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Baby Elle’s Eclectic Coastal Nursery


I chose this project because I wanted to create a space for my little girl that had meaning, and that reflected not only our tastes but that also told the story of our very long journey into parenthood. Our little rainbow baby was seven years in the making, following two consecutive miscarriages and nearly three years of trying with no results, so I knew that I wanted this little part of our home to be special.

I pulled inspiration for the room from all over! Passages from my favorite books from when I was a little girl added whimsy and wonder. Special places from our travels together as a couple gave meaning to accessories. All of this, along with our part of the globe and our lifestyle on the coast, lent to the color scheme and the design direction of the room.

A few of my favorites items give even more meaning to the space. The white photo frame on the bookshelf houses pieces of pink tissue paper from our Gender Reveal party, a fun reminder of the very moment we found out that we were having a baby girl! Sitting on the nursing chair is Flavia Flamingo, included in the space as a nod to our home state of Florida. And next to her, is a pineapple pillow that reminds us of Hawai'i -our favorite travel destination and locale of our Baby Moon. And speaking of Hawai'i, the two gallery prints that adorn either side of the window are among my favorite photographs taken during our Baby Moon in Maui. Being a professional photographer, I wanted to reiterate the importance of incorporating personal artwork into a design, and I also wanted Elle to look at these photographs and know that she is so loved, and that Mom and Dad are always with her.

And, because no space in this DIY'ers home would be complete without a little something homemade, I included the rustic stump end table next to the nursing chair. I thought not only did it add a bit of whimsy to the room, but it also gave me the opportunity to include something unique to the space, something I made just for it. Dad also contributed big time! My husband is VERY handy, and we managed to do all of that double dentil crown moulding ourselves for under $150!

I learned a lot along the way while we were creating this space, but I'd have to say that my biggest piece of advice for those just starting on this process is to stay true to who you are. It's easy to get lost on Pinterest and to follow trends, but in the end, you'll be most pleased with a room that reflects your tastes as a family and tells your story.

Rya Duncklee

Sunday 15th of July 2018

Thank you, Amy! It’s actually a kite from Haptic Lan that I use as a mobile.

The whale book ends I couldn’t find any I liked so I actually made my own set from a $7 Hobby Lobby purchase (on sale). Hubby cut the resin whale in half with a handheld dremmel I believe? Then I chalk paint Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and distressed with sand paper to give a worn weathered look.


Friday 13th of July 2018

I love the ship! Where did you find the mobile and whale bookends?

Rya Duncklee

Thursday 19th of April 2018

Thank you so much, Beth!!


Wednesday 18th of April 2018

What a beautiful space and a wonderful way to celebrate your rainbow baby. Congratulations!