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Bright and Happy Nursery


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I knew from the start that I wanted something bright and cheerful for our first baby, and it turned so well that we decided to keep it exactly the same for our second boy. The wainscoting really makes the room feel finished and cozy at the same time.

Design Inspiration

I had a very hard time finding nursery ideas that weren't pastel, gray or super modern, so I decided to just take a risk and incorporate anything I really loved that fit the "bright and cheerful" theme. The wainscoting helped pull everything together.

Decorating Style

Cheerful, happy and bright

Project Details

Vintage Crib: Refinished as a gift from an amazing aunt and uncle and cousins
Dresser, picture frames, mirrors, cabinets: IKEA (cabinets were framed in, DIY)
Art: iStockPhoto (edited by me)
Paint: "Quietude" by Sherwin Williams (prophetic, I hoped!)
Wainscoting: Strips of MDF and baseboard over drywall (cut, adhered and caulked by a very patient husband)
Quilt and Knit Blanket: My mom and Caleb's great-grandma
Hagen Swivel Glider with Ottoman: Best Home Furnishings
Curtains and Adjustable Bedskirt: Made by me with dubious results if you look closely

Favorite Items

I am so pleased with the wall of "Things that Go" artwork. We've spent many a precious minute playing "where's the tractor?" with our boys.


Architecture or wall treatments make a huge difference in finishing a room, no matter the style. Chair rails, paneling, wallpaper or wainscot will always give you a great canvas to work with.


Saturday 6th of October 2018

If I'm not mistaken, the prints are very similar to these if not the exact ones. I couldn't find them on istockphoto either but this site has a bunch of awesome prints 🙂


Tuesday 7th of August 2018

I’d like to know too either what you searched for or what the item number is on the pictures. I love them and we are about to redo my son’s room to a Cars theme. Usually in iStockPhoto, the item number is in the file name of the downloaded file. Thanks! Ashley


Saturday 7th of July 2018

Hi Janette, I absolutely love your baby boys nursery... Although by now I'm sure he's your little big boy! So I've spent hours trying to find similar prints for my little one with no luck. Would you be so kind to tell me how you found them on istockphoto please? What you searched for? I can't find them :(, I understand that you edited them and that's all good. Thanks so much in advance


Sunday 28th of January 2018

I love your things that go wall art! Do you have a direct link to the photos? I've tried searching them on istockphoto but there are so many results it's overwhelming...

Danielle g

Monday 24th of July 2017

Would love to know what you searched for on iPhone to find these images with white background. Thanks