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August 13, 2012

Emma's New Room | Inspiration from a BlaBla Doll

I have been struggling with what to do with Emma's new room in the new house.  As you recall, her nursery (that she's lived in for an entire 8 months...) was a really soft blue, ivory and grey.  I still love the room... when everything is put away including all of the various colored toys, stuffed animals, books, blankets, etc. that she has received as gifts- which is rare.  With all of those other colors in the room, it can easily become a hodge-podge, rather than a creamy soothing soft nursery. 

Because I like for her to be surrounded by all of those fun things that have been given to her by loved ones (instead of just the creamy white toys and stuffed animals we purchased for her...), I've decided to stop fighting the color that is creeping in and embrace it.  A little.

We received this "blabla" doll from our friends last week and it hit me - inspiration.  I loved the color combination - the pale blue with a really soft pink, grey, slate blue, white and pops of green and strawberry pink.  It seemed fun and whimsical while being soft and cuddly at the same time.

I'm still not exactly sure how I'm going to execute it, but here is a rough idea.  The cream crib, slip-covered chair, cream area rug and wooden changing table will remain the same, but I'll be making some striped curtains that will mimic the skirt I bought (maybe trimmed with pompoms?), and finding/making pillows to bring in more colors.  There will also be a play area made from an upholstered bench (that used to be in our living room) with baskets underneath.  My hope is that it will still feel cozy and soft, but a little more fun and whimsical with extra color.


  1. What a lovely idea to base the nursery colours on a pretty toy - and how sweetly the colours all work together. I usually try to restrict my decorating to a 2-3 colour/neutral palate - but this room design has certainly prompted me to think a little more in terms of colour accents...

  2. Do you know the name of the doll? I haven't seen that one and she would be perfect to add to my daughters collection. Thanks!

    1. Hi Shana,
      This little doll is one of our Schoolbook Rattles!
      We love this post :)

  3. Hi Jenny,

    I have been reading your blog for a while now. I am also a former MU alum who lived out East for a while. (Vermont)

    How exciting that you are moving back to KC. My hubby and I settled in MI where he is from originally. We just bought a 1929 Dutch Colonial. It is so exciting to make plans for the new rooms. I have been removing 1970's wallpaper and painting everything white..ahem. Anyway, I was wondering what room planning program you use? All my current furniture doesn't quite fit and I would love to lay out the rooms on a computer first.

    I have always loved the colors of that doll. So sweet. As a mother of two little girls, I love your color choices. Mine girls are currently 6 going on 13 and 5 years old. The five year old loves soft, girly colors, but the 6 year old is gunning for a turquoise room. We shall see.

    Enjoy that sweet baby and new home.

  4. Jenny
    I just found your blog and think it is stunning! I've printed out your lemon orzo recipe to take to the cottage-can't wait to try it.
    Have a great day

  5. I have been having the same problem with bright multi-colored toys. I hide them in neutral boxes as often as possible. I too needed to incorporate some muted color to the nursery. I recently purchased some Waverly fabric that just happens to exactly match your little one's doll. Thought I would share....

  6. Bri- thanks! That is such a cute swatch!

    Campnlulu- I love to hear from MIzzou alum... Miz!

    Blablakids- I'm so glad you stopped by! I'd love to see the cat rattle in a regular size :). Hint, hint...

  7. I cannot wait to see what you do with princess' room. I never heard of blabla dolls. they are so adorable. but not as adorable as Emma, of course :-)


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