Fresh Nursery Design

As a photo stylist + interior designer, people often ask me for my source secrets.  One of my favorite sources for hand-made and vintage finds is Etsy, an online marketplace of artisans + curators. I love the fresh, original art and photography, as well as the hand-crafted items that Etsy shops have to offer. So, I decided to develop a baby nursery design concept for Smartstuff customers using fresh furniture picks from Smartstuff + fresh finds from Etsy. A perfect match for design-savvy parents-to-be.

I paired a few key pieces from Smartstuff’s #MyRoom collection with some pretty + practical finds on Etsy.   I love the clean lines + modern vibe of the #MyRoom pieces and the juxtaposition of the bright white + rustic wood. This Smartstuff Smart Crib and these essential storage pieces will transition with baby through the growing years as well (an investment with a long life…which is always a good thing).

Convertible CribBookcase

Of course, every nursery needs a comfy upholstered chair for cuddling with baby. I chose the Haven chair by Universal Furniture with its beautiful Belgian linen texture and deep seat.

Haven Chair

With the key practical + neutral furnishings selected, it was time to play with accents + color.

The color inspiration for the room began with a central art piece, this photo from Etsy artist Bree Madden…(what can I say, I’m a sucker for a pretty pastel ferris wheel)…

Ferris Wheel

(“A Day at the Fair”)

This carnival-inspired photo was the starting point for the fun + fresh color palette of teal, yellow + coral.

With the color direction inspiration set, the search was on…

for an area rug…


(I found this hand-braided cotton rug)



(love this vintage metal pendant light)

…and accessories to play with the color story and create a visually-inspiring (& gender-neutral) baby nursery. Check-out all the goods I discovered…


(this hand-made geometric pillow)



(a yellow palm printable)


(this sweet vintage floral plush dachshund)


(+ a Moroccan coral leather pouf)

So, I pulled all the selections together into a comprehensive design concept. Here’s the final design board…


What do you think?  I’ve included all the source links above (the basket hamper + neon letter light are both unfortunately sold out).

Design Concepts and Mood Boards are great tools when designing a nursery or any room.  A defined concept helps solidify the design direction and helps you hone in on just the right pieces to pull off your vision.

Here’s to creating fresh baby + children’s room designs!




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