Elliot’s nursery is finished, and just like that baby you see there, it is pretty darn magical. This room is both airy and cozy, welcoming and minimal, grown-up and yet so playful. The first two weeks after giving birth were spent in here nursing, watching reruns of Parenthood and Brothers and Sisters (for the first time), and while it wasn’t totally finished yet, it had such a good vibe already. I have such newborn nostalgia every time I walk in here and its become my favorite room in the house.
My original intent was a Pacific Northwest forest nursery, but as you may have noticed, it’s very “Where The Wild Things Are.” It’s practically gender neutral, with some touches of soft pink to warm up all the greens. It combines my love of country, victorian, and midcentury. As you well know, there are many rooms in my home that I’m like “eh, thats not quite portfolio worthy (my master bedroom, for instance, and even my deck), but this room? This room is one of my favorites. EVER.
Let’s do a quick trip down memory lane. As you can see, below, this room has gone through quite the transfortation over the last two years:
When I found out we were having a girl I, well, I cried tears of joy, and then calmed down (see gender reveal video here) and pulled together this mood board.
I still love it and we stuck to that board for the most part. The look and feel is the same but all the pieces changed – as they do. I love that CB2 sofa but right before I pulled the trigger I found the vintage daybed. That dresser was purchased but is now in the new guest suite. I found a vintage rocker instead of the one on the board. And while that crib (above) is my favorite crib in the world, I chose to not splurge on it and instead get a great $300 one.
The wallpaper was the main inspiration for the whole room, but we had a huge challenge – one of the walls (the main wall) was made of cinder blocks. I liked this look, I did, but it meant that I couldn’t wallpaper. So as I researched I found that there was this product called Faster Plaster.
Faster Plaster is a really thick paper under your wallpaper. It’s basically spanx for your wall. Wall spanx. It’s removable if the next owners want the cinderblock feature again. Like spanx it’s not flawless, by the way. And you can see light lines. It doesn’t bother me, but I could see it bothering someone (it’s not visible in photos because it’s so slight).
Once the Faster Plaster was in place we could install our amazing wallpaper.
This paper is so special. It’s like a mural, with huge impact and a big powerful graphic, but it does have a repeat. It goes from floor to ceiling – so it’s not a decal that stops at the tree and instead continues the white to the ceiling. It has a lot of depth and texture. It feels neither photo-realistic nor cartoony – it’s this strange middle ground that is totally perfect. The artist that created it is truly talented.
I purchased that side table at the flea market for $40, and it has square brass legs. Score.
The rug . . . OH THAT RUG. It’s a shag that I want to shag. It’s so plush and soft – almost like another piece of furniture. It’s thick and reflects the light in such a beautiful way. Am I afraid about the fact that it’s white? Yes. And I do make sure people take off their shoes in this room, but it’s also a baby room so yea, take off your shoes. This rug does NOT shed, which has been an issue in previous shag rugs, because babies get it in their mouths and it’s annoying for everyone involved.
Let’s talk wicker daybed. I asked Victoria where she got her daybed (SFgirlbybay) and she gave me the source – a vintage dealer in San Francisco. She had a similar one and sent me pictures. I actually love Victoria’s more, but I still love this one. Of course now Anthro has a better version of this daybed because the height of the foot and head is the same whereas ours are twin beds, so the head is taller. I love it, don’t get me wrong. The reason I got it (and the reason that I wanted the CB2 sofa) is that this room was big enough to sleep one adult if needed. This could be a friend, mother in law, or myself during those harrowing nights. So instead of a sofa or a huge changing table, we opted for a twin bed turned daybed. I LOVE IT. We had a custom mattress made by Eve Mattress and it is just the right combo of hard and soft, perfect for those naps. We have that guest suite downstairs but it feels separate, so if you are by yourself it’s a little sad. It’s nice to have one more place to sleep inside the house.
The changing table is part of the Babyletto line at Target. I saw it at Joy’s kids line press preview (they used it as a prop) and I was like “who has been keeping this piece hidden from me?” It had just come out, and it was the perfect scale that I needed. It’s great because once those kids are done with diapers (you know, when they are like SEVEN, it feels like) we can take off the top and that piece can live anywhere in the house.
I left that diaper pail in the shot out of respect for all you moms. We keep all the diapers/whipes/disgusting ointments hidden in the top drawer, but I get annoyed when I see photos with both sides of a changing table with nary a diaper pail in sight. All these moms with non-pooping babies …
The crib is also from the Babyletto line from Target. It’s so good, you guys. I’ve designed now 13 nurseries (2 you haven’t seen yet) and I’ll tell you this: Don’t splurge on your crib unless it’s EXTREMELY special. Remember the lucite crib? That is special. Otherwise there are many $100- $300 options out there. Think about how many kids you are going to have, but otherwise go cheap. This crib still turns into a toddler bed so we’ll have it for 4 years but there is still no need to spend $1500, IMHO.
Please stare at that rug some more.
The gold stool has been floating around my house. It’s VERY good, simple with a shockingly high end looking finish, considering it’s only $70.
I bought the rocker from MidCentury LA in the valley – my favorite midcentury warehouse (tied with Amsterdam Modern). It was a faded blue velvet which I liked, but didn’t love so we had it recovered in this pine green. Here is a sad truth about nurseries – rockers don’t rock well on thick rugs AND to add to the problem they need to be either all on or all off the rug. The solution is to get a massive glider that does function a bit better on thick rugs, or to get a smaller rug. Neither of these are good options. In a perfect world there would be more oval rugs for this exact reason. I may end up moving this chair into the guest suite (I bought it knowing that it was a piece that does not need to be a nursery even though its a rocker) and getting a larger glider or club chair. I love this chair, though.
The DWR sconce is one that I’ve loved forever. It’s classic, midcentury, and extremely functional. But the main reason I love it here is that it gives off the softest light. Normally with sconces the underside is exposed and that is annoying to look at – especially for a baby laying in the chair trying to be read to (and subsequently rocked til they are sleepy). This sconce has a fabric shade on all sides = extremely soft baby friendly light. I highly recommend it (and I might be even putting them in my master bedroom because I love them so much).
The textiles are probably the least obvious thing that makes the most difference. Remember when the curtains looked like this? They were too low/short and really visually heavy. This time around I hired Loom Decor to do the curtains and they did a FANTASTIC job. We took them floor to ceiling, wall to wall, in a blackout lined light green linen. They are perfect. So perfect in fact that I also bought them for my closet doors (instead of the janky doors that were there).
In my quest for peacefulness I also asked them to make some pillows in the same fabric. Since the wallpaper was such a statement I wanted the textiles to be low-contrast and really soft and textural.
I was extremely impressed with their textile selection, quality and the execution was PERFECT. The lining was beautiful and the length was perfect. You’d think that doing it over the internet would be risky, but it wasn’t. I went slightly too short (because you can’t notice 1/2″ floating) to be safe. And everything came so perfectly, with that hardware which is seamless and disappears.
Look how beautiful those curtains are.
I can’t recommend Loom enough. And while they did gift some of the items, I have no obligation to give them a rave review – just crediting/linkage. But honestly I would use them again, and again, and again. Their product is solid, beautiful, and extremely convenient. Those black-out lined drapes would have cost $570, which is more than readymade, but the quality and function far exceeds that.
Jane Denton’s work always makes me happy, so of course I had to have it in this happy room, too. She originally sent the X for a different project and then I thought – what if we did X and O for hugs and kisses in Elliots room? She agreed. What I love about her work is how quiet and simple it is but since its embroidery it feels really special, unique and original. If these were a print they would be really cute, but having it be in this medium obviously has more quiet impact.
There I am practicing my Lion King move with that little cub (my dress is from the Who What Wear Collection from Target and I LOVE it). The rocking horse and that robot are made by the same designer – Matt Monroe who worked at BBDW before going off on his own. He’s a dad and wanted more beautiful furniture/toys for kids so he designs and builds these out of his studio in Eagle rock. I LOVE them and am so glad to support/promote his work.
So there you have it- Elliot’s gender neutral, peaceful, forest themed nursery. I love this room so much that I may never even change it, which is saying A LOT coming from me 🙂
Here are all the sources so you can get that look:
1. Daybed | 2. Embroidery Art by Jane Denton | 3. Leather Pouf | 4. Unicorn Doll | 5. Linen Pillow | 6. White Shag Rug | 7. Rocking Chair (similar vintage) | 8. Stripe Pattern Pillow | 9. Crib | 10. Bunny Doll | 11. Macrame Pillow | 12. Mattress | 13. Wood Rocking Horse | 14. Changing Dresser | 15. Arrow Pillow | 16. Stump Stool | 17. Round Pink Pillow | 18. Brass Accent Table | 19. Wallpaper | 20. Pink and White Pillow | 21. Robot Monkey | 22. Pink Linen Throw | 23. White Blanket | 24. Rebecca Atwood Pillow | 25. Unicorn Head
*** Photos by Tessa Neustadt
For more reveals from Emily’s Glendale Home: How To Add Style To A Neutral Living Room | Full House Tour | Family Room & Kitchen Styled to Sell | Elliot’s Room Styled to Sell | Charlie’s Room Styled to Sell | Living Room Styled to Sell | New Master Bedroom Styled to Sell | Office | Guest Bathroom | Master Bedroom | Master Bathroom | Charlie’s Circus Themed Nursery | New Guest Bedroom Bed | Good Housekeeping House Tour | Guest Bedroom | Closet
Just excellent! I don’t have kids (am not able to unfortunately,) but this room and blog post has so much fantastic content, and design sources that made it completely worth reading and pinning. Great work!
This is just so beyond gorgeous!! Serene, muted yet impactful – I am obsessed.
Nice room but I’m so confused is Elliot a boy or a girl…
Elliot is a girl
ha. she kinda looks like a boy in that striped tee (that was a hand me down from charlie). It’s so funny i think that since we used to seeing boys in certain clothes it immediately triggers that response even though its just a striped tee that any grown girl/woman would wear. But yes, she is all girl 🙂
It would drive me nuts!!!! Prior would think my femme baby girl was a boy sometimes because “her hair was short”. Uh???? Like girls come out in pigtails!
It is confusing because of the the name Elliot. Me too, I thought it’s a name. Made a quick research and it seems there are 700 Elliot girls… Any reasons?
I love it. The wallpaper is the star for me… but I have to give two more runner-up stars to that daybed and rocker. I’m sorry to hear the rocker isn’t working with the rug because it looks so damn good in that room!
This is my favorite room ever! And I love that it provides great inspiration not just for nurseries 🙂
Worth the wait!! Of course obsessed with the wallpaper BUT really want to roll around on that rug like a dog! Love.
I was so excited when I saw the title this morning! The nursery is so beautiful and elegant! Perfect for a sweet little miss to grow up in!
P.S. I just saw you (or your identical twin) on The Bachelor, Women Tell All! I watch it on Tuesday mornings on Hulu. This is a pretty darn good week to be an Emily Henderson fan 🙂
That was you on TV last night! You had a lot of camera shots! Love your fun and beautiful nursery and Im sure Elliot will too!! Thanks for sharing!
Ha. Yep!!! It was VERY fun. xx
Oh my gosh. This is everything I’ve been dreaming and hoping to see and more! Can grownups have this wallpaper? I’m in love. Elliot is a lucky girl!
Yep. I figured they might share a room in a year then it could be my little retreat … or more likely the play room 🙂
I kind of want this in my own home and I don’t have a kid. Is that weird?
Also, yay for a Bearcat cameo!
Dreamy! This nursery made my uterus hurt!
Nr 4 is adorable, haha! 🙂
I want to hang out in there for the rest of my life! That rug is beautiful.
(btw–there are two #7 & 8s. I hate to be “that guy” but I only noticed when I was looking to click the sconce. :-))
AH! Good to know. And you aren’t ‘that guy’ xx
what an absolute triumph! that wallpaper & those curtains in particular are fabulously executed! beautiful work, lucky little girl!
Where is the ceiling fan? I’m searching for a non offensive, white (hidden) fan!
I saw saw a fan very similar to that on at Home Depot over the weekend if that helps! I made a mental note for when I eventually get around to replacing my very unattractive but very necessary ceiling fans.
I second the ask for the ceiling fan – the ones in my house are SO ugly and I’m desperate for good alternatives!
There used to be a link for the ceiling fan in the “Guest Bedroom Makeover” post but the links are broken. It was from Wayfair but I can’t find anything on their site that looks quite right
There did! I know. I don’t think its sold anymore. It was from Wayfair but I don’t remember what it was called. It wasn’t particularly expensive either – like $250. Sorry guys. I’ll try to find it, but we haven’t had any luck either.
This is just so beautiful and peaceful! I was looking forward to seeing how it turned out, but this is my favorite of all of your reveals. Really. Also, the curtains really do have a huge impact, although it feels subtle… it just makes the room look so BIG.
Can I move in? I mean who cares if I’m 39yo, I wanna live there!
Please please let me come over and lay in that daybed…..totally awesome!!!!! The whole nursery is magical…you did not disappoint! One lucky baby girl.
i think this is one of your masterpieces. the wallpaper is heavenly. it is so evocative and dreamy, reminds me of my favorite painting, by bonnard, the open window. also treetops. green, white and blush. wow. lucky baby elliott.
Omgosh, thank you for adding the Bonnard link. Somehow I’ve missed him. He’s wonderful! Wow want to run right out and buy that window and some others.
I absolutely loved how Elliot´s room turned out. Congratulations Emily! It´s another great hit for your portfolio.
Wow, so beautiful. I would just live in there.
I have a very similar rug that was only $150 on clearance from Costco but after six months of dogs lying on it, it’s all brown and matted down where they lay. Don’t get dogs. Or walk on it. LOL. It was also hard to vacuum. But so pretty.
And this probably goes without saying but watch the clearances for heads in the rattan bed. I could see a toddler wedging their head in one of those lovely loops while goofing around.
I have to say that we do have to be careful on the rug. No shoes AT ALL. Also I’ve come to terms with the fact that if we want white rugs we’ll probably pay for yearly cleaning. My friend just had hers cleaned for $300 and it looks brand new again. It’s not cheap but good to know its an option. We don’t have shoes on upstairs too much but I am worried about once that door becomes accessible …
That wallpaper is perfection but where is the source for that dress?!
that wallpaper!! this is so gorgeous and will grow with her and transition to other uses nicely. well done!
Living in a dream. So, so pretty.
Yay!!! The cinder block wall is gone 🙂 It makes the whole room look so much softer and warmer (the rug helps too). Love so many aspects of this room. Beautiful
This is really beautiful. Normally nurseries really aren’t my jam (no kids), but this is stunning. I might have to pin it and risk my mom reading too much into it. 🙂
I love all of it, but especially the wallpaper, the daybed, the light green curtains, and the light touches of pink.
What’s crazy is that it totally seems appropriate as a nursery, but could easily transition into beautiful kids room as she gets older. I might even steal some of this for inspiration for my master bedroom. Elliot is a lucky little girl to have such a talented mom.
First off, I love this beautiful room. Now to the “mean” question: Have you had a shag rug with little kids before? I had to get rid of mine because so many things get lost in it, and with a crawling baby able to spot pennies, legos, and all other kinds of random death hazards that are hidden to the naked grown up eye, I was shaking the rug once a week, which was HARD and still finding all kinds of babykilling paraphanalia lost in there. Please update on how it is holding up on the child safety front once Elliot is crawling. With an older brother, spaces can’t be as tightly controlled and baby proofed, so visibly being able to see that the death hazards were off the carpet was my only option. An option that a shag rug does not afford.
Also – question to anyone…how do you vacuum or clean your shag rug? I never found a solution other than shaking.
I also have a shag rug in my daughter’s room. It was an impulse buy and I did not think about function 🙂 I do vacuum with standard vacuum and will walk upon it to feel for large items. Though, I do try to keep tiny toys out of her room for this very reason. I just commented here about the uncanny similarities with my room design from a few months back (pouf, rug, blanket, palette). You can check out here: http://obsessivision.com/2016/01/bye-bye-baby-parkers-bedroom-makeover/
Ha! Yes, we began to lose Legos, action figures, cheerios, popcorn and spare change into our beautiful shag rug. It was so nice at first and then became a source of anxiety for me – what was living in there???
Let us know how it works out over the long-er haul – very pretty!
HA. This might come true, who knows. I will say that we don’t play too much in Charlie’s room – its all in the family room. But Charlie’s room doesn’t have that good of light so while i love that room its less inviting than this room which has such happy light. THis could easily be moved into our bedroom if this becomes a problem though – Brian LOVES to play ‘musical rugs’. I love that it doesn’t shed though – most flokatis do which is annoying for babies.
Yes yes yes to the cheap crib tip. I wanted an expensive crib, but bought one for $100 instead and guess what my baby did to that crib? She gnawed all over it. It looks like we kept feral rabbits in it. I am SO glad I didn’t splurge!
This nursery is beautiful and I love it.
Charlie did that too. I’ve actually never seen him do it but the marks are there so its a little disturbing. xx
This room is seriously so beautiful and magical! I love it!
Ughhhh, so so so amazing. Can I please rewind and redo my daughters room?
Would that anthro daybed be cute in a toddler’s room as her own bed? I’m obsessed with it.
You’ve outdone yourself! This is my favorite nursery ever. I love how bold yet restrained it is. Modern yet whimsical. This is why I follow your blog!
What a beautiful peaceful room!
And the perfect place to watch the bachelor…I was so excited when I saw you were at women tell all! Can’t wait for next wee’s episode 🙂
Pease tell us about your outfit!
I found it, sorry. And ordered it!
VINTAGE CHILD’S BAMBOO ROCKER. This is not a drill. I feel like you need to own this.
This is so lovely. Do you think this wallpaper could work in a playful home office (or does it read too childlike in person)? My office is upstairs and faces the backyard, so it feels like you’re sitting in the trees. I thought it could be cool to use this wallpaper to bring more of the outside in (and make me less depressed about sitting inside at my computer). But I don’t want it to look like a nursery.
absolutely. I think its just really peaceful and calm but with a whimsical bent. Go for it!
This is why I don’t mind waiting for your reveal ! This room is so amazing, I can’t find words for how much I love it. The wallpaper, the daybed, the general styling (so pulled back, so airy and refined !). It’s the perfect combination of elegance with a little twist. Love, love, love it !!
I was reading the previous article and I thought about how you always do “you”, but with something new. Who’d have thought you’d decorate such a room a few years ago ? And yet, it has the same elegance and fun we’ve come to expect. I wish I was able to reinvent my taste like that.
Side note: we are renovating our home office, with LOTS of shelves and beautiful wooden storage. I’m styling the bookshelves thinking “What would Emily Henderson do ?”. The result: husband is a great fan, visitors comment on how airy and fun yet practical it is. Thank you so much for your blog ! (now, if only I could watch American TV reruns here in France, life would be great. They are blocked for some reason. Urgh).
AH, thank you!!xx
Absolutely LOVE this room… I want it for myself!
I 2nd, 3rd 4th & 5th everyone’s praise (hopefully that never gets old! 😉
Excellent work, job well done and worth the wait! Thanks for sharing your masterpiece Emily!
Worth the wait – gorgeous!!
This is the prettiest nursery I have ever seen. I love that wallpaper more than is reasonable and the touches of blush are so sweet. Gorgeous!
It’s wonderful!! So in love with the daybed.
This room is magical!
This room is beautiful! I want it for myself. That wallpaper is to. die. for.
WOW… i mean WOW. I am literally blown away at how different this room looks than when it was your guest room! Everything individually is of course so beautiful, but what blew me away is the transformation- the way the tree-lined walls lead your eye right to the beams of fresh light at the end of the room- its just ethereal! Your daughter is lucky to grow up in such a beautiful and welcoming space!!
Ah, thank you!
Oh, Emily, it is SUCH a lovely space!! Well done, mama. Well. Done.
I mean, c’mon. This room is PERFECT. I want to live in this room! Beautiful as always Emily, but you really have outdone yourself here.
I want this room for myself. I have no children, I just love it. Dusty pink and pine are so good together – as long as you don’t go too 80’s. This room is stunning. I can’t get over it. Time to go pin all the pictures. Love, love, love.
Also, shout out to Bearcat, channeling a little puma in the forest. Room shots always look better with a pet/puma in them. <3
Brothers and Sisters is one of my favorite shows! Definitely time to re-watch the entire series.
The wallpapers you’ve been using lately have been GORGEOUS. This one is no exception. Elliot’s room is adorable!
So, So beautiful…like a dream! I do have a question about your pouf. I bought one in Morocco for my son’s nursery, but I bought it without the stuffing so I could travel with it. Nothing I have found holds the pouf in the way yours seems to. Most of the time it looks quite squashed…lovely, but squashed! Do you have any recommendations? Much appreciated!
HMM I bought my pouf fully stuffed but I do think they need some wear ‘n tear. I’m not sure … sorry !
I have filled my pouf with blankeds and etc. and it looks great. It is incredible how much stuffing goes in to those little poufs.
I have been anticipating this nursery post ever since you announced baby Elliot’s impending arrival! I see why you love this room so much: it’s absolutely fresh, cozy and sweet. I enjoy and appreciate how the design is gender neutral in all the main pieces. The touches of blush in the textiles are just enough. That wallpaper is so fabulous, wow! It could have been too much pattern on both walls but it really works. I see it as a design that will grow with her. So nice! I love the handmade wooden toys and the variety of soft textures bringing tons of softness to the bright space. I have a mid-century Danish rocker in my guest room that I am hoping to use in a nursery so it’s good to know about the issues on a shag rug, thanks. Now I just need a baby so I can use your tips to design my own nursery…
I am pregnant and have been dying to see this reveal! SO gorgeous. I am having a little girl too and love how this doesn’t scream super-girly and it looks almost sophisticated, but still whimsical. <3
15 heart eye emoji’s to you Emily. Impeccable.
Random question… how do you get Bearcat to be so nice to all of your textiles??? My cat will find the most expensive rug or pillow in the house and mark his territory all over it. Any tips on this??? (Also the cat is fine, I keep taking him to the vet, no UTI, he just clearly hates me/nice things)