Amazing Reader Nursery- Now With Sources!

Yesterday a wonderful reader wrote me to share pictures of her Beacon Hill nursery with me since she said reading the blog inspired her in decorating it. How fabulous is it? Loving the wall color (she said it’s a Ben Moore Aura copy f Farrow and Ball’s Down Pipe, one of my faves).  Adore the non-babyish color combo and the bookshelves framing the crib to create a “built-in” look.  And of course, the Weinrib is divine.  I love seeing how the blog inspires all of you to decorate!

She was generous enough to e-mail me all the sources! And what a crafty woman she is!!!

Here are the details….the rug is Madeline Weinrib:

I justified spending $1100 on it by getting this crib:

Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the artist – it’s unsigned.  My mom found the painting at a flea market – and it was only $35.  I love it and it was the foundation of the whole room.  I would love to find out who did it so I could get more from them – the colors are so so happy!

The book cases were just a pair from the unfinished furniture store that we nailed moldings onto and painted white:

The crib sheet came from Target:

The bumper I had made out of some Brunschwig fabric I picked up at a sample sale.  The pattern is called La Pluie.  I had the pillows on the couch made from the same material.

And the crib skirt and pillow are made from some Josef Frank fabric.  It was SO expensive and it killed me to buy it but I fell in love with it after seeing similar fabrics in nurseries by Katie Ridder and Jeffrey Bilhuber.  I decided to make a little bit go a long way by using it as the crib skirt and the pillow (2 yards total).  You can get it in New York but my sister happened to be going to Sweden on vacation and I got her to pick it up for me sightly cheaper.

I used Erika’s crib skirt design to make sure we could use it even as we dropped the crib:

I think you’ll notice the little Ikea lambskin.  I got that idea straight from you – I remember you saying something about how much babies love these and you’re absolutely right!


  1. Erin,

    Not sure if you intended the address to be on the photo’s ‘label’ when you place the mouse over the photo, the address is the source. For privacy and safety, perhaps the label should not include her address.

  2. Gorgeous! I love it when people think outside the pink/blue/yellow box when doing a nursery, and here is a great example why. I love the colors and fabrics, especially those used for the crib skirt and pillows.

    If I was this bambino I might never leave my ‘crib’!!

  3. My husband and I are not yet planning for a family, but when we do, this will be the type of nursery I would totally want to copy! I highly dislike nurseries that scream ‘Baby’, and I think everything about this nursery is totally fab!

  4. This is a fabulous nursery. I love the bed skirt and matching pillow fabric. What a cute way to do baby in a non-baby color palette. I think the rug is brilliant. Would definitely love to know where that came from? And the bookshelves too!

  5. This nursery is adorable!! I would love to know where she got the baby bedding. How could I get this info???

  6. I’m pretty sure the fabric is a Josef Frank print…no mistaking his stuff & it is gorgeous! this reader has incredible taste. i usually don’t comment on nurseries since i don’t have kids but this one is beautiful. thanks for sharing!!

  7. that is stellar. she could be a designer. great eye. that painting is amazing. any ideas who it is by?

  8. Long time reader, first time comment(er)- Just wanted to pass along how divine I think your style is. Everything is beautiful, and I know when I click the favourite link to Elements I’m not going to be disappointed. You clearly have found your passion. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a beautiful nursery!! I thought each item was going to be over-the-top expensive and love the fact that she created such a georgous space with high and low pieces. Her mom also has great taste! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I am beyond obsessed with this nursery!!! Easily my favorite of all the nursery images I have filed away and believe me, I have a kind of stupid amount of them. Thank you thank you for sharing with us! Dying over the wall color and the cribskirt/throw pillow fabric, dying.

  11. i do believe i’m the only one who finds this ridiculous. i’m ok with that. babies will be just fine without an 1100 $ crib. i’m sure you know this. i’d argue the design, which is what this post is about, is not so much for the baby’s well being and development, but more for the display of the parents’ monetary status. there’s nothing wrong with a nursery looking great, but this nursery is minimally baby appropriate and it signifies nothing but apparent wealth.

  12. Shareta, you should read carefully before leaving such judgmental comments. The crib was a BARGAIN at $169.00. The painting was from a flea market and the bookshelves built on the cheap by the owner! How is this a shameless display of wealth to you? She splurged on a couple yards of fabric and a rug. So sue her! And who exactly told you this isn’t baby appropriate? Fun colors, patterns and textures…. my baby would love it, as would I! Winnie the Pooh is not the only way to make a nursery “baby friendly”. It makes you look bitter and quick to judge when you write such things.

  13. WOW. I have to say that the crib skrt and pillow that matches are my favorite part. I love how bold and grown up the space looks. Amazing.

  14. I love that this just looks like a room… not a “baby” room. No need for a nursery to look any different from the rest of the house. The sofa is a great idea! It creates a little family living space.

  15. I wish I had thought about myself more when designing the nurseries for both of my children. The truth is, you spend a good bit of time in there and the baby doesn’t really appreciate the aesthetic. It should be a space that speaks to the parents and a place to ease the transition, especially for first time parents.

    As the child reaches toddlerhood there is plenty of time to transition the design to something fitting the personality of the child (and a logical jumping off point when the crib leaves the space). By then it makes more sense for the look to go slightly less sophisticated for practical reasons. But as for the first few years, the room is really still about the grown-ups.

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