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ElevenTwoEleven Nursery


Interior designer Christina Salway shared with us the sweet nursery she created for her New York City based clients. Drawing inspiration from the colors and patterns of fabrics by Dwell, Christina was able to pull off a beautiful nursery with time to spare and a few dollars left over. We were lucky enough to interview Christina to find out all the details on how she and her firm ElevenTwoEleven Design achieved this luxe nursery while staying true to her clients vision and budget!

Design Inspiration

Did your client have a particular vision or design they asked you to execute? For this project, my client had certain practical objectives she wanted to accomplish, like creating a nursery that also worked simultaneously as a guest room, and finding a way to incorporate an armoire she had removed from the master bedroom. When I created my design for this project, I needed to work around those particular stipulations, but had total freedom regarding the actual aesthetic of the nursery.

What was your inspiration? My inspiration came from many places
 I think the root of my design came from the vintage-style alphabet animal prints, which I playfully matted and framed, and hung between the two windows. This sweet set of images (see below) was a unique way to link my color scheme, bringing together the rich browns from the Zebra stripe rug and Chocolate Micro-fiber sleeper sofa to the pale pinks found in the Dwell bumper set and window treatments. We then set this collection of colors against the faintest blue backdrop, creating a nursery that was sweet and feminine without being overtly girl-y, or babyish, which wouldn’t have appealed to my clients aesthetic.

Project Details

Did your client have a budget? A lot of people don’t realize that you can couple creative thinking and good resources and come away with great design! I always try to emphasize to my clients that the best way to approach a project is to decide where the splurge is going to be, if there is one, and then figure out creative solutions for everything else. So, in this instance, we all loved the Stokki bed, Dwell bedding and window treatments, and decided those were going to be our splurges– and then we got creative. We re-purposed an intricate dresser they were planning to give away, and turned that into an amazing changing table by buying a topper from Pottery Barn Baby. They already had a little wooden side table: we repainted it an antiqued white and replaced the drawer pull. We bought the beautiful chocolate colored micro-fiber sleeper sofa at Room & Board, from their stock-materials to keep costs down, and bought two playful brown and white print pillows separately- to add a splash to the sofa. A Pottery Barn Zebra rug was so inexpensive ($350.00, and fit almost wall-to-wall!) that there won’t be any crying over spilled-milk while it serves in the nursery.

Your furniture finds?

Room & Board – Encore Sleeper Sofa Pottery Barn – Rug Room & Board – Throw Pillow Pottery Barn Kids – Lighting Dwell & Stokke - Bedding and Stokke Crib

Favorite Items

My favorite piece- well pieces- were the Pottery Barn Rattan Chandeliers. These two fun light fixtures were super-easy to install, and cast a wonderful light through the rattan shade. We had them installed on a dimmer, so they can really light up the room or be used for much softer accent lighting. They’re currently on sale at PB Kids, for $49.99 a pop- which is a bargain price for any light fixture!


Friday 20th of August 2010

I think this room is great. I wouldn't be hip enough to use the lantern or the zebra rug (because I'm a too-traditional girl!) but it really works here. This rooms just says NYC - small but cozy, stylich and multifunctional. It's a real room - no theme, no matchy furniture - and it looks great!


Saturday 9th of January 2010

calabus says:

June 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Little Apple Design, thanks so much for the paint and shades info! I’m going to purchase them right now! :)


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Little Apple Design LA says:

June 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

Calabus – I just got the scoop from Christina for you…

the paint for our Upper West Side Nursery was Benjamin Moore’s “Seafoam” 2123-60, and the shades are made with Dwell Fabric, sold by The Shade Store, which is based in Manhattan, but available online at


Saturday 9th of January 2010

calabus says:

June 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I would love to find out the brand and color of paint used in this gorgeous room. Also, who makes the window treatments?


Saturday 9th of January 2010

J says:

April 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Wow, this room is lovely. However, reading Diana’s comments I started thinking we were supposed to post our criticisms! My only advice would be to Diana, in regards to reading tone in tex. Diana, if it sounds negative when you read it, it probably sounds even more negative when others read it. Just a thought. lol