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Walters Nursery

I wanted to create a beautiful, neutral space for our little girl who we will be welcoming early this summer! I chose a muted sage color and simple board and batten design to add a calming dimension to the room. I kept the rest of the room light with natural wood accents and subtle green decor.

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Maecy’s Nursery

I wanted this nursery to be calm and cozy, a peaceful retreat in the home. I am not a huge fan of bright pinks and purples, so I went with a green that felt inviting and rich and softened it up with touches of mauve. Rather than a feature wall, we decided to do an easy wainscoting around the bottom half of the room. That way it feels like each corner can be featured.

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Kennedy’s Nursery

This nursery shares a mix of a contemporary wood accent wall with some fun, large print peony wallpaper.
What I love about the wood accent wall is how easy it was to do ourselves – there’s no exactness to it and you can really just start cutting pieces and placing it on the wall.
Some of my recommendations:
1. For the wood accent wall, paint the wall and wood pieces before mounting. It saves so much time to just have to touch up paint after.
2. Peel and stick wallpaper is the best!! It only took about 2 hours to install the peony wall (and it was my first time installing wallpaper)
3. Find a local craftsman that can help you get creative and custom with your space. Our corner shelves were totally custom, but totally reasonable because I found a wood worker just starting to build his business. He did such a great job!

A Farmhouse Nursery Inspired by The Velveteen Rabbit

When my husband and I decided to start a family, we planted ourselves in West Point, Virginia, a small coastal community with great schools and an abundance of historic charm. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, where kids still ride their bikes up and down Main Street until the street lights come on, and most businesses are still Ma and Pop-owned. We were drawn to our circa 1917 farmhouse style dwelling by its giant wrap around porch, rich unpainted wood details, and the little bits of charm you just can’t find in most new construction (mantles in every room?! a secret passage into the attic?! a “Harry Potter Room” under the stairs?! what’s not to love?). It’s been a long, labor intensive project to be sure, but we’re turning this old house into our forever home one plaster crack at a time.
I’m a designer (floral) by trade, so nesting comes naturally to me. Multiply that instict by 100 once I found out we were expecting! I immediately started thinking about all the design possibilities for baby’s nursery. I wanted it to reflect the same kind of charm my husband and I felt when we fell in love with our town, our home, and how we knew we’d feel when we met our sweet girl. I wanted a sense of continuity with the rest of our home, which has a farmhouse vibe with lots of texture and vintage elements, and I knew the room should grow with our little one, transitioning seamlessly from infant to toddler, from kid to teen. A challenge that constantly presents itself when designing for our home is preserving and highlighting the original hardwoods without allowing them to overwhelm and darken the space. Keeping these practical goals in mind, I selected a light, airy color palette – whites, grays, and tans, with pops of mint and dusty blues – and then settled on a motif, which needed to inject a bit of childlike joy (it is a nursery, after all!). Ultimately, my favorite classic children’s book – The Velveteen Rabbit – became my inspiration and supplied a much-needed touch of whimsy.
I love the contrast of simple white walls against the color of our hardwoods, but I often find white paint can make a space feel a bit void; I created a textured accent wall behind the crib to liven things up a bit. Bearing in mind our budgetary and practical constraints (aka: plaster walls), we opted to use a blown wallpaper that looks and feels just like shiplap. Y’all wouldn’t believe how many people are surprised it isn’t the genuine article.
Another challenge that often presents itself in older homes like ours is storage; none of our bedrooms have closets. Rather than opting for a bulky wardrobe, we chose to install a custom shelving unit. I fully anticipate this addition to turn into a catch-all as baby girl grows, so eventually we’ll install a floor to ceiling curtain to hide what I’m sure will be a small disaster zone. But for now a few decorative bins, boxes, crates, and an adjustable tension rod suit our storage needs quite well.
I walk a fine line between extravagance and frugality. If it’s not something that will stand the test of time (think family heirlooms like the custom made quilt from Little Bits of Everything or the antique wooden horse passed down by my father in law), I’m not willing to splurge. But being a designer and general craft queen, I’m pretty thrifty. Armed with my trusty muscle (ahem…husband) and a can-do attitude, I decided to tackle a few small projects that make a big statement in the nursery. In addition to hand-making all of the wall decor, stenciling the inside of the mantelpiece, and hand-sewing a sweet little bunny garland, my husband and I refurbished an antique dresser to repurpose as a changing table. My hope is that someday my sweet girl will look back at these photographs or pick up some of these items and realize that they were made with love just for her.
Photography by The Hart Collective.

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Mateo’s Safari Nursery

Mateo’s room is full of DIY projects! I did the board and batten with the built in shelf, I made floating shelves and artwork, I painted the closet and made the white shelf. I also hacked the Ikea dresser with some dark paint and new hardware! My mom made me the beautiful quilt that is in his crib and she gifted me the hand crafter elephant head which is my favourite accent in the room! The print is from Jenny’s print shop and the diaper box was built by my husband. Lots of love went into creating this room for my brave babe. All the heart eyes for shades of green right now! xo