Wynn’s Nursery: Take Two

“What a funny sight it is to see a brood of ducklings with a hen!
Listen to the story of Jemima
Puddle-duck . . .

-Beatrix Potter

O ne of the hardest parts of our recent move was leaving behind Wynn’s nursery.  I spent so much time putting it together and then we moved before he ever had the chance to grow big enough to play in it.  I was sort of burned out and disenchanted with the whole nursery concept after the move.  I knew we weren’t going to be in this rental house for very long and I felt “heart tired” at the idea of putting together another nursery that we would soon be taking down and leaving behind.  After I had time to emotionally and physically recover from the move I realized that I still wanted a special nursery space-not just a room with a crib and stacks of clothes sitting around- and that this rental would just not feel like home until Wynn’s room was a special space just for him.

I am still working on a few things and will do a full room reveal once those loose ends are wrapped up, but here is a look at what I have been working on- all renter friendly options for decorating a child’s bedroom or nursery.

As a recap, here is the crib bedding I made for him:

And here is Wynn’s priceless reaction to all of mommy’s hard work:
Maybe he wanted red??
I decorated the walls of the first nursery with tiny blue and white pinstripes which took forevvvvvvvvvvvvver to paint.  I had to come up with an idea for the new nursery that didn’t involve paint or hundreds of hours of time to complete.  I also wanted something original-not a wall decal or his name in wooden letters-all cute ideas but definitely not one-of-a-kind anymore.  I was rocking him to sleep one evening when I looked at the stack of mini-sized beatrix potter books on his bookshelf.  I had at least three sets of the same books-one I had bought myself a long time ago and two others which were baby gifts.  I pulled a page out of one of the Peter Rabbit books and held it up to the wall behind the crib. 
It was pure love at first site. 
The soft colors.
The vintage look.
Even the torn edge of the book page.
It just worked.
So I kept going.  I took apart two sets of books-five books per set and about 60 pages per book gave me plenty of pages to work with . . .
I included the pages of text as well-I love that the wall tells a story. 

 It is still a work in progress but is turning into one-of-a-kind wallpaper.  Total cost= $0. 

 Truth be told, I love the page numbers too.

Did I mention that Wynn’s new room has the only original crystal door knob in the whole house?  Perfect.

More nursery details and a full room shot to come soon.

Thanks for stopping by for a peak at what I have been up to . . .


  1. What a unique way to use an extra set of books, especially ones as marvelous as those by Beatrix Potter. Did you ever see the movie Miss Potter? I loved watching how her characters came to life!

  2. Lovely! Paper is one of the best decorations.

    I’m reminded of our favorite Christmas tree decorations. Last year, with all of our Christmas stuff in storage, we decorated our tree with paper snowflakes, vintage vocabulary flashcards, baby’s breath, dried silver dollars (I think that’s what they were) and some strings of red wooden beads. We did put a few lights on it too. It was so easy and really, truly our favorite tree of all.

  3. So creative! Can’t wait to see the whole room! Love that bedding!!


  4. I love how this looks! I love Beatrix Potter… this would be a wonderful idea for the house we will be moving into in a couple months. How did you hang them up? Is it just with simple tape on the back?


  5. How creative Erin! 🙂 I love that little shirt with your blog name on it and yes, Wynn is a rare and beautiful treasure!

    I can’t wait to see what else you do with the room.

  6. Well, i’m showing my age here but that doorknob reminds me of an episode of The Jeffersons. Very emotional episode–had to do the the crystal doorknob. THAT’S what I thought of! The room is beautiful!

Submit a comment

This site is protected by Comment SPAM Wiper.