something with them in a feminine way that wasn't over-the-top girlie like a lot of nurseries. I started doing Google nursery searches and pieced together a Parisian-damask print concept. I really liked the idea of black and white because newborns are attracted to these colors. And it worked out beautifully: Niah loves looking at the sheets, bumpers and curtains in her room.

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I can sometimes get an extra 15 mins in the morning because she is content to stare at the polka dots on the bumpers. I had thought about getting something painted on the walls, but came across these amazing wall decal websites and found great trees, birds and bird cages.

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 They really needed to be put up by two people (especially if one of them is very pregnant) and it can be difficult to get them straight and to match seams well. But, if you take care to do them, they can look really cool and of course they are easily removable for when your kid is no longer into the stuff you chose for them.I chose a dark finish for the furniture because I wanted it to last awhile and be something she uses into her teens. I chose gray for the wall color simply because it was a neutral choice and one that went really well with the black, white and pink.

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I have two favorites. The first is a silly one - a black and white damask piggy bank that I randomly found at Target. It matches perfectly and made me think of The Big Lebowski: "It really tied the room together." The second is the white chandelier lamp. I bought this as something that should've gone into the ceiling but knowing that we didn't have an electrical rough-in for it, I wanted it to hang on a hook in the corner. It took a surprisingly long time to find something that would work. In the end, we ordered an outdoor plant stand and spray painted it white. Thought it turned out great.

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Source list:

Furniture: JC Penney
Lamp, name letters, storage bins, butterfly mobile: Babies R Us
Rug, Gray damask pillows, piggy bank: Target
Bedding and curtains: Carousel Designs at babybedding.com
Birds and cages decals: Dalidecals.com
Tree decal: Etsy.com (find shop)
Rocker: Consignment from “Just Between Friends” sale, used from Ikea and originally a pine finish with tan leather. My husband stained it with a dark finish and dyed the leather with an aerosol leather dye.

Kim Toland is a business manager for primary care at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She lives in Baldwin with husband, Bill, and daughter, Niah.

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