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Seven Inspired Ways to Paint a Nursery {or Big Kid’s Room}

It’s amazing what you can do with a little paint and some elbow grease! Check out these unique ideas for how to transform your baby’s nursery with just some paint (and in some cases, a LOT of painter’s tape).

Argyle Wall via Decorating Obsessed

Striped Accent Wall Via Project Nursery

Chalkboard Paint Via Nite Nite Mommy

Painted Chevron Ceiling Via Project Nursery

Single Stripe Via Apartment Therapy

Colorful Painted Squares Via Project Nursery

Chevron Wall Via Lowes


Unique and Funky Prints for your Nursery

I am loving these prints by giclee artist Juri Romanov. His Etsy shop, Orange Optimist, is chock full of little gems like the ones below. The prints are sophisticated and whimsical at the same time and would look awesome in a nursery, child’s room. . . heck, I’d put them in my dining room!

London print, $45

Hippo print, $60

Owl print, $45

Hot Air Balloon print, $45

Elephant print, $60

Whale Print, $45


Nursery Trend: Yellow and Gray

**I’m going green today and recycling a post I wrote last October. This may be an oldie but it’s a goodie! Hope all my fellow East Coasters are safe and dry. We were lucky never to have lost power and, other than some trees down, to escape Sandy’s wrath.**

This color combo is really fresh and modern for nurseries or big kid rooms. You can accent with girly ruffles or clean lined-giraffes to make the room perfect for a girl or a boy, which makes this an ideal palette for surprise deliveries. Here are some of my favorite yellow and gray nurseries I’ve come across:

Photo via www.rhoneydesign.com

Photo via www.rhoneydesign.com

Photo via madebygirl.blogspot.com

Photo via realhousewivesofbc.blogspot.com

Photo via thedomesticwannabe.blogspot.com

Photo via littleelephantstitchery.com

Embroidery hoops with fabric via littleelephantstitchery.com

Photo from taliaaudenart.blogspot.com

Available on Etsy @gusandlula ($16)


Nursery Trend: Hedgehog Wild

Last year was the year of the owl. This year, make way for the. . . hedgehog? Strange but true: these little guys are popping up everywhere! Here are a few of the cutest ways I found to work hedgehogs into your little one’s nursery:

Wall Decals, Etsy shop: Graphic Spaces, $15

Hedgehog Print, Etsy shop: Barking Bird Art, $18

Bookend, Etsy shop: Graphic Spaces, $48

Fleece Blanket, Bed-e-Byes, £19.99

Clock, Land of Nod, $68

Mamas and Papas Rocker, $129.99

Nightlight, Etsy shop: You Know, $22


Seven Stylish Nursery Chairs

The chair in my daughter’s nursery was my best friend toward the end of my pregnancy—between my sore back and hips, raging heartburn, and trouble breathing, it was the only place I could sleep for longer than 30 minutes at a time. After Olivia was born, it was where we cuddled during 3 a.m. feedings. Now that we’re no longer breastfeeding, the chair is home to bedtime stories, afternoon dozing, and random snuggles.

I think it’s the most comfortable chair in our house. And since we chose a stylish upholstered recliner, its next life will probably be in our basement family room or living room. Nursery chairs are expensive, so why not choose a design that will travel well to another room in your house? Here are seven of the most fabulous nursery chairs I’ve encountered. (Pssst! Ours is number four on the list, and I think we paid around $350 for it.)

Best HAGEN Chair, See Retailer for Pricing

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker, $700.00

Little Castle Allure Recliner, $889.00

Best TRYP Recliner, See Retailer for Pricing

Monaco II Glider, $658.00

Joya Rocker, $995.00

Little Castle Swivel Glider, $449.99


A Nursery That’s for the Birds

Birds and owls seem to be everywhere, especially when it comes to nursery decor—and they’re not just for girls. I’ve curated some of the cutest stuff on the web, so start clicking and get inspired!

1. I love the watercolor quality of this bird print by cute little nursery on Etsy, $12
2. Owl Always Love You clock from Target, $29.99
3. It may be pricey (as far as nightlights go), but it’s darn cute. Nocturnal Owl Nightlight from Land of Nod, $49
4. Speaking of pricey but adorable, Jonathan Adler bookends, $195
5. Ferm Living Tweeting Birds wall stickers, $69
6. Every baby needs a humidifier, so why not get this cute little guy?! Crane Humidifier, $45
7. Great print for a boy or girl—Dwell Studio crib sheet, $40
8. Pottery Barn Kids’ Birdie Anywhere Chair, $139
9. Soooo many great prints on this site- I had trouble picking just one! Sleep Baby Sleep print from Oopsy Daisy, $60.03
10. Owl Alphabet print (also comes in pink) from Gingiber on Etsy, $20
11. Handmade crib mobile from lovely friend on Etsy, $78
12. Skip Hop Treetop Friends crib sheet, $24
13. Perfect for those newborn pictures—Two’s Company picture frame, $25.95
14. Metal bird hooks, $19.99
15. Silver Bird Set from Pottery Barn Kids, $29


Finn’s Classic Cottontail Nursery

Note:  When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was obsessed with designing her nursery, and I looked everywhere for inspiration. But I didn’t want to only look at over-the-top designer nurseries that were both unrealistic and out of reach. I wanted to see real nurseries, put together by real people on a real budget.

In an effort to pay it forward to other mamas, I will occasionally spotlight nurseries and children’s rooms that I think are inspiring. I will try to include as much detail and shopping information as possible so that, if you like something, you can actually make it happen. If you think your nursery/room would be worth featuring, shoot me an e-mail (amber@mom-machine.com) and let me know!

My friend, Shannon, has really good taste and her house always looks so put together, so it’s no surprise that her son’s nursery is just, well, perfect.  “I wanted a classic, vintage nursery that was personalized [for him]. . . Finn is such a classic Irish name and I wanted a nursery that spoke to that,” Shannon explained. She was inspired by the Kate Greenway vintage nursery rhyme pictures that now hang above the dresser. “For some reason, the boy in the two pictures looked like a ‘Finn’ to me,” she said. Shannon chose classic, traditional furniture and added vintage and sentimental touches throughout, including her own baby shoes and a handmade banner from a friend, to complete the room.

Nursery Details:

Pictures above dresser: Kate Greenaway vintage nursery rhyme pictures from art.com, custom framed at Michael’s
Paint colors:  Bottom Accessible BeigeTop Honest Blue, both by Sherwin Williams
Bedding: Carousel Designs Little Bunny Cottontail Toile Crib Sheet
Curtains: Specially made using the Cottontail Blue Toile fabric from Carousel Designs
Recliner: Best Chairs TRYP Recliner
Changing table and crib: Ragazzi Pompei Collection in Espresso
Picture frames on wall: From Pomella and Rose Furnishings in Bel Air, MD
Vintage toys: From Pomella and Rose Furnishings in Bel Air, MD,  originally from Germany
Vintage jack in the box: From Tiny Toes, a baby boutique in Bel Air, MD
Books: Anthropologie (sadly, no longer available)
Shoes: Vintage, Shannon’s baby shoes
Floor lamp: Pottery Barn Kids (model no longer available)
Lamp on dresser: Carousel Designs (model no longer available)
Side table: From Pottery Barn Kids in Espresso
Toys sign above closet: Madison Belle
Blanket on chair: Blanket Lady
Wall monogram:  Three Hip Chicks

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Finny and Zook Wall Art

Finny and Zook specializes in whimsical prints that are perfect for a nursery or big kid’s room. There are alphabet images for every letter that would be adorable framed and hung next to each other to spell out a child’s name or initials. And the most important part? The prices range from only $8 up to $40 for larger prints, which is a steal!

Bonus: Zulily has Finny and Zook prints on sale now through Friday morning for only $7.99 a print! Plus, they have additional graphic prints that are not available in the Etsy store.

Seriously, how cute are these?!

Courtesy etsy.com

Courtesy zulily.com

Courtesy etsy.com

Courtesy zulily.com


Tackling the Little One’s Closet

I decided a few days ago to tackle the little one’s closet. There is so much wasted space, and we need to make the most of every bit of storage for all of her toys, books, blankets, etc. I went onto the Home Depot web site and designed a new closet layout using the Martha Stewart design tool. Unfortunately, the closet system I came up with, while amazing, was hundreds of dollars—and that was with us installing it ourselves. You don’t even want to know how much it costs to have someone else put up some shelving and bars in your closet! So I’ve decided to go the DIY route, using bits and pieces of things we already have, a few new drawers and shelves, and my handy husband’s skills and power tools. It will probably take a while longer than getting a ready-made system, but it will be worth it.

While trolling the interwebs looking for organizational inspiration, I came across this genius baby shoe rack from The Land of Nod. It’s a bit expensive for a rack, I think ($42.99), but I love that it holds 8 pairs of shoes up and out of the way. This could be a great addition to one of the walls inside little O’s closet.

And while maybe not for inside the closet, I love the idea of using spice racks from Ikea as bookshelves, as seen on IKEA Hackers. We could paint them white and mount them low enough for her to reach. At $3.99 a pop, this idea is a no-brainer.

If you have any organizational tips or suggestions that have worked well in your little one’s room, I would love to hear them!


You Are My Sunshine. . .

LOVE LOVE LOVE this print from The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy shop on Etsy. And the best part? It’s only $22!! I sing this song to my little one all the time, and this would look too cute in her room. The shop also features adorable state prints, but alas, there’s no VA one yet. So I shall wait and stalk until it’s added. In the meantime. . . time to shop!

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