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From 2011-2016, we had an inspiration blog featuring nurseries, baby showers, parties, and portraits that were submitted to us by photographers, designers, and parents. We no longer accept submissions or post new blog content, but we have left the archive here for those who have saved this content, or for new readers looking for inspiration.

Riley's Nursery

Photographer Michelle Horsman designed this beautiful pale blue nursery for her baby on the way, Riley, and managed to do it on a tight budget with smart spending, reusing what she had on hand, and DIYing a lot of the art. She reused some leftover blue paint she had from her kitchen for the walls, and then used tester pots of paint to mix the colors she wanted for the spots. She made her own stencils out of cardstock, then temporarily spray glued them to the walls as she painted in the design. The fish mobile, inspired by Riley's dad's fondness for fly fishing, is also a DIY project. Michelle used a tutorial she found on Design Sponge. She also made the garland above the window by using scrapbooking hole punches to cut out different sizes of circles, then attaching to fishing line with double sided tape. Love it! See even more photos from this lovely nursery with the gallery link at the bottom of this post!


See more photos in the full gallery

vendors & sources

Crib Sheet: American Baby Company
Chocolate Brown Blanket: Babies R Us
Ottoman and Elephant Clock: Canadian Superstore
Changing Pad Cover: Carter's
Fish Mobile Tutorial: Design Sponge
Mercer Glider: DwellStudio for Target
Door hanger and Sleep Tight Mirror: Found Locally
Dresser, Bedside table, Blind, Lamp, Storage boxes on dresser, Frames, Shelf: Ikea
Bath Robe: Katie Little
Crib: Sears
Lucite Hooks: Urban Barn