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Riley’s Refuge


Since conception, my husband and I call our baby girl Riley, "Little Panda." We decided to use pandas and hot air balloons as the theme for her nursery. We made a bamboo forest around the wall, and hung hot air balloons with pandas in it from the ceiling. The colors used were black and white with lime green as the accent color. During the baby shower, the guests colored the letters of the English alphabet, which we hung on a canvas. We also painted Malayalam consonants (Indian dialect) on another canvas. The letter “R” for Riley was painted in lime green to stand out.

Design Inspiration

Because of our interracial background, we refer to our baby as "Little Panda," so it became the choiced themed for the nursery.

Decorating Style

Nature, Animals, and Unique

Project Details

The bamboo poles are real, but the leaves are fake. The leaves were ordered from China. We found the poles and dried it, then my husband drilled tiny holes and inserted each stalk of leaves. He glued it into the hole.

Riley's name was cut out and glued by my husband from the smaller bamboo poles.

The bedding is Sweet Jojo Designs Spirodot Crib Bedding Collection in Lime/Black.

11x14 prints of the hot air balloon and panda was customized by RhondavousDesigns2 on Etsy.

The panda decal was ordered from Amazon.

Favorite Items

The Alphabet canvases were my favorite.


Choose a theme that is close to your heart. You can create a beautiful themed nursery within your budget if you become creative. If you can't find what you are envisioning, try to create it.

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Tuesday 8th of September 2015

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Thursday 30th of October 2014


I love your decorations! Ive been planning to have a "panda theme" for our baby boy's nursery. I was wondering how did you make your panda picture frames? Or where did you get them?

Thank YOu.m


Monday 10th of November 2014

11x14 prints of the hot air balloon and panda was customized by RhondavousDesigns2 on Etsy. The black frames were bought from Walmart.