Archer's "Happy Place" Nursery

Archer's "Happy Place" Nursery

Carrie McBride
Jul 22, 2014
(Image credit: Annabella Charles)

Name: Archer
Location: Memphis, Tennessee

I didn't really start with any specific inspiration for the room, but I wanted it to be consistent with the rest of our home - equal parts Danish Modern and English Country with eclectic, earthy accents. I wanted it to feel young and fun, not too babyish, soft and warm. I thought about our "happy places" from childhood and went from there.

Some inspirations were the summer camps my husband and I attended, our travels around the world, and our love of good stories. We ended up with a room that's a wonderful blend of humorous, adventurous, masculine and homey!

I love dark rooms, and this room has plenty of light, so I chose to use "Black Suede" by Behr (in satin finish) on three walls. I left the long wall white so that the first view wouldn't feel too heavy. ("White Truffle" by Behr, the perfect neutral white.) The ceiling is a very pale, gloss-finish robin's egg blue, "Dew Drop" by Behr. These same three colors are repeated often in our home.

We have a philosophy of buying used or vintage whenever possible, and if we buy new, it has to be ethically made and last a long time or be really versatile. For example, the crib is new, but made from a sustainable wood and converts to a full size. He'll sleep on it until he's a teenager! If he likes mid century furniture, of course. Which he will, if he knows what's good for him.

I wanted to keep the total budget under $1000, so I got creative with some of the things that tend to be expensive. For example: for window treatments, I used flat flannel sheets (75% off at Target!) clipped to raw dowel rods sitting on coat hooks. They are soft, washable, and let in just the right amount of light. Total cost was around $20 per window, including the big sheet that covers the closet.

Finally, I wanted there to be plenty of personal story in his space, so there are items that are special to us, like my great-grandmother's rocker that I was rocked in as a baby, my husband's books and stuffed animals, and a wool owl hat we bought on our winter honeymoon in Germany. I hand-painted the Tolkein quote on the wall above the crib and made the leather mobile and garlands from scraps and an old lampshade frame.

(Note: The rubber tree plant was brought into the room for photos only.)


  • Crib: Babies R Us online DaVinci "Highland", $399
  • Buffet/console: vintage, yard sale, $50
  • Navy vinyl divan: vintage, estate sale, $35
  • Native blanket: $6 thrift store
  • Rocker: vintage
  • Family heirloom shelves:, $28, spray painted in racing green dog Pillows: One King's Lane, $20 each
  • Lamps: vintage, $20 each
  • Indian blanket pillow: Target, $7 on clearance
  • Maps: cut from Rifle Paper Company's 2013 travel calendar, "framed" with gold pushpins
  • Striped blankets: Lufthansa Airlines
  • Matador print: vintage
  • Crib bumper:, $7 on clearance
  • Varg postcard: printed from a 1950's Swedish alphabet stamp collection by Staffan Wiren.
  • Varg = wolf white furry tuffet: Target, $27
  • Day-of room stylist: Kristin Wolter

Thanks, Stacie!


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