Our designer Katy Mimari takes some time to answer some of our questions on how she got started and how to start your own nursery design. Find out what helps our nursery designer get inspired and get some inspiration for your own nursery below!

How did you get into nursery design?

The first nursery I designed was actually my own! In fact, that’s how our company grew from just diaper bags to baby bedding! I started designing the nursery for my son, and realized there wasn’t much more than teddy bear themed crib sets. I wanted something more modern and color driven, so I designed my first collection of fabrics and we introduced our Classic Bedding Collection a few months later. Fun fact: my son actually used my original sample as his own crib set!

What is your favorite part of designing a nursery?

I love the discovery process, finding what inspires you, and creating the dream nursery around that. As a nursery designer, I always recommend starting with the crib bedding, textiles are a great way to introduce a color palette and set the tone for the design. And if you need inspiration, bedding is also a great way to get inspiration and ideas for the space.

"I always recommend starting with the crib bedding" quote from our nursery designerWhere do you find/see trends in nursery design?

There are so many variables in design trends! Sometimes I see a shirt, or painting that inspires a collection for us, but my absolute favorite place to do some trend spotting is through social media sites like Pinterest. I love that the internet has become an unlimited resource for design inspiration and shopping. You don’t have to be a professional designer any more to create the same look in your own nursery.

Do you recommend themes?

I’m not a big fan of picking a theme, like dinosaurs, and then repeating it throughout the room. Sometimes it can be overkill. But I do love the idea of starting with a theme, maybe vintage sports, or even specific colors like coral or mint, and incorporating them in different ways throughout the room. Sometimes less is more with themes! Some of the best nursery designs I’ve seen are unexpected and original. I was just helping a mom in our store, Nursery Couture, design her nautical themed nursery, and we paired it with our Brett’s Navy Gingham collection – the simplicity of the pattern coordinates with the anchors and boat décor.

What do you see as the biggest thing that pulls a room together?

The crib bedding is a great way to pull everything together. If your walls are coral, and your rug is navy, you can use your bedding and accents to pull it all together. One of my favorite new crib sets is our Charlie’s Coral & Navy Floral Baby Bedding – it’s the perfect combination of colors for a coral and navy nursery design, with touches of aqua and pink! It’s just gorgeous!

Charlie's Coral & Navy Crib Bedding Collection

Do you have any advice for making the nursery your own?

I love when people incorporate family heirlooms, or personal pieces that add charm and have memories associated with them. Repainting furniture has been trending a lot lately, and I’ve worked with several clients who’ve even used their own bedroom furniture in their nursery design. It’s a wonder what a few coats of paint will do to an old oak-y dresser!

You have designed three nurseries of your own, did you have a favorite? Why?

I loved all of them, each one was created with a new design trend that I was obsessing over at the time. My oldest, Cade’s room was based around blue and brown stripes and dots. I remember my own mother balking at the idea of using the color brown in the nursery, and within the year the color combination was the most popular for boy’s rooms! My middle child, Ashlyn’s room had a large painted tree on the wall and modern vintage style prints. And my youngest, Lila, had the most popular nursery by far! Her pink and turquoise chevron room is one of the top pinned nurseries on pinterest, and has been featured in several magazines and design blogs.

Nursery Designer, Katy Mimari's Daughter's Popular Chevron Nursery

Where should you splurge and where should you save?

I do believe you get what you pay for (in most circumstances). Even though silk bedding in the nursery is beautiful, it’s not practical at all. Recently the Jenny Lind style cribs have gained popularity, I love their vintage appeal, and the price tag isn’t too shabby either – less than $200 for a crib! Obviously, I don’t think you should go too cheap on the bedding – afterall, you want something that your baby can have lots of sweet dreams on! And, you want something that lasts wash after wash! Another important purchase is a nice glider, you’re going to spend countless hours in that chair nursing, feeding, reading books, singing songs, and lots and lots of cuddles. Look for a chair that’s going to last, hopefully through a few kiddos too!

What would be your biggest piece of advice for someone designing their own nursery?

Don’t be afraid to be different! Nursery design goes so far beyond the basic pink and blues that we grew up with. Some of the girliest room designs I’ve seen use navy as a primary color, and above anything else – let the nursery design grow with the baby. Trust me, you don’t want to have to redesign the entire room in two years when they quickly outgrow the crib.

So there you have it! We hope you found our nursery designer’s take on where to get started as useful as we did. If you have any other questions you’d like to ask leave a comment below! We’re always happy to help!

 

 

The newest design trend is in and it’s the boho chic nursery! This trend has been growing in the fashion world for a while (or maybe never really left, oh hey 60’s!) and it’s officially made its way into the world of baby room décor. This bohemian, gypsy, hippie style combines aspects of currently popular trends like Aztec, tribal, vintage, and rustic and mixes them with more traditional and timeless elements such as florals, geometric patterns, and lots of texture. The boho chic nursery is one where you can have a teepee, antlers and a crocheted lace pouf with flowers in almost every corner. Get ready to welcome home your free spirited child to a nursery that will be on trend and quickly become your favorite room in the house!

And of course we have our own spin on the boho trend! Our brand new Olivia’s Bright Boho Floral crib bedding collection features a bright 3-tiered ruffle crib skirt in pink, peach, and aqua paired with a gold dot crib sheet and a gorgeous pink and white boho floral print. This print is so much fun! Its eclectic look features birds, butterflies and metallic gold accents. Pair it with some floral deer antlers and some dream catchers and this is your perfect boho nursery!

A Bright & Sweet Boho Nursery Idea Board

And if you want to take a softer approach to a boho nursery, either of our Alexis’ Aztec or Trinity’s Tribal collections would be perfect options. These bedding collections already have the tribal prints and soft colors, so all you need to add are some eclectic accessories. We love this boho sign, and a good geometric rug layered with another soft faux fur rug that’s perfect for tummy time!

Soft Bohemian Crib Bedding Options

Alexis’ Aztec Blush Crib Bedding | Trinity’s Tribal Mint Crib Bedding

And for boys, our popular Gold & Mint Aztec crib bedding collection easily fits the bill. To accessorize a boy boho nursery we recommend sticking with teepees, feathers, and lots of texture, rather than the florals.

Boho Boy Nursery Inspiration Board

Are you planning a boho chic nursery? What is your favorite part of this trendy nursery design theme? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

There are a million and one ways to decorate a nursery. Okay, probably even more than that. It’s easy to see how so many choices can be a little overwhelming to some, even though it’s probably one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy, you know, besides the fact that you’re actually growing a miniature person inside of you. I love decorating and it’s one of the reasons I was so drawn to working for a baby bedding company that essentially helps to design nurseries. And while I don’t have a kid of my own running around in a gorgeously designed room, I have seen plenty of nursery designs crop up over my time working here, and even watched one of my co-workers design her nursery as a first-time mom. So with that little bit of background, here is my take on how to decorate a nursery as a first-time mom – or at least how I would go about it.

  1. Find Your Inspiration

This is very vague and unhelpful, I know, but stay with me for a second. Just like decorating any other room in your house (or apartment, etc.) there has to be something (or things) that tie the room together, be it a color pallet, piece of art, textile, or anything else. The fun part about nurseries though is that this is a little more open to interpretation, since pretty much anything goes. Some people decide a “theme” is going to be their inspiration for the room while others find their inspiration in a color palette or design style like the tribal or boho nursery style that’s so popular right now. Whatever it is, be open to the not-so-baby-ish and traditional nursery looks. (We’ve come so far past cartoon zoo and safari animals!) You want to love the nursery just as much as baby, since you’re the one that is going to remember it most anyways.

One of our favorite ways to find inspiration, besides scouring Pinterest, is to find crib bedding that we absolutely love! Now I know this is extremely biased, but it is founded in a solid thought process: fabric and textiles in general are much more difficult to match to a room than paint and accessories. And since the crib is typically the focus of the nursery anyway, why not start there?

coral & navy nursery inspiration board - how to decorate a nursery

Crib Bedding | Rocker | Side Table | Dresser | Lamp | Wildflower Art | Loved Art | Felt Ball Garland

  1. Buy Your Furniture

Now that you have your inspiration, you’ll have a better idea of the style of crib, dresser, etc. that would match the room you envision. Some of this you may be getting as hand-me-downs from friends or family (aren’t you lucky!) or you might be re-purposing some furniture you have on hand, and that’s great! The style you envision may lead you to a great idea for painting the furniture or otherwise updating it to match what you have in mind – DIY for the win! If you are purchasing these pieces, then it’s a good idea to do this early on, since many times these pieces can take the longest to arrive. When purchasing you’ll want to think about the pieces you want to invest in that can grow with your kid, and those that you may want to spend a little less on that might not get as much use. Dressers are a great option that can grow with your child vs. a changing table. And the crib can go one of two ways: invest in a convertible crib that you can purchase additional parts to convert into a bed they’ll grow into, or go with a less expensive option that you don’t mind switching out of once they get older (and possibly using for another child down the road). For the less expensive option we love the Jenny Lind Crib that a lot of our crib bedding sets are pictured on, since it’s not too expensive and shows the crib bedding really well!

Nursery Works Sleepy Time Rocker Furniture for Your Nursery Design

Nursery Works Sleepy Time Rocker

 

  1. Purchase the Crib Bedding

If you didn’t find your crib bedding already, using it as your inspiration for the room, then now is the time to nail down that detail. Find something that flows with the style of the room, and that you love the colors of. More often than not this will help determine or solidify the color scheme of the room. If you can, get swatches of the bedding so you can see it in person if ordering online. This also helps to keep in your bag as you’re out shopping to see if accessories and other items will coordinate.

Adorable Crib Bedding to Help Decorate Your Nursery

Brett’s Crib Bedding Collection | Charlie’s Crib Bedding Collection | Woodland Deer Crib Bedding Collection | Trinity’s Tribal Crib Bedding Collection

  1. Paint Those Walls!

Now is the time to paint those walls! With swatches (or the crib bedding in hand) you can hopefully envision what would look great as a backdrop for the crib. Now, there are probably a million and one (+) ways to paint a wall: solid, stripes, mural, only paint half way up the wall, accent walls, decals, stencils, etc. Do what you think matches your inspiration. I personally, love a great accent wall behind the crib with more subtle solidly painted walls throughout the rest of the room. A great resource for this is your local hardware or paint store. Their professionals have always been very helpful in my experience.

Design Seeds Setting Tones Paint Color Inspiration for Designing Your Nursery

Setting Tones from Design Seeds

  1. Finish It Off With Accessories

Get all the finishing touches together and in the room. Things like mirrors, artwork, curtains, rugs, and lesser thought of items like light fixtures can all bring the room together in its full glory! This is where you get to put your personal touch in and throw in some hand-me-downs, pictures, and other awesomely cute things that you’ll love seeing when you walk into the room. There’s enough on this topic to write an entire post on, and be on the lookout, because that will be coming soon! But with that you’ll get to arrange (and re-arrange) things until they are just the way you like it and with a little bit of luck it will come together as a gorgeous room that both you and your little one will love!

So there you have it, my not so expert take on how to decorate your nursery! Remember that a nursery is just like any other room in your house, except that you get to have a little more fun in decorating it and you’ll be fine! And since you actually have to plan for it, because that baby is coming sooner than you realize, you’re much less likely to put things off like you could do in other rooms. (Oh yeah, I’m totally going to change out that horrible light fixture and update the hall bathroom, said everybody 3 years ago!) Plus, your nesting instinct will make it all the more exciting for you as you get ready for that precious new baby to arrive. Are you ready to love the best decorated room in the house? You’ll be spending a lot of time in there soon enough!