Number One Grandson!

The 1st grandson was a wonderful addition to a family of women. Knowing that he would be the 1st of at least several more, we planned a nursery that would be timeless. The colors chosen were yellow and black (chosen by the new mom). The walls were already painted a pale green (chosen by both parents). The fabric Harlem Toile by Shelia Bridges was the timeless theme chosen. 

 A twin sized sheet was purchased and used as fabric. A quilt was ordered but out of stock.

The scenes pictured are totally awesome. The black and white scenes depicted various antique period scenes but with a modern twist. I isolated 3 of them, cut them out and sewed them on pre-purchased pillows from Ikea. The isolated patches were then trimmed with a black and white small print gingham checkered ribbon. Small antique buttons were then sewn on with touches of grosgrain ribbon accents.

 The valance was designed and sewn with the toile fabric and trimmed with a slightly larger black and white checkered gingham print. A tutorial will follow. The tie backs were a strip of the black and white gingham topped by a smaller piece of the Harlem Toile. The final finish was a black one inch wide ribbon.

The mural choice was a little boy in vintage period clothing riding a horse with his sister. Having a boy as the first born was a surprise but my 'grand' mom intuition knew that there would be a little girl eventually in the picture and if you look carefully there is a little girl doll in the hands of 'that' little girl. :) 

This is considered a movable or mobile mural as it is not painted directly on the wall. It was painted on a canvas, and mounted onto the wall. An buttermilk white molding was used to border the mural. The home improvement stores will gladly miter the ends of any molding you purchase. Some now have equipment that you can use free of charge to do it yourself. 
 The molding was painted a 'buttermilk white'  along with the unfinished bench that holds the pillows. The colors matched the crib perfectly.


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