Maya's Feminine Modern Nursery

Maya's Feminine Modern Nursery

Carrie McBride
Feb 13, 2015

Name: Maya Juliet (4 months)
Location: Mamaroneck, New York

We were excited to design an imaginative space for our first baby in our first house. I didn't want to head down the all-pink route for our little girl but still wanted to ensure it felt feminine, modern, and maybe a touch glam.

From my husband's side, his request was that there be plenty of color (I think he knew I would design a white-on-white nursery if it was just up to me ;) ) and fun things for her to look at and be stimulated. As such the color palette went through a series of revisions before I selected the final decor accents - from the full rainbow of sorbet shades eventually edited down to aqua, white, and gold with light pink and coral accents.

We only had a month between when we moved in and baby was due to arrive so that meant a lot of planning, pinning, and trying to visualize how things might look before that swift push to get everything actually in place. In the weeks leading up to the move we kept busy with small DIY projects to give our baby a few unique and personal pieces (and keep our minds off of all the big changes about to come!).

My husband found the child-sized rocking chair in his mom's attic and I was curious to see if we could bring it up to the 21st century a bit. I knew I wanted gold and white accents so he brought that vision to life on this one with some sharp color block paint work.

I was already looking into purchasing a set of hexagon shelves when I found these raw pine ones on Etsy. Since we were on a roll with painting rooms in the house I decided it would be awesome to customize the shelf colors ourselves (and even be able to repaint them in the future should we switch up the color scheme again). I'm hoping as Maya grows a little older we'll add more light wood furniture into the room as well to further coordinate.

My husband painstakingly applied the star decals to the far wall and I fully appreciated his math skills and perfectionism on this one. Our original plan had been to decal the whole room but after seeing one wall we were happy with the effect and decided not to go too star crazy.

The hanging hearts piece was a little craft I started before we fully narrowed the color scheme, but I still felt worked to keep it bright and lively on an otherwise blank wall.

We have a bit of baby blanket overload on the rocker but Maya received such lovely gifts I like to keep them on display, including the handknit one from my mom (who was inspired to take up knitting again after 30 years thanks to grandbaby #1!)

Other custom elements include the pinwheel mobile (again, a bit more colorful to catch Maya's eyes while we're in the rocker), the calligraphy balloon print, and the drawer pulls swapped on the dresser to better coordinate with the rug and add that bit more girly glam. The mirror is an antique piece, detached from a dresser my husband's grandfather built and he then repainted.

Source List:

Crib: Hudson Babyletto 3-in-1
Crib Sheet: Serena & Lily
Dresser: Land of Nod Blake Dresser
Drawer Pulls: Etsy shop RusticBoardwalk
Rocking Chair: Land of Nod Marley Rocking Chair
Grey pouf: Target
Pillows: White with Gold Polka Dots (Anthropologie), Blue & Coral (Serena & Lily), Pink Triangle (Target)
Hexagon Shelves: Etsy shop HaaseHandcraft
Custom pinwheel mobile: Etsy shop mamax2
Star wall decals: Etsy shop Danadecals
Calligraphy Balloon print: Minted
Heart print:
'Lovely' Jewelry tray: J. Crew Factory
Ombre Rug:

Thanks, Lisa!


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