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In the Nursery with Centered by Design

We have a dramatic and unique baby girl nursery to share with you all today. It comes from Chicago-based designer Claire Staszak, of Centered by Design, created for her own daughter Willa. Known for her holistic design process, Claire combines her well-trained eye for interiors with her passion for wellness. This small nursery with slanted ceilings may seem like a design challenge to some, but Claire masterfully used these things to her advantage to create a truly special space for her daughter. You can follow along with Claire and her work on instagram as well. Thank you, Claire, for sharing with us!

Black and Red Floral Wallpaper in Unique Baby Girl Nursery
Wallpaper | Striped Basket
Dark Floral Wallpaper and Art Prints in Nursery
Magique Art Print | Bookshelf (vintage), Painted Farrow & Ball Off Black

Where did you pull inspiration for your unique baby girl nursery design?
I’m a floral girl at heart, so that was a major starting point. I used Farrow and Ball’s wallpaper in Hegemone as an accent. I was inspired by the wild artistic feel and description, “taking its name from the Greek goddess of fruit and flowers, the design blooms freely in all directions to bring your walls to life.​”

Jenny Lind Style Crib with Canopy
Pillows | Crib Skirt | Crib Bedding | Rug

What part of the design process did you enjoy the most?
I always love using vintage and family pieces. In Willa’s nursery, the Jenny Lind style crib is passed down from cousins, and the campaign-style changing table is refinished by MegMade.

Campaign Style Dresser in Unique Baby Girl Nursery
Dresser | Changing Pad | Lamp + Mirror (vintage) | Paint: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

What is your favorite part or detail in your nursery?
I think my favorite detail (aside from the gorgeous wallpaper) is the canopy detail over the crib. We used the attic sloped ceiling line to our advantage, and the canopy helps fill out the white space by softening the room with some additional fabric and color.

Vintage Danish Rocker and Floor Lamp in Nursery
Rocker + Lamp (vintage) | Custom Roman Shade

What is one thing that you would tell other parents to consider when starting their own nursery design project?
It’s important to think about the scale of furniture in a nursery. Often times, parents use a smaller guest room for the nursery. Nurseries often require large pieces of furniture such as cribs, rockers, gliders, changing tables, etc. With thoughtful consideration of which pieces are essential, you can fit in what’s necessary and still end up with a peaceful sanctuary for your newborn.

Stuffed Jellycat Chicken
Stuffed Chicken

Photography by Tom Crawford Studio

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