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Design Board: Inspired by Amanda Nisbet

We are delighted to welcome our newest contributor to round out the Project Nursery gang: Andrika King! Andrika offers a wealth of knowledge and style within the realm of nursery design. We first met Andrika through the opening of our OpenSky Store. She’s been a super resource to us and we know she’ll bring great ideas to you! To learn more about Andrika and the rest of the team, visit our about us page. Enjoy! – Pam & Melisa

First off I’d like to introduce myself as Andrika King.  I’m a mother, former children’s boutique owner and children’s room designer.  I am honored to be a contributor on Project Nursery and look forward to sharing my ideas and finds with you all. A few weeks ago I made a post on my design blog Nursery Notations about Amanda Nisbet Design.  I absolutely love her no fear of color in her design approach and thought that one of her rooms would be a wonderful inspiration for a bright and cheerful nursery design board.

The room above is a sitting area in a New York City apartment.  The main colors used in the sitting area are white, citrus green, canary yellow, fuchsia pink, straw and black.  Bright textured fabrics and high gloss decorative accessories truly make this room stand out.

For my inspiration board, I kept with the color scheme of the room but picked up a little more of the turquoise from the painting above the couch.  Turquoise is a wonderfully gender neutral color which pairs nicely with this color combination.  For furniture & accessories, I like to find pieces from adult lines and use them in nurseries.  That way the pieces become more of an investment piece which can grow with your child or easily be used in another room later.  As for painting the room, I’d play off the trim on the  window treatments above and create a pink trim all around the room.  The image in #13 is by designer Steven Gambrel was featured on Room Remix and Steven suggests painting a three inch boarder around the edges of the room to mimic the look of crown molding and to create interest.  Easy enough and makes a wonderful colorful statement.  The sources for the products in the inspiration board are listed below.

The furniture selected for the room is modern with straight edges but the simplicity of the lines makes the pieces feel a little warmer.  The bright colorful accents in the window treatments, bedding, prints, and decorative pillows pop against the white wall.  A black side table and glider were chosen to anchor the room and create some additional neutrality.  Most of the decorative accents are pink since this is a girl’s room if you haven’t noticed already.

The sources for the rest of the images are listed below:

1. Thao Circle Art Pink & Orange Pendant by Seascape Lighting

2. Lily Mirror by Ballard Design

3. Ark & Birds A-Z Prints by Bold & Noble

4. Luxe Glider in black by Jennifer LeLonge

5. Cabine Changer by Netto Collection

6. Tini Table IV by Oomph to be placed next to the glider to hold feeding supplies when feeding the baby

7. Loom Crib by Nurseryworks

8. Bright Mini Envelope Pillows by Oomph as crib accessories

9. Pumpkin Girl Doll by Blah Blah Doll to cuddle with

10. Pink Paradise Pillow by Oomph to place on the glider

11. Spool Stool by House Eclectic to display the framed birth announcement

12. Fabrics from New Arrivals Inc. to match Sugar Baby bedding set on #15

13. Painting the trim of the room ideas was originally implemented and designed by Steve Grambel for an idea house for Cottage Living magazine

14. Spiral Vine Curtain for a splash of yellow available at Anthropologie

15. Sugar Baby Crib Bedding Set by New Arrivals Inc.

16. Lace Cut Storage Unit for toy storage by Brocade Home

17. Bon Bon Pouf for additional seating for a friend by Pixie Dust Decor

Now as an added decorative accent, I love this wallpaper pictured below found at Brocade Home: Flourish Print in Celadon.  If you did not want to do the pink trim I would definitely use this wallpaper on at least two of the walls in the room. For an added punch in the true Amanda Nisbet spirit, use the pink trim and the wallpaper together!

I hope that  you enjoyed my first post.  If you have any inspirational rooms that you would like turned into a nursery or children’s room please feel free to e-mail them to me at

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cristin @ simplified bee

Monday 22nd of March 2010

Love it!!!

xo, cristin


Monday 22nd of March 2010

Love the mix of colors and the touch of turquoise! Can't wait to see more.


Sunday 21st of March 2010

I love to see you here at project nursery!!! Best wishes to Andrika from Spain.