Nursery Inspiration

With a little over three months to go until Baby C is due to make her appearance, it’s about time I start getting the nursery decor planned out. When we found out it was a girl, I made a secret promise to myself that I would somehow infuse flamingos into the decor. Sure, they have become a popular motif over the last few years but there is more to it than that. My family has had a tradition of using lawn flamingos to celebrate big events for the last 15 years. Wether it was a birthday, high school or college graduation, several engagements, or a wedding, our loyal flock of lawn mingos have traveled far and wide to be the pièce de résistance of every celebration. As the first grandchild in my family, it seems only fitting that the newest member be welcomed by our favorite feathered friends.

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(Mr. and Mrs. Flamingo as decorated by one of my bridesmaids and tiny mingos for the bouquets at our wedding in 2010.)

Now that flamingos have been established as an inspiration for the nursery, there is just one small problem. I hate pink. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some fabulous rooms that are bursting with pink, but it’s just not for me. So, how do you design a room inspired by pink flamingos without using pink? For me, the trick was finding a shade of pink that doesn’t make my skin crawl. The color I ended up going with is coral. Coral is an orange based pink and is about as far away from pale baby pink in the pink spectrum as it gets. Another strategy to help ease me (and the hubby) into this pink coral thing, is to use it sparingly as an accent color.

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I want the nursery to flow with the rest of the house but still be a space that is distinctly her own. I am going with a taupe base color and warm grays and whites. The room will be accented with coral trim, pillows, and accessories. I also want to include plenty of gold tones in the hardware, fixtures, and furniture. I’m in the process of pairing down the preliminary fabrics I picked out for the pillows and the upholstered cornice I plan on making.

I have quite a few DIY projects in mind for the nursery and if I want to get them all done, I had better get started! My husband and I are planning on taking a trip to Home Depot this weekend to get started on the beadboard paneling. Neither of us are particularly handy, so this project will definitely be a learning experience. Wish us luck!

Images: first two images courtesy of John Partridge Photography



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  1. LOVE your ideas! Colors are perfect, love that you aren’t going to go girlie girl pink. And making it meaningful, I LOVE that! I can’t wait to see the special projects and touches you come up with!

    • Thanks Jamie! Yah, girly pink kinda makes me cringe! I have so many things swirling around in my head, I hope I can finish them all!!

  2. Oh, how fun! That is one of the best rooms to plan I think. Love the colors you are going with. Can’t wait to see what you come up with :) xo Kristin
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    • I’ve designed a bunch of nurseries in my head but this will be the first one I actually install, I can’t wait! It will be fun to share with you along the way and see what you all think!!

  3. Hi Sarah,

    Do you know the Karkuteilla printed fabric by Marimekko? It features a flamingo and is a great addition in any nursery.

  4. Lauren Kellim says:

    Haha, I understand this loathing of the color pink! I have it too! Coral is a perfect alternative! Love the color palette you have chosen. So funny, your flamingo tradition! When my husband and I moved into our first place not too long ago my sister slipped a pink plastic flamingo into the grass in the back yard as a house warming gift! What a fun family tradition! Good luck on the paneling! :)
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    • That’s so cute! I wanted to do that when my friend’s started buying houses. It’s nice now that they’re sort of a cool thing to have now!

  5. Gorgeous colors — I am so excited for you! I love that you are using the coral as an accent color. And the addition of the gold is going to be perfect, too. Have so much fun!
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  6. Rather than baby blue for my first boy’s room, I chose orange and turquoise! I think coral is a fantastic alternative to pink, and I love the colour scheme you’ve chosen. What a lovely family tradition – flamingos are so fun! I can’t wait to see the finished room x
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