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If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you probably know I love design and decor. So you can probably imagine how excited I was to decorate a nursery! Even in the darkest moments of my fertility journey, it was something I looked forward to—it lifted my spirits. I never had a specific vision for the nursery, but of course it was going to reflect my personal style. I approached the nursery with the same design philosophy that inspires my home: simple and clean, with a focus on versatility.
There are a million different ways to go about design. (Amateur designer) Pro Tip: Start with what you know you don’t want. And that’s exactly what I did! I knew I didn’t want the room to feel cluttered or busy. Or cookie-cutter (I hate cookie-cutter), like I had ordered everything from page seventy-three of some catalog. I wanted a mix of old and new in order to create something unique—a room that told a story, with heirlooms that held personal meaning. One more thing: I didn’t want to invest in pieces that could only work in the nursery. Again, it’s all about versatility.
The mobile was the first purchase I made. Handmade by Sarah Perez of Electric Sun Creatives, I stumbled on this special piece during a late night scroll through Instagram. In many ways, the mobile set the tone for the whole room. The mix of brass and wood strikes just the right balance of modern and natural. I think it’s beautiful, and I hope it’s an heirloom she’ll have forever. But hey, if she doesn’t want it, I’ll happily hang it up in my room!
The antique French school map was given to me years ago by my parents. Rookie mistake: I’ve already been told that as soon as our little one can stand up in her crib, she’ll pull that map right off the wall. Hey, I’m learning, but for now, it’s perfect!
The rug really stumped me. Obviously, I didn’t want something expensive for a baby’s room, but I also didn’t want something pink and girlie that would only work in the nursery. I found this amazing Moroccan-inspired handwoven rug. It’s cozy, classic, and affordable (and I’d happily use this in any room of my house)!
I looked online for nursery-friendly art, but couldn’t find anything I liked. In fact, not only did everything look the same, but every picture of a nursery I looked to for inspiration seemed to feature the same artwork. I decided to take matters into my own hands and make something for my little girl. The frame is from Michael’s, where I also bought a heart-shaped hole punch and some pink paper. The rest is history. I love that it’s a unique piece of art that only she has—a little piece of my heart in her room.
Finally, we needed a rocking chair or glider. Again, I honestly couldn’t find anything I liked, and the few things I did like were ridiculously expensive. Luckily, I eventually found a great rocking chair at Ikea, and let me tell you something, it’s comfortable. It also ties in perfectly with the white and wood elements in the room. As for something under my feet, I found the jute poof at CB2. The natural fiber fits within the neutral palette, and again, it could work anywhere.
Lately I’ve been drinking my morning coffee sitting in that rocking chair, my feet up on the poof, dreaming about her arrival. I’m so, so happy with how the nursery turned out! It’s bright and clean and full of joy. The perfect space for my little girl.
Photos: Jen Trahan