Avery Madeline’s New Nursery

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This is my new-born niece's nursery.  It was designed before we knew she was a little girl so the goals for the room were to be gender-neutral and also soft and sweet.  Her mom, Leigh, has a great design sense and brought us in to help with colors.

Design Inspiration

The inspiration for the design was the bird mobile hanging above the crib.  It was the first thing Leigh purchased for the nursery and it became central to the theme and colors.  While the mobile is colorful and bright, Leigh still wanted the nursery to be soft, so we used the orange and turquoise colors as accents to provide some contrast with the cool gray walls.    Leigh also wanted to create a room that is as eco-friendly and safe for baby as can be, so we used as many organic products as possible and upcycled pieces of furniture like the changing table and day bed.

Decorating Style

Leigh and her husband Mike have a lovely style.  They recently gutted and renovated their Alexandria town home and the resulting space is the perfect example of their married style.  They strike a balance by mixing modern elements with family heirlooms and more traditional pieces.  Their style is sophisticated, but far from stuffy.

Project Details

The walls are painted with organic nursery paint from Quiet Nursery in the colors mist and sprinkle. The bird mobile was found on etsy. The curtains are a DIY project using off-white linen, burlap ribbon and overall clasps.  The tutorial is found here.  The birdcages and pillows were found at HomeGoods.  The books shelves are actually spice racks from IKEA. The animal hooks are from Anthropologie. The bird and tree motifs were painted by Lisa Teague of Lisa Teague Studios. All photos were taken by the talented Maria Vicencio.

Favorite Items

Leigh's favorite items are the bird mobile and the hand painted motif: two items that tie the room together and make it unique to her family.  And of course, her new favorite item in the room is baby Avery, herself.


Start with a simple inspiration and let it grow from there.  Stick to what you like and what you are comfortable in.  Don't be afraid to ask for help and if you have the time, try to do a DIY project - they really make the room feel special.


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    So soft, serene and pretty! I love the sheepskin addition to the changing pad. I haven’t seen that before and I can only imagine how soft and luxurious that would feel for baby.

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    Pretty little room. I so so so love those two birdcages! Are they made of wood or metal? And the white branches and birds painted on the gray wall are so soft and subtle, they have a very calming effect.

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    I LOVE the bed/chaise lounge….which is it? Great idea to have in a nursery. Where is the shabby chic white cover/duvet from? Very elegant ;-).

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    My husband and I love this room. We are wondering what type of a crib that is and where you got it. It is exactly what we are looking for. Thanks!

    P.S. We also love the paint color on the walls – do we have to order the paint online or can we find it at retailers?

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