Frankie Rose’s Illustrated Nursery

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Frankie's nursery is very small -- just 6' x 9' -- so we needed to stick to the bare essentials while also making sure the room could be used for a variety of activities, like sleeping, playing, nursing, and changing, since the rest of our house is equally tight on space.

Design Inspiration

I work in children's book publishing and have been gifted many original pieces of art from the illustrators that I have worked with over the years. I have had some pieces for nearly a decade! All waiting to see the light of day in a nursery. When I found out I was pregnant, I pulled all the artwork out of storage and tried to design the room around the illustrations. They certainly don't "match," but they mean a lot to me, so it was important to find a place for every piece even if it meant a pretty eclectic colour scheme.

Decorating Style

Natural, thrifty, and consistent.

I love to decorate with natural materials like wood, antlers, feathers, sheepskins, stones, and driftwood. Our house is small, so it's important for all the rooms to flow together. Frankie's room is painted the same colour as our master bedroom, kitchen, foyer, and mudroom and I pulled some items (like the chair, tripod light, and arrow over the window) in her nursery from other rooms in the house, so I could be sure her room would "fit" with the rest of the house.

Project Details

The room is painted Benjamin Moore's Sugar Cookie.

Crib: IKEA
Crib sheet: Babiease
Antler pillow: Identity
Sheepskin pillow: IKEA
Orange wool cat: Bubynoa
Cream bunny lovie: Aniel DK

Dresser: Thrifted, painted Benjamin Moore's Lyon's Red
Dresser pulls: A mix of Anthropologie and thrifted
Flour sac closet curtain: DIY

Bentwood chair: Westnofa (thrifted)
Tripod light: DIY
Pillow: Urban Outfitters
Book ledges: IKEA
Feather mobile: DIY
Floating shelf: IKEA
Wooden animals: A market in Zimbabwe

Crates: Thrifted
Sheepskin rug: IKEA
Rattles: DIY
Wooden name letters: Dollarama
Baby gym: DIY

Illustrations by: Barbara Reid, Dave Whamond, Lane Smith, Bob Kain, Roslyn Schwartz, Scot Ritchie, Dan Hobbs
Frames: IKEA
Mats: DeSerres

Favorite Items

The illustrations hanging over the crib -- a pastel by Roselyn Schwartz and a printer proof by Scot Ritchie -- are two of my favourite pieces.

And, these are so simple, but I love the ceramic rose knobs from Anthropologie ($2 on the clearance table!) affixed to the top drawer of the dresser.

I'm also a fan of my DIY feather mobile (and so is my cat, which is why it hangs over the chair and not the crib!)


To get the colours of accessories just right, bring a bunch of paint swatches home from the paint store and colour match to your big pieces. I had a pink, red, teal, cream, and brown chip based on the crib sheet and nursing chair that helped me pick out the area rug, dresser drawer pulls, fabric for the ring sling, etc.

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