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C is for Color


This is a colorful nursery for our little man. We  had some challenges with a tiny room and an angled ceiling, so we had to make good use of heights and storage space. 

Design Inspiration

Bright and playful colors.

I wanted the room to be a fun space for us that would later translate into an older kid room or office when the time came. I also wanted to purchase pieces that I would be able to use in other rooms of the house once they were outgrown.

We started with a vintage orange lamp from my grandmother, teal shoes that were my husband's first pair and a Beatles poster my husband insisted on hanging above the changing table... that was a tough one!

The result was a theme of  Orange, Teal and Lime and a mixture of different patterns.

Decorating Style

Eclectic, colorful and sentimental.

I loved mixing hand me down pieces with meaning into our new nursery. 


Project Details

Changing table - Dresser found at a local consignment shop (lined it in black and white pattern and gave it a distressed look) I can't wait to use the piece in other rooms of the house after he out grows it.

Changing Table Topper - Originally in navy from Pottery Barn Kids. I got it as a hand me down and repainted it in our colors and added some fun stencils.

Lamp - My Grandmother's  Lamp

Shelves - Custom Build by my Brother-in-Law (He even added LED lights from Costco to give us more light in the room)

Crib - DaVinci Jayden 

Bedding - Custom for Carousel Designs 

Glider - Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider (ON SALE!) 

Ottoman - Recovered from our house and doubles as storage for toys. I painted the base with chalkboard paint for a fun little extra when he is old enough.

Various Patterned Boxes - Home Goods, Ross and Marshalls

Rug - Floor My Place

Diaper Pail - Uppi from Giggle

Green Side Table - Home Goods



Favorite Items

The shelves. Besides the unique shape, they have LED lights build in with a remote with a dimmer/timer switch. They even act as a night light.

The growth chart. I plan to have all the family and friends that visit over the years add their names and height.



To get started, pick a few items that you already own and build around them. Shopping in your own house is great fun, and then you can refresh other rooms along the way too. It will help keep a focus and make it more personal in the end.

Don't be afraid to pick up the paint brush or recover items you already own.

Also, edit down as you go. With sites like Pinterest - that I LOVE - I had a nursery with every imaginable neat thing planned out and no where to put everything. I built a huge pom pom and pinwheel mobile  for above the crib and at the end of the day it made the space feel too small. It now lives in another room and we enjoy it there even more. 

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  1. avatar FrameCL says:

    I love the wall colors.. Can you share with us what they are?

  2. avatar Klotosky says:

    It is called Poolside Blue – it looks a lot like Tiffany Blue in person

  3. avatar Klotosky says:

    I got the decal on Amazon, just search the title and decal. I can’t find the link, sorry!

  4. avatar Courtney says:

    what color blue did you use for the wall? its beautiful and i am having a horrible time deciding what to do for my poor babys room.

  5. avatar Kate says:

    love your nursery! wondering where you found the wall stencil “practically perfect in every way”. Love that saying from mary poppins!!

  6. avatar Kelley Lotosky says:

    Thank you!
    The Blue Balls are accordion lanterns by Martha Stewart and some I hand made.

  7. avatar Jehannarc says:

    Love the cheerful colors! Those shelves are pretty amazing. I love the big balls on the shelf over the closet. What are they? 

    I’ve been wondering what my cats will think of the crib and now I’m pretty sure it will be exactly as I feared. Another place for them to sleep! What a cute, naughty kitty!

  8. avatar Ashley says:

    This is gorgeous!!  That corner shelf is SO cool! 

  9. avatar Kelley Lotosky says:

    The imperfections are what make it personal – thank you and good luck to you too!

  10. avatar Enne says:

    thanks for adding the super close ups.  This is an amazing nursery, and I happy to see some things that aren’t perfectly painted, refinished,arranged, and matched.  This gives me confidence and courage to try and decorate my daughter’s nursery.  I am not a designer, crafty or even coordinated! Good Luck, best wishes on your delivery and Congrats!

  11. avatar Lizzy Milby says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this nursery!! I am so picky when it comes to nurseries and this is a perfect one! My boys’ room is bright blues and greens and we also have a small space, I love how you worked with yours and added the colors!

  12. avatar Cathy Lotosky says:

    Oh I love, love, LOVE how it all came together; you are truly amazing and wonderfully talented!