Ella’s Aqua and Citrus Nursery

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Ella's nursery is cheerful and bright.  Aqua accents pair beautifully with the pink, orange and yellow citrus colors.  Elephants abound.  It is a room that makes you smile!


Design Inspiration

I was inspired by the detail and character of our 1800's farmhouse, and by the mixing and matching of different colors and patterns.  It's amazing how a vision can evolve from one piece - in our case, the aqua armoire.

Decorating Style

Shabby chic with a love of all things beach.

Project Details

Crib: Giggle - Jenny Lind
Crib Bumper and Quilt: Rikshaw Design - Lali
Crib Sheets: Serena and Lily - Ruby/Sunshine Mosaic; DIY - they did not make crib sheets in this fabric, so I bought a twin sheet set and had them made by a family friend.
Elephant Crib Skirt: Raksha Bella
Wall Blanket: Etsy - family friend
Elephant Mobile: The Bear and The Whale - custom order
Button-covered "E": Metal Anthropologie Letter - thrift shop find; DIY - painted white with buttons from ebay hot-glued on
Elephant Canvas: Avalisa - stretched wall art silhouette; DIY - added the "Ella Grace" decal from mywalldecals.com
Ella Blanket: Etsy (Shop - Molly Anne Make) - custom order
Chandelier: thrift shop find
Moses Basket: Serena and Lily - Sausalito Flax / Ruby/Sunshine
White Flokati Rug: Serena and Lily
Aqua Armoire: Ocean Spray Interiors, Milford, CT (one of my favorite stores)
Pink Beanbag Chair: One Kings Lane - Chateau Designs
Aqua Whale Boppy: Etsy (Shop - The Pink Polka Dot Store)
Coral Ceramic Garden Stool: One Kings Lane - Three Hands Corp
White Wicker Rocking Chair: family hand-me-down; DIY - re-upholstered with leftover Serena and Lily Ruby/Sunshine Mosaic fabric
Elephant Quilted Blanket: Rikshaw Design - Taj Pink
Animal Alphabet Poster: Petit Collage
Bookshelves: DIY - Ikea RIBBA picture ledges
Ella Letters: DIY
Lace Baby Gown: vintage Paris find
Hanging Fabric Bunting: Etsy (Shop - Little Kitten Homemade)
Changing Table: family hand-me-down; paired with white metal wire baskets from Ikea, pink minky dot changing pad cover and aqua Oilo changing pad topper
Woven Rag Rug: flea market find
Towel Rack: DIY - driftwood (beach find); "Eloise" hand-painted on using lettering from juststencils.com; Anthropologie elephant head hooks
Aqua Dresser: craigslist find - DIY - painted aqua to match armoire
Coral Covered Jars and White Elephant: One Kings Lane - Three Hands Corp

Favorite Items

My favorite item is the towel rack because it was made from a simple piece of driftwood found at the beach in town and it was awesome to see this idea come to life.


I also love the Ikea shelves which perfectly showcase all of the beautiful books we received at the shower.


I bought a lot of this stuff before we even moved into our house, so I had no idea what it would all look like together...don't over-think things...nurserys are supposed to be playful and fun!  I LOVE finding things at thrift shops, flea markets, on craigslist, and of course Etsy.  There's nothing like a good DIY project when you're "nesting" :)


  1. 1

    Beautiful!! Everything goes together so great, and it’s so soft!

    What color is this paint??

  2. 2

    Love your nursery! Its so sweet and lovely! I’m looking for inspiration for my twins nursery due in November! Last week my family rented a cottage in Milford on the beach.
    Love your style!

  3. 3

    Hi!! The room is put together beautifully!! What color paint did you use on the aqua dresser?

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    Thank you! The paint was custom matched to the armoire so unfortunately I don’t know the exact color.

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