M’s Nursery

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A cheerful and colorful nursery for Matias, inspired by vintage children's illustrations and family heirlooms.

Design Inspiration

My initial inspiration came from a whimsical Babar poster, and the rest of the room fell into place. 

Decorating Style

Vintage European charm, with a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of DIY. 

Project Details


Crib: IKEA

Bedding: DwellStudio for Target

Changing Table: Pottery Barn Kids consignment find, repainted 

Rocking Chair: hand-me-down, repainted

Dresser/Bookshelf: consignment find, repainted

Art: family heirlooms, previously owned art, and allposters.com

Curtains: Target, with ribbon added

Elephant Pillow: DwellStudio

Floor Pillow: Moolka

Wall Paint: Behr "Silly Old Bluebirds" and "100 Acre Sky" 

Favorite Items

It's difficult to say as there are so many elements in the room that make me smile, but a few favorites would have to be the two-toned green changing table and the many lovely gifts (including cross-stitched name picture and handmade quilt) and heirloom pieces from family and friends. 


Start with that piece de resistance to avoid design cliches and instead focus on building a room that reflects you and your baby--let every aspect of the room tell a story, if you will. 


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    IMO, the best rooms are the ones that aren’t OTT and don’t have an obvious theme.  I like this room because it’s original since you just added things you like.  A personal touch is the best gift you can give to baby in their nursery!

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    I keep seeing that plush hot air balloon hanging in nurseries, and I love it! Where is it from?

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    Thanks all for the positive feedback! @Mrs. B– the balloon mobile is from IKEA. I too fell in love with it and it’s been a great find–my son loves it! 

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    Colorful and cheerful and whimsical indeed! A lot of very interesting and fun details here that would surely occupy Matias’ time.

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    I absolutely adore the vintage touch. And oh, you even have one of those vintage books and artworks!

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    Is that gumball machine vintage, too? I think that’s my fave. I don’t know why… But maybe because of all the nurseries I have seen, this one article is an original.

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    @KelleJoya, the gumball machine is actually anything but vintage! I found it at Target (http://www.target.com/BX1059-B-Sugar-Chute/dp/B002YIPB4G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&searchView=list&keywords=b%20toys%20gumball&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-1&qid=1296580727&rh=&searchRank=target104545&id=BX1059%20B%20Sugar%20Chute&node=1038576|1287991011&searchSize=30&searchPage=1&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchBinNameList=subjectbin,price,target_com_primary_color-bin,target_com_size-bin,target_com_brand-bin&frombrowse=0), and thought it would be a fun addition to his toys. It ended up looking great on the changing table. 

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    Sorry the link didn’t come out as it should. Anyway, it’s a B Toys Sugar Chute available at Target. :) 

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    I really love the lime green luggage boxes are they something you had or bought? If you dont mind me asking.

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    @amanda_panda1986: Thanks! I originally bought the paper suitcases at A Touch of Whimsy, although it appears she doesn’t sell them in that color anymore. If you’re interested, you could also try the online shop Pink Loves Brown. 

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