Our Nursery's Artwork: Mixing New & Old

Nesting a Nursery

As our first child's due date approaches and our nursery begins to come together, it was time to make decisions about artwork. My husband and I knew we wanted playful artwork highlighted against a neutral palette. We began with the hangable art we already owned (the geometric painting and sun and moon needlepoints above) and we added sailboats (also bath toys!), a 3D giraffe and several pieces from our favorite children's artist. Here is what we have decided to add to the nursery:

Creative Thursday Prints: Being a fan of Creative Thursday for years, we were waiting for the right time to purchase a print or two. We ordered one print from their Etsy Shop and came across another on the iPhone app Zulily at a price too good to pass up, especially since we already had an extra RIBBA frame from IKEA to complete the pair.

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Wooden Sailboats: These tiny sailboats were more of a gift for my husband than anything else, and they turned into the perfect and adorable nursery décor that can double as bath toys down the road. I purchased them from Etsy seller Tweet Toys and we adore their colorful patterns. Of course once they're used in the bath, they'll be relegated to the bathroom where they can properly dry out.

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Papier-Mâché Giraffe: This giraffe was my silly splurge, an impromptu purchase that's totally fun and unique. Available from Dwell Studio, the piece is handmade in Haiti from vintage French book pages. My only complaint is the piece didn't come with the best method for hanging.

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We're on our way to creating this nursery and checking things off our to-do list!

Join me as I transform a 100 sq. ft. room into a cozy nursery.
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(Images: geometric painting, sun and moon needlepoints and sailboats by Landis Carey; Creative Thursday; Dwell Studio)

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.

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