Clara’s Coral Nursery

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Designing our little girl's nursery will forever be one of my favorite memories. I had so much fun spending many a sleepless night pregnant and scouring the internet for DIY projects to create a pretty, welcoming space for our daughter. My husband also helped. He did the faux wainscoting (a fun and easy project I snagged on Pinterest from this blog). He was also kind enough to humor me while we searched (and searched) several hardware stores for the perfect color gray.

Nursery photos (except for 1st and 12th) by Love My Baby Photography.

Design Inspiration

Rifle Paper Co. has a lovely peony print card sporting coral, soft pink and green that I just simply fell in love with and used for the color scheme. Also, my late-night Pinterest obsession was basically the best design tool ever.

Decorating Style

I try to create whimsical, arty and serene spaces that people want to hang out in. Little design touches from family and nature also help the room feel special. A silhouette of our boxer mix, Penny, hangs on the wall among a collection of sweet prints from Etsy, a teeny tiny onesie Clara wore and a repurposed place setting from our wedding.

Project Details

Hemnes Dresser: IKEA

Ivory Chenille Round Back Glider with Ottoman: A Craigslist Find

Expedit Bookshelf: IKEA

Branas Rattan Baskets: IKEA

DaVinci Summit Crib: Amazon

Lamps: IKEA Alang floor lamp and a small table lamp that I also found there but I don't know the name of. It's not pictured, but we also used the Vanadin ceiling lamp. It's super girly and a nice replacement for ugly standard ceiling lamps.

Ribba Frames: IKEA

DIY Dog Art: Project inspired by this blog post. Instead of using paint, I stopped at the part where you cut out the silhouette with contact paper. I then used that and displayed the pretty side. The roll came from Dollar Tree.

Various Art Prints: From ohhellodearField TripYellowHeartArt and other Etsy shops. I also hung the Rifle Paper Co. peony print card I mentioned before.

Canvases: Michaels

Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil: Royal Design Studios Stencil

Elephant Mobile: GollyGeeGeorge shop on Etsy

Coral Quatrefoil Curtains (4 panels):

Mosaic Paisley Crib Bedding: The Land of Nod. The dust ruffle and quilt are reversible to show both designs!

Green Pillow: Random find at Ross

Giant Ballerina Piggy Bank: A shower gift. But Google tells me that it's by Mud Pie

Closet Baskets: Allen + Roth Natural Milk Crate at Lowes. The white containers are IKEA Scubb Boxes.

Stonington Gray Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore  (we got the Natura no VOC paint). I found the color from another nursery on Pinterest.

Favorite Items

The canvas art (which my sister helped paint) and the framed wall art. I also really love the dresser - it anchors the room and is the perfect changing table height. IKEA also sells these handy GARNITYR boxes to organize the inside of the drawers. LOVE.

My mom plans to paint wooden letters spelling baby's name to hang over the dresser. I'm sure those will be a fave, too.


Just go with it! Don't let foiled plans axe your creative vibe. Plan B could turn out even better.

I originally wanted to stencil one whole side of the room for an accent wall. But when we tried, our textured walls made a complete mess of it. Gah. We could have tossed the entire idea but instead I grabbed some canvasses and used the stencil on them to pull together all the pinks and corals in the room, since coral is such a tough color to match. The result became a major focal point! This also happened with the mobile, which I purchased before I read warnings about hanging strings over baby's crib. Instead, I hung it on the center point of the curtain rod so it catches the light from the window. I think that it adds some fun and whimsy there.


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    I love the nursery! I want to do something very similar for my baby girl due this fall. I bought the Land of nod skirt, but they sold out of the crib sheets and quit! Let me know if you want to sell your old sheets and I will buy them from you!

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