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Sebastian’s Worldly Nursery


My husband and I are both design lovers, and we wanted Sebastian's nursery to feel like an extension of the rest of our home rather than a stand-alone, cutesy room.

Design Inspiration

Our main inspirations were travel and books. We've collected a lot of fun pieces around the world, and we wanted to inspire our baby to have a love of travel. I'm an avid reader and writer, and I wanted Sebastian to inherit my love of literature. And finally, our house is full of mid-century modern furniture, so we wanted to carry that style into the nursery as well.

Decorating Style

Modern yet warm and lived-in. Our home is a celebration of the things that we love.

Project Details

The crib is the DaVinci Highland; the glider is the Little Castle Journey; the pouf is from Target's Threshold line; the bookcase is from IKEA (as are the lamp, all of the various storage boxes, the rug, and the curtains).

Both dressers are from local dealers; the tall dresser is from Revolve Modern and the long dresser is from Inwood Antique Mall.

We made the wall shelves using this tutorial I found on Pinterest, and my friend Tori made the banner above them (also inspired by Pinterest, I believe).

We bought a lot of the prints on Etsy or locally at We Are 1976 in Dallas. The vintage airplane prints are from my mother, who was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines.

Most of the stuffed animals were collected on our travels or given as gifts, and almost all of the books were baby shower gifts. The ride-on bear is from Hessie. The globe is from a local thrift shop, and the airplane model is from my husband's job.

Crib bedding is from Land of Nod, and the crocheted blanket on the glider was made by my friend Diana.

Favorite Items

Thanks to an Apartment Therapy post from a couple of years ago, I've had my eye on the National Parks Checklist for a long time. Putting this nursery together was the perfect excuse to buy it.

The three matching city prints are another favorite. Sebastian traveled to Paris and Madrid in utero, and we expect London to be one of his first big trips once he's able to travel.

Since our dog isn't allowed to have any of the baby toys (much to his dismay) or sit on the glider, his favorite item is the pouf.


I think a well-curated, eclectic mix of old and new always looks better than cookie-cutter, matchy-matchy pieces. Try using traditional store-bought items from big retailers like Target, IKEA, Amazon, etc., mixed with items from local shops, thrift stores, and independent artists. Scour your home for things you already own and love that would fit in with your decor theme.

Take your time - we spent many weekends in local antique and thrift shops looking for the perfect globe, dresser, etc. We're still looking for the perfect vintage bookcase; once we find it, we'll repurpose the IKEA bookcase elsewhere in the house.

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