Chloe’s Lemon & Swan-Themed Nursery
I’m so happy to share my new darling baby niece Chloe’s nursery with you today! And I had the honor of designing her first room and hope you love her Lemon & Swan-Themed Nursery as much as I do. I’m someone who has always been a homebody and who is very aware of and sensitive to my surroundings. With all of us being at home now more than ever, it brings me great comfort to know that my niece and her mom, dad and sister have a place they feel cozy, safe and and happy in. It really is the little things, isn’t it? I also hope that by continuing to post during this time acts as a bright spot in your day. Stay safe + well, my friends!
Chloe’s Lemon & Swan-Themed Nursery
You may remember my Nursery Inspiration Mood Board….
It’s fun to see how much the design reflects the mood board and how much it deviates from it. That’s what I love about design. You have to go with the flow, and as much as you can take inspiration from other spaces and designers (a lot of my inspiration came from Palm Beach Lately and Sugar & Cloth), the results will always be different and your own.
I had a lot of great brand partners who helped make this room a reality, which I’ll share below.
If you have any questions, or if I left out any resources/links, just comment below.
As you can glean from the mood board and from Chloe’s Swans & Palms baby shower, I initially thought the theme of the nursery would be Swans & Palms. But overtime, it shifted to Swans & Lemons.
CHOOSING PAINT COLORS + A COLOR PALETTE FOR THE LEMON & SWAN-THEMED NURSERY
The color palette of the room was brought to life by Curator Paints. This is the third project I’ve teamed up with them on (see the other two here: The Bachelorette Pad + Our Front Door Makeover). Aside from offering beautiful paint colors, I especially love that their paints are low VOC, so particularly suited for nurseries and kids rooms.
My niece Kaylee (baby Chloe’s big sister) kept saying that she wanted this room to feel like “a soft cloud.” To achieve that, I used the Curator paint color Low Cloud on the bottom portion under the chair rail (more on that in a minute!). And then I used Ivory Crin on the top portion of the wall, above the chair rail. I love the soothing look, but I’m a total color lover. So I wanted to add more dimension, hence the pink ceiling and door. I had seen Ashley from Sugar & Cloth use pink on a ceiling in a bedroom project she did and was inspired to do that same. So I highly recommend doing something like this because it casts such a beautiful soft rosy hue in the room. I used the prettiest pink paint color, Day at the Races.
MOULDINGS + TRIM
Now let’s talk mouldings! I worked with Ornamental Moulding & Millwork to add an elegant finishing touch to the Lemon & Swan-themed nursery. I’ve never seen moudlings with gold interlaced in them like this and immediately knew I wanted to showcase it in the nursery! The crown moulding, chair rail and baseboard are all from the Haute Collection from Ornamental Moulding.
The gold insert is removable, so you simply remove the gold insert and paint the moulding. Then, put the insert back in. In addition to gold, it also comes in silver.
Speaking of gold, I used the same gold Freestone door knob from Emtek that I used in Kaylee’s tween bedroom makeover too. It adds a nice continuity to the hallway, in which they share.
The first piece of furniture we got for the Lemon & Swan-themed nursery was this 4-in-1 Convertible Foothill Crib in warm white by Million Dollar Baby Classic. It’s just so lovely and the style is timeless too. What’s great is that in a few years, when Chloe’s a bit older (sniff, sniff), it coverts into a toddler bed, day bed, and full bed (see all here)!
I can’t tell you how much I love this Etienne 3-Drawer Chest from Frontgate. In addition to being beautiful and providing ample storage, it has a power outlet in the back with one electric socket and one USB port, so it’s easy to plug in things like a diaper warmer or lamp. It can sometimes be hard when shopping online to tell if the size and height are going to be right. Particularly because I wanted to use this dresser as a changing table. It is PERFECT. It also comes in more colors here. I’d recommend getting a regular dresser over a specific changing table because it can grow with you and your family.
CHAIR + OTTOMAN
I know it can be tricky to buy furniture online without trying it out first. That’s why I always read as many reviews as I can. I am happy to report that this Clara Swivel Glider from Grandin Road is so comfy and feels like a cloud. I had the pleasure of rocking and gliding with baby Chloe here many times and it’s such a special spot. The glider has a washable slipcover with LiveSmart fabric, which features spill-and-stain-repelling technology. Chloe tested it in full force too. When we were changing her diaper, she had a very applaudable and remarkable tinkle in which the stream (yes, stream) landed on the ottoman. It disappeared before I even had time to blot it! Bravo, Chloe. Bravo.
The faux fur throw and pillow are also from Grandin Road. And, you can find the giant lemon pillow here!
I knew I wanted a side table next to the chair that we could top with a lamp, so that Chloe could easily be read her bedtimes stories. When I saw this scalloped Gracie Bobbin Side Table, I instantly fell for its charming look. We also got this Linden Cane Nightstand from Grandin Road (sold out but similar here). I love the caning detail. Both tables are perfect spots to keep Chloe’s budding library.
CLOSET + WALLPAPER
I know what you’re probably thinking, enough about that, let’s talk closet! You may remember Kaylee’s tween bedroom closet makeover? It worked out so well, I literally did the same thing. I got this very affordable closet system (under $65!) which makes a world of difference in the functionality of the closet. As for that darling lemon-print wallpaper it’s called Lemon Trees and it’s from Spoonflower (designer is Romantic City). It made all the difference in the feel. This is the peel and stick version, but you can also get it in a non-pasted traditional pebble wallpaper or as a prepasted removable smooth wallpaper. Details like this make ALL the difference in the design and feel of a room.
Speaking of details that make a difference, can we talk about this pretty pink cloud art print by Kim Genevieve? You all voted on which art we should use, and this one won by a landslide. Even though I think all of the pieces would have worked well, this Pink Cloud piece gives the dreamy vibe we were looking for (literally, sweet dreams) and the pink hue matches the swan wall decals perfectly.
Before the makeover, this room just had a ceiling fan, so I knew I wanted to light up Chloe’s life in a more literal way. I replaced the old ceiling fan with this more modern white and gold Hepburn ceiling fan (I spotted it on Sugar & Cloth) and knew it was perfect for the nursery. But a room should have multiple lighting sources, not just overhead lights. Continuing the white and gold theme, we added this sweet white and gold Elizabeth Table Lamp and this white and gold Bronson Floor Lamp from Grandin Road. The prices are surprisingly great for the quality.
I’m so in love with these curtains! You can see that I pinned something similar in my mood board, so when I spotted them on sale, it was a no brainer. They add that cabana meets Beverly Hills Hotel feel that I love. Sadly they have sold out, but I found an identical option for pink-and-white-striped curtains here + here.
ACCESSORIES: SWANS + LEMONS
Accessories can be one of the most fun and playful parts of a room design. I furthered the swan theme with these Pink Swans Wall Decals, this swan rocker, this swan head wall decor, and this rainbow swan mobile (similar here). I initially planned the swan mobile to hang above the crib, but with the swan decals and wall art, it felt too busy. Fred Baby had the great idea of hanging it in the corner above the chair, which both helps fill out that corner and adds balance to the room, but also gives Chloe something fun to look at when she’s nursing, being burped or being changed. Babies, they’re the best, am I right?!
As for upping the lemon theme, along with the lemon-print wallpaper, I used this faux tabletop lemon tree, this lemon-print crib sheet and this giant lemon pillow. Pucker up!
Oh, and those cute gold bunnies are from Grandin Road too! Perfect for Easter celebrations.
THAT’S A WRAP
Okay, I think that covers everything, but if I left anything out, please just ask me in the comments below!
I so appreciate you reading and being here xo.
PHOTOS by FRED MOSER
GET THE LOOK
note: since originally publishing this post, some exact items have sold out so i’ve updated the below with similar items + a few new items that would be SO cute like this feather palm lamp + these macaron pillows!
Green Leaf Baby Blanket
Lemon-Print Fitted Crib Sheet
Tassel Crib Skirt
Pink Cloud Art
Pink Swan Wall Decals
Floor Lamp c/o
Pineapple Basket Hamper
Glider Chair c/o
Faux Fur Throw c/o
Faux Fur Pillow c/o
Rattan Cane Storage Tower
Flamingo Changing Pad Cover
Lemon Wallpaper c/o
Room Service button c/o
Fringe Basket c/o
Bi-fold Mirrored Closet Doors
PAINT + MOULDINGS + FAN:
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Looks gorgeous Kelly! I so agree about the curtains, I have the valance from Pottery Barn Teen hanging over my kitchen window and it is just so much fun! I love the paint colors too. Your wallpapered closet may have just given me something to do while I’m stuck in the house. Thank you for posting, I have 0 social media and I follow your website closely, thank you for the brightness I needed today. Hope everyone stays safe during this crazy time xoxoxo