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What I'm loving this week: 5 Popular nursery trends

Have the coolest nursery on the block

Creating your baby's nursery is your first true rite of motherhood -- it's their very first room! You want it to be perfect, so let me share with you some of the hottest nursery trends.

Have the coolest nursery on the block

Creating your baby's nursery is your first true rite of motherhood -- it's their very first room! You want it to be perfect, so let me share with you some of the hottest nursery trends.

My sister-in-law is pregnant with her first baby, and she has recruited me to help her along the way with everything -- from strollers to baby gear and from baby books to her nursery decor. I guess after having four kids, you're seen as an "expert" of sorts. Truthfully, I could write a book because I absolutely love everything baby!

My son's nurseries

When I had my first son, we were living in NYC in a small one-bedroom apartment. We didn't have room for my clothes, nevermind a baby or a nursery. All we could fit in our apartment was a shelving unit for his clothes and a crib -- that was it. I always felt he was jipped when it came to the baby nursery department because he never had one. With my next three sons, I decorated their nurseries from top to bottom and fully embraced the fact I got to decorate one!

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As my sister-in-law is preparing for baby No. 1, I've been sharing with her some of the latest and most fabulous baby nursery trends. I'm absolutely loving some of the nursery trends that are hot right now and so excited to share my top five in this week's column.

So what am I loving this week for baby nursery trends?

Pops of tangerine

Tangerine is the color of 2012, so it's only appropriate we see it in baby nurseries this year. What I love about adding pops of tangerine into your nursery is that it can be added through bedding, furniture, wall hangings and/or carpets (really, anything). I think it looks mod and oh-so-chic when dashes and touches of tangerine are brought in. Another plus, it can be for a boy or a girl!

Chevron print

I absolutely LOVE the popularity the chevron print is bringing into 2012! The beauty of the zig-zag chevron print is that it's bold -- plain and simple. If you want to make a statement, bring this print into your baby's nursery. Another plus, it can be brought in in many different ways -- it can be as loud as the full design print on your wall, or as simple as a wall hanging in the room. It's fabulousness!

Yellow/Gray mix

Every year there seems to be a new pairing of colors for a nursery. When I had my youngest son Henry in 2008, it was all about mixing chocolate brown with either pink or blue. In 2012? It's all about the yellow and gray combination. It's sweet. It's sophisticated. It's simple. I think it's a stunning combination for a nursery.

Lucite furniture

I can't say this is my favorite look, but modern is modern, and lucite is very in right now. If you're looking to make a splash and go very modern and contemporary, bring on the lucite mama!

Check out the crib for Beyonce's daughter (hint: It's lucite!) >>

"Grow with you" cribs

I cannot get over the popularity in the "grow with you cribs." What do I mean by this? Well, when I had my four sons, I bought a crib. That was it. Now? It's all about buying a crib that will convert into a toddler bed. It's all about the multi-function of a piece of baby furniture and it's hotter than ever right now (and really darn smart!).

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