Baby McKay’s Cozy Nursery

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McKay's nursery displays memories of book and song and is a cozy and comfortable place to make more memories with his mommy and daddy.

Design Inspiration

The inspiration for my son's nursery was a book my mom and grandmother used to sing along to when I was little, Frog Went A-Courtin'.  I wanted to remember my happy childhood when I walked into the room and be reminded that I wanted to give the same to my son.  I framed four of my favorite illustrations from the book and hung them in a cluster above the crib.  The colors in the pictures were a springboard for the decor in the rest of the room.

Decorating Style

I don't really have a particular style but I like to place interesting items together that make an impression on visitors while making a comfortable living and visiting space.  I also love to collect and use odds-and-ends that have specific memories tied to them and add character to the space.

Project Details

The stripes on two of the walls are two coordinating shades of a golden yellow and the other two walls are a caramel brown.  I used  accents of various shades of green in the rest of the room, i.e. the furniture knobs, crib bedding (Walmart), changing pad cover (Babies R Us), curtain, toy basket, mirror frame, and lampshade (Target).  The Frog When A-Courtin' book from which the framed pictures were taken was bought on  I didn't want to have a frog or country theme so used the bold stripes for a punch of color and modern clean lines.  Simple furniture was combined with rustic items, such as the crate bookcase (Michaels Crafts), straw hat, lantern, and bird house (World Market). I bought the white furniture second-hand, the crib was passed on from a friend, the neutral-colored glider was bought on, and the picture frames also came from Michaels Crafts. The odd-and-end pieces were gathered from my own collection and thrift and discount stores.  The beautiful, colored quilt was a handmade gift from a friend, the crib skirt was made by my aunt, I painted the frame of an old mirror green, and my childhood rocking chair was repainted white.  My sister designed a poster with McKay's name on it that was modeled after the cover of the frog book.  And the football helmet was my husband's contribution. :-)

Favorite Items

I love the picture designed by my sister.  It was created with the children's book in mind that we both grew up with and was made with love from an aunt to a nephew.


Gather from what you already have and add something, such as a fresh coat of paint, to change it up.  Collected odd-and-ends add character more than a matching bedding set or pictures.


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    Do you remember the names of the colors you used of yellow?  We are looking for some nice golden yellows and love yours!  What type of paint was it?

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