decorating a shared kid’s room {ann kelle style}

July 02, 2012

shared gender neutral nursery

I’m so, so excited to finally share with you the shared nursery/room I decorated. Some of you may have seem the room on Chic and Cheap Nursery, but I wanted to share some additional photos and a “Behind the Scenes” video made by my little brother’s team. It was beyond fun decorating for my friend Angela Crutcher. The room is a shared room for her nine year old daughter, Gaby, and soon-to-be adopted baby.  But, I couldn’t have done it without the help of some awesome people. So, indulge me while I brag on them a bit . . .

shared gender neutral nursery

First off, I’m a huge fan of Colette from Raw Art Letterpress. She made three custom prints from Gaby’s favorite quotes from the play Wicked. Beneath the prints, we placed mini storage baskets from  The Spotted Barn. They are so sturdy and cute. Christie mixed and matched the fabric for a playful touch. The dresser was found on craiglists. All it needed was a fresh coat of paint and new knobs. Elbow grease goes a long way!

shared gender neutral nursery

The crib bedding and curtains were made by Carolyn of Miss Polly’s Piece Goods. I went back and forth on which fabric to use for the crib bedding. I finally decided to use the gray argyle and yellow dots. The elephant fabric is from Premier Prints. I had two squares sewn in the crib’s skirt for cohesiveness.

gender neutral shared nursery

The color blocked curtains look great against the gray walls. Made from yummy Kona solids.

shared gender neutral nursery

gender neutral shared nursery

Heidi of The Honey Bear Lane made this adorable puffy chevron quilt.  This puffy chevron quilt is so bright and comfy. If you’re interested in making yourself one, you can purchase this pattern and leave a note in the comments for directions to make the chevron version.

shared gender neutral nursery

Oh, how I love garland!  The room just wouldn’t have been complete without it. This scalloped garland was made by Shelly of Lemon Tree Studio. We placed the garland above the antique toy chest and the sweet little birdie was made by Virginia of Gingercake. (I really wanted to keep him for myself).

shared gender neutral nursery

Next up, is the play tent. The tent was such an important element to the room, as it pulled the entire room together, with all the different colors and prints. I worked with Cherie of The Red Pistachio to make the tent cover. It turned out awesome! We mixed in my designs with Kona solids. It’s Gaby’s favorite thing in the room. To make the tent, we used Cakie’s instructions as a starting point. But, we adapted them a bit. And did you notice the dachshunds peeking out of the tent? Gaby has a thing for Dachshunds. So I had her one made with Ann Kelle fabric.

After decorating the room and “revealing” it to Gaby, she disappeared for awhile. She came back and held up a drawing (pictured below). It was the perfect end to a great experience.

gender neutral shared nursery

My little brother works in film. His team captured “behind the scenes” footage while I decorated.  Here’s a peek of me in action.

Room Resources:
crib bedding Miss Polly’s Piece Goods
scalloped garland by Lemon Tree Studio
zig zag puff quilt by Honey Bear Lane
custom artwork: Raw Art Letterpress
storage basket fabric bins: The Spotted Barn
owl stuffed animal: Gingercake (pattern available here)
bird stuffed animal: Gingercake (pattern available here)
tent cover: The Red Pistachio (adapted tent instructions by Cakies)
patchwork pillow cover: The Red Pistachiostuffed dachshund toy: Friends of Socktopus
Paul Frank sheets, crib, shade/pendant light and teal end tables: Target
toy trunk:  thrift store
Paper Lanterns: Amazon
dashund Lamp: Offi

(photos by Angela Crutcher)

posted by kelle at 9:07 am
(12) Comments

12 Comments

  1. Cathy says:

    Spectacular! What fun!!! Love Love the tent!

  2. Stefanie says:

    You are so talented and generous. The room is really amazing, lots of gorgeous stuff.

  3. This room turned out so marvelous and fun! The gray walls were the perfect color to ground all the other fun colors you used. Thanks for letting me be involved!

  4. shelly says:

    oh goodness….absolutely gorgeous, kelle! I love how all of the fun elements came together just perfectly. i think we may need a puffy chevron quilt in our house:)
    I am honored to be a little part of it and hope they enjoy this sweet room for years to come!

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  6. Melissa says:

    It is so incredibly cute! Angela took our pics in May, and I had guessed that you were the designer for her room. :) I adore the perfect shade pf gray on the walls with all of the bright colors. The color palette is the perfect one that is floating around in my head except for my living room. I want gray couch with bright colorful accessories. Definitely going to use this room as a reference. Great job!

  7. kristina says:

    SUPER cute room, Kelle! Love all of the sweet, colorful details! :)

  8. Kirsten OTT says:

    Love this so much! Any chance you know the color number and company of that awesome shade of grey? Have a painter coming in a few days and have been looking at gresy for days now. Love this shade!

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