This pink and green nursery for twins, photographed in beautiful detail by Rebecca Gosselin Photography, looks like it was plucked straight from a storybook or fairytale. Interior Stylist and Design extraordinaire, Susy McBride, in association with the Interior Design Society, Wine Country created this beautiful space as part of a designers' showcase. Jon Reiter Fine Home Building, inspired by European-style farmhouses, erected this gorgeous home partially with reclaimed materials from buildings in the South of France, such as the open beams seen here. Designer Susy McBride collaborated with My Baby News to source many of the fabulous items. Susy also designed and made the canvas artwork, name banners, and curtains! If you want to recreate the artwork and banners, be sure to see the bottom of this post, where Susy has generously provided detailed instructions. Visit the full gallery to see more from this pretty space.
Susy provided some great DIY how-to instructions for some of the items in this adorable nursery! Read below for the details:
How to make the Fabric Name Banners:
To fabricate a name banner 48" x 12" you will need the following items:
(You can make it any size you choose)
Duck Cloth fabric
Stencil paint and brush
Plastic drop cloth or large plastic trash bag
double fold bias tape
Purchase duck cloth fabric in the color of your choice. I chose white and painted the fabric with fabric paint to get the look I desired.
Make a banner stencil from cardboard in the desired size. Trace the banner on the backside of the fabric then cut out the shape.
Purchase stencils in the letters of your choice. For this project I selected 5" letters which were appropriate in scale for a 4 foot banner.
Center the letters of the child's name on the banner fabric. Use a ruler for accurate measurement and align each letter before painting. Use stencil paint in the color of your choice and a stencil brush to paint the name onto the fabric.
Stitch button holes at the top of the banner. If you do not have access to a sewing machine, reinforce the back with an iron on tape then cut a small hole. This will allow you to thread the ribbon, rope or decorative hardware through the banner for hanging.
Stiffen the fabric with a water based fabric stiffener by following the directions on the bottle. Be sure to place a plastic drop cloth or plastic protection on work surface before using the stiffener. After application of the stiffener, shape the banner into waves by using paper towel rolls or similar to allow the banner to dry in the shape you desire. Apply a second coat of stiffener once the first one has completely dried. You may wish to apply a clear coat of decoupage for durability and to complete the look.
Finally, to finish the raw edge of the fabric, use fabric glue to adhere double fold bias tape around the entire banner. You may also wish to embellish the banner with rhinestones, buttons or other decorative items.
Your banner is now ready to hang from a ribbon, rope, or decorative hardware. I used oversize iron safety pins for this wall hanging.
How to make the Canvas Nursery Artwork:
Items you will need:
4 8 x 10 x 1.5 canvas boards
Dime store Children's book
Clear finish paint
Prepare canvas back ground and sides by painting it in a wash of your desired color. Paint the desired art pattern or leave the canvas a solid color. Select pictures or photos from the dime store children's book in the theme of your choice. Rip edges if you want to give it a worn look. Apply the picture to the canvas with decoupage to secure in place. Let dry. Add 2 or 3 more coats of decoupage over the entire canvas and picture letting it completely dry after each application. Apply shades of white over entire canvas to give it an aged look, rub off paint to get the desired look-let dry. Next, dab edges of pictures with brown paint and wipe off to provide more dimension for the aged/antique look. Let the paint completely dry before you apply a final clear coat of paint or apply a beeswax finish that you rub on with cheese cloth, let set for about 30 minutes to dry, then buff out with cheese cloth to a smooth finish.
Purchase decorator thumb tacks to finish the edge of the artwork. Measure to evenly space and center the tacks before nailing into the frame. You can substitute the tacks for buttons or rhinestones or other decorative items.