Pick a Palette They'll Grow Into
First-time parents Paola and Eric wanted a color palette for their daughter's room that was feminine but not overly girly or baby-ish and settled on gray, coral and aqua as the three main colors. This cheery color combo certainly works now and will transition easily from nursery to big-girl room then later to a teen room.
Showstopping Feature Wall
Every great space needs a defining feature. In this nursery, it's the chevron-patterned wall above the crib. Rather than installing wallpaper, Eric painstakingly hand-painted the pattern himself. Below, the midcentury-modern-inspired crib is sleek in a gender-neutral espresso/white finish that will work equally well for any future kids.
Make Room for Storage
If there's one thing every kid's room needs, it's storage. Squeezed into the space on either side of the crib, these warehouse-store bookcases keep Ellia's favorite books and toys within easy reach. Boxes, painted in the room's palette, conceal necessary items not cute enough to display.
Hung above the changing table, this Possini flower pendant adds soft task lighting and acts as a mobile, giving baby Ellia a pretty distraction during changings.
One of Paola's favorite pieces is this whimsical owl clock, purchased on Etsy, which she had painted to match the nursery's palette. Shadowboxes, filled with baby Ellia's keepsakes, surround the clock in a clockwise pattern.
Fun and Functional
White Jonathon Adler dachshund bookends add a playful, sculptural touch to the bookcase.
Choose Furniture You Can Repurpose
Every baby's room needs a rocking chair. Paola chose this upholstered version, which is super comfy for feedings and nap or story time, but doesn't look like the typical nursery rocker so it can later move to the family room. The pillow, handmade by Paola, is something her daughter will cherish for a lifetime.
Designate a Spot for Together Time
Baby Ellia's room is filled with books and a cozy chair for enjoying them together.
Purchase Transitional Furniture
This spacious custom-built dresser currently doubles as a changing table, but its sleek lines and timeless styling ensure it will serve Ellia for many years to come.
All In the Details
Not your run-of-the-mill rocking horse, this soft stuffed elephant will provide Ellia hours of imaginative play. Coral, gray and aqua ribbons around its neck tie the toy into the nursery's color scheme.
Save When You Can
An unintended owl theme emerged in the nursery as Paola shopped for finishing touches. This cheery owl looks like an expensive designer lamp but is actually a bargain buy from Target.
Paola wanted a creative way to display her daughter's name in the room. This alphabet print, which highlights the letters of Ellia's name in coral, fits the bill perfectly. It's a fun piece of art that is sure to stand the test of time.