Getting Started with a Nursery Design: Find One Point of Inspiration

Color Wheel Quilt by Joelle Hoverson of Purl Soho

I found the inspiration for my baby’s nursery before I was even pregnant, and way before I knew if I was having a boy or a girl. It was one of the first things I found on Pinterest, and it was a colour wheel quilt.

I learned it was a quilt designed by Joelle Hoverson, who owns Purl Soho in New York. I had never made a quilt before, but I was hell-bent and determined. I bought the book with the pattern, I bought the fabric bundle to make the quilt, and after some reading and researching, and then lots of cutting and sewing, I wound up with my own. It doesn’t bear close scrutiny, but I was happy with how it turned out!

I love the pattern because it’s contemporary and colourful and beautiful. I could see it hanging on a wall as a lovely focal point, and from there, I started to build the nursery around it. This one little image on Pinterest spawned the entire vision for the nursery: contemporary and clean, but warm and inviting. Most of the nursery will be soft grey and white—with a bold statement like that colourful quilt, I didn’t want too much to fight with it, visually—with punches of colour taken from the quilt. When we found out we’re having a boy, we decided to focus on teals and turquoises as our accent colours, with pops of other colours. I’ll be posting more on the nursery as it it progresses, as I have a lot of DIY projects and furniture makeovers planned or already in progress (both DIY projects and furniture repurposing are very budget-friendly ways to build a nursery).

My (nearly!) finished version

Plus, the finished nursery will be featured in an upcoming issue of Canadian Family. I can’t wait to see how it comes together (and to show it to all of you!).

Some of us find inspiration for our nurseries, like I did, in one statement piece for the wall. Others use other nurseries as inspiration (we love these 13 nurseries!), specific pieces of furniture, or even just one colour as a starting point.

I want to know: what inspired you most as you planned your nursery?


3 responses to “Getting Started with a Nursery Design: Find One Point of Inspiration”

  1. Firesparx says:

    I found a cute (but not too juvenile) squirrel and tree fabric that has all sorts of fun sorbet colours in it. I probably found it on Pinterest, but I might also have just googled “squirrel fabric” (I’m a little obsessed with the little rodents.) Now the key is to decorate without going too theme-y or overboard. Just clean and bright.

  2. Megan, exec editor of says:

    Firesparx: Do you have a link to the fabric anywhere online? I’d love to see it! (I’m a sucker for beautiful fabric.) –Megan, executive editor of

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