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In the Nursery with Happily Hughes

Yesterday, we shared a unicorn themed party, and now we are sharing a unicorn themed nursery! These magical creatures are a natural fit in a child’s space, and Jessica Hughes, of Happily Hughes, added in just the perfect amount to her daughter Henley’s whimsical nursery. Jessica’s blog has been a perfect fit into her life as mom to Hudson, 3, and baby Henley, 6 months. You can find a little bit of everything there, including her experiences as a mom, product reviews, awesome exercise tips—she is an ACE certified personal trainer after all—and more. Thank you, Jessica, for sharing this space with us!


Lace Teepee in NurseryTeepee

Design inspiration can come from anywhere—what inspired your nursery design?
With both my kids’ rooms, I wanted to make their rooms relaxing and comforting. When the doctor told me I was having a girl, I started calling her my unicorn as I never expected, in a million years, to have a little girl.

Dark Gray and Pink Nursery

How did your design evolve when you transitioned from the planning phase to the execution of your vision?
The more I shopped the more I enjoyed adding whimsical touches to the decor.

Unicorn Themed Nursery CribKnit Unicorn | Knit Mermaid

How did your personal style influence your design choices?
I’m all about that glitter life, so I tried to add just enough glitz without going overboard.

Heart ShelfPillowfort Heart Shelf (similar)

Did you have any unexpected obstacles when creating this room? How did you overcome them or spin them to your advantage?
Yes! The room is long, so I had to rearrange the furniture several times to get the perfect fit. Adding the sugarshack teepee was the last piece of the puzzle!

Lace Teepee and Ride On Unicorn in NurseryRide On Unicorn

Now that the room is complete, what was your favorite part of the process? And what do you love the most about the finished design?
My favorite part of the process was designing it. I was still pregnant and my husband and I had the best time picking out colors and layouts, just dreaming of the day we’d get to place our sweet little girl in her nursery. My most loved aspect of the design is a tie between her little clothing rack and the unicorn from The Land of Nod.

Child's Clothes Rack in NurseryClothes Rack

What is that one thing that everyone mentions when they step into this space?
How relaxing and inviting it is!

Nursery Wall ShelvesIce Cream Cone Night Light | Unicorn Backpack

Nursery Throw Pillows

If you had to choose one aspect of the design that is uniquely you, what would it be?
The unicorn theme! As soon as I mentioned it so many ladies commented on how original that was.

Stars and Feathers Mobile

What were your nursery must-haves when you started?
A comfy rocker and a fun night light.

IMG_0202-2Basket (similar here and here, just add pompoms!)


Now that the room is finished, what do you wish you had known when you started?
How long it would take me to finish it! Henley’s almost six months, and I’m just now finishing!


What is the one thing that you would tell other parents to consider when they’re starting their own nursery design projects?
Take your time, and enjoy the process!

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Tuesday 27th of September 2016

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