Hazel's Vintage Nursery {a look back}

I am excited to share with you the second in my {a look back} series, where I am sharing snippets from life when I was away from blogging. One thing that I never got around to sharing during that time, was Hazel's nursery, so I am going to now!
I had so many hopes and dreams for this room before she was born. Lots of plans were made and vintage items collected just for this special space that I wanted to create for my first child. I knew I wanted it to be cream and white with neutral, vintage touches throughout.

When she was born at 31 weeks, and then spent the first 50 days of life in the NICU, all of that changed. (You can read more about that difficult journey over here).

I actually never got her nursery "all together" until she was over a year old. Life was crazy and hectic and it just didn't happen. And even now that she is almost three and shares this room with her brother, it is still a work in progress. But here is peek at what it was like when it was all hers.

There are a lot of photos, so I hope you are ready for this!

This is what we had to work with when we moved in (wish I had taken pics from the other angle then, but I guess I forgot):
The first thing that we did before we even moved in, was rip up the old, dingy carpet. The pine flooring underneath was in pretty rough shape and had been painted brown around the edge of the room.

My husband painted the whole floor pale gray (a dream of mine before owning a home).

The room was pale blue which wasn't bad, but I wanted a neutral color. I chose an ivory with just the faintest touch of pink, called "Lip Balm."
The window was awful as well. I hated it. It was moldy and always had condensation built up in it. I couldn't stand that it was a crank window and was so high up, she would never have been able to see out of it! We hired my father-in-law to replace it for us, and it is one of the best things that we have done to improve this house.
After searching high and low on the internet and in stores for the "perfect" vintage looking crib, that was also affordable, I went with the Jenny Lind crib in white. Hazel watched as her daddy put it together for her.
At the time, I didn't have a wide angle lens, so unfortunately, I don't have any full room shots from that time. I hope you can put it all together by seeing views from each section of the room. I also rearranged the space several times (and still do), so some of these photos show the crib (and other items) in various locations in the room.
I created an unconventional canopy with an old lace tablecloth stuffed with tulle and twinkling lights. I really wanted it to be magical and romantic for my sweet girl.
Instead of a traditional mobile, I created two coffee filter pomander balls (I shared a tutorial on my typepad blog for dyed ones). For these, I used plain white filters for one and recycled light brown filters for the other. They actually didn't take long at all to make and were much easier than the first from the older tutorial (if there is interest, I can share a new tutorial for these - just let me know in a comment!).
I also added a glittered Eiffel tower and dream banner.
My husband made this rocking horse when he was in high school, so it is one of the most treasured items in the room.
The theme of the room gradually changed from vintage neutrals to more of a "vintage whimsical storybook." 
I have a large collection of Beatrix Potter items and included them around the room, along with other girly vintage finds.
The old white bookshelf was a flea market find. We sealed it in case the original paint contained lead.
I filled it up with lots of old treasures.
Looking back now it was way too busy. I have simplified it a bit since then, but sometimes it is hard to know when to quit. Anyone else out there have that problem with decorating? It is definitely a fine line keeping collections from turning into clutter, especially when you have so many things you love and want to display.
This antique teddy bear is one of my favorite finds for the room. It actually makes a squeaky noise when you squeeze him. Pretty remarkable that it still works!
The old baby scale was another flea market find (for only $5!).

A little tiara for The Princess.
Next to the bookshelf, we hung an old board with the original hooks, that came from my mother's house. I filled it with my collection of vintage Christening gowns and dresses.
I lined the top with antique cabinet cards of babies and children.
This tiara is the one that I wore at my wedding.
And the gown in the front was actually worn by my mother and her siblings at their baptisms. I love adding family heirlooms throughout my home.
I put an antique trumeau mirror at the entrance of the room with a cast iron bird coat rack.
The coat rack is down low so that she can reach it easily.
The old door is original to the house and fairly shabby, but it adds lots of vintage character.
The wall opposite the bookshelf was empty for a long time. Eventually I had my husband hang this vintage shelf. I kept the decor neutral with some feminine vintage details.
The front photograph is of Hazel the first day that we brought her home. The one behind is my mother (on the left) and two of my aunts.
I bought the old rocker at a yard sale for $10. Back then it sat in the opposite corner of Hazel's crib.
I do not know why I didn't close the curtain to hide the ugly air conditioner...but there you have it real life. 
A couple of years before I had Hazel, I went to an antique store called Aged in the Hills that is owned by one of my mom's friends. This adorable stroller and antique doll were there at the time and I didn't purchase them, even though I really wanted to. When I went back a couple of years later, they were still there, so I snatched them up!

I love seeing how much joy all of these vintage touches and special creations bring to my sweet girl.
This room has changed a lot in the past several months and is now Hazel and Owen's room. I hope to share how it looks now soon! Be sure to follow me by email to stay up with all of my posts!

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Till next time...
~Alice W.


  1. i love all of your vintage touches....they all seem to meld and have the same whimsical storybook purpose. i love everything!!! :)

  2. what a precious room for your little ones. I have that same print of the English Cottage in my studio, that I adore. Your collections are perfect there; just right for sweet stories and dreams!

  3. Sweet, I just love every detail! I am sure she loves it. Di@Cottage-Wishes

  4. Alice, I just love that room and all your special touches!! I am sure Hazel adores it as well. She is a pretty lucky little girl. ♥

  5. This room is enchanting! I love everything about it, lucky little girl to have such a dreamy room:)

  6. Love seeing her sweet little face light up, the room is amazing, now, but love the look back though, so pretty!

  7. What a magical space! So full of thoughtful and creative touches. It must have been such fun to plan and put together!

  8. This room turned out so sweet, Alice. There are a lot of wonderful details to discover. I guess my favorites are the teddy bear on the scale, the hat, the metal letters and the tattered books.
    Have a great week!

  9. what a beautiful room to grow up in.......


  10. Such a sweet little girl's room. My childhood best friend had the sweetest Peter Rabbit vignette in her room. I can still picture it today. I will always appreciate Peter Rabbit books, paintings, and trinkets in a child's room--To me, it can't get more innocent, magical and charming than that! I imagine that your little Hazel is quite a creative, artistic girl just like you.
    Thanks for the glimpse into another beautiful room in your home. I hope the kitchen remodel is going well.

  11. What a sweet and special room! Love every detail :)

  12. Alice...you have such an incredible way with decorating in your very own distinct vintage way! Every single corner is like a fairy tale from another century. I simply love it all and no, it does not look cluttered at all! Hazel is such a beauty and it breaks my heart that you got off to such a rocky start, I have to go back and read that post. So happy that all is well now!


  13. Aww, this is so precious! I can tell you are such a good mumma Alice! :) This makes me excited to have kids someday... :)

  14. So many beautiful touches Alice! Hazel (and now Owen too) are so lucky to have a room that was put together with so much thought, love and sentiment!

  15. This is everything I would want in a nursery if I were starting over as a new mommy Alice. I think it is pure perfection in every way!!!!!!!!! Absolutely stunning!
    Sending hugs...

  16. Love all the details in the room and how you mixed in family heirlooms. Beautiful!!!

  17. Such a sweet room. I love all the pretty details and china cups and linens. Gorgeous. x

  18. Move over Hazel and Owen, I'm moving in!! I looooooooove every detail!! It is just so lovely Alice.

  19. I love every little touch in your sweet nursery! What a beautiful job! And so glad your darling girl is well and healthy. I am the Mum of 4 preemies, so I know the roller coaster ride...xxx

  20. What a dreamy space. It's so calm and peaceful. All the vintage touches are perfect but the family heirlooms are my favorite. Your children are very lucky that you have all these lovely photos for them to look back on.

  21. Gosh, such a dreamy room! So many fabulous touches and details in Hazel's room. I am a nurse in a NICU...it is very rewarding to see our little patients grow into darling children (many with no further health issues). I have some vintage tablecloths that I bought off ebay for my daughter's wedding. I rarely use them but I LOVE that idea that you shared of hanging it from the ceiling and adding tulle and lights...could be used at parties too!

  22. Alice,
    This is one charming room, I love all of it!!!! I loved it so much, that it will be featured at my party on Monday.


  23. What an enchanting nusery! I love all the vintage touches!
    Found you from Liz Marie blog.

  24. I absolutely love it all. Lucky Hazel! I'd love to know what you used to seal the white bookcase. Would you do that with any old flaky paint or just if it's for a childs room? I have a flaky old hutch and I'm wondering if I need to do the same as it's in the dining room.

    1. I will have to check with my husband as far as what he used to seal it, but we are caution to do this with anything old/chippy in case it has lead paint. If no children are going to be around the piece then I wouldn't be concerned about it, but if they are, I would sand off any chipping paint and seal it for sure. Thanks for visiting!

  25. This room is precious Alice. Perfect for sweet dreams! I love the tattered bear and old books. I have an old baby scale and some Beatirx Potter items hoping to go in my youngest daughters babies room some day. They don't have any children yet. Thanks so much for sharing with SYC.

  26. I am in love with this adorable room! I collect Beatrix Potter figurines, too and you have made this room fabulous.
    Amazing blog, I'm following you and can't wait to enjoy more posts!


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