Fabulously Theme-less Eclectic and Fun Nursery!

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This nursery was my labor of love for my sweet new baby girl.  For nine months (and then some) I collected all kinds of new and old goodies, created many of my own DIY projects, and put it all together to create a wonderful haven for our little bundle of joy.  It's my favorite room in the house!

Design Inspiration

I took ideas from so many places... my mom's awesome taste in antique and vintage finds, etsy, pinterest, my favorite music, my own love for crafting... you name it, I drew from it and was inspired by it! One thing is for certain, despite many questions asking what our nursery theme was... there was no theme!  And that was perfect for me, no rules, just fun and whimsical decor for our sweet, sweet baby girl!

Decorating Style

Eclectically all mixed up!!!

Project Details

IKEA pink rugs, changing table and bookcase - They are both IKEA Expedit Bookcases. The changing table is http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70103085 with some 6 inch legs http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00054564 for extra height to be sure to be @ the right height for changing poopy diapers. The fig and flamingo painting was done by my fantastically talented sister.  We'll have a complete alphabet one day with foods and animals for each letter. So awesome! Custom crib skirt - I had planned to tackle making the crib skirt myself. But when I found this lovely lady http://www.etsy.com/people/babycribtoddlersheet and she only charged me $26 (including shipping!) to make this perfectly pleated skirt, I couldn't resist. The fabric is Anna Maria Horner Fabric Curated Bloom in Patina. Art Prints over changing table - You must check out Black Baroque's etsy.com site http://www.etsy.com/people/BlackBaroque for more amazing art prints.  Alexandra & her dog Poni have to be the friendliest sellers on etsy.com! Mobile - http://www.blablakids.com/welcome Name bunting on crib -I took inspiration for my own unique bunting from laybabylay.com & pinterest.com W and embroidery hoops on crib wall -JoAnn fabric supplied the W and hoops and I did the rest.  I keep seeing all kinds of embroidery hoop fun and had to get in on it. I'm not an embroiderer by any means, but I took a stab with these two and a couple more that I'm still not sure I'm ready to display yet.  One is a lyric from Dylan's 'Forever Young'. My dad and I and Scott and his mom danced to it at our wedding. :) "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you" is a lyric from 'Yellow' by Coldplay. At our wedding, our bridal party walked in to a string quartet version of the song and we played the real version of the song after the ceremony was complete.  Loved it! Art Deco Kitties and Quilt on Mission Desk - Our awesome kitties came from the Alameda Antique Faire in Alameda, CA and now they have a perfect home and the amazing quilt was made specially for us by my friend Amy Dunn  http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmyDunnDesigns Blow It UP! print - Essential skills for any newborn http://www.etsy.com/transaction/58717548 Let her sleep... embroidery hoop - This sweet sentiment helped me keep a positive perspective while we anxiously awaited Willie's arrival.    http://www.etsy.com/transaction/56896501 Wall clock, mirror, lamp, chandelier, mirror, green desk - These are all antique and vintage treasures. Several came from my mom's personal collection or she helped me find them in some of our favorite shops in Melbourne, FL. Octopus Painting - Courtesy of our awesome friend Joe http://www.jobastudios.com/ Edward Sharpe 'Home' paper collage- DIY by me with paper from paper-source.com and an IKEA frame Owl diaper holder - Zutano Framed quote - You've gotta love quotable cards!  www.quotablecards.com

Favorite Items

Oh, that's tough, but probably the big paper mache W that I decorated myself and used as decor for both our baby's shower and for the nursery. Oh and of course, her vintage chandelier.  Every girl needs a chandelier, right?!


There is no need for a theme.  Collect what you love, let your creative juices flow and don't restrict yourself to one style, theme or mascot if you aren't feeling it.  Eclectic can be a theme in and of itself and be just as adorable as any cookie cutter, themed room!


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    Cute room! Love all the color. My baby came a couple weeks early and I didn’t get any art work up yet. Really like the pic of you and the hubby’s belly. Very cute.

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    Wow, a room full of handmade whimsies! Really fun and nice looking. That octopus artwork is pretty intense, too.

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    I love this room sooo much! The photo reminds of mommy and daddy belly’s reminds me of my husband and I haha. I also totally agree with a “no theme” room!!

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    Hm… a dog and a cat in the nursery? Total turnoff. Makes the room look dirty, did not like it at all.

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    Thanks Cjko, Ingrid and Ashbash91810 for the awesome feedback and compliments.

    And Mariana, apparently you don’t have furry family members living in your home. Alas we do and they are just as welcome in the nursery as our sweet baby girl. You’re entitled to your opinion though. To each her own. :)

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    Suzy, you are awesome!!! You have created a truly beautiful world for your little Wilhelmina (cats, dogs, and all)! :)

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    I didn’t even notice the pets the first time. My dog has a bed in the nursery so it seems totally normal to me!

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    I Love it!!! :) What a creative mommy.. Your baby is unbelievably lucky, For so many reasons.. More than just your creativity of course. That’s just a killer bonus.

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    Ps… I like the black and white furry addition in the room. ;) Adds even more cozy Love to the room.

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    I love this room it is so cute… Most of all i thought it was ironic that you named your daughter Wilhelminia because that is my moms name and we live in Houston also! How cool is that :)

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    Can you share the paint color? I have been searching for the perfect gray for our nursery walls, and I love this!

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    Love this nursery! I found it when searching for people who have used the Expedit shelves as a changing table. One question is what you did with the hanging pad and where you bought it because I can’t seem to find one less than 16″. Congratulations on your little girl and beautiful nursery!!

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    Thanks so much, Stacey! Our changing pad is made by Naturepedic. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=nature+changing+pad&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=11194082049912341338&sa=X&ei=fmcGT5GVMuLLsQKWq8HqAg&ved=0CDMQ8gIwAQ
    It was more expensive than most changing pads, but it is fantastic, fits the top of the changing table just right and most importantly my daughter absolutely loves laying on it. It’s actually one of her favorite places to be. Go figure. :) I highly recommend it. There is also a strap on it so you can attach it to the back of the changing table for extra safety. And it snaps off easily once you have attached it. Hope this helps!

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