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New Baby, New Room: Handmade Coastal Blue Vintage Dreamland

I spied this wonderful baby room back in July from a spectacular photographer we have featured on our COLOURlovers Wedding channel before in Creative Engagement: "Pushing Daises". Thanks again to Jordan Weiland for letting us feature another and yet, more personal piece of photography. This is her daughter, Autumn's room.

So much creativity was put in to this and yet it remains simple. I like the mix of vintage and modern with a little splash of imagination pieced here and there. I even love the blue, even though it's for a little girl. I always consider blue sort of a depressing wall colour, but this room has completely changed my mind on that. With the additions of some sunny yellow, warm furniture-brown and a hint of raspberry-red specs here and there - it all pulls together nicely.


Rather than simply regurgitate this post from Jordan's blog (here: "Autumn's Room"), I've gathered a few more snippets of information on what was used and links to where you can get things similar to what was used in this room.

I can't say it enough, I love love love the blue in this room!


Jordan used the colour Coastal Surf by Behr paint obtained from Home Depot (you can order a sample online here). As for the Harlequin Diamonds, she looked up how to do that online. Here is one tutorial for creating that diamond pattern on your wall by

Jordan also said that she hand-painted the white tree, yellow flowers and birds herself. From a few inspiration pieces she sketched and painted it. If you're not so crafty, you can also use pre-made wall decals from a variety of vendors:, blik or even a 'wall decals' search on Etsy will return fabulous results with shops like singlestonestudios' & NouWall, all selling great  designs.

The yellow owl (left) was purchased at Urban Outfitters. You can get in two colours yellow and light blue - Owl "Lantern" from Urban Outfitters. I came across this vintage Owl "lamp" on that almost looks like the Urban Outfitters one was modeled after. On a side, owl-related shopping note, I spied this way cute wooden owl wall hanging there too. The Owl Bank (right) was a great find at a thrift store. I did a quick search for an "owl bank" in Etsy's vintage section and got quite a few good results. I like the idea of a first "piggy" bank in a new baby's room.

The "Z-Z-Z's" are another cute element to the room appropriately placed above the crib. Jordan's mom gave her the Z's some time ago and she added the ribbon. I recently did a Halloween post that covers how-to make a hanging sign on the COLOURlovers HOME channel that could easily be applied to make your own hanging Z's. With a little ribbon, cardboard, glue and glitter you'll have your own in no time OR there is (drum-roll please) always Etsy. The best resource on earth! I loved this bunting banner by SignsOfVintage. There are endless crafters on Etsy who offer an array of banners for baby rooms. I just searched "baby room banner" in "Handmade". As always, you can always ask an Etsy crafter if they would be willing to custom make you something if you have something you want specifically.

Jordan got the old birdcage from her mom and made a lamp out of it with a kit from Lowes for about $15. I found a good resource for some cool birdcages that are actually pretty inexpensive from You could always paint it with a crackle or rough it up after to give it a chipped look. Here are some extra ideas on making the lamp itself - has some really creative assemblages and said they got their kit from IKEA for $10.

The shelves for the books are called Frame Shelves and are from IKEA. The rocker was a find that she painted yellow. I'm completely in love with the crocheted monsters which were homemade by a friend of hers. Here are some adorable owls from Pottery Barn that would be a cute addition if you were going with that theme. And of course as always, I did some Etsy digging and found these monsters by user CreaturesAndCritters and some other cute animals by user MsPremiseConclusion. I'm sure you could also contact either with pictures of a monster you would like to have made for a custom handmade item.


One of Jordan's friends gave her this blanket with her daughter's name all over it. If you can't find a name already in print like this, you can easily order custom fabric from, a partner of COLOURlovers. Using COLOURlovers' pattern maker Seemless you can simply create your own pattern with letters like the one above with Autumn's name and send if straight from COLOURlovers to Spoonflower - and like magic, you have your own custom lettered material. I designed a "George" and a "MANDEE" patterns using Seemless. If you want even more control over the lettering and design, you can make your design using any graphics software and upload directly to Spoonflower. It's pretty addicting.


Jordan's Aunt had knitted the dog on the left and the baby shoes were her dad's, Autumn's Grandpa, when he was a baby. The Owl Hook ($20) was from .

Overall, I love the incorporation of all the handmade and previously owned items throughout this room. I can appreciate all the specially selected pieces and decor chosen for little Autumn's new room. Thank you to Jordan for sharing all your hard work, creativity and new little blessing with us. Congratulations!

All photos taken and provided by Jordan Weiland Photography copyright 2010

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