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A Nursery Worthy of his Namesake


A nursery worthy of his namesake. A purposefully mismatched space, adding old and new to create personality, while keeping sentimental value intact.

Design Inspiration

His name. He was named after my great uncle who was killed in WWII at the age of 17. I knew I wanted to incorporate pieces of his heritage, and adding his Purple Heart, USMC pocket knife, American Flag and pictures add such sentimental value to the room.

Decorating Style

Modern comfort - with nothing but beauty, functionality, or sentimental value inside.

Project Details

This room was a total work of DIY on a budget, with the exception of the chair we purchased from Haverty's, and a few pieces we found at Land of Nod for a great buy.

The crib bedskirt was from Land of Nod, and I found the shadowbox from to showcase the Purple Heart from TJMaxx. We made the headboard for the daybed and window valance, along with the bedskirt, pillows, and roman shade. We also made a large star made with sticks from Papas yard - just another sentimental value added.

With the help of a friend, we painted a shooting star above his crib. I added string art with nails for dimension, and also added nails throughout the painting for depth and contrast - it was a creation that took a life of it's own.

We also added a family collage, so Gene can see pictures of his entire family, near and far - something we did in his big brothers room and he still loves looking at it to this day.

The buckets on his bookshelf are also from the Land of Nod, and the bookshelf was made by a dear friend of ours.

Photos taken by MaeMae Studios.

Favorite Items

The sweet feeling that is in the room. It's a very peaceful space that feels special and sacred to us.

Our favorite material items are the Purple Heart/American Flag on one side of the window, or the portraits of my Uncle and Papa in their original 1940's frames on the other side.


Find your inspiration. Don't fill spaces just to fill spaces - find things with meaning and go from there.