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Claire’s Nursery


A black/white/pink nursery with a touch of polka dots and primary colors.

Design Inspiration

I wanted a room that would grow with our baby girl, and I thought I might want some black and white elements.  When I saw the Alexander Henry "Starling" fabric, that became the element that tied everything together.

Decorating Style

Fine decorating on a budget!  I like to spend a little money on a lot of things, and then more money on a few key pieces.  I could live at Home Goods.

Project Details

I found one element and then worked from there -- picking things up online on etsy or through  Then I would bring home different items from Home Goods, Target, Marshalls, etc., and see what truly worked -- keeping the receipt, I would return whatever didn't quite fit.

The bumper, skirt, and crib sheets are from -- the fabric is starling.  I custom-designed the bumper, and then purchased the black skirt and sheet.

The black curtains are from Target.

The paint is Behr Memories.

The black leather rocker/recliner is from Bernie and Phyl's furniture store.

The white table, the black and white lamp, the mirror, the cutpaper butterflies, and the pink knobs on the dresser and closet are from Home Goods.

The trash basket is from

The bird and tree photos are from Etsy seller Raceytay.  The frames are from Target.

The black and white pillow is from Target.

The banner was a gift, from Etsy.

The W on the wall is from Anthropologie.

The crib and dresser are Pali, Salerno collection.  Bookshelf was an unfinished piece from the Mill Store that we painted.

The black shelves are from Home Goods.  Baskets are from Target, BRU, etc.

Green bird is from Home Goods.

Mobile is from Wimmer Ferguson.

Cut felt black and pink magazine holder (used as diaper holder) is from Marshalls.

Framed white calendar is from Target and Etsy seller Raceytay.

Pink blanket is handmade.

Bird decals are from Etsy seller CherryWalls.

Personalized Extra Large tote is from Lands' End (used for storing blankets).

Favorite Items

The cutpaper butterflies, the black and white mirror, the girly white table, and the black and white lamp, all from Home Goods.


Don't be afraid to buy things that you like, even if they don't "work" in the color scheme.  You'd be surprised how things all start to fall together...


Friday 1st of July 2011

@12 and counting, thanks so much!  i loved that frame too, couldn't pass it up.  and i work in children's publishing and have for about 14 years, so i've accumulated a lot of books :)

@recreate, thanks so much for your kind words!  i felt like it gave me a lot of options, you know?


Friday 1st of July 2011

Indeed, doing this room in dominantly black and white will help make sure that it grows with your daughter. Black and white is a very classic and very universal color combination, so I think it really was a good decision to use them.


Wednesday 29th of June 2011

I think that the black-and-white theme was an awesome idea. I like that frame with black butterflies. And oh, a shelf full of books! I can only drool.


Tuesday 28th of June 2011

thanks so much! she's a good little bean and she seems to like her room so far!

 the decals were not custom; i got them from seller Cherry Walls at Etsy:

LOVE the rug you have selected for your son's nursery!  Can't wait to see the progress!


Tuesday 28th of June 2011

I like the pale pink and black color scheme.  Are your black decals custom designed to go with your bedding?  If so, where did you find them? 

Your baby girl is precious!  I am posting my progress and hope to be done very soon with my baby boy's eclectic and tropical nursery: