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A Whimsical Modern Nursery


When I set out to design a nursery for our new baby boy, and first child I was stumped. I always design spaces that reflect pieces of our personality or elements we care about, but I knew nothing about what our little boy would be like. At first I designed a space that was a mix of vintage and ultra modern that felt like us, but somehow as I contemplated it, it felt too expected. Even though I loved the look of what I designed at first it didn’t feel right, something in me wanted a space that was whimsical, colorful and imaginative. I wanted it to be a room that would help shape our son’s personality, to make him smile and encourage his creative side. It was from that inspiration that I decided to try something very bold and colorful and from there it took off. I searched for a long time and tried a few different wallpapers before finding this bold black and white one. The full inspiration came together when I found the cowboy painting. Ironically, cowboys were something I tried to incorporate in the vintage version. I also wanted to incorporate animals and I love and collect hats, so what’s better than animals in hats! My sister-in-law found the adorable felt mobile of animals and handmade tiny felt hats to put on all of them too. I love the detail and personal touch. There’s a few trinkets throughout that were gifts or were ours as babies which are so special too. My favorite part of the nursery is the framed artwork, each piece has a story and meaning to us and that means a lot.

My advice to others would be to find a few elements or pieces that have meaning to you and build around that. Even if you don’t feel like they go together at first, you can find a way. For me it was using the same frame around all the different art and using blue touches throughout to tie things together.

Whitney Ward

Sunday 30th of April 2023

Love this! Can you share the paint color for the room. It’s really soothing.