Mila’s Fun, Music Inspired Nursery

updated May 6, 2019
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Name: Mila (6 weeks)
Location: Glendora, California
Room Size: 9 1/2′ x 14′

Designing the perfect nursery can be a little overwhelming. Alex and Jackie decided to let interior designer Jenika Kurtz take over the process. Jenika has experience designing nurseries for friends, so they were really excited to get her help and advice on their special room.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

How would you define the style of the nursery design?
Parents: Contemporary and super cool!
Jenika: Just like Alex and Jackie said, modern, fun, cool and kind of edgy. Definitely not too “baby” or “cute.”

What was the inspiration behind the design?
Parents: Music theme and gender neutral
Jenika: I was inspired by the rest of their home, they’ve done a great job in decorating. They have a very clean aesthetic and like color so I played off of that.

What was the thought process behind selecting the art for the nursery?
Parents: We are both big Dave Matthews Band fans and have collected show posters through the years. We collected a series that included the five instruments played by each band member and decided on a music theme, perfect because we were waiting to find out the sex of our first child.
Jenika: I have to be honest, I was scared at first when they told me they wanted to work the look of the room around some Dave Matthews art, but it turned out to be pretty cool and very appropriate for a child’s room. The prints are sweet and ethereal.

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What was the biggest challenge when designing the space?
Parents: For us it was how to end up with a stylish (hence hiring Jenika), functional and inviting nursery.
Jenika: For me it wasn’t too tough. It’s a small room, but I think that’s nice for a nursery, things feel more cozy and intimate.

How long did it take you to design the nursery from start to finish?
Parents: We always had an idea of what we wanted the nursery to look like. We knew we wanted to incorporate the posters, a custom instrument mobile, as well as an oval crib and Jenika took those ideas and ran away with it! It took us working on our days off the month of August. Advice for first time parents designing their nursery is coming up with a theme and hiring Jenika!
Jenika: It took me about 2 weeks to come up with a design to present and, lucky for me, Alex and Jackie loved everything! They started purchasing right away and I think everything was installed and complete within 2 or 3 months. The advice that I would give is just do a little research, search for imagery that you like, tear out ideas you think will work from magazines, and then try to pull all of that together. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, it will come together in the end.

What are your dream sources for decorating a nursery?
Parents: This one is all Jenika.
Jenika: I like to source things from places that aren’t necessarily geared towards kids or nurseries. Cribs and changing pads, of course, have to come from those places, but light fixtures, rugs, tables, and dressers can come from anywhere. For example, in Mila’s room we bought a vintage dresser from an antique shop and repurposed it as a changing table by painting it a fun color.


  • Chair: Alto Rocker by Monte
  • Pouf: CB2
  • Rug: Crate&Barrel
  • Crib: Sleepi Crib from Giggle
  • Bookcase: Ikea
  • Floor Lamp: Kulla Ikea
  • Mobile: Custom
  • Dresser: Vintage re-painted
  • Drapes and Hardware: West Elm
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Thanks Alex, Jackie, & Jenika!