Nursery Design Tips with Corri McFadden

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When it came to turning my guest bedroom into a nursery for my future daughter, I was at a loss as to how I would keep my personal taste yet make it into the whimsical nursery I’ve always imagined. I did not want to go the “traditional” baby route, so with the help of Land of Nod’s Interior and Events Designer, Kim Grosser, and the rest of the Design Services Team, we were able to create a colorful nursery while still expressing my design aesthetic.

Nursery Design Tips from Corri McFaddenPatterned Pachyderm / Gold Lottie Dots / Full Bloom Lamp Shade

After examining the space, Kim created CAD drawings and mood boards to help capture the design image I had in mind for my baby girl’s room. The finished result is a beautiful nursery with fun items and furniture and easy to duplicate decorating ideas that I wanted to share.

Ceiling Stripes
For the nursery ceiling we decided to go with ceiling stripes, which is great way to engage your baby’s developing brain by giving them something to focus on while in the crib. Step one is to paint the ceiling the lighter color you have chosen, that way it will be easier to paint over with the second darker layer. After the first color has thoroughly dried, measure out your desired width using painter’s tape. Add your darker second color and voila, instant style!

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Beaded Chandelier

Gallery Wall Mock-up
Another design idea was to create a gallery wall, which allowed me to add some of my personality to the room. I recommend mocking it up on the floor first so you can move around the pieces as you desire before putting too many holes in the wall.  You can also find great templates on Pinterest that are easy to follow.

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Nursery Design Tips from Corri McFadden - Gallery Wall 2Decor on Safari Zebra / Sunburst Mirror

Vinyl Decal Application/Lottie Dots
Vinyl decal applications are a fun way to add simple art to any wall. I wanted to create a large overlapping heart surrounding another piece of artwork. This would then be the focal point over my changing table.

It’s easiest to accurately measure the piece of furniture you’re placing the vinyl over and configure the placement from that. Once you have your desired placement figured out, remove the piece of furniture so you have an unobstructed view of the decal and it’s placement.  I used washi tape to keep my measurements in place; it applies and removes easily, and doesn’t leave any marks so you can keep changing until you get it right!

Next, I created a stencil first for the outline using a piece of paper, and then using the washi tape again for this step, held it in place to get a better idea of where I wanted the stencil shape to ultimately lie.

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Nursery Design Tips from Corri McFadden (11)Gold Lottie Dots / Boombox Art (launches July 8) / Between a Rock & A Lamp Base / Blake Dresser / New School Changing Pad Cover / Charming Basket / Garden Trellis Rug / Silver Stars Floor Cushion

For an easy product breakdown of all these features and additional ideas, visit my Pinterest board

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a style expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning” and features more tips and tricks on her website, and her upcoming site Glitter and Bubbles set to launch later this month.