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In the Nursery with Leah Sicat

This is our interview series in which we bring you the nurseries and kid rooms of successful designers, entrepreneurs and moms. Through this series, our featured guests will divulge some of their design secrets and share stories of how their nurseries came to be.


This week’s featured designer is a treat for many reasons. Leah Sicat is not just the marketing director of one of our favorite bedding companies, Carousel Designs, she’s also a former U.S. Army officer, mother of three and wife of Carousel’s co-owner Allan Sicat.

In 2010, following five years as an active duty U.S. Army officer and six more years as a marketing communications manager at GE, the West Point graduate decided to leave the corporate world to lead marketing for Carousel Designs.

For more than 25 years, Carousel Designs has manufactured high-quality baby bedding and nursery decor. Leah took some of her favorite prints from Carousel Designs and used the Nursery Designer tool—a unique, interactive design tool—to help her when creating the nursery of the Sicat crew’s newest addition, baby Matthew. She’s sharing the space with us today.

Orange, Gray and Blue Chevron Crib Bedding

With so many choices available at Carousel Designs, how did you decide on the orange, gray and blue nursery colors?

I was inspired by the vibrant colors in the gray and orange See Saw fabric, and I adored its unique spin on the traditional chevron design. I also loved the ikat pattern in the coordinating gray and orange Ikat Dots fabric. Both of these fabrics felt bright, cheery and modern—elements I definitely wanted to have in the nursery. I had already created the more conventional pink and blue nurseries for our other two children years before, and since this was our third baby, and our second boy, I wanted to do something a little bit different. Once I had chosen the fabrics and designed the bedding, everything else followed.

Orange, Gray and Blue Nursery - Project Nursery

You definitely achieved a cheerful space! What else was important to you when creating this space?

I wanted to create a modern space that is also clean and contemporary. There is a bit of accepted chaos that comes with being the third child, so I wanted my son’s nursery to be a haven for both of us—a nice little organized escape from the madness! The room definitely appeals to my “type A” sensibilities! I also wanted versatility. In a few years, we hope that our two boys might share a room, so I wanted a nursery that could easily transition back to a guest room if we decide to go that route.

Orange, Gray and Blue Nursery - Project Nursery

What did you enjoy most about the design process?

I enjoyed pulling the room together over time; I loved how it slowly evolved from ideas on my Pinterest board (many pulled from Project Nursery!) into a reality. It was also a lot of fun for me to become a Carousel Designs customer. Just like many other moms, I obsessed over the Nursery Designer, spending hours designing and redesigning my ideal virtual nursery, refining it as I went. The process not only helped me as a mom who needed to create a nursery but also as a marketer; I gained lots of insight into how our customers use the Carousel Designs website and online design tools. Win-win!

Orange, Gray and Blue Nursery - Project Nursery

Photos by Kristi Motter Photography

Do you know of a fantastic nursery or big kid’s room designed by a successful designer or business owner? Please send a photo of the room to for consideration.


Saturday 4th of October 2014

Where is the area rug from?

Freya Natasha Fernandez Dy

Wednesday 20th of November 2013

Simple yet very neat and stylish nursery.

It's very interesting how Leah was able to shift from being in the army to marketing. That must be one tough act. Unless she has had lots of marketing background.

They have such gorgeous children. (Off topic: Is Allan Sicat a Filipino?)


Friday 22nd of November 2013

Thanks, Freya! Yes, Allan is Filipino. :)


Thursday 14th of November 2013

Looks great! What is the wall color?


Saturday 16th of November 2013

Thanks, Carey! The wall color is Indigo Batik by Sherwin-Williams.

Lisa Lushenko

Thursday 14th of November 2013

The nursery looks beautiful, Leah! It's very modern, but also extremely comfy... the perfect spot to escape with Matthew! My favorites are the pouf ottoman and the A to Z bookends!


Saturday 16th of November 2013

Thanks, Lisa!


Thursday 14th of November 2013

The furniture is from Newport Cottages—the Cody collection.