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A Darling Nursery


An eclectic nursery for our daughter, Decker Darling using an array of recycled or reconfigured items from various sources.

Design Inspiration

I wanted to create a casual, refined space that would be comfortable enough for our two year old son to want to visit his sister. I really wanted to draw in some vintage as well as Moroccan elements to keep things playful. We are currently renting our home and will only be in this space for a few months so unfortunately no design elements could be permanent. Because I was restricted to the current wall color, I had to find other ways to draw in color without letting things get out of control. I also wanted to try and use items and furnishings we already owned since her space will be changing in a few months.

Decorating Style

Eclectic, comfortable, worldly.

Project Details

Rug and Crib from Overstock. Mobile from etsy. Rocker from EQ3 but found on Craigslist. Dresser from IKEA. Lamps, side table, clothes hamper all from Home Goods.

I found the hanging metal baskets and spray painted them pink then attached them to the wall to hold wipes, diapers and lotions. I created the framed quotes using Photoshop and having them professionally printed. Then I highlighted "darling" in each quote by using a glue pin and a little gold glitter. This was a fun way to incorporate our daughters middle name. I then placed each quote in a simple white frame from Ikea. The mobile was one I had used above my son's crib and decided to reuse. I removed the paper cranes and spray painted the black tree branch a soft gold. The gold mirror was purchased at a thrift store and spray painted gold. The paintings in the room were all done by either myself or my husband.

Favorite Items

The dresser turned out to be my favorite item and project! I purchased a simple white dresser from Ikea and ordered custom overlays to dress it up a bit. I painted the overlays a metallic gold and glued them to the outside of each drawer. I found the antique gold knobs at Anthropologie and drilled them into the face of each dresser. They didn't have 12 of the same knobs so I mixed and matched these to make it a bit less predictable.


Take your time to find the perfect pieces. Scour yard sales and vintage shops for the details. Don't be afraid to whip out a little spray paint!!!

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY Cheyenne Schultz

Rooms and Parties We Love December 2013 Week 1 - Project Nursery

Monday 9th of December 2013

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Thursday 5th of December 2013

I love this nursery! It's eclectic and super cool. Great job!

Patricia Lynn Smith

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Simply beautiful & inviting for any age.


Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Perfect combination of vintage and playful! Love! Love!