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No-Paint Birch Tree Nursery


So when we moved to Old Town Alexandria (Virginia) and into a rental house with all white walls, I thought it would be so hard to recreate our beloved Birch Tree Nursery. "No painting allowed" was what the landlords said. Therefore I was challenged to add the robin's egg blue and rich orange colors to Ethan's nursery without paint. And without my painted birch trees.

Luckily I found a great vendor, NouWall, who made extra tall birch tree decals for a very reasonable price. Problem, solved. We brought in more blue on the window cornices, changing pad, foot stool, and mobile...all homemade.

In no time we had a cozy, home-like nursery in our formerly cold rental house. No paint needed!

Design Inspiration

Our original nursery was the design inspiration. We left it when Ethan was only 6 months old due to a job change and we were pretty devastated. The challenge of recreating the space in our rental home was very fun and important to us.

Decorating Style

Simple, clean lines, but extremely kid-centric. Bright colors with bold patterns against plenty of white makes for great visual stimulation! And no clutter...everything has it's place.

Project Details

The decals were the only part of this room we purchased. We made simple window cornices from a few pieces of plywood, L brackets, batting, and some fabric from

The mobile was also homemade. I used a basic circle cutter, wooden dowels, and some fishing line to make a beautiful mobile at which Ethan absolutely loved staring. The bright colors fluttering made for a beautiful room detail.

The wall shelves provided a space to feature our favorite books, toys, a few letter "E"s and other colorful visuals. Form and function!

The multi-colored, multi-patterned bunting was made for Ethan's birthday but seemed to fit perfectly between the birch tree branches. It added more color and detail to the back wall.

Then there's the orange chair. We love that chair and used it every single day for reading stories, nursing, and rocking Ethan to sleep. A comfy chair is a must in any nursery.

Favorite Items

The mobile. It just came together beautifully, exactly what I wanted. And Ethan seemed to love it too!


White space is ok! Don't be afraid. And if you can't paint, there are plenty of ways to create an inviting and cozy space for your little boy or girl.


Sunday 7th of September 2014

Where did you find the orange chair? Love the nursery!


Thursday 26th of June 2014

You created a bright, clean and airy nursery for your little one! As much as I love the aqua walls that you used in your first nursery.....I love the soft touches of it that you used against the white walls. This room is perfect for him as he grows! Five stars from me!