ABCs Of A Stylish Nursery

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A Project For

Emory

Age

9 months

Location

St. Louis

Description

An eclectic mix of old and new are brought together to create a stylish yet functional nursery.

Design Inspiration

My original inspiration came from the fabric for the curtains. I purchased it for a previous project and never used it. I I LOVE the neutrality and modern pattern. I then found the fabulous oversized green/white floral pattern fabric and had a slipcover made for the rocker. Next, the gorgeous shade of turquoise I used on the vintage crib, found for only $50!

Decorating Style

I love to repurpose. I love to mix old and new. I have the "high/low" philosophy of investing in timeless pieces and mixing in the flea market or Homegoods find. I like a room to look gathered, as if it has evolved over time. I LOVE and live with white and mix in  punches of color.

Project Details

A is for Artsy... Get out your cameras!  Enlarging your artwork and focusing in on details like sweet little feet, dimpled knuckles and crooked smiles are the things memories are made of.  The white frames and oversized mats create a gallery where the photos can easily be replaced as she grows. B is for Baby Blues... Blue isn’t just for boys. This vintage crib took on a new life with this soothing shade of seafoam.  It’s fresh, it’s pretty and I love how it accents every other color I put in the room. C is for Comfort... This rug adds a layer of comfort and luxuriousness for tiny toes.  It’s plush and perfect for playtime.  I personally love the asymmetry and texture of it in the room. D is for Design... When designing a room with baby in mind, it’s important to remember that they are not a baby for long.  Furnish the space with storage and functionality and pieces that grow with your little one.
E is for Emory... Love is in the details. Try a modern monogram to personalize your space.  You can paint it yourself or order a custom decal online. F is for Fashionable... Short on storage but not on style, I created a baby boutique at one end of the bedroom. I simply hung a polished nickel curtain rod from the bottom of industrial shelving.
G is for Graphic... I adore this oversized graphic floral pattern. The bold slipcover gives this comfy worn rocker new life and it’s just FUN! H is for Happy... What makes this little corner so cheerful? It’s the gorgeous green paint!  This table has seen many coats in it’s day but I think I like this one the best.  This will be a nice little nook for Emory to read and color in when she is a bit older. For now, it makes a great side table for bottles, binkies and books. I is for Inspiration... Now here’s a bright idea... convert an old armoire into a changing table and closet. Fresh paint and new handles are all it took to transform it from dark and looming to light and airy.  A vintage french laundry basket adds even more storage. J is for Jammies... It’s wonderful to have essentials organized and on hand after bathtime and before bedtime. Baskets create drawers to keep things tidy and contained. What’s the final touch that puts the fun in functional?  I added fresh floral decals to the interior doors and walls and butterflies and birdies float overhead, the perfect distraction for those quick changes. K is for kiddos with style from A-Z... Artwork and storage, easy as 1,2,3... Now go get creative, simple as can be... I know YOU can do this, just take it from ME! Resources: Pink Lemon Pillow, Jonathan Adler White Picture Frames, Ikea Dandelion Light Fixture, Ikea Rug, Ikea Stool and Storage Bench, Ikea Slipcover Fabric (Flower Field in Lily Pad)  Calico Corners Curtain Fabric, Anatols Owl Lamp:, West Elm

Favorite Items

The vintage crib, the overstuffed rocker with the bold graphics, the light fixture.... really? I have to choose? I ADORE it all!

Advice

Use things you already have... give them a fresh look with paint and fabric. Add personal touches such as the framed photos and modern monogram shown. Mix it UP!  Add modern touches and pieces that can grow with baby. Get creative with storage!

99 Comments

  1. 1

    I love your nursery!  I know you got the fabric for the chair from Calico corners, but where is the actual chair from?  Thanks!!

  2. 2

    Thanks so much! The rocker is by Mitchell Gold… I actually purchased it eleven years ago to rock my FIRST baby in.  Pottery Barn Kids has one similar.

  3. 3

    Wow, your nursery’s like a breath of fresh air, what with all these cool and refreshing colors you used. It’s very clear that you mixed old and new elements, yet everything has really turned out beautiful.

  4. 4

    This is my favorite room on Project Nursery!  I love the unique colors.  Beautiful!

  5. 5

    You list stool and storage bench from IKEA.  Do you mean the bench in the closet?  Do you remember what it is called? I cant find it on the IKEA website.  Thanks!

  6. 6

    You list stool and storage bench from IKEA.  Do you mean the bench in the closet?  Do you remember what it is called? I cant find it on the IKEA website.  Thanks!

  7. 7

    You list stool and storage bench from IKEA.  Do you mean the bench in the closet?  Do you remember what it is called? I cant find it on the IKEA website.  Thanks!

  8. 8

    Try the Besta shelving unit?  I have had mine for several years so this may be the newer version. It doesn’t look exactly the same though. I actually think mine was from the LACK line. I turned it on it’s side and added legs. Hopefully you have an Ikea near you that you can visit. There is so much MORE available in the store than online.  The closest one to me is in Chicago but it’s always worth the trip! And I am sorry to say the Benjamin stool has been discontinued, however if you google it you could probably find one online for sale perhaps on ebay or elsewhere. Good luck! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40134045

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    Try the Besta shelving unit?  I have had mine for several years so this may be the newer version. It doesn’t look exactly the same though. I actually think mine was from the LACK line. I turned it on it’s side and added legs. Hopefully you have an Ikea near you that you can visit. There is so much MORE available in the store than online.  The closest one to me is in Chicago but it’s always worth the trip! And I am sorry to say the Benjamin stool has been discontinued, however if you google it you could probably find one online for sale perhaps on ebay or elsewhere. Good luck! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40134045

  10. 10

    Ok, C&P , the bench WAS the from the LACK line and I can’t find it on the website. However, as i mentioned it COULD still be in the store. That Besta unit actually looks too frail to convert to a bench. There IS an actual bench in that line though that looks much sturdier.  :)

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    Ok, C&P , the bench WAS the from the LACK line and I can’t find it on the website. However, as i mentioned it COULD still be in the store. That Besta unit actually looks too frail to convert to a bench. There IS an actual bench in that line though that looks much sturdier.  :)

  12. 12
    avatar Jack and Jill Interiors, Sherri Blum

    So beautiful and unique! Great job!

  13. 13
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    Thanks so much, Sherri! :)

  14. 14

    As I looked at the photos and read your content, I knew the room had to belong to a designer. Great work, and you did a pretty good job with the baby’s looks, too. Darlihg! I like what you’ve done with the shades of green. You’ve inspired me to design a nursery for my blog, ebabynurserydecoration.com using a few grown up features like the drapes. BTW, the chandelier is splendiferous.  Now to hunt for a blog that I know must be  out there.

  15. 15

    As I looked at the photos and read your content, I knew the room had to belong to a designer. Great work, and you did a pretty good job with the baby’s looks, too. Darlihg! I like what you’ve done with the shades of green. You’ve inspired me to design a nursery for my blog, ebabynurserydecoration.com using a few grown up features like the drapes. BTW, the chandelier is splendiferous.  Now to hunt for a blog that I know must be  out there.

  16. 16
    avatar Carson Cataliotti

    Love Love your nursery! Especially the turquoise crib! My middle name is Emory and if our baby would have been a girl that is what we would have named her. Also, love the fabric on the chair. I used the same fabric in brown for window treatments in our baby’s nursery!!!! Love your style!

  17. 17

    LOVE this!!!!!

     

  18. 18
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    Thanks so much, Carson! Well, I just LOVE your beautiful middle name! :) You’re nursery is darling and of course I adore the curtains and the pillow fabric is awesome.  Congratulations on your little one, soon to arrive.  He will have a beautiful room to come home to. :) 

  19. 19
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    Glad you like! Thanks, mjesse!

  20. 20
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    Glad you like! Thanks, mjesse!

  21. 21

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Love the fresh colors. It is gorgeous!

  22. 22

    Do you remember the pattern name of the fabric you used for the curtains or where you bought it…it’s just what I’ve been looking for, but haven’t had much success?

    Also, did you paint that little table in the corner…and do you remember the paint name? 

    This nursery is absolutely adorable!  I love it!

  23. 23

    I just saw where you named the curtain fabric…oops!  Guess I need to slow down :)

  24. 24

    Yeah, I agree, the colors are very cool and fresh. I have my eyes on your Ikea light. It certainly adds a different texture to everything.

  25. 25

    I absolutely adore your room! It turned out fabulous! What color did you use for the walls? Is it a stark white, or does it have a tint of another color in it? 

  26. 26

    this is simply stunning!  Do you have any suggestions for making your room gender neutral?  Green has always been my favorite color and I just love this turqoise.  Thoughts?

  27. 27
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    Hi there, Kr1….

    Actually, I had NOT named the curtain fabric… It’s “Cross Section” in Green by Waverly. The table color is Apple 5 by Valspar in a satin base, available at Home Depot. Thanks so much for your questions and compliments!

  28. 28
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    Hey Meggo73,

    These walls are not a stark white, they are on the softer side. My favorite white is “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore.  :)

  29. 29

    One more thing, I love the crib bedding which seems to be a cream colored sweater knit.  Where did you find this!  Thanks!

  30. 30

    I adore this nursery. I’m a little late to the game, but hopefully you’re still answering questions. What is the paint color that you used on the crib? We are using the crib my father-in-law made for my husband and I would love to use this turquoise to update it. 

  31. 31

    I LOVE this crib.  I know you said it was vintage but do you know where I could get one like it?  Thank you very much!!

  32. 32

    The nursery is fabulous! Fresh, modern and durable. I love your shelve and clothing rod display. It is a wonderful solution for a room without a closet. Can you tell me about how you came to the design.

  33. 33

    I have to ask about your crib. Did you have much work done to it & if so how did you go about finding someone to work on it? How do you feel about the slats being so far apart & do you know what brand it is? I recently bought a vintage turquise crib (diff shade) for $10 at a thrift store. However, it needs a paint job and the drop down side needs some work. I was going to have it made stationary so it doesn’t move at all. I take it your drop down side is working well? THanks for any input you can give!

  34. 34
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    Hi Ccw4246

    The I purchased her sweater knit blanket at Pottery Barn… SOOOO soft! To answer the gender neutral question, I think you could easily make this room go boy by trading out the pillow and adding a more geometric print or solid on the chair.  :)

  35. 35
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    There were a couple of questions in regard to Emory’s crib.  This particular one was in perfect working condition and had never been previously painted. It did come with a mattress which i promptly replaced. I was not worried about the wider slats, it has not seemed to be an issue as of yet.  Sanding it and painting it was simple. I have had a harder time finding a plastic protective piece to put along the top of the rail like you see on many new cribs and I would highly recommend that for when your baby starts teething and wants to use the crib rail to do so! :)  This could be an issue if your crib was previously painted so make sure it has any old paint thoroughly sanded. I would recommend if for those looking for one to try ebay, Craigslist and your look thrift or antique shops. 

  36. 36

    Hi!  Beautiful nursery!  Do you recall which frames you used from Ikea?  Thanks!

  37. 37

    Wow! What a beautiful nursery!! Yours is my favorite on here!! You did a wonderful job!! I am in the process of getting my nursery together and I LOVE what you did for extra clothing storage! What a great idea to use a curtain rod. Do you remember where you got the shelving and rod from? I’ve been looking at curtain rods and can’t seem to find any that hang from the shelf. Did you buy a seperate piece to do that or did it come with the curtain rod? I definitley need to do something like this in our room for the extra storage! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all these questions!

  38. 38

    Beautiful!

  39. 39

    5 stars all the way, and I just want to say your design style is so unique and beautiful.  I have been showing this nursery to my whole family.  Great pictures!  I have been inspired by your room.

    nurserydesigns.blogspot

  40. 40

    Love it!  What is the name of the paint you used on the crib?  Thanks!

  41. 41

    My question is the same as a few others :) I think we are dying to know the paint color of the crib. Thank you for sharing your nursery-what an inspiration!!

  42. 42
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    For all who have inquired about the paint color, so sorry but I honestly do not know.  I just dug through my basement and found the original paint can.  It says it is a Valspar paint but the actual paint color marked on top is COVERED in paint. Next trip to the hardware store I will see if I can match the color and report back. :)  

  43. 43
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    For all who have inquired about the paint color, so sorry but I honestly do not know.  I just dug through my basement and found the original paint can.  It says it is a Valspar paint but the actual paint color marked on top is COVERED in paint. Next trip to the hardware store I will see if I can match the color and report back. :)  

  44. 44
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    For all who have inquired about the paint color, so sorry but I honestly do not know.  I just dug through my basement and found the original paint can.  It says it is a Valspar paint but the actual paint color marked on top is COVERED in paint. Next trip to the hardware store I will see if I can match the color and report back. :)  

  45. 45
    avatar trenna travis design studio

    For all who have inquired about the paint color, so sorry but I honestly do not know.  I just dug through my basement and found the original paint can.  It says it is a Valspar paint but the actual paint color marked on top is COVERED in paint. Next trip to the hardware store I will see if I can match the color and report back. :)  

  46. 46

    You are a doll! Thanks for helping your fans!!! I appreciate it & I’m sure the others do too!

  47. 47

    You are a doll! Thanks for helping your fans!!! I appreciate it & I’m sure the others do too!

  48. 48

    You are a doll! Thanks for helping your fans!!! I appreciate it & I’m sure the others do too!

  49. 49

    please report back on crib color, if you can!

  50. 50

    Hi!  Any tips on taking pics of room?  I have a great camera but keep getting shadows, bad light, etc.  Your nursery is GORGEOUS!

  51. 51

    where are the pictures for this nursery? everyone loves it but there are no pictures on my end. just the descriptive text.

  52. 52

    Found your nursery on Pinterest. I’m obsessed with it. So beautiful that I will definitely reference it when (and if) I ever have a baby. The link on Pinterest led me to this site and you are from St. Louis! I lived there from January of 2006 until just a week ago when I moved from St. Louis. :) Gorgeous work.

  53. 53

    diana where do you see the pictures for this nursery? i just see text here!

  54. 54

    Yeah, it is weird that it does not show up on this page but I found it through Pinterest. Here is the link to my Pinterest “pin” of this image. Hopefully that works for you!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/180066476/

  55. 55

    Diana,

    thank you for sharing! at least i get to see one picture :) i was very curious after reading all the great comments! wish i could see the rest!

  56. 56

    What color is the turquoise on the crib?

  57. 57

    Love that color pallette. What a great room. Loads of inspiration here.

    Diatomaceous Earth

  58. 58

    I also LOVE this nursery! :) Also from St. Louis area. Would you mind sharing the color name of the turquoise on the crib? I think it’s a beautiful color….looking for a vibrant color to paint my dresser in the craft room.

  59. 59

    LOVE the design and how you mixed old and new! Just wondering if you would share the name of the paint? I have been to several paint stores trying to match and there are many shades of turquoise! Thank you!

  60. 60

    Oops- just figured out how to read older comments where you answered the paint question. Once again- LOVE IT!

  61. 61

    I love this nursery! Does anyone know where to get this light fixture??

  62. 62

    Where did you get the chandelier lighting for this nursery? It’s beautiful.

  63. 63

    Wow. Just wow. Beautiful.

  64. 64

    Hi! I LOVE this nursery! So much inspiration and the color palette is beautiful.

    Where did you get your rocker? I love the style of it. I know you had a slip cover made but where is the original one from?

    Thanks!

  65. 65

    So fresh and crisp! You can order custom fabric letter blocks from Etsy.

  66. 66

    Can I ask where the white frames are from? I need four just like those for my boys (twins) room.

    Thanks!

  67. 67

    I am wondering where you found the rug at?! I have been looking for one identical to this one, but have had no such luck! This room is absolutely stunning!

  68. 68

    McKenzie,

    McKenzie,

    The light fixture is from Ikea. It’s the maskros light. I just got it for my nursery.

  69. 69

    Love this nursery! Great job! I am decorating my little 10-month-olds nursery now, and am using yours for inspiration. Do you by chance remember what the brand name of the fabric that you used for the curtains? Or the color? I have been trying to find green in that shade and am having no luck!

    Thank you!

  70. 70

    Hi. My daughter Jenny is expecting twins and loves your nursery. We located the fabric for the curtains, but are having difficulty finding the paint for the baby beds. Is there any way you can tell us the name of the paint. We know it is valspar and have attempted to find the color based on the picture.

    We appreciate your help,
    Susan

  71. 71

    We looked at this light fixture, but the smaller size (that would make sense in our room) had a very low-wattage bulb. Which size did you choose, and do you find that it provides enough light?
    Brooke,

  72. 72

    ali,

    We got the bigger size, seems to provide enough light. I also have a lamp in there that I use too.

  73. 73

    Can I ask who you used to make the slipcover for the chair?

  74. 74

    I am absolutely in love with this nursery and that crib!

  75. 75

    Just wondering if you know the color names/numbers/brands you used on the crib and the table… Thanks!

  76. 76

    Was wondering if you could tell me where you got your blinds from? I love them in this nursery?

  77. 77

    Was wondering if you could tell me where you got your blinds from? I love them in your nursery under the darling curtains. Are the rods and fabric clips from IKEA?

  78. 78

    Please tell me where you got the fabric for your curtains! I love them!

  79. 79

    This drew me in immediately because of the light-filled and soft yet high-key color palette.
    I especially love the bold floral print of the armchair and yes – that turquoise crib is the show stealer isn’t it?!
    The IKEA(I think?) lightfitting is stunning and adds a really inspirational accent.
    Well done!

  80. 80

    I LOVE your nursery! It is my favorite on Project Nursery. It was the inspiration for my baby’s nursery. Thanks for sharing!!!

  81. 81

    At very long last I have found the paint color I used on her crib for all of those who requested! Valspar 223-3 Seaflower Thanks so much for all your kind words and inquires! xoxox Trenna

  82. 82

    I wish that I had this nursery for my children.Way to go!!! It’s beautiful.

  83. 83

    Julie,

    It’s the Deserva Rocker from Restoration Hardware. It has been discontinued and is very hard to find replacement covers for.

  84. 84

    I was wondering who made the slipcover for your rocking chair? I have the same rocker and would love to update it!

  85. 85

    HI I loved the owl lamp, where did you get it?

  86. 86

    thank I already read your post!!

  87. 87

    Hi, this is an amazing room. Could you please tell me what paint color you used on the walls? I am looking for a white(ish) color that would work well with cool undertones like blue and green! Thanks!

  88. 88

    Could you share with me which throw at Pottery Barn it is I see two, but was unsure one is more pricey than another so wanted to check and see if you could direct me :) Love this nursery :)

  89. 89

    Hi Trenna! I am obsessed with this nursery. I have looked everywhere for the fabric on the nursery chair and it has been discontinued. Any suggestions for a replacement fabric that is fun like that? Totally in love.

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    Where did you get the area rug?

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    I’m not sure if you will get this as it has been several years since this was posted! First, I want to say I LOVE this nursery! I am just wondering if you had any opinions on a wall color besides white that could be used. I’m just afraid in our house it may not “go” as well as in your nursery. Do you think something like a light peach color could work? Maybe grey? Thanks so much!

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