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Bear’s Preppy Plaid Nursery Fit for a King


We're mad for plaid in Bear's nursery, where a Roth + Tompkins bold Burnett Plaid takes center stage draping from an iron crown above the crib.  The rest of the room is finished off with classic sports memorabilia, from the fox hunting prints to the rackets that belonged to Bear's grandfather when he was a student at the United States Naval Academy.

All photography was done by the talented Ben Finch of Finch Photography.

Design Inspiration

We found several photos online that really inspired us - most of them were Ralph Lauren interiors.  We wanted the room to have a trophy room feel, one that could build year over year.

Decorating Style

PREPPY!  I love combining traditional fabrics like the Roth + Tompkins plaid with modern art pieces, like the print of the fox hanging over the changing table and the sleek silver faux antlers.

Project Details

We found the crown at a Knoxville boutique, Fig & Company in Bearden's Shopping District.  We used simple drapery hooks to hang the plaid panels from the crown.

I used the remnants of the plaid fabric to sew a border on the custom bed skirt for the crib.  I like to make my bed skirts long, so that it goes to the floor when the mattress is high (like in the photos.)  The excess will be folded under the mattress when it is lowered.

Other than the crib, the furniture in the room was collected at antique stores.

Our glider is slipcovered so we can wash it in case of spills.  We went with a simple, neutral fabric so it could possibly be used in other rooms in our home once we're finished with it in the nursery.

And those sweet little Buster Brown shoes on the side table belonged to Michael, Bear's father, when he was a baby.  I love having them on display!

And the artwork above the glider was an old print that Michael actually had hanging in his bedroom at his fraternity house in college.

The racquets were my father's when he was at the United States Naval Academy.

I found the fox print at on Etsy.  Even though it came from England, it arrived very quickly in the mail!!!

I made the drapes in a pretty blue and white horizontal stripe - another way to modernize the room.  The excess fabric was put to good use making a changing pad cover and a few throw pillows.

Favorite Items

Two of my favorite items in the room?  The lamps!  I found the trophy-inspired lamps separately, but I think they work well together.  I actually recovered the shade of the one on the changing table, using fabric from an authentic wool skirt that my mom bought in Ireland.  (Thanks mom!)  Add a bit of hot glue and trim?  And voila!


Since we already had so many of the accessories in the room or were gifted them from family members, we splurged on the 100% wool Roth + Tompkins fabric.  Had we gone with a more affordable cotton blend, it would have robbed the room of its authenticity.  I love that this nursery will grow with Bear.  I already have plaid bedding in mind for when the day comes to move him into a big boy bed!

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John Earhart

Saturday 6th of December 2014

Beautiful job Amelia, as always.