A Storybook-Inspired Nursery

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This precious nursery showcases the 12 gifts of love parents give their children.

The Gifts

As any expectant parent knows, the weeks prior to the birth of a new child are full of busy preparation, not least of which is putting together a nursery for the child. This room design was inspired by the storybook The Twelve Gifts of Birth by Charlene Costanzo. According to the story, every child is given 12 gifts -- including imagination, beauty, joy, and wisdom -- by his or her parents.

Special Message

A passage from The Twelve Gifts of Birth graces the wall space above the bed. White furniture helps to tone down the bright pink, green, orange, and yellow color scheme.

Themed Accents

A basic symmetrical shelving unit with varied cubby sizes accommodated the word lengths. Painting the background of each cubby a different color adds depth and visual interest. The custom-fit cabinets give the room a hint of modern style and also supply loads of storage space.

Bold Style

The designer's focal-point project was a window seat flanked by bookcases that created a place to display these 12 gifts on large felt blocks. The bright colors in the plaid bedspread and coordinating lime-and-pink quilt will last until this room is updated for a teen resident. A matching twin bed and crib leave room for an eventual sibling to share the space once baby transitions to the "big girl" bed.

Cute and Quotable

To create a painted quotation on the wall, choose a fun font and use a projector to aim the phrase onto the wall, then carefully trace and paint the letters. Use a level to square up each line of text, then apply painter's tape to keep everything straight as you trace and paint.

Mix and Match

Mixing fabrics and patterns gives the room an eccentric feel and allows for a color switch in the future.

Flower Power

The changing table sits underneath a mirror surrounded by painted floral motifs.

Tower Storage

Perfect for diaper necessities right now, this versatile storage unit will transition to hold toddler toys and books later.

Divine Inspiration

The storybook The Twelve Gifts of Birth by Charlene Costanzo inspired the design of this thoughtful and colorful room.

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