Nursery Decor: A Colorful "Barn Dance" Theme

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Photo by moniyeager

OK, moms-to-be -- time to show you a member's adorable nursery! I came across this expecting mama of two in Pregnancy and wanted to know more about the bold baby room she created.

Let's see it, and talk to Monique (moniyeage) about how she pulled the nursery for baby number three together.


So, where do you live?

I live in Ponder, Texas, which is about 45 minutes northwest of Dallas.

What are the ages of your other kids, and when are you expecting this one?

I have a 7-year-old son, Ryan, and a 2-year-old daughter, Emmalee. I'm due on Valentine's Day but am having a scheduled C-Section on February 4.

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Photo by moniyeager

What was the inspiration for your nursery design?

I love country and western-themed decor -- I've used it all throughout my house. My son's room is decorated in a desert/cowboy theme, with cactus, a cowboy, and a coyote howling at the moon painted on his walls.

My daughter has a cowgirl-themed room with a pony (she calls it her "hee-hee") painted on the wall, cowgirl crib bedding, and a pink lasso "roped" on the wall.

My husband and I originally felt we wanted to be surprised about the sex of this baby, so when I was looking for crib bedding, I found a unisex set on the Babies R Us site that was called "Barn Dance." I loved it! It was original and I still have yet to meet another mom that has chosen the same bedding! It has bold colors and the cutest barn animals, too. I ultimately purchased it from, though -- it was less expensive.

I chose the bedding set first and then we went from there in picking items for the rest of the room.

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Photo by moniyeager

How did you pick the colors?

We chose red for the walls because it matched the bed skirt and crib bedding. Also, it was unusual! And I've always heard that red, white, and black are stimulating colors for newborns.

The bedding has a lot of black and white polka dots in it as well, so we decided to paint a black border with white polka dots through the middle of the wall to break up the red. My mother made the curtains for the windows in a black and white polka dot fabric to match the border and bedding. I chose cherry-colored furniture and a ceiling fan to give the room more of a rustic feel, rather than modern, which is how it would have felt I think with black furniture.

Red is such a tricky color -- which paint did you use?

We used Behr Premium Plus Paint in "California Poppy."

Tell me how you made the border.

The border is hand painted, not wallpaper. The border was painted completely white first, then we placed cut out circles of tape throughout the border and went back over it with black paint. After we pulled the tape, I went back through and hand painted the edges of the circles to make them more "crisp."

The animals on the wall are all from the bedding. From the picture that came with the bedding set, we drew the animals onto a piece of paper. We then divided each of the pictures into equal squares so we could easily transfer the pictures onto the wall in a larger size.

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Photo by moniyeager

I know your mom helped -- tell me about her creative contributions.

My mother was a huge help in putting the room together! The red walls and border were initially her idea. She handmade the curtains, the three "chicken plaques" on the wall, and Eli's name art. She had the little table and chairs made for the room. She did most of the painting, too!

Wow, go, grandma! Tell me about some of the things that you did.

I painted the white polka dots inside the border. I decorated the little white toy baskets on the table with black and white polka dot ribbon from one of the diaper cakes I received at a baby shower. I lined the baby's dresser drawers with the wrapping paper from my baby shower, too. My mom did that to my dresser drawers when I was born and I still have that wrapping paper 28 years later! I positioned all the furniture and helped brainstorm ways to bring our ideas to life.

Tell me about the wall "name art" above the crib.

My son's name is going to be Eli. My mother came up with the design for the art. She had some extra wood lying around and we had really wanted to come up with something different than just hanging the letters on the wall. We wanted something that would incorporate the cow from the bedding since we hadn't used him yet. I absolutely love how it turned out!

I'd like to feature members' nurseries from time to time -- if you have a nursery you're proud of, let me know! And if you have great nursery design ideas or tips, share them with other moms-to-be here.

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