inspiring nursery spaces

So many of our friends both local and long distance are in the throws of setting up nurseries. It’s so fun to see, whether in person or via their facebook albums, how they’re pulling together these special spaces for their little ones and I’m getting my fix through them all.

I know there are many big box store options for buying a “set” of something and having your valance match the crib skirt, which matches the lamp shade, which matches the light switch cover which matches the wall hanging, which matches the diaper holder. I can get on board with themes in nurseries (whether the theme is an idea or simply a color palette) and you certainly want things to coordinate, but the whole “matchy matchy” thing with no room for creativity…? Well, in the words of someone I know and love, “Um, we can do better than that.” 🙂

I realize I’m living vicariously, but I can’t imagine going for a 47-room-items-that-match set when there are inspiring spaces like these rooms to get your creativity flowing! Babies are all one of a kind and deserve a room that is, as well!

brooklynlimestoneYou can see more of Baby Agatha’s amazing book-themed nursery here. I love the deep navy walls (unexpected choice for a baby girl’s room) but the big doses of white keep it from getting too dark and mature. The floral print curtains, pops of coral, and the curved legs on the dresser keep it feminine for Little Miss. I’m swooning over the round crib. 


I recently saw this nursery and sent it to a friend who is planning a room with similar colors. I am so excited to see how her version comes together. I love this bold, intense color combination that can go “boy” or “girl” and isn’t so “baby” that it can’t grow into toddlerhood.



As much as I love color, the neutral in Baby Finn’s room struck me as peaceful and calming. I think it works because the charcoal grey is as dark as it is – any lighter, and the room would be too monotone for my liking. I love that everything on the walls is nearly invisible – the wall art, curtains, sconces, even the trim blend white-on-white against the walls.  Again, with the round crib. And those hearty dark floors. And the cuddliness factor of that pouf and throw rug. Love.



It would be such a fun design challenge to do a twins’ nursery. I am in love with this one for babies Raya and Mason – from the color palette to the way the room uses elements of both duplication and individualism to represent two unique babies with a very similar thread, all while balancing the style for both genders. I feel like most rooms I’ve seen for two or more have the cribs coming out lengthwise from the wall, I liked the look of them “lined up” here, and the oversized portrait of each tenant above their cribs. 🙂



But if you aren’t limited to gender-neutral, how girly-glamorous is this space by Little Crown Interiors? I’m mesmerized by those canvas-looking light sconces on either side of the monogram. Love the bold patterned accent wall and the chandelier. Girly to the max for the most fabulous of little ones!

And a hint to my nursery-decorating friends…I’m hoping you will let me share your nursery spaces when they’re done!




Comments (3)

  • I recently wrote about Ellie’s toddler room. It’s meant to be functional and safe, definitely not focused on being beautiful or well-designed, but it works for us! It’s sort of in the vein on Montessori-style environments.
    We decorated a much more girly nursery but were sad to undo all the work to make it safe for her to play, and she rarely slept in there anyway. If we ever have another one, it’ll start in this type of room from the beginning.
    All this nursery talk must have your mother chomping at the bit for grandkids to spoil, huh? 🙂

  • I think you and Page need to jump on this baby bandwagon so we can all see what your nursery would look like! hehe I’m going to revamp Ava’s nursery this summer when the weather is warmer and I can get outside for painting/spray painting/ fresh air/etc. Love all the inspirations!

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