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A Happy Haven Nursery


I tried to create a beautiful room for my daughter to live.

Design Inspiration

My inspiration for the project began with the pillow fabric on the window seat.

Decorating Style

A little bit of this and a little bit of that...

Project Details

The changing table/dresser was purchased at Goodwill.  I painted it Benjamin Moore's Decorators White and lined the drawers with a floral paper. The ottoman was an ugly brown wood but I reupholstered it in a beautiful velvet, adding tufting and a skirt for a more feminine look. In an effort to bring in different textures and move the eye around the room, I carried the velvet to the window seat and throw pillows.  I did the same with the baskets and mirrors... using the same finish, I carried them around the room for movement.

Pottery Barn: Crib, Rocker, Bedding, hooded towels, Large Baskets (in built-in), bookcases, Frame in window nook, stuffed animals, sleep sheep, changing pad and cover.

Homegoods: Rug, small baskets, garden seat, lamps, mirrors, round baskets on floor, ottoman (although I recovered it).

IKEA: Sheepskin Rug

West Elm: Mirror Frames over crib

Anthropologie: Wall hooks, candle, dresser door hardware.


Favorite Items

Most of all, I love the heart-shaped painting of the Angel of God prayer made by my mom.

I also love the rug.  Originally I had a pink rug but I found this blue/gray/green one provided a better balance to the room.


  • Books should be within arms reach of little ones.¬† Don't hang them too high.
  • Incorporate different textures (velvet, linen, fur, tweed, wool, rattan) to bring in interest.
  • Mix circular items and rectangular items... I noticed the dresser, rug¬†and crib overwhelmed the space with sharp edges so I added circular baskets, mirrors, and ottoman for balance.
  • Very often, nurseries are filled with a lot of small items (obviously)... however, this can make the room look too busy and a bit off...Keep this in mind when decorating to ensure balance.
  • Decorate with items your child can play with..for me, color came in the form of¬†books, blocks (Etsy), and stacking rings (Etsy).
  • Bring home items, try them out, mix and match, and return what doesn't work.¬† It's OK - it's a process!


Thursday 23rd of July 2015

You've created a beautiful space! I love the Angel of God prayer art... we say that prayer with my baby boy every day!