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This family room is my dear friend Ian and Trilby’s who are very quickly adding a little one into the mix, as you know. I know it seems like I’m a professional nursery designer these days, but really I’m just that age and so are my friends. And friends don’t let friends with no designing experience or market knowledge decorate their own nurseries. I gave my friend’s nursery a shot before actually finding out what they wanted, here, and they wanted something a little less in that direction. So I gave it another shot, this time with more blue, whimsy and magic – as per their request.


They weren’t into this plan either, but it seemed crazy not to post it as I really loved it (enough to order that wallpaper for my laundry closet, actually).

Don’t worry, this was the last “reject” from this project, and the next time you read about this room it will be the reveal. The wallpaper is up and most pieces of furniture are installed, getting ready for that baby. And in case you are wondering if this is the normal process (two reject design plans before the approved one) the answer is “no.” They are very good friends, it’s all pro bono, and so I took liberties and designed what I wanted before I even asked them. We obviously don’t waste such time with paying clients 🙂

Great Wave Wallpaper | 1. Floor Lamp | 2. Woven Bamboo Roman Shade | 3. Navy Tufted Glider | 4. Polished Brass Wall Sconce | 5. Origami Pendant | 6. Crib | 7. Striped Hamper | 8. White 3-Drawer Dresser | 9. Oval White Table Lamp | 10. Gold Circle Shelf | 11. Woven Gold Basket | 12. Shark Head Wall Decor | 13. Whale Pillow | 14. Octopus Throw Pillow | 15. Blue Woven Basket | 16. Jersey Lumbar Pillow | 17. Chenille Throw | 18. Textured Cream Rug | 19. Navy Nightstand | 20. Spoonbill Table Lamp

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6 years ago

That wallpaper is excellent! And if you remove the crib this plan is perfect for a bedroom in a beach house.

6 years ago

It must have been hard for them to say no to you twice!! I am happy the friendship survived this huge impasse … 🙂
I do love that wallpaper, though.

6 years ago

I love this!

That blue and white color scheme is perfect! Can’t go wrong with that color combo.

6 years ago

keep the nursery design projects coming! i don’t even have kids yet but love planning for my future nursery.

6 years ago

I love the ocean wall paper! It’s gorgeous!


6 years ago

I am CRAZY about that wallpaper – can’t wait to see the laundry closet!

Ana Maria
6 years ago

Thank you for sharing! I will happily take your clients’ cast-offs. This room is BEAUTIFUL.

Megan C.
6 years ago

That wallpaper would make one beautiful nursery. Can’t wait to see it in your laundry room!
Question: Did your friends/clients give you a budget for the design and are all the items your suggested (included) in that budget. I’m always interested in the financial aspects of design as well as the artistic.

6 years ago

Judging from this beautiful nursery it must be a little baby boy 🙂 Fascinating design!

That wallpaper is so good! Especially for a laundry room… it has just enough theme to it. 🙂

6 years ago

I love the navy nightstand, beautiful shade. And the Origami Pendant is awesome!
Anna From Italy

6 years ago

These people are picky bitches!

So lucky to came across your excellent blog. Your blog brings me a great deal of fun.. Good luck with the site.

6 years ago

Hey Emily. Your blog is awesome.

6 years ago

Love the blue furniture on the ocean blue wallpaper I think it’s different but perfect for a child.


Just wow Emily!!!! no words .

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