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A Mix and Match Nursery for Lyla


A nursery for our first baby, Lyla, who came unexpectedly early, so friends and family pitched in with executing my ideas for the nursery after she arrived.  It's a mix of patterns (floral, ABC, elephant prints, lace) and colors (aqua, yellow, orange, pink) that somehow all match.

Design Inspiration

Lots of pictures from Project Nursery!   I also had a few things that I wanted to use in the nursery: a vintage dresser that was in our bedroom, prints that were hand-me-downs from a friend's nursery, a vase my mom sent to me with flowers when I was pregnant, and a vintage tennis racket as a nod to my husband's love of tennis.


Decorating Style

A little bit of this, a little bit of that.  I like a mix of vintage and modern with lots of personal touches and lots of color.  I couldn't decide on one theme so I used whatever caught my eye: owls, flowers, ABCs....  To stay on budget, I mixed things from Anthropologie and Land of Nod with flea market finds and discount items.

Project Details

I had grand plans to do a lot of things myself, but since our daughter was born early, I didn't have the time I thought I would.  I made the bedskirt using leftover fabric from the curtains and tape.  It was super easy and can be adjusted once we lower the crib.

I covered one old lampshade with yarn and bought the other from Anthropologie.

Friends helped with framing the prints with old frames that were spray-painted yellow and white.

I also re-purposed a yellow flower vase to hold our hand sanitizer (it sits on her dresser) since we are germ-a-phobes.

Doily Rug and Lampshade--Anthropologie

Dresser--flea market find, painted with Benjamin Moore Little Angel

Two Sets of Shelves--Wendel Shelves from The Container Store

Chair--Savoy Glider from Dwell Studio

Pink Chevron Pouf--Zeldabelle on Etsy

Pinwheels--Kelli Cooper on Etsy

Wall color Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

Alphabet and Number Cards--justbunch on Etsy

A to Z bookends from Amazon

Crib and changing table--DaVinci Jenny Lind from Amazon

Curtains and bedskirt--P Kaufmann Lila Raspberry from

Mobile--Pottery Barn Kids

Lamps from Target


Favorite Items

The curtains.  When the sun filters into the room, Lyla loves to look at the colors.  We sit in the chair, find the butterflies hidden among the flowers, and count them together.


I had to let myself make mistakes.  I returned a lot, mixing and matching as I went.  I didn't think I wanted a changing table, but once we had Lyla I realized the dresser I had was way too low so we bought one for $75 and I love it.

I also had to give up at times.  I wanted to find an amazing vintage chair that I could recover.  That never happened.  I did, however, find a great floor model of a Dwell Studio glider for a steal.   So try, try, and try again.  You never know what will work or what you will find.

Carol Raburn

Sunday 24th of February 2013

Rug= Drool!

Andrea Lowe

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

I absolutely dig your rug. And your floral lamp. And your floral curtains.