Aria’s Bright & Modern Nursery

  • Wall Decal & Poms1/13
  • Room: Bookshelf & Crib2/13
  • Room: Crib & Dresser3/13
  • Room: Dresser & Chair4/13
  • Room: Bookshelf5/13
  • Detail: Decal & Crib6/13
  • Detail: Frames (1)7/13
  • Detail: Frames (2)8/13
  • Detail: Crib9/13
  • Detail: Glider & Ottoman10/13
  • Detail: Shelf11/13
  • Detail: Flowers12/13
  • Detail: Birth Announcement13/13

A Project For

Aria Rae




Kirkland, Washington

Design Inspiration

Naturally, as a first time parent, one of the initial details I felt was necessary to iron out was none other than the crib bedding!  I instantly fell in love with the colors and patterns of the Sweet Nothings fabric series by Riley Blake Designs.  Because I found the pattern before I was pregnant (let alone knew the gender of a yet-to-be-conceived baby), I was worried that it would be out of stock by the time I'd be ready to place an order (I have to admit that at one point, I seriously contemplated taking the chance and just ordering the bedding anyway, but I figured that would inevitably jinx me and we'd wind up having a boy).  Fast forward to January when the ultrasound revealed we were having a girl and you can see why I was beyond thrilled when I came across the Modified Tot shop on Etsy and the seller confirmed that she was able to find just enough fabric from her vendors to produce my order!  These fabrics served as the springboard for the overall design of the nursery.

I also want to acknowledge how influential the Project Nursery community was in helping me dream up Aria's nursery.   I've thoroughly enjoyed perusing the gallery of beautiful and creative projects over the last year - especially these inspirational nurseries:

Modern Vintage Coral Nursery
Whimsical Wonderland Nursery
Lila’s Chevron Nursery
Mason’s Lovely Nursery
Baby “T” Nursery
Turquoise, Pink, Orange, & Green Nursery
Graham’s Bright and Modern Nursery

Decorating Style

I tend to favor the clean, linear style of modern and contemporary design, but I'm also drawn to bold, bright colors and slightly eclectic pieces to make the space feel a bit warmer and more comfortable.

I've always had a passion for interior design…I naturally began envisioning a nursery in my head well before my husband and I even started preparing for our first pregnancy (I even created a Pinterest board titled "Definitely not pregnant…but certainly a planner!").  I'm the type of person that loves to makes lists and have a game plan in place so that when it's time to execute, I'm ready to hit the ground running (I was the same way when it came to planning our wedding and building our first home).

Project Details

Crib:  Madison by Babyletto  |  Target

Dresser:  Madison by Babyletto  |  Target

Glider:  Charleston Glider by Little Castle  |  Target

Bookshelf:  Expedit  |  Ikea

Floating Shelf:  Lack  | Ikea

Crib Bedding:  Modified Tot  |  Etsy

Changing Pad Cover:  Modified Tot  |  Etsy

Ottoman:  Modified Tot  |  Etsy

Tissue Poms:  DIY project

Wall Decal:  Lucy Lews  |  Etsy

Flower, Bird, and Butterfly Canvases  | Hobby Lobby

Gallery Wall:  DIY project of assorted frames & shapes spray painted or covered in scrapbook paper  |  Hobby Lobby  |  Michael's  |  Home Goods

Peacock & Unicorn Storage Boxes:  3 Sprouts  |  Tottini

Pink Storage Bin  Home Goods

Wall Color:  Seafoam Pearl (470A2) by Behr  |  Home Depot

Favorite Items

I honestly love all of the design elements in this space because I was very intentional about each of the decisions I made in this project - this is a room truly made with love for our baby girl.  The bedding from Modified Tot is probably my favorite item, since it's the concept from which everything else stemmed.  But I also adore the canvas with the painted flowers….and the gallery wall and tissue pom DIY projects!!


Start a Pinterest board early on to begin capturing images of things that inspire you - as your collection of pins grow, you'll start to notice trends and themes that you really gravitate toward.  I opted to order the big furniture items and bedding early to account for production and shipping periods - the nursery was at least 80% done by the time I was in my 25th week.  Since I did a lot of DIY projects in the room, I wanted to get as much done as possible during the second trimester, just in case I started to get fatigued or uncomfortable in the third trimester.


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    Wow! I didn’t know this many tissue pompoms and in a variety of colors would have such a pretty and lovely effect!

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    I love the pom poms! I have a few paper lanterns in my 16 mo. olds room and love them. How did you make the ones that look like fish scales?

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    Love your nursery! Any chance you can share how you affixed the pom poms? Also do you have a website or tutorial for the how to on the pom poms?

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