Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Nursery inspiration

Ever since I got the + on the stick this winter, I've been thinking about how to decorate the nursery. We know it's going to be a boy (his name will be Carl Elvis Elton) but that doesn't really matter to me, I wouldn't have been painting the room either pink or blue anyway...
The room is tiny with a sloped ceiling, hardwood floors and the walls are going to be white. These are some of the pictures I have collected for inspiration, please tell me what you think!

Animals and cars will definitely be on display!

I have this poster by Elisabeth Dunker, and some vintage toy blocks that I'm planning to use.

A paper mobile or garland is on the "must have list"

A small wardobe is getting painted white any day now, and it will get fairy lights in some way on top of it.

I've bought an old sugar crate wich will be a perfect storage solution for toys or books.

I'm thinking of hanging a simple curtain in this Ikea fabric on a clothes hanger. It won't be heart shaped though.

This crib is awesome! However, ours will most likely be from Ikea if I can't find a nice vintage one before October.


  • Anna @ D16 says:

    Carl Elvis Elton!!! Okay, that is fantastic. Truly.

    Names like that almost (almost!) make me want to have children. :)

    2009-07-09 | 22:08:43
    URL: http://doorsixteen.com
  • emma says:

    Oh, thanks Anna! I'm happy to hear that you like the name! Now, do you have any ideas on the decor? You know how much I like your style, so I would really appreciate any thoughts...

    2009-07-09 | 22:32:37
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • Frida Eklund Edman says:

    Åh, inspirationen ser superhärlig ut och namnet sen! :-) Jag anar ett "girlang-tema", med Elisabeths affisch, ikea-tyget och så förstås pappersvimplarna.. Själv gillar jag de gamla trälådorna! Måste ge mig ut på loppisjakt efter liknande lådor och matcha med hjul i lite mera färgglad high-tech stil till Olle-Brors rum som också är under uppbyggnad..

    Jag tror det blir superfint Emma!

    * PS, vilken spjälsäng! Man skulle ha obegränsat med tid och snickarkunskaper så kanske man skulle kunna få till något liknade ur en mdf-skiva... ;-)

    2009-07-09 | 22:52:06
    URL: http://fridasfina.blogspot.com
  • Janni says:

    Det er superfin inspiration :-)

    - hvad med lækre bløde legetæpper til gulvet, eller en slyngevugge... de der tremmesenge minder mig om børne-bure :-D

    Tak for en fin blog, i øvrigt - og tillykke med maven :-)

    Janni, DK

    2009-07-10 | 08:19:50
    URL: http://ohmy.dk
  • tiel says:

    love the birds!

    2009-07-10 | 13:04:49
    URL: http://tsktsk.typepad.com
  • French furniture says:

    How many cute ideas!

    2009-07-10 | 15:11:32
    URL: http://ivorypearlinteriors.com
  • Magdalena says:

    Gorgeous stuff! The nursery will be beautiful.

    The mother in me can't help but say: be careful with vintage cribs. Many are unsafe (e.g. wingnuts which stick out can be a strangulation hazard if the baby's clothes get stuck on them, the spaces between bars can hurt limbs, etc etc). And make sure you sand the crate unless you love digging out splinters! Sorry. Can't help myself.

    2009-07-10 | 15:37:59
  • Ella (mummy to Luka Issac) says:

    great ideas. If you are planning on having his crib in with you guys in the beginning, a little tip is to have one with an open side up against your own bed. Makes life so much easier and it is extremely cosy having your little guy next to you. Im very lucky in that my husband was able to build one exactly the measurements and height we needed, wasn't too hard if you are a little handy. Good luck

    2009-07-10 | 17:02:58
    URL: http://sandbackens.com
  • Elisabeth, anyhow.se says:

    OJ vilka fina namn, och vilka enormt fina bilder kuber är absolut ett måste - även för vuxna! :)

    2009-07-10 | 17:32:02
    URL: http://levaleende.blogg.se/
  • virginia says:

    i love the idea of the hangar and the fabric. you mentioned fairy lights, which reminded me of this light fixture i photographed, created by bending rope lights into a chandelier shape.


    2009-07-10 | 18:08:10
    URL: http://colorinformal.blogspot.com/
  • AprillAprill Johanna says:

    Underbart att få planera och förbereda ett barnrum. Ett barnrum ger verkligen hela hemmet liv!

    2009-07-10 | 18:20:16
    URL: http://aprillaprill.blogg.se/
  • wendy says:

    what a beautiful collection of pictures. i love how serene they look. i recently bought the ikea gulliver crib and just put it together - it's quite sturdy and the design is simple.

    2009-07-10 | 21:55:06
    URL: http://dozidesign.blogspot.com
  • emma says:

    Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!

    As this is my third child, I do have som clue about child safety, so don't worry about the baby getting hurt. :-)

    2009-07-11 | 02:16:32
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • Edna says:

    I love the origami Tsurus.

    Fantastic your pictures.

    2009-07-11 | 03:22:13
    URL: http://barraartes.blogspot.com/
  • melanie says:


    hi emma, the above link actually is an etsy artist who makes coat hangers in the shape of any name. check it out! then you could hang your material from a hanger that says whatever you like...melanie

    2009-07-11 | 08:56:19
  • Anna Caroline says:

    Hej Emma!

    Grattis igen :) Du har verkligen samlat magiska bilder. Det kommer bli jätte fint. Vill också dekorera ett barn rum :)

    /Anna Caroline

    Design Studio 210

    2009-07-11 | 15:38:38
    URL: http://designstudio210.com
  • kasey at thriftylittleblog says:

    I love that poster. It will be a beautiful nursery.

    2009-07-13 | 03:23:56
    URL: http://www.thriftylittleblog.com
  • Elisabeth Dunker says:

    Grattis Emma! Det här ser lovande ut, gillar verkligen sockerlådorna på hjul, spjälsängen och tyg på galge-idén. Kul att se min affisch med på ett hörn :)

    Namnet, Carl Elvis Elton - super :)!

    2009-07-13 | 23:30:22
    URL: http://finelittleday.blogspot.com/
  • emma says:

    Thank you everyone, I'm so happy to hear you like the names we picked! Our families are a bit more sceptical to say the least...

    There will of course be a rug in the room as well, but I haven't decided yet if it's going to be a simple black and white cotton rug, or if I should go for this fun cinnamon roll one: http://www.favoritsaker.se/art.asp?id=2526

    And a big thank you to melanie for the link with the hangers, I'm seriously considering ordering an "Elvis" hanger now!

    2009-07-14 | 02:04:24
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • liza says:

    Wow - I wish I'd known to consult you for my little guy's room! Carl Elvis Elton (so great) will love his room. The poster is fantastic. Everything is.

    2009-07-14 | 05:50:59
    URL: http://postcardsfromcolorado.blogspot.com/
  • decor8 says:


    We really need to catch up!

    I heard from someone that you were preggers but now I know it's true. Congrats, honey!

    Who is the lucky man? And when you say we, do you mean you and he and your children or? I have to have all the details you know!~~~

    much love 2u,


    2009-07-14 | 06:19:49
    URL: http://decor8blog.com
  • emma says:

    Hi Holly, I'll send you a message on fb with all the details, promise!

    2009-07-14 | 12:04:17
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • Metta says:

    hi Emma. I'm looking at your blog for the first time today, and love it. What do you think about making paper airplanes with maps or something colorful, and then stringing them up for a mobile over the crib? Just an idea. Congratulations on your new baby! I love the name Elvis. My husband and I just read Isabel Allende's "Zorro" and are on a Zorro kick, so we are trying to work Zorro into the name of future babies...

    2009-07-16 | 00:47:38
    URL: http://mm.prietos.org
  • melissa bombardiere says:

    i too will be thinking about decor for my first nursery, although i need a room first! but i love the sugar crate idea - absolutely beautiful.

    2009-07-18 | 00:23:30
    URL: http://melbomba.blogspot.com
  • rose says:

    Everything is so beautifull ! Bravo for the selection and a big thank you from France for all these beauties !


    2009-07-18 | 09:15:48
    URL: http://stressandthecountry.blogspot.com
  • Anonym says:

    Hi! Love this... where would you find wheels to attach like the ones on the sugar crates?? Love your site!

    2009-07-19 | 17:50:58
    URL: http://www.tailortaste.com
  • Renate says:

    I LOVE that poster, and it seems a great theme to put a room together around. Love the curtain-idea, material is a good choice to as it refers to the flaglines on the poster. A coloured flagline/garland, maybe over the crib? Oh, and owls. Love owls. Maybe a woodland scene with an owl on the wardrobe. I especially love the owls on the Iittala Taika porcelain, maybe you could use those as inspiration?

    I'm sure your son's room will turn out lovely!

    2009-07-22 | 16:04:49
  • kristina says:

    an amazing mood board of ideas! my favourite is the origami-bird mobile!

    p.s.: just discovered your blog and love it, will be back!

    2009-07-25 | 21:26:14
    URL: http://nopennyforthem.blogspot.com/
  • shelley t says:

    beautiful - the name and the pictures. i cannot recommend crates on wheels highly enough; i have three and we move them around, use them in different ways, they're fabulous. x

    2009-07-26 | 13:31:59
    URL: http://www.galeriemontmartre.blogspot.com

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