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Ella’s Modern English Cottage Nursery

Dreaming of a modern english cottage nursery feel for a baby girl? This featured nursery post is for you! Sarah and John did such a fabulous job creating such a beautiful space. Ella will be able to enjoy this space for years to come. It’s classic, timeless, and has the perfect touch of pink.

Nursery Details

What is your nursery’s theme?

“I initially did not have a theme in mind when designing her nursery. Instead, I picked out pieces that inspired me at the time. If I had to label it now, I would say her nursery is ‘Modern English Cottage’ inspired.”

What was the inspiration for your nursery design?

“I knew I wanted it to have an elegant, understated femininity that could grow with Ella into her childhood years. We also didn’t want it to be overly pink. It was important to balance the nursery with pieces that could grow with her into her toddler years. I tended to gravitate towards a neutral white palate and incorporated feminine accents, like the blush bows on her crib, rattan lamp shade, cuckoo clock, and the scallop edged baskets. John and I also wanted to incorporate some small antiques I’ve been collecting over the years. I knew I wanted to use the gold picture frame and small swan figurine in a nursery one day.”

On which items did you splurge vs. save?

“We definitely splurged on the crib with the toddler bed conversion kit, knowing that Ella will use it for many years to come. We also splurged on the linen crib sheets and bedding. I had found them on Etsy and loved the look and feel. I just wasn’t able to find a cheaper option that I loved as much. The artwork was where we were able to save. The pieces above the crib were relatively inexpensive and I framed them myself. The painting by the door I actually painted myself! We also saved on the recliner and the dresser, which is an old dresser from our master bedroom. Some of the small decor items were also antiques I’ve collected throughout the years and I mixed them with some quick pieces from Target. Lastly the rug was a great save from Target. I initially had picked out a rug twice the price and found a much cheaper option!”

Did you experience any challenges with your nursery design?

“I initially wanted to do a petite floral, English style wallpaper behind her crib. However, neither my husband nor I have ever installed wallpaper and we quickly ran out of time before we were able to find a contractor. I’m glad it turned out the way it did though. Looking back, I think the room would have been too busy with the wallpaper I initially wanted.”

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your nursery?

“For me, the nursery was my ultimate nesting obsession and somehow gave me peace during pregnancy. I meticulously picked out every piece. At one point I even ordered four different sets of curtains. I wanted to make sure I got the right ones that fit the color scheme best!”

Crib | Dresser | Floor Lamp | Side Table Lamp | Rug | Glider Chair | Curtains | Curtain Rod | Side Table | Mirror | Artwork | Artwork | Artwork | Baskets | Linen Bows and Crib Skirt | Lamb Rocker | Cuckoo Clock | Ceramic Containers

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