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Jessica's Nursery Design

By 7/09/2018

charlie swaney is loosely scheduled to come in hot in about two weeks, and although jessica and ben may not be ready (or me! lord help - a baby!), this little nugget's room sure is.   it's been a real treat watching his cute little nursery come together.  jessica and ben have a great house, and while they've only been in it a couple of years, it feels like a thoughtful home, full of treasures and collections to discover in every corner.  the nursery, case-in-point, is practically designed with an equal emphasis on pretty.  kid-friendly in all the right ways, but without pandering to trends.  she's proven that good design can be easy on the eyes, relatable to live with and done on a super shiny dime, without breaking the bank.

jessica is great at pairing fabrics so that a design feels polished, but never too precious. vintage textiles, like the suzani purchased in istanbul she used as a curtain, play off of basic southern staples, like the ticking stripe slipcover on the glider.  it's a new south kinda way, i think - combining pieces of our past, southern classics that have been ingrained in us since little girls, with exotic finds from our travels.  our style tells our story, of where we came from, and where we choose to go from there.  it's an easy accessible look in her home, and it's definelty parlayed into charlie's space.

i just love the paint color - it's ben moore wythe blue, and she pulled it from just a speck in the suzani.  the carpet is really lovely too - it's a super-classy number, custom cut and installed by our amazing local rug source, eatman's carpet.  the scalloped slipcover steals the show i think - our local seamstress nails it 100% of the time with her bespoke details - she's an artist, and we are constantly amazed at how she can take a glider found on craigslist and make it feel like a completely custom fancy piece, totally one-of-a-kind.

jessica told me the biggest challenge decorating the room was making sure to use pieces that could grow with charlie and making the space flow with the rest of the house.  again, i think she nailed it - from the soft green walls to the easy mix of fabrics, textures and finishes, the room flows right on down the hall and feels like a chic layer added to the eclectic cake she's baking out of all the ingredients she likes.  i think i have buns in the oven on the brain?


Glider: Custom made scallop slipcover

Crib: Ikea

Cheetah Art: Dorothy Shain

Rug: Eatmann's 


  1. Perfection! Every detail is just amazing. Mazel!

  2. It's precious. And perfect. It's childlike and grown up. Comfortable and elegant. What an amazing room. They are all going to enjoy it- and spend a lot of time in it!!

  3. Just darling. Love the vintage touches. Lucky boy!

  4. Such a sweet nursery! Love the little elephant table and the suzani. Congrats Jessica - you’ll be an amazing Mommy (and Jamie, you’ll be the best Auntie!!)

  5. Really wonderful. One of the very best I've ever seen - every single touch is thoughtful and personal. Congrats, best wishes and ENJOY!!