I have to say in the past I have not been a fan of wall paper but seeing all these gorgeous nurseries with wall paper accent walls is really changing my mind! Stephanie’s Feminine Nursery design definitely pushed me over the wallpaper edge! There is just something about the smell of wallpaper glue that takes me back to the old Sherwin Williams store my mother and gram would take me to so they could look at massive books of wallpaper samples. Thank god for Pinterest now because 3 pages into those books and I would have been done.
I really love that Stephanie found a matching wallpaper and swaddle set! I mean who would have thought to create that lol! Oh the folks over at Caden Lane of course. They have tons of amazing swaddle sets and wallpapers for your nursery design. I love seeing it used as an accent wall which is also a great way to save money vs doing an entire room. I like how bold my clients are going with their wallpaper choices too! It really sets the tone for the whole room.
I can’t wait to see what tropical prints my South Florida newborn clients will choose for their nursery designs! If you need any tips to decorate your own nursery be sure to check out my interview with local designer Ann Ueno!
Feminine Nursery Inspo
What inspired your nursery design?
I love Dorothy Draper and Lilly Pulitzer – designers who aren’t afraid of bold prints and colors. The big bold wallpaper I chose is probably too much for some, but it was exactly what I wanted. I kept everything else light and delicate to balance it out.
Did you have a particular budget in mind for your Feminine Nursery?
Not really, although the wallpaper was quite pricey (we also paid to have it installed) and I knew I wanted to invest in a high quality upholstered rocker, so I went fairly low budget on everything else.
On which items did you splurge vs. save?
The wallpaper and the rocking chair were both expensive. I really wanted a rocker that could be reupholstered when Gracie is older, so that was an investment piece. The changing table and crib were both relatively cheap. I bought the crib from Amazon and I believe I got the changing table from Wayfair, although I can’t remember.
Did you experience any challenges with your nursery design?
It was much harder than I thought to find items in colors other than pink and gray. Much of the rest of our house is gray so I wanted to keep that out of the nursery, but of course it’s a popular neutral color right now for home decor. Since three of the nursery’s walls were painted a light pink, I really didn’t want any more pink in the room, but it was very difficult to find other pieces in white or in green. I looked through literally hundreds of upholstery samples and ended up with pink anyway. I do wish I could have incorporated more green into the space since the wallpaper has such beautiful green accents.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your Feminine Nursery?
We did pay to have walls painted and wallpaper put up. It was important to me that it looked good and I didn’t need the added stress of trying to do it myself. I also received a beautiful painting of a little girl wearing pink that matched our colors and feminine theme so perfectly. It was a gift from a dear friend who also hosted my baby shower. It makes me so happy every time I see it.
Any final tips or advice?
Do what you want to do. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in that room during the first few months! Do what makes you happy!
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Melissa Arlena is an award winning South Florida newborn photographer. She offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style. Her clients love that not only do they get digital files from their session but artwork to display in their home. She is happy to design custom wall art galleries to show off your favorite photos!
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