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Ella’s Aqua and Citrus Nursery


Ella's nursery is cheerful and bright.  Aqua accents pair beautifully with the pink, orange and yellow citrus colors.  Elephants abound.  It is a room that makes you smile!


Design Inspiration

I was inspired by the detail and character of our 1800's farmhouse, and by the mixing and matching of different colors and patterns.  It's amazing how a vision can evolve from one piece - in our case, the aqua armoire.

Decorating Style

Shabby chic with a love of all things beach.

Project Details

Crib: Giggle - Jenny Lind
Crib Bumper and Quilt: Rikshaw Design - Lali
Crib Sheets: Serena and Lily - Ruby/Sunshine Mosaic; DIY - they did not make crib sheets in this fabric, so I bought a twin sheet set and had them made by a family friend.
Elephant Crib Skirt: Raksha Bella
Wall Blanket: Etsy - family friend
Elephant Mobile: The Bear and The Whale - custom order
Button-covered "E": Metal Anthropologie Letter - thrift shop find; DIY - painted white with buttons from ebay hot-glued on
Elephant Canvas: Avalisa - stretched wall art silhouette; DIY - added the "Ella Grace" decal from
Ella Blanket: Etsy (Shop - Molly Anne Make) - custom order
Chandelier: thrift shop find
Moses Basket: Serena and Lily - Sausalito Flax / Ruby/Sunshine
White Flokati Rug: Serena and Lily
Aqua Armoire: Ocean Spray Interiors, Milford, CT (one of my favorite stores)
Pink Beanbag Chair: One Kings Lane - Chateau Designs
Aqua Whale Boppy: Etsy (Shop - The Pink Polka Dot Store)
Coral Ceramic Garden Stool: One Kings Lane - Three Hands Corp
White Wicker Rocking Chair: family hand-me-down; DIY - re-upholstered with leftover Serena and Lily Ruby/Sunshine Mosaic fabric
Elephant Quilted Blanket: Rikshaw Design - Taj Pink
Animal Alphabet Poster: Petit Collage
Bookshelves: DIY - Ikea RIBBA picture ledges
Ella Letters: DIY
Lace Baby Gown: vintage Paris find
Hanging Fabric Bunting: Etsy (Shop - Little Kitten Homemade)
Changing Table: family hand-me-down; paired with white metal wire baskets from Ikea, pink minky dot changing pad cover and aqua Oilo changing pad topper
Woven Rag Rug: flea market find
Towel Rack: DIY - driftwood (beach find); "Eloise" hand-painted on using lettering from; Anthropologie elephant head hooks
Aqua Dresser: craigslist find - DIY - painted aqua to match armoire
Coral Covered Jars and White Elephant: One Kings Lane - Three Hands Corp

Favorite Items

My favorite item is the towel rack because it was made from a simple piece of driftwood found at the beach in town and it was awesome to see this idea come to life.


I also love the Ikea shelves which perfectly showcase all of the beautiful books we received at the shower.


I bought a lot of this stuff before we even moved into our house, so I had no idea what it would all look like together...don't over-think things...nurserys are supposed to be playful and fun!  I LOVE finding things at thrift shops, flea markets, on craigslist, and of course Etsy.  There's nothing like a good DIY project when you're "nesting" :)


Saturday 11th of August 2012

Thank you! The paint was custom matched to the armoire so unfortunately I don't know the exact color.


Tuesday 7th of August 2012

Love this nursery! The Jenny Lind crib and wicker rocker are perfect!



Tuesday 7th of August 2012

Hi!! The room is put together beautifully!! What color paint did you use on the aqua dresser?


Monday 6th of August 2012

Love your nursery! Its so sweet and lovely! I'm looking for inspiration for my twins nursery due in November! Last week my family rented a cottage in Milford on the beach. Love your style! Carly


Monday 6th of August 2012

Beautiful!! Everything goes together so great, and it's so soft!

What color is this paint??