Ellie’s Whimsical and Lovely Nursery

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  • Colorful Whimsical Nursery7/11
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I wanted to create a room for my baby girl that felt both energizing and soothing...with patterns and colors that would interest her as she grew, but also neutrals to invite quiet sleep. I wanted a space that I would love just as much as my baby would, and I succeeded! It's now my favorite room in the house. [Photography courtesy of my ever-talented husband.]

Design Inspiration

One of the first things I bought after finding out the baby was a girl was a set of prints by Katie Daisy. They suited the color palette I was envisioning perfectly. I was definitely inspired by many other lovely nurseries on this site and on Pinterest, but ultimately the inspiration was something I just held in my head because I've never seen a room quite like Ellie's!

Decorating Style

Flea Market meets IKEA. I like finding secondhand treasures and complimenting them with modern and clean-lined pieces so that things feel cozy and quirky, but don't become too shabby chic.

Project Details

Headboard: DIY (fabric and batting upholstered over plywood)

Pillows: HomeGoods and Tuesday Morning

Comforter: Anthropologie (discontinued color)

Hanging Paper Pinwheels: DIY (paper from Paper Source, inspiration here. I attached them to the ceiling with pushpins which worked brilliantly!)

Curtains: IKEA (I added the pompom trim and blackout fabric to the back)

Lamp and Floor Basket: Target

Magazine Rack: Vintage (from flea market in Kansas City West Bottoms district)

Rocker: Garage Sale (Originally from Restoration Hardware)

Quilt on Chair: Handmade by Ellie's great grandma

Prints: The Wheatfield on Etsy and Art.com

Wall Shelf: Target

Patterned fabric frame: IKEA

Mickey Mouse: HMK

Wall Hooks: World Market

Mirror: HomeGoods

Dresser: Vintage (from flea market in Kansas City West Bottoms district)

Round Drawer Pulls: Anthropologie

Changing Pad Cover: Lake Street Ave on Etsy

Blue Cart: IKEA

Crib: Parklane by BabyMod (from Walmart)

Crib sheets: Savers thrift store (altered from full size sheet)

Quilt on Crib: handmade (design by me, sewing by Ellie's great grandma)

Embroidery hoop art: DIY

Mobile: Etsy

Wall Bookshelves: IKEA

Floor Bookshelf: Target

Fan: HomeGoods

Rug: Joss & Main (also available on Wayfair)

Wall Paint Color: Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore

Favorite Items

The incredibly comfortable rocker...an amazing garage sale find! It's originally from Restoration Hardware, so it's an expensive and well-made piece, but I only paid $75 for it. It was sold with a slipcover in a color that didn't match my room, but I just took it off to reveal a lovely linen of the chair's base in perfect condition! It's perfect for nursing and rocking.


Keep an eye out for things you love as you shop, and build the room slowly as your pregnancy nesting energy ebbs and flows! Choose some colors that you want to be consistent in multiple pieces for continuity, and allow the design to evolve around pieces you find. Just don't worry when the pattern mixing goes through an awkward phase in the middle. It will all come together after you get enough complimentary pieces for it to look intentional.

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