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Worldly and Whimsical Baby Nursery


My wife and I are planning to adopt and are currently in the homestudy stage of the process. We are working with the Adoption Center of Illinois in Chicago. We don't know if we will adopt a boy or a girl. We don't even know when the little one will arrive! It all depends on when a birthmom chooses us. So we have to be ready for anything! We wanted our nursery to have that flexibility and also fit our personal style and go with the rest of our house. It turned out to be one of my favorite interior design projects to date, and I'm so happy to share the finished product!

You can learn more about our adoption journey by clicking here!


Design Inspiration

I first purchased the tapestry without a plan. I didn't even know what room I would use it in, but I loved it and so I knew I'd find a place for it. One day as I was standing in our second bedroom I realized how much the colors and design popped against the white and brown neutral backdrop and knew it was the perfect piece on which to base our entire nursery design.


Decorating Style

My personal decorating style is eclectic, with global accents, lots of color, clean repeating lines, and with a hint of inspiration from both mid-century style and natural elements.


Project Details

Tapestry: Urban Outfitters

Fuchsia Nina Chair: World Market

Ottoman with Pocket: Target

Accent Table: Target

Adum Light Brown Rug: IKEA

IKEA ribba picture ledges - as seen all over Pinterest. We used 4 of the larger size and spaced them farther apart than the instructions recommend.

The main light fixture was made with a pendant light kit from World Market and a lantern from Cocoon.

Clear Table Lamps: Target

The dresser was repurposed from an old childhood dresser and we added the brass elephant knobs from World Market.

The white curtains with grommets and industrial curtain rod are from Target.

I painted the piece hanging over the dresser. It depicts Atitlán, Guatemala, and is semi-done.

The mobile is paper cranes attached to a tree branch, and was made by our good friend Bhante Soma at Blue Lotus Cranes. All of the profits go to support a local buddhist temple and the Sri Lankan monks' mission here in the U.S.

The floor vase with dried pussywillows from my parents' house is a vintage Haeger Pottery vase, which I purchased at a small shop in downtown DeKalb but I actually grew up in the same town where the old Haeger plant still stands. The hanging vase with a tillandsia plant is from a cool local shop called Twisted Stem Floral.

More details and descriptions can be found on our adoption blog.


Favorite Items

It's a toss up between the tapestry and the elephant dresser knobs. They're both so playful - and epitomize the global feel I was aiming for here.



Pay attention to what you are drawn to. Choose to include items you love. This will help make the room a space you want to spend lots of time in. And try not to take yourself too seriously; this should be a place that makes you smile!



Thursday 23rd of October 2014

A beautiful room! I hope your adoption dream is granted soon so that you can fully enjoy this nursery! Best of luck to you both.