Veda Jane’s Carnival Nursery

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From day one I just knew that I wanted a carnival nursery for my baby girl! My husband and I have always loved carnivals, and in a lot of ways I feel like we are still two big kids so it seemed perfect and fitting to create a fun carnival inspired nursery for our Veda Jane! We had an extremely tight budget to work with so everything you see here was either done by hand or vintage finds that we repurposed! We spent less than $300 on this nursery!

Design Inspiration

The ceiling was the biggest inspiration for the design. I had seen a few photos of a ceiling that had been painted to give the illusion of a circus tent, so I took that inspiration and ran with it! We decided to bring the pink and white scalloped stripes down onto the walls to give more of the circus tent feel. In the beginning I was a little worried that the wild design on the ceiling would close in our already tiny space, but it actually did the opposite! It really opened up the room and created a vaulted ceiling effect. It was A LOT of work, especially being very pregnant at the time, but it was very worth it! Our daughter is so fascinated with the ceiling, she stares at it and giggles for hours.

Decorating Style

Eclectic and a little eccentric

Project Details

The ceiling and painting was done by hand by myself, my husband, and my mom, with a lot of help from Frog Tape! Crib- vintage handed down from my mom Crib bedding- hand made by my grandmother. Fabric found on Rocking chair- Vintage and repainted Dresser- Vintage and repainted, knobs spray painted black Changing table- Found at a garage sale for $10! Wooden Vs- Michael's Custom Circus Announcement Canvas- Terra Cooper Lamp- Rainbow Gardens Mirror- Vintage and repainted Key- Vintage (from our wedding decor) Banner- hand made by myself Photos- Terra Cooper Photography Light- Lowe's All other decor was gifted to us!

Favorite Items

I don't think I can choose just one! The ceiling is by far one of my favorite things! I love the small vintage Alice in Wonderland quilt on the dresser. It was made by my aunt for our Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding! I also love the key, which was also from our wedding decor. My very favorite items are the crib and rocking chair, which were both my mothers. The crib still has marks on it from my teeth when I was a baby!


I think the greatest thing I learned is to not be afraid. Find something you love and go for it! Paint is just paint! If you mess up you can fix it! (and Frog Tape is a must!)


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    I’m not a fan of the pink-and-white mixed together with the black-and-white, but you won me over with that carnival tent ceiling. It’s really a fun twist to the theme!

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    I love all of these rooms. However, I’m wondering about the bumpers being used in all of these cribs when that is not recommended due to sids etc. Maybe they are removed and are just for the photos…. anyway, this is concerning as I know of people that have lost babies this way…

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    I understand your concern however I don’t funk this is the place for your remarks. We ALL do what we feel is safe for our littles. This is a SAFE place for people to post pics of their amazing and inspirational designs and ideas. Whether or not they chose to keep bumpers in their cribs has nothing to do with their design.

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    I know recently the recommendation for removing bumpers has came out, even in the United States. Having said that however, there is still no evidence of what actually causes SIDS. I am a volunteer photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and see many SIDS cases, all of which had nothing to do with a bumper. Now they are researching if it has to do with something in their brain. It may also be caused by some kind of Apnea. I agree with above ^^ this is a design blog and many parents do remove the bumpers during the high risk stages of SIDS.

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    Oh Hannah, what an amazing nursery. It must have been difficult to sell your house with that fun of room. I’m sure you’ll do something equally cool in the new house.

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