With a little over three months to go until Baby C is due to make her appearance, it’s about time I start getting the nursery decor planned out. When we found out it was a girl, I made a secret promise to myself that I would somehow infuse flamingos into the decor. Sure, they have become a popular motif over the last few years but there is more to it than that. My family has had a tradition of using lawn flamingos to celebrate big events for the last 15 years. Wether it was a birthday, high school or college graduation, several engagements, or a wedding, our loyal flock of lawn mingos have traveled far and wide to be the pièce de résistance of every celebration. As the first grandchild in my family, it seems only fitting that the newest member be welcomed by our favorite feathered friends.
(Mr. and Mrs. Flamingo as decorated by one of my bridesmaids and tiny mingos for the bouquets at our wedding in 2010.)
Now that flamingos have been established as an inspiration for the nursery, there is just one small problem. I hate pink. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some fabulous rooms that are bursting with pink, but it’s just not for me. So, how do you design a room inspired by pink flamingos without using pink? For me, the trick was finding a shade of pink that doesn’t make my skin crawl. The color I ended up going with is coral. Coral is an orange based pink and is about as far away from pale baby pink in the pink spectrum as it gets. Another strategy to help ease me (and the hubby) into this
pink coral thing, is to use it sparingly as an accent color.
I want the nursery to flow with the rest of the house but still be a space that is distinctly her own. I am going with a taupe base color and warm grays and whites. The room will be accented with coral trim, pillows, and accessories. I also want to include plenty of gold tones in the hardware, fixtures, and furniture. I’m in the process of pairing down the preliminary fabrics I picked out for the pillows and the upholstered cornice I plan on making.
I have quite a few DIY projects in mind for the nursery and if I want to get them all done, I had better get started! My husband and I are planning on taking a trip to Home Depot this weekend to get started on the beadboard paneling. Neither of us are particularly handy, so this project will definitely be a learning experience. Wish us luck!
Images: first two images courtesy of John Partridge Photography