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Color splash Nursery

Color splash

A darling DIY wall is the focal point of our senior editor's son Arlo's picture-perfect place.

“Creating a nursery is a long process. There were some weeks that I worried it was going to be boring. Then there were times I thought I’d surely gone overboard. So my advice is to try to keep things in perspective. Take your time, try things, and see how you like them. Purchases can be returned. Walls can be repainted. And if you find something you really love, go for it! You’ll find a way to make it work.” Nursery Works Sleepytime rocker, $499; The Land of Nod Shaggy pouf, $69

“When my husband and I set out to design our baby’s nursery, we didn’t know if our newest family member would be a boy or a girl (and we wouldn’t until delivery). So many people said, ‘Well, I guess you’ll have lots of yellow and green stuff then.’ Because of that, I kind of took it as a personal challenge to create a space where pink and blue could live happily together— regardless of whether we had a boy or girl. I think of our nursery design as a painter’s palette or a spilled box of crayons. Messy but fun. And definitely not gendered.” Meri Meri cushion, $50; Fluf Textile Goods Alpha Critters bin, $40

“We’ve had the wooden milk crates for 10-plus years! My husband and I are high-school sweethearts, and we each bought a set from IKEA the summer before we left for college. They were fantastic for packing in and then stacking to use as makeshift nightstands or bookshelves in the dorms—and later in apartments. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve been repainted!” desEnfantillages wood balancing game, $53

“This rocker is as wonderful to snuggle up in as it is to look at. I love that it’s a little wider than a typical seat, so there’s plenty of space for my babe, my nursing pillow … or even our dog, Fig, who loves to join our cuddle sessions.” OYOY Peter Rabbit cushion, $59

“I’m a fan of low storage that Arlo can access himself once he is on the move.”

“The mural, which is inspired by one of my all-time favorite artists, was a big DIY undertaking, but I am crazy about it. It just makes me happy, and I hope it conveys the same feeling to our little one. It captures the playfulness and creativity that I want Arlo’s childhood to be filled with. Honestly, it turned out better than I thought it would (especially after my first attempt was kind of a disaster). I was ready to move on to Plan B, but Lee encouraged me to try again, and I am so glad he did.” West Elm Tiger Stitch rug, from $399

“The bitty jumpsuit was knit by my mother-in-law and sent over from England before Arlo was born.”

“We found the ‘N’ birdhouse (on top of the crates pictured above) at a warehouse sale and painted it with the intention of using it in a nursery long before I was even expecting. I had put it away and completely forgotten about it. By sheer coincidence, our nickname for baby during pregnancy was Birdie. How cool is that?” Project Nursery Gelato 4-in-1 crib, $399; yellow crib feet, $18;  OYOY animal mobile, $48

“Our changing pad is such a sanity-saver. It tracks diaper changes and weight, and helps ease my worries about whether my nursed newbie is getting enough to eat.” Babyletto Sprout changer/dresser, $399;  Hatch Baby Grow changing pad, $129; Bubula diaper pail, $90

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