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An Alice Wonderland…

January 3, 2011

It’s not everyday that people ask for my opinion on interior design, so when someone finally asked me for my opinion and suggestions on an Alice in Wonderland inspired baby nursery, I took the idea a ran a marathon with it. Many thanks to my friend L for giving me the opportunity to completely bury myself in baby websites. Below are two vision boards I created…one for the furniture and walls and the other for the details. Information for the items as well as ideas for “Do It Your-selfing” a few can be found below.

The Furniture and Walls:

1. Gender Neutral Color Palette (L doesn’t know the sex of her wee one): Inspired by the Alice lamp on the right.

2. Image in upper left is vintage-inspired Alice in Wonderland Fabric from Spoonflower. I love this fabric and think it would be adorable for the bedding, window treatments and a throw pillow like the one in the lower left. If you sew, you can find directions for making the pillow here. If you aren’t much of a seamstress, here are directions for no-sew curtains and a crib skirt.

3. Crib from Stork Craft. The slay shape gives a whimsical feel, and the black wood will help the black and white bedding make a bold statement.

4. A simple black rocking chair will pay homage to Alice’s wishing chair. Finish it off with accent pillows and a small throw blanket.

5. The Alice lamp in the upper right corner is from Art Deco Pottery Kid and lights from both top and bottom to serve as both a lamp and night light, giving just enough light for those late-night feedings. Another adorable lamp can be seen here.

6. Changing table available on Overstock.com.

7. Book shelf (for fabulous vintage children’s books, see below) from IKEA.

8. A small black side table for keeping necessities near the wishing chair, any small table will do, this one keeps with the slay theme of the crib and changing table.

9. The center text is from a wall plaque that can be ordered here. Also, find adorable Alice wall decals here and here.

The Details:

1. It doesn’t get more perfect that this pocket-watch inspired wall clock from Pier 1 (currently on sale, grab it now).

2. Fill up that beautiful book shelf with used and vintage children’s books available online and at used book stores near you (goodwill and savers are also a great place to find used books).  Finding that vintage books are too expensive? Try making books look older by lightly distressing the cover and spine with sandpaper.

3. Alice in Wonderland light-switch cover from TurnMeOnArt.

4. How adorable will these Alice-esque signs look hanging on the wall or door of the nursery? Custom-made by TRUECONNECTION.

5. If you or someone you know loves to crochet, you could purchase the patterns for making these adorable Alice in Wonderland dolls available from KandJDolls (purchase yarn to perfectly match your color palette).

6. How about embroidering? This cute set of four includes hand embroidered Alice in Wonderland relics from LaBeleineaPlume, however, you could easily try to embroider your own with these patterns and put in black frames to match the rest of the room’s furniture.

7. This Alice in Wonderland messenger bag from TheBoldBanana would also make a pretty adorable diaper bag that both mom and dad will be proud to carry.

8. These are adorable and reversible Alice in Wonderland baby booties from Lena’sPatterns. I also found a matching blanket and burp rags.

9. How about artwork for the walls? These vintage-esque prints are available from Devil Doll Creations. However, you could easily make something similar by printing Alice images onto old newspaper or dictionary pages, or by cutting out pages from a vintage Alice In Wonderland book and framing them.

10. Lastly, this whimsical DIY mobile idea from Young House Love would be a lovely addition to the room. Taking another note from YHL and arranging some of the framed Alice artwork in this fashion would also be fabulous.

And there you have it, an Alice in Wonderland nursery, just for you, Dear L . I hope it inspires you and gives you some ideas to get your baby wonderland started! Are you looking for Alice-inspired baby gifts? Let me not-so-subtly suggest this adorable set of Alice-inspired blankets, onesies and other accessories.

Want my opinion on a project? Message or email me your idea and I’ll see what I can come up with (storda01@luther.edu).

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 02:12

    This is so stunning… makes me wish we were having a baby in the near future. Beautiful work Dani!!

  2. Laura permalink
    January 3, 2011 03:58

    Love it!

  3. Danielle permalink
    September 28, 2011 07:22

    I just wanted to thank you for this post…… I have been scouring the internet for a cool, modern, classic Alice nursery idea and dear lord —- everything I have seen is so gaudy and tacky. This is PERFECT you did an excellent job and I can’t wait to use it as my inspiration!

    Thanks so much!

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