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The Schoolhouse Nursery


A schoolhouse nursery for a sweet little babe.

Design Inspiration

I wanted the nursery to be a space that was whimsical and inviting; a space that inspired creativity for not only Isla, but play-time with her big brother Finn, and any visiting little ones. As a letterpress printer, my infatuation for letters and numbers quickly and inadvertently became the theme for this schoolhouse nursery.

Decorating Style

The design style for the nursery was a mix of several attributes: bold meets subtle, old meets new, neutral meets peachy pinks.

Project Details

Crib: RH Baby & Child
Crib Skirt and Bumper: Bella Notte Linens
Crib Sheet: Rattle My Crib
Number Wall Hanger: The Land of Nod
Bowtie Print: The Lane of Nod
Changing Pad Cover: The Land of Nod
Cloud Garland: The Land of Nod
Bookcase: Christian Street Furniture
Rug: World Market
Mobile: THE little BLUE CHAIR
Holy Moly Print: Gus and Lula
String Lights: Amazon
ABC Letters: Hobby Lobby
Baskets: Hobby Lobby
Rocker/Ottoman: Hand-me-down
Child's Rocker: Yard Sale
Changing Table: Yard Sale
Arrow Light: The Rusty Rooster Antique Shop

Favorite Items

It's hard to define one single item as a favorite; however, I think the wood chalkboard wall would have to make the cut. My husband and I built this wall with the help of some tiny toddler hands. I think Isla will be able to grow with this wall for many years.


For this nursery, my fundamental goal was to make design decisions that will grow past the baby years. I chose items that would work well when Isla is older or work well in other areas of my home.

My advice for the highest and best use nursery:

-Pick your bigger items (furniture, rugs, etc.) with the mindset that those items can be used for many years or in many rooms.

-Convert dressers or tables in to changing tables than can later be used for desks and storage.

-Find local artists and etsy shops for artwork, knick-knacks, and small decor.

-Bins and baskets's the best quick clean up solution if there ever was one!

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