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Oliver’s Cheerful Monster Nursery


We live in a large formal Victorian in New England. The room was previously the guest room, and had just been re-decorated 2 years before Oliver's arrival. While lovely, the drab green walls weren't very fun so we painted the thick aqua stripes on one wall to cheery it up. We wanted the room to be fun and whimsical, but also work with the character of the house.

Design Inspiration

I am an avid knitter, and wanted to make items for the baby/nursery. I came across the book Knit a Monster Nursery by Rebecca Danger and fell in love with all her cute patterns. I ordered several hundred dollars worth of yarn, and knit like mad!

The colors in the monster book I fell in love with as well, and formed the basis of the color palette: aqua, teal, light olive, black, and gray.

I had a design conflict in that I loved the fun, modern monsters but also Classic Pooh. To remedy this, we made "Pooh Corner" where we had some Classic Pooh prints and stuffed animals.

Decorating Style

Kind of all over the map. I love color and whimsy, and easy, comfy living. My house is a mix of comfy-casual Pottery Barn type of style, and fun, cheerful modernish.

Project Details

Aqua Stripes: Light stripe is California Paint Frosty Mint (DE5700). Dark stripe is a mixture of Frosty Mint and Whisper of Grass (DE5701).

Babyletto Hudson Crib: Amazon

Mini Dot Organic Crib Sheet: Pottery Barn Kids

Harper Chevron Crib Skirt: Pottery Barn Kids

10" Unpainted Letters purchased on eBay, and painted myself with semi-gloss latex paint. I stapled the ribbon on the back, tied some bows, and hung them with 3M removable clear wall hooks.

Mobile: Hand-me-down mobile from a family member. I cut the animals off, and attached clip on Uglydolls using thin ribbon.

Hemnes Dresser: IKEA

Little Castle Furniture Morgan Glider: Babies R Us

Circles Geometric Rug: Overstock

Threshold Faux Silk Curtains: Target

Maskros Lamp: IKEA

Favorite Items

I love everything about this room happy with how it all came together! I especially love the aqua stripe accent wall. The color is just perfect, cheerful and fun. I also really love the Ikea dandelion lamp, and the swirly rug -- I think they add a big jolt of fun and whimsy, and pull the design together. Finally, all the little monster things I knit for baby.


Oliver's nursery was created around things I could knit for him. Decide what you would like to make your baby, build the color palette around that, and the design elements will fall into place.


Thursday 26th of March 2015

You did an excellent job with his room! The colors are fantastic and I love that you made a lot of it! The shape of his room is beautiful too, it just adds something special to the decor!