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Gracie's Aqua Nursery with Yellow and Red Accents

Earlier today, you saw a little glimpse of my daughter's aqua nursery with yellow and red accents. Here is a more in-depth look at her room with lovely photos from Volatile Photography. We had to move to a new apartment when Gracie was two-months-old, so I actually didn't start working on her nursery until she was already here! As a work-at-home mom, you can imagine this was a pretty slow process!

We found the little owl print and used it as the starting point for the design. We pulled the colors from the print and went from there. As renters, we had a lot of limitations (hello, super ugly *DOUBLE* wall vents, no drilling in the ceiling to hang the mobile, and nothing too crazy on the walls). A decal seemed like a good way to bring in some visual interest without destroying our deposit. This fun, bold decal from LittleLion Studio fit the bill perfectly! As a little baby, she loved to look up at the decal as she drifted off at nap time. And now she's at the age where she likes to point out the little characters and items in the design, then "baby talk" to us about each one. Guaranteed to melt your heart...every. single. time.

The room has changed over time to adapt to our daily life. For example, the artwork over her changing table had to go once she was old enough to sit up and try to reach it. The side table next to her crib has been mostly stripped of the fun decor, as she went right for it through her crib slats and on the ground once she was cruising. We also skipped the fluffy bumpers, opting instead to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations on crib safety. But despite these little things, we are having a lot of fun in her bright, happy space! You can see a bit more in the full gallery.


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vendors & sources

Wall Decal and "Gracie" heart print:
Retro Blocks:
Wood Word Signs (think, read, love grow):
Custom Baby Announcement:
"Who loves you" and "So Happy Together" prints:
Yellow Whale Tissue Box:
Small Owl Print with little heart:
Red Dog Stuffed Animal:
Felt Garland with Clouds and Kites:
Henry David Thoreau Print:
Red print blanket:
"The End" Bookend: CB2
Side table: Crate & Barrel
Crib Sheet: DwellStudio
Bookshelf, Changing Table, Little Chair, Small Lamp: Ikea
Rug: notNeutral
Ruffle Curtains, Lamp, and Letter G: Urban Outfitters