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Colorful, Whimsical Nursery and Guest Bedroom


We live on a U.S. Naval Base in Japan.  Since we rent our home, the walls had to remain white, but I wanted the nursery/guest bedroom to feel very warm.  It is a dual purpose room, so the decor needed to work for a sweet baby girl and for long term guests (people don't come to Japan for just a weekend :).

Design Inspiration

The window treatment was made from a tapestry I had bought at Urban Outfitters a few years ago - those colors were the inspiration.

Decorating Style

colorful, bohemian, whimsical, fun

Project Details

Most of the things in the room were made by myself or my mom.  The window treatment is a tapestry from Urban Outfitters, the crib bumpers and skirt are made from Anna Maria Horner's newest line LouLouThi. found here:

My sister created the art above the crib based on a print we found at Urban Outfitters, but it is no longer for sale there.  The pillows on the bed were made from various remnants I found in my mom's fabric stash, and the rug was a $15 deal at Ross, which I feel adds lots of color and texture to the room.  The chandelier over the changing table was taken from my husbands childhood home - it hung over their dining table for many many years and I requested it when they moved.  The crib and changing table are from Ikea.

Favorite Items

Favorite? hmm...I'd probably say the crib bumpers - mostly because of the fabric they're made of - I have a serious love affair with all of Anna Maria Horner's fabric.


I'm of the strong opinion that baby nurseries are for mommy.  When your child becomes a toddler it is the perfect time to ask for their input and start to tailor their room to their desires and design aesthetic, but when they're a baby, make it for you.  and...there are no rules!  Any color is an option - don't just think pink for a girl and blue for a boy.  Have fun!


Monday 7th of May 2012

I love the bedding! Adorable room!


Wednesday 25th of April 2012

I like the printed fabrics you used, especially for the pillows. And very lovely lights from the chandelier, too!


Wednesday 18th of April 2012

Very cute, fun room.


Tuesday 17th of April 2012




Tuesday 17th of April 2012

super cute and happy!