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Make Believe Nursery


For this nursery I didn't want anything "princessy", but still wanted to celebrate the "girl" spirit. I knew I wanted a purple, mint, blush pink, white,and I was obsessed with a black and white dot patterned wallpaper so I made an inspiration board to get started. I wanted to inspire her to dream and use her imagination. I also wanted to use floral prints and dots to create a girly backdrop for some moodier pieces. Mixing several colors and patterns allow for things to be easily transitioned in and out as time passes and tastes change. This make believe nursery has a mermaid, a dancing bear, a prince frog, a flamingo in boots, toy baskets that remind me of something at the bottom of the ocean, a mad hatter hat, twinkle branches, feathers in "bubbles", a mirror on the wall, and rocks I collected as a kid.

Design Inspiration

Back in December, before I even knew I was having a girl, I saw some beautiful colored butterflies and moss displays at West Elm that I LOVED and came up with the theme "Make Believe" which could go in almost any direction.

Decorating Style

I have an eclectic style. I love when details are combined in an interesting way, and love the unexpected pieces.

Project Details

Creme de Mint Paint: Benjamin Moore

Halo Energy Smart Fan: Modern Fan Company

I really wanted a chandelier like this one from IKEA, but it was too long. Then I a few more options like this one from Etsy. We were going to do a separate table fan since the room is upstairs and it gets HOT in Texas. After doing some research and not feeling comfortable with the fans and little kid's fingers, we went with this modern fan. We LOVE it! You can barely tell it's a fan because of the way the blades are mounted.

Jenny Lind Davinci Crib: Amazon

Crib Sheets: Land of Nod

My Alternate {not pictured}: Etsy

Pillow in Crib: H&M

Curtains: TJ Maxx

Curtain Rod: Ika

Wooden Bird Feeder: Target

Glass Feather "Bubbles": Red Arrow

Flamingo in Boots PrintEtsy; in Ikea Frame

Don't Stop Make Believing Print: I made {free print coming}; frame from my house

Dance Party Print: Society 6; in Ikea Frame

Throw Blanket: Ikea

Frog Statue: TJ Maxx {also saw at Home Goods}

Wall-Mounted Cabinet: Ikea with one of these doors

Paper Lining Back of Shelf: Paper Mojo adhered to some matte board and inserted behind the shelf.

Mirror: Inherited from my great grand parents with a bedroom set and painted it gold

Branches: Had in my house already, but similar at Hobby Lobby; butterflies from Hobby Lobby

Branch Container: Target

Basket on Shelf: TJ Maxx

Alice in Wonderland Babylit Book: Amazon

Alice in Wonderland Hat: Etsy and I love that she can use it for dress up later.

Cup and Saucer: Hobby Lobby and I will be replacing those with some handed down from Matt's grandmother.

Headband Container: Poppytalk for Target

Picture on Cabinet: Matt ordered the "Mother's Love" print from Kelli Murray and this came as a free gift {smaller than the one for sale}. I loved it so I framed it for our baby girl. {Frame from TJ Maxx}

Dresser: Inherited from my Great Grandmother and was painted "Black Raspberry", from Benjamin Moore...original drawer pulls.

Changing Pad Cover: Target


Fur Rug: Marshall's

Pillow on the Chair: I found on sale at Target for $5

Owl: A gift from my mom from Pier 1

Beautiful Girl Print: Matt had to have this for her; from Hobby Lobby

Mermaid Picture: I already had this in the guest room from Garden Ridge years and years ago.

Rocks in Frames: When I was younger I was a HUGE rock collector. My box full of smaller rocks has been sitting in the attic for years, so I pulled it out and used some of my collection as the decor in some shadow box frames from Ikea.

Toy Baskets: I really wanted some type of toy baskets that weren't a typical shelf so I found some large candle holders at Garden Ridge, painted them gold, and mounted them sideways to the wall.

Favorite Items

My rocks and the purple makes a statement!


Don't worry too much about sticking to one particular color, or even a pre-determined theme. Even if something is not meant for a "baby's room" doesn't mean it won't work; adding pieces that come from the heart always add a deeper meaning.

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