Bright and Happy Nursery

  • Board and Batten Wall in this 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.


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    Hi Carolyn, the images are from iStockPhoto. I tweaked them slightly but I’m not allowed to resell them, sorry. You can find lots of similar images there, though.

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    I love the art! Do you know the stock illustration number for the images you selected? I would love to have the same ones, and my searches have come up empty handed. Thanks!

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    Hi! Did you pick each image individually or did they come as a set? I love the art selection, and am just wondering before I spend hours trying to find the same images :) thanks!!

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    Hi ! I am in love with this bedroom and would really like to make somthing similar for my little boys. Haven’t had any luck finding these images in iStockPhoto, would you be kind enough to tell me how to look for them? Thank you so much!! =)

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

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    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…

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    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

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    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

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