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By Carol Raley · February 11, 2010
Joni at Cote de Texas has a beautiful post up about a wonderful line of children's furniture.  I thought I would re-post an entry from early in my blogging career about this showhouse nursery that my daughter and I completed a while back.
Recently my daughter Shana and I completed a nursery for a local symphony showhouse. I thought I would share some of the photos with you. The chosen home for the showhouse was a large stone European-style home with a turret and copper trim. It overlooks a beautiful lake and we were lucky to have been awarded a large bedroom upstairs on the back of the house with fabulous high-up views of the water. We also got to decorate the adjoining bath and closet.
Our theme for the room was based on fictional twin girls, which we named Emma and Caroline. (Emma for my maternal grandmother and Caroline after moi!) These are names chosen for my future granddaughters as well , if we are ever so blessed.
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We chose white sleigh cribs and had them hand-painted with a nursery rhyme that my Dad used to recite to me when I was a liitle girl. It goes, "I see the moon, the moon sees me. God bless the moon, God bless me." The artist painted a moon looking down on a baby star which is lying on a cloud.

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<div>We used french furniture in the room as well. We added a bergere and ottoman which were covered in a simple cream duck cloth. On this chair we placed a needlepoint pillow, which is an element I use in a lot of my rooms.

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A matching french settee was placed in the window alcove. All this comfy seating we envisioned for the twins' mommy or nanny to have a place to cuddle and read to them.

In the center of the room we had a little french-style play table and chairs complete with a small silver tea set for tea parties .

We had custom coronas made covered with cream matelasse and button-tufted on the inside. From these we hung sheer panels trimmed with french blue cording and knife-pleat ruffles. These were placed at ceiling level beneath the large crown moulding.
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Large curved cornice boards covered in the same matelasse were fabricated for both of the large windows.


These are custom framed vintage-inspired nursery rhyme prints over a custom skirted changing table.

Another favorite element in the room was the custom armoire. We took out two center panels on the door and replaced them with chicken wire. We upholstered the interior of the armoire and hung a mini chandelier. This was used to display vintage christening gowns and toys.

I think maybe our favorite piece of all though was the country french iron cradle with cream silk bedding. It had a long curved arm attached which held a sheer canopy that draped to the floor. It was placed in the window alcove overlooking the water. Everyone touring the room loved this cradle. Other comments we heard was how soothing the room was because of the soft, monochromatic color scheme.

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<p>This was a very fun project.  My daughter was pregnant during this project, although we didn't know it at first.  We were blessed later with a little boy who now sleeps every night in one of these cribs in his little boy nursery with different fabrics for his bedding.  I hope you enjoy.

My designs: French Nursery

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By Carol Raley · January 17, 2009

Recently my daughter Shana and I completed a nursery for a local symphony showhouse. I thought I would share some of the photos with you. The chosen home for the showhouse was a large stone European-style home with a turret and copper trim. It overlooks a beautiful lake and we were lucky to have been awarded a large bedroom upstairs on the back of the house with fabulous high-up views of the water. We also got to decorate the adjoining bath and closet.

Our theme for the room was based on fictional twin girls, which we named Emma and Caroline. (Emma for my maternal grandmother and Caroline after moi!) These are names chosen for my future granddaughters as well , if we are ever so blessed.

<p>

<p>

We chose white sleigh cribs and had them hand-painted with a nursery rhyme that my Dad used to recite to me when I was a liitle girl. It goes, "I see the moon, the moon sees me. God bless the moon, God bless me." The artist painted a moon looking down on a baby star which is lying on a cloud.

<p>

<div>We used french furniture in the room as well. We added a bergere and ottoman which were covered in a simple cream duck cloth. On this chair we placed a needlepoint pillow, which is an element I use in a lot of my rooms.

<p>

</div>

A matching french settee was placed in the window alcove. All this comfy seating we envisioned for the twins' mommy or nanny to have a place to cuddle and read to them.

In the center of the room we had a little french-style play table and chairs complete with a small silver tea set for tea parties .

<p>
We had custom coronas made covered with cream matelasse and button-tufted on the inside. From these we hung sheer panels trimmed with french blue cording and knife-pleat ruffles. These were placed at ceiling level beneath the large crown moulding.
<p>

Large curved cornice boards covered in the same matelasse were fabricated for both of the large windows.


These are custom framed vintage-inspired nursery rhyme prints over a custom skirted changing table.

<p>

Another favorite element in the room was the custom armoire. We took out two center panels on the door and replaced them with chicken wire. We upholstered the interior of the armoire and hung a mini chandelier. This was used to display vintage christening gowns and toys.

<p>

I think maybe our favorite piece of all though was the country french iron cradle with cream silk bedding. It had a long curved arm attached which held a sheer canopy that draped to the floor. It was placed in the window alcove overlooking the water. Everyone touring the room loved this cradle. Other comments we heard was how soothing the room was because of the soft, monochromatic color scheme.

We absolutely loved doing this room, and there is a funny, ironic story to go along with it. We signed up for this room in September 2007. I just pulled the idea of a nursery out of thin air because I had never done one in previous showhouses. After everything was approved and we started working on the design, my daughter Shana started coming to the office every morning looking pale and saying she must be coming down with something. After a week or two of this and she wasn't getting better, I began to get an idea what the problem was. Long story short, yes she was pregnant and had been at the time we chose our room, she just didn't know it. Is that a crazy coincidence, or what?

We didn't have twin girls, but we did get the sweetest little man you've ever seen. Our little Owen was born June 16, 2008, two months after our showhouse nursery opened to the public. Here is a picture. He is my new obsession!

My designs: French Nursery

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By Carol Raley · January 17, 2009

Recently my daughter Shana and I completed a nursery for a local symphony showhouse. I thought I would share some of the photos with you. The chosen home for the showhouse was a large stone European-style home with a turret and copper trim. It overlooks a beautiful lake and we were lucky to have been awarded a large bedroom upstairs on the back of the house with fabulous high-up views of the water. We also got to decorate the adjoining bath and closet.

Our theme for the room was based on fictional twin girls, which we named Emma and Caroline. (Emma for my maternal grandmother and Caroline after moi!) These are names chosen for my future granddaughters as well , if we are ever so blessed.

<p>

<p>

We chose white sleigh cribs and had them hand-painted with a nursery rhyme that my Dad used to recite to me when I was a liitle girl. It goes, "I see the moon, the moon sees me. God bless the moon, God bless me." The artist painted a moon looking down on a baby star which is lying on a cloud.

<p>

<div>We used french furniture in the room as well. We added a bergere and ottoman which were covered in a simple cream duck cloth. On this chair we placed a needlepoint pillow, which is an element I use in a lot of my rooms.

<p>

</div>

A matching french settee was placed in the window alcove. All this comfy seating we envisioned for the twins' mommy or nanny to have a place to cuddle and read to them.

In the center of the room we had a little french-style play table and chairs complete with a small silver tea set for tea parties .

<p>
We had custom coronas made covered with cream matelasse and button-tufted on the inside. From these we hung sheer panels trimmed with french blue cording and knife-pleat ruffles. These were placed at ceiling level beneath the large crown moulding.
<p>

Large curved cornice boards covered in the same matelasse were fabricated for both of the large windows.


These are custom framed vintage-inspired nursery rhyme prints over a custom skirted changing table.

<p>

Another favorite element in the room was the custom armoire. We took out two center panels on the door and replaced them with chicken wire. We upholstered the interior of the armoire and hung a mini chandelier. This was used to display vintage christening gowns and toys.

<p>

I think maybe our favorite piece of all though was the country french iron cradle with cream silk bedding. It had a long curved arm attached which held a sheer canopy that draped to the floor. It was placed in the window alcove overlooking the water. Everyone touring the room loved this cradle. Other comments we heard was how soothing the room was because of the soft, monochromatic color scheme.

We absolutely loved doing this room, and there is a funny, ironic story to go along with it. We signed up for this room in September 2007. I just pulled the idea of a nursery out of thin air because I had never done one in previous showhouses. After everything was approved and we started working on the design, my daughter Shana started coming to the office every morning looking pale and saying she must be coming down with something. After a week or two of this and she wasn't getting better, I began to get an idea what the problem was. Long story short, yes she was pregnant and had been at the time we chose our room, she just didn't know it. Is that a crazy coincidence, or what?

We didn't have twin girls, but we did get the sweetest little man you've ever seen. Our little Owen was born June 16, 2008, two months after our showhouse nursery opened to the public. Here is a picture. He is my new obsession!

My designs: French Nursery

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By Carol Raley · January 17, 2009

Recently my daughter Shana and I completed a nursery for a local symphony showhouse. I thought I would share some of the photos with you. The chosen home for the showhouse was a large stone European-style home with a turret and copper trim. It overlooks a beautiful lake and we were lucky to have been awarded a large bedroom upstairs on the back of the house with fabulous high-up views of the water. We also got to decorate the adjoining bath and closet.

Our theme for the room was based on fictional twin girls, which we named Emma and Caroline. (Emma for my maternal grandmother and Caroline after moi!) These are names chosen for my future granddaughters as well , if we are ever so blessed.

<p>

<p>

We chose white sleigh cribs and had them hand-painted with a nursery rhyme that my Dad used to recite to me when I was a liitle girl. It goes, "I see the moon, the moon sees me. God bless the moon, God bless me." The artist painted a moon looking down on a baby star which is lying on a cloud.

<p>

<div>We used french furniture in the room as well. We added a bergere and ottoman which were covered in a simple cream duck cloth. On this chair we placed a needlepoint pillow, which is an element I use in a lot of my rooms.

<p>

</div>

A matching french settee was placed in the window alcove. All this comfy seating we envisioned for the twins' mommy or nanny to have a place to cuddle and read to them.

In the center of the room we had a little french-style play table and chairs complete with a small silver tea set for tea parties .

<p>
We had custom coronas made covered with cream matelasse and button-tufted on the inside. From these we hung sheer panels trimmed with french blue cording and knife-pleat ruffles. These were placed at ceiling level beneath the large crown moulding.
<p>

Large curved cornice boards covered in the same matelasse were fabricated for both of the large windows.


These are custom framed vintage-inspired nursery rhyme prints over a custom skirted changing table.

<p>

Another favorite element in the room was the custom armoire. We took out two center panels on the door and replaced them with chicken wire. We upholstered the interior of the armoire and hung a mini chandelier. This was used to display vintage christening gowns and toys.

<p>

I think maybe our favorite piece of all though was the country french iron cradle with cream silk bedding. It had a long curved arm attached which held a sheer canopy that draped to the floor. It was placed in the window alcove overlooking the water. Everyone touring the room loved this cradle. Other comments we heard was how soothing the room was because of the soft, monochromatic color scheme.

We absolutely loved doing this room, and there is a funny, ironic story to go along with it. We signed up for this room in September 2007. I just pulled the idea of a nursery out of thin air because I had never done one in previous showhouses. After everything was approved and we started working on the design, my daughter Shana started coming to the office every morning looking pale and saying she must be coming down with something. After a week or two of this and she wasn't getting better, I began to get an idea what the problem was. Long story short, yes she was pregnant and had been at the time we chose our room, she just didn't know it. Is that a crazy coincidence, or what?

We didn't have twin girls, but we did get the sweetest little man you've ever seen. Our little Owen was born June 16, 2008, two months after our showhouse nursery opened to the public. Here is a picture. He is my new obsession!

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