Baby Talk: How to Decorate the Modern Nursery

Sunny décor tips from former Pottery Barn Kids designer, Bridget Kelly

Recently, a friend of mine completely revamped her study… into a sublimely stylish nursery. Grey walls splashed with yellow accents. Teeny little elephants posed next to chevron pillows. It was Pinterest-perfect, in the most lovely of ways, and it finally hit me: gone are the days when babydom meant generic décor. The modern world of baby is delightfully playful – and, best of all, personal.

No one knows this better than children’s design guru, Bridget Kelly. A former Pottery Barn Kids designer, Bridget now helms her own adorably whimsical, feel-good children’s brand, The Little Acorn. True to its motto “Grow Up Happy,” the brand encourages little ones to learn acceptance and dream big. Think happy messaging and lots and lots of color (as Bridget says, “The child in me has to be surrounded by it – color just simply makes us all happier!”).

Here, Bridget shares a few words about decorating the nursery.

Baby Talk 

Always follow your heart when it comes to design. Creating the nursery is such a personal and defining moment in a new family’s life – it must mean something to you, as you are the ones who will remember it most… even more than baby!

Be inspired by tradition. Much like a wedding, the idea of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is a great starting point when it comes to the nursery-to-be.

Don’t be afraid of colors in this age of grey – color pops beautifully off of grey walls and grey furniture.

Get personal. It warms my heart to see art from mommy’s or daddy’s own childhood on the nursery wall mixed with current, meaningful art or family photos in black and white. Also, add a blanket that Grandmama made for you – or try our handmade quilts and bedding, which are made to be passed down from generation to generation.

Put safety first. It is important to keep the safest items in the nursery – a safe crib, a safe infant sleeping bag, art with no glass, and natural rugs. Our warm rugs are in natural fibers, with the quality and material that are safe for a baby’s room – don’t opt for synthetic rugs, which can emit dangerous off-gassing.

Our Dream Big: Kid’s Décor Featuring The Little Acorn Boutique opens Thursday, April 11, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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April 11, 2013