Emerald’s Preppy Chic Nursery

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Inspired by 80’s prep- think Lacoste polo shirts, coupled with 90’s Shabby Chic-think wrought iron chandeliers and water colored flowers, I designed my baby girl Emerald a nursery I believe she’ll really be able to grow up in.

Design Inspiration

A dress form and tutu I found on Posh Tots website.....I just stared at it and knew that I had to have one for Emmy's room.  I found one for $50, spraypainted it white, and made my own floral arrangements to perfectly accent it.

Decorating Style

A mix of both Vintage and Modern.  I love personal, unique, and handcrafted touches.....

Project Details

  • Paint:  Scented Valentine- Benjamin Moore
  • The dresser is from Ikea (Hemnes).  The original brushed nickel drawer pulls were cleverly replaced with clear crystal pulls to mimic  the teardrop beads of chandelier . 
  • Chair- EKTORP Ikea
  • The mirror was a thrift store find that was brought in from another room and spray painted a bright white.  The drum shade lamp in apple green perfectly accent the varying shades of pink in the room. 
  • The picture ledges and bookshelf are Ikea.  
  • The Crib is a Target find.  Many of the room décor accents were received as Baby Shower gifts and incorporated into the room.  The flower box, birdhouse, and frames are from an Arts & Crafts store. 
  • The flower box (Joanns) was used to hold silk flowers, as well as a too cute stuffed animal for an unusual, eye catching accent .
  • Curtains:  IKEA
  • Pink Satin Ribbon:  Walmart
  • Apothecary Jars that hold colored pencils:  Micheals
  • Crystal Drawer Pulls:  Target
  • Bookshelf:  EXPEDIT Ikea




Green French Valises (set of 3):  www.shopfeatheryournest.com

Vintage Postcards:  www.save-on-crafts.com

Bedding and Rug:  www.pbkids.com

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the room is definitely the dress form.  I made the neck corsage and basket floral arrangements and it is original inspiration for the room.


Create an inspiration board first with photos, paint chips, and ideas.  D.I.Y. what you can......spray paint is your friend.  Use things that you may already have and "upcycle" them.  You can find style at any price point!  Be patient, and use the internet first before you drive all over town. 


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    Does anyone know where to buy that mobile? Could be butterflies or flowers? I love how full it is – very cute.

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    Thanks deannakay! The mobile is from Baby’s R Us, and yes…it is butterflies and flowers. I love the way it swirls so easily on it’s own…Emerald loves it!

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    I’m thinking of doing vinyl words in apple green underneath the lanterns for some contrast……anyone have any thoughts? I have the art already, I just don’t want to use it as is….they are words that describe her personality. I want to place the words individually on either wall.


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    First off… I think this is lovely enough to eat! Great work!!!

    As for your dilemma, I am thinking that since you already have Emerald’s photo’s near the lanterns, you could just leave it be without the vinyl lettering… that way the focus is on Emerald. 

    If you really want to have the lettering, my suggestion would be to move one of pictures to the blank wall and splash the lettering whimsically beneath or on top it.   You could also try moving the bottom picture to the other wall, replacing it with the lettering.  Then on the other wall, you could have the lettering on top.  The alternating pattern (picture then lettering, lettering then picture) would create a sort of organization for both walls.  What do you think.

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    Could you PLEASE tell me how you made the bows for the crib bedding?  How did you attach them?  Beyond adorable nursery!!

    Thanks a million!

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