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Project Sterling


I wanted the nursery to be bright and cheery without going so cliche baby. It's a mix of reworked pieces we already had (it's amazing what a coat of paint and a new fabric can do) and 9 months to let my ideas come together and finding the perfect additions! 

Design Inspiration

We recently took a trip to Africa and one of our favorite animals was the elephant. I found a fabric I loved with elephants on it and everything just sprung from there. It was a fun source of inspiration! I recylcled alot of things from around the apartment and had them recovered (except the old red couch... I knew I could make it work by hiding the holes with a doll and throw... I know it will be destroyed eventually anyway! I found a fun way to accessorize was with sterling pieces that were passed down (our daughter's name is Sterling)! I also love old family photographs  so I knew I wanted to incorporate old photos of all the ladies in the family. The theme carries through the nursery with old vintage Vogue prints I had. 

Decorating Style

Eclectic, always with a pop of color... a mish mash of things from the past and things I scoped out! I really think I found the end of Etsy! 

Project Details

Paper mache elephant bust (

Elephant's tie ( 

Large wood carved "S" (

Crib bedding (made by friend)

Matching ottoman cover (made by friend)

Dresser ( custom painted in sour apple

Bookshelf (Painted with leftover wall paint and lined with Lilly Pulitzer wrapping paper)

Rug (summer trellis,

Cardboard lazer cutout chandelier (

Elephant decals (

Chevron pillows (

Rooster pillow (

Elephant pillows (made by friend) urban circus pattern

"S" Pillow (

Personalized announcement pillow (gift)

"S" moses basket (

Paper pompoms (Lilly Pulitzer,

Black and white prints (my own)

Green wall stripe decals (

Green stripe lampshade (custom made as gift)

White lampshade with ruffle trim (hot glued) lamp base (

Chevron changing pad cover (

White lamp with pink and white strip trim (

Crib (Skylar,

Elehpant crib pillow (

Pink wall color (full bloom, Benjamin Moore)

"I never want to see you sad girl" poster (



Favorite Items

The elephant bust. I thought the best way to make it pop against the white wall would be to "accessorize" it with a hat and tie! 


Pick something you love (like the elephant or color green) and just run with it! That way you stay focused and makes the process fun! Don't be afraid to use things you already have... it breathes new life into them and a great way to accessorize!

Bridget Merry

Friday 16th of November 2012

Can you tell me where the pink pillow with the baby info came from?


Tuesday 28th of August 2012

What a clever, very happy room  Wonderful


Monday 27th of August 2012

This room for Sterling is THE Best, no question!!!


Thursday 23rd of August 2012

I love the color-combo, the elephants, the stripes, and Sterling's name!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

Lauri Barrett

Tuesday 21st of August 2012

Little Sterling better watch out because I am coming to have some sleepovers in that cozy room!!!!