We love hearing from local moms who have cool ideas to share with us. Recently, Nadia Fante, a mom in Tarrytown, sent us some pictures of her son Giacomo’s nursery, and we were amazed. This mom has some serious DIY design talent and the best part is she created this room having spent less than $500 (not including the crib/rocker/changing table and bed that she already had).
A licensed architect originally from Peru (she only moved to the U.S. 7 years ago), Nadia went with a yellow and grey color scheme for her son’s nursery. In search of a space that was “modern, cozy, colorful, and not too baby-ish,” she asked readers on her blog, mamemima, to vote for their favorite of 3 mood boards. She knew she was having a boy, but the color scheme would work for a boy or girl. I’m bananas for the chevron wall that she painted (and explains on her design blog, House 36.)
Nadia sewed the adorable giraffe print crib skirt and curtain valance herself, and she converted the full bed to a daybed by adding lots of pillows. The frames above the bed were originally gold, and she used Rub ‘n Buff in silver to go with the scheme of the room. After finding the giraffe and elephant coat hooks from Joann’s, she made the mobile with an embroidery loop and some silver beaded chains from Michael’s (which is also where the wooden G she painted is from.)
The rug is from Overstock, and the mirror above the changing table is from Home Goods. For the framed artwork, Nadia played with designs on Microsoft Publisher and printed the larger ones through Vistaprint and used her own inkjet printer for the smaller ones. Genius!
Using old fabric she had on hand from Ikea, Etsy & Fabric.com, she sewed the pillow covers, using a felt “g” that she simply glued on for a monogram.
Nadia is uber-talented and while she currently stays at home with her 14-month old and 7-year old stepson, a career in interior design is in the works. You can contact her at email@example.com.