Argyle and Houndstooth and Bears – OH MY!

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A preppy, pattern filled traditional nursery.

Design Inspiration

Mom loved the idea of an argyle wall.  She picked the colors for the pattern and the rest of the room was designed around that.

Decorating Style

Mom has a very traditional, classic taste.  I have a more whimsical style.  She thought the Argyle wall was enough of a statement in the room.  I was able to convince her that by mixing in different patterns in a simple, similar color palette, we could bring the whole design of the room to the next level.  Creating something classic yet unique.


Project Details

Argyle wall - see instructions and how we painted it here Paint Colors Used -- (all Benjamin Moore)   Background walls: Bleeker Beige (HC-80), Argyle Pattern: Fernwood Green (2145-40) & Northern Air (1676), Dark Brown Stitching: Clinton Brown (HC 67)


Furniture - Crib, Dresser and Nightstand from the All Seasons Collection by Young America


Houndstooth Carpet -


No Sew Window Valance -- DIY instructions here 


Teddy Bear Lamp -- Purchased on Amazon


Crib Bedding -- Kids Line Monkey Play 4 piece bedding set (just used the skirt and flat sheet, and then I  did a little tweaking to the bumper by replacing the monkey panels with a simple striped fabric)


Custom Embroidered Bins - You Name It Baby 

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the room is the print on the wall over the change table.  I created it especially for Emmet and for this room.  JUMP! Wall print - Skå 


My favorite find is the houndstooth carpet.  I took a risk ordering online hoping the colors would match and they couldn't have looked better if we had bought the carpet first and then matched the paint (which is really the better way to go)


The key to mixing patterns is to keep the color palette and the rest of the design simple and soft.


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    Love love love the argyle wall and the colors you used for the pattern! And I didn’t even expect you painted that! I thought it’s a wall paper or something. So that’s a double wow!

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    Houndstooth is not really my favorite, but because you have such a lovely argyle, I’m willing to just focus on the wall :-)

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