As a mom, I get asked all the time about my kids. Let’s be honest, for a mother your kids are at the center of your world. My children are certainly at the center of mine. From the moment I knew that my son was a boy and my daughter was a girl, I started dreaming of every last detail of what I would do for them.
Of course the first item on that list was each of their nurseries. If I’m completely transparent I had ideas for my daughter’s room before I knew my eldest was to be a son. I am a girly girl by most accounts, and one that has always had a deep affinity for fairy tales and Disney. So my struggle was REAL! How to create a room befit for a Disney princess that wouldn’t look like cartoons had thrown up all over the place. It was a feat, one that I thankfully had a son first to give me time to think through.
I wanted her room to be magical, yet calming and beautiful all at the same time. I had loved the subtle royal look of Jennifer Lopez’s twins’ nursery. So I used that idea as a springboard. I only had one girl to think of and not twins, however. So I started with the color. I knew I wanted pink, but pink can be really aggressive if you go “too pink”. So I went through swatches, upon swatches before I settled on a pretty dusty rose color. Once I had the color figured out, I decided I wanted to do something slightly different with the finish. When we built our house, I chose a lot of different, fun wall finishes. I have Venetian plaster, regular plaster and even faux limestone plaster throughout the house. So it was only fitting that Sadie should have something with a little interest. I researched artists in my area and found one to mock up a few finishes. I fell in love with a glass bead finish she presented to me. It used a type of glue to adhere micro glass beads to the wall over the paint to create a textured sheen. It came out beautifully.
After the room was painted and the walls finished with beads, it was time for furniture. I had used Restoration Hardware Baby & Child for my son’s Safari themed nursery and while searching for his furniture, had fallen in love with a crib that I knew I had to have if I ever had a baby girl. I chose the Belle Crib in a grey finish along with a matching armoire, dresser (with a changing table topper), rocking chair and play table.
Decor was, of course, an incredibly important part of creating my “room fit for a princess”. I chose to head in a more classically French way with crystal chandeliers, just like J Lo had used in her twins’ nursery, and similar tassel held striped curtains. I even hung antiqued mirrors. But the real finishing touch, I needed to be special.
I had to create something personal from mama to baby. Like I had done for my son (his was a 4’ x 3’ acrylic painting of Simba being held up to the sun by Rafiki as mom and dad watch), I wanted to draw and paint something special for her room. I decided to stay subtle and created 4 individual watercolor paintings. As I wanted everything to remain neutral and perfectly paired with the room’s aesthetic, I chose to do the watercolors in black and white gradients with one element in red/pink.
To accomplish this I chose to paint 4 different Disney Princesses: Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Snow White. Snow White being especially important as Sadie’s full name is a nod to her (Sadie meaning Princess and her middle name being Snow). For Ariel her hair was red, Belle had her rose and Snow had her apple. For Aurora, however, I added something even more personal.
Growing up I was very close to my maternal grandfather, my Poppa. When he passed my Grandmother would say that he would visit us as a cardinal. Every time I see a cardinal I say hello. So instead of a blue bird, Aurora is singing to a cardinal. The cardinal was Aurora’s pop of color. With 4 watercolors done, and eventually framed to match her decor, I hung two on either side of a large mirror above her dresser. And so her nursery was complete. Well almost, I stocked her armoire with Disney princess dresses. Then it was done!
After she was born, at 3 months old, I did a mother/daughter Photoshoot in her room. The photos I will cherish forever. Her room has since evolved as she’s grown, but all the same details remain, only there’s a bed where her dresser used to stand and the dresser has taken the place of her crib. Maria's Website