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Nothing Square About It


Meet attorney by day/blogger by night, Dee Devine, who is also the founder of sproutstyle, an online lifestyle resource for the modern sprout. It’s only fitting that Mrs. Devine, along with her photographer husband Robert, created a clean and modern nursery for their baby boy Carter. Dee took inspiration from colors and designs she was in love with and tweaked them for Carter’s nursery.

Design Inspiration

Bright blue and green squares take center stage with dramatic pop on the accent wall.  Her first move was choosing the right colors for the blue and green squares. This proved to be quite an arduous task and after a mere 28 samples, Dee finally choose the perfect three blue shades to compliment an additional three green shades. Picking the right brown proved to be an even bigger challenge. Dee found what many do when finding a darker brown: many look too gray. The brown that was chosen was Cliveden Virginia Soil, which funny enough looked purple on the paint card. Thank goodness for those little sample tubs.

Decorating Style

clean and modern

Project Details

For the actual planning and execution of the squares, Robert really stepped up. He was able to map out the the pattern in a computer program (Auto Cad) to ensure precision and then he taped off the grid with paint tape. (DIY TIP: Make sure you use a high quality tape so that when removed it does not peel any paint off the wall and can be removed easily).

Nursery Rescources

Paint: Lowes -  (Blues – Sea Wave, Seafarer and Beach Sparkle; Greens – Green Gecko, Meadow Twilight and Parsley Sprig, Brown – Cliveden Virginia Soil)

Crib and changing hutch:  Urban Collection by Munire Furniture.

Rocker: Sleepytime Rocker by Nurseryworks

Bedding:  Area Baby White Mini Organic Crib Bedding

White elephant and giraffe: Pottery Barn Kids

Blanket: Dwell

Vintage Wallpaper used for art: Inke Heiland Silhouette

Favorite Items

Dee loves the quirkiness of Ugly Dolls and used a collection of them along with a few BlaBla dolls to line the top shelf of the changing hutch. With extra touches like two bowls from Anthropologie and the elephant and giraffe banks this nursery has a warm and cozy feel with a mid-century modern vibe.  Besides the accent wall, Dee’s favorite piece in the nursery is the art she hand-made with a favorite piece of vintage wallpaper. She says, “I didn’t want it to be permanently on the wall, so I bought a large canvas from a craft store and painted a tree in the same color as the wall.”


Saturday 27th of March 2010

So gorgeous! I'm doing a variation with Alexander Henry's 2D Zoo fabric for my bedding, and blue, green, orange, and chocolate for the wall.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

kelly says:

May 8, 2009 at 5:31 am

Great colours – it’s a lovely room for a little boy.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Jessica says:

April 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I love the room! Where did you find the ceramic elephant/giraffe? I tried PBKids but they were not there. Thanks!!!


Saturday 9th of January 2010

AllisonD says:

March 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Wow, they make a great team. I’ll be checking out her work. Thanks


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Jennie says:

March 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm 

Gorgeous room…. but really caught my eye (other than the whole darn thing! lol) was those silly Ugly Dolls! I had to go right out and buy a bunch for a future baby room!!! lol Thanks!! :)