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Design inspirations for a shabby chic nursery

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7 Posh and oh-so pretty ideas

Design a shabby-chic nursery for your posh little princess that's the perfect balance of purposely distressed items and elegant couture. Think comfort meets elegance for a style that will transition well from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond.

1Add a whimsical touch

Choose a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind piece that will stand out as the centerpiece in any shabby-chic nursery! Stil Novo Design's original rocking horse is entirely made of reclaimed solid oak, recycled from discarded French wine barrels. Due to the aged barrel oak used for its creation, the piece shows natural variations in color and grain as well as slight imperfections that only add to its charm and uniqueness. The whimsical Rocking Green Horse is finished with an antique whitewashed color that complements its definitely vintage appearance, completed with a jute rope for its reins and a few jute strands for the tail. It will be loved from generation to generation!

Rocking Green Horse

2Nostalgic bedding

Ahhh ... sweet dreams! As most nurseries are built around the crib bedding, Carousel Designs offers an extensive line of stylish shabby-chic options in nostalgic prints and patterns. From crib to toddler bed and beyond, each shabby-chic print has crib sheets, pillow covers, blankets, musical mobiles and chenille rocking chair covers to match. From nursery rhyme prints such as Over the Moon in toile to pink floral or sage dot, all bedding can be mixed and matched with ease to create the perfect style just for your little one.

Nostalgic bedding

3Play dress-up

Dress up plain window fabrics with Curtain Candies, a simple, unique way to transform any set of curtains into an original, one-of-a-kind expression of style and personality for your baby girl's nursery. As easy as putting on an earring, Curtain Candies can be added or removed without damaging your curtains -- making it a snap to change or update the look of your child's room as she grows.

Curtain Candies™

4Pretty in pink

Every young lady needs her own pink parasol! Customized Baby Creations' line of hand-painted parasols, banners, changing-table drapes and glider drapes fit perfectly into a shabby-chic nursery. They're beautiful pieces that will transition from infancy to well beyond.

Customized Baby Creations

5Make walls pop

Easy on, easy off -- add hints of whimsy and nature with the Treehouse Wall Art Kit! Friendly woodland animals dance all over the wall, providing teachable art as the decorative creatures can be moved from limb to limb. Your little one will be stimulated from day one as the owl, squirrel, bunnies and more provide a picturesque backdrop that can be an engaging activity as baby grows into a toddler.

Make walls pop

6Decorate with fabrics

Pink and green fabric letters from the Punkin Patch add a personal touch by spelling your child's name, and the pretty floral and checked fabrics add an element of nostalgia.

Decorate with fabrics

7No-fuss rugs

Babies need to crawl and play, and adding a soft, natural fiber rug will add both protection and style to the nursery. According to Toks Arouture, interior designer and owner of Punkin Patch Interiors, "wood floors are preferred to keep the theme of little fuss and natural elements going. You can dress the floor with a non-fussy rug, which also adds to your comfort."

No-fuss rugs

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