Alice’s Tropical Nest

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Alice is a mom who loves art, fashion, party planning and interior design. This South Floridian was deeply influenced by her tropical surroundings and love of the beach. The end result? A bright, budget-friendly wonderland for a sweet baby girl!

Child’s Name:Haven’t decided yet.
Child’s Age: Due March 5th, 2010
Location: South Florida

What was your inspiration for the room?
I wanted a nursery that was unique, functional and fun! I loved the color aqua for the walls and wanted to use it for a boy or a girl. When I found out she was a girl, I picked yellow and bright pink as my accent colors and just went from there.

Describe your decorating style.
I live by the beach, so there is definitely a tropical element to my decorating style but with a modern twist.  I was also working on a budget so I had to get creative with some of my choices.

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Furniture: I wanted to keep the furniture neutral and modern. I was so happy to find the Baby Mod – Olivia 3-in-1 Crib, Amber and White from Wal-Mart. It looks like an expensive Oeuf crib but for 1/3 of the cost. It‘s made of solid wood and will convert into a toddler and day bed so it was a great value for the price. The dresser is the Malm 6-drawer dresser from Ikea that also doubles as a changing table and the bookshelf is the Ikea Expedit.

Glider: Function definitely won over fashion here.  While I dreamed about an Eames Molded Plastic rocker
or an upholstered Monte glider, I found the Dutailier gliders to be the most comfortable for my height (5’8”) and also quiet and well made. Bonus: I found mine on Craigslist in like new condition for only $60!

Toy Chest/ Window Seat: This is an outdoor storage bench from Pier One.  I covered the original cushion with a fabric shower curtain that I found at TJ Maxx. I used the remaining fabric to make the lamp shade and a stuffed owl.

Paint: Benjamin Moore No VOC paint in “Ocean Spray.”

Crib Set: “Sea Holly Rose” by Nurseryworks*. (If you want to see this bedding in another nursery, go see Rich Chocolate & Pink Nursery) I love the large, graphic print and the hot pink color and it’s made from organic cotton.  I didn’t think a crib skirt worked with my modern style crib so I used the bumper that was included with the crib set at the bottom of the crib to fill that space.

Sheep Mobile: This project was inspired by Flensted’s Black Sheep Mobile from the Museum of Modern Art. I kept the black and white contrast but added a pop of color. I love how it “dances” over the crib when the fan is on.

Embroidery Hoop Art: This was a DIY project. All you need is an embroidery hoop and different patterns, shapes and textures made from scrapbook paper and felt.

Wall Art: The Banana Poster is an Andy Warhol print that I bought off of EBay and framed.  I also used two of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes as pictures.

Surfboard: I think my yellow WRV mini longboard looks really cool against the aqua walls.  She’ll be a Pisces like her mama and will hopefully love the beach and the ocean.

Favorite Items.
There are lots of DIY projects in this room that I worked on throughout my pregnancy. I think these homemade touches make the room truly unique.

It’s never too early to start planning your dream nursery!

You can read more about Alice and her endeavors on her blog, Welcome to Wonderland.


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. Great work. Just curious – what did you use to attach/fasten the changing pad to the dresser? I know Ikea makes a changing pad frame, was wondering if you used it (can’t tell from the photos). I also did a roundup of embroidery hoop art displays – see the link here: Take care!
    .-= jaime’s last blog ..mid-century lamps and UO lounge chair update =-.

    • Hi Jamie!
      I don’t believe that Alice used the changing pad frame from Ikea.
      I have the same Ikea dresser and I fastened the pad with the fastening strap that’s attached to the changing pad.

  2. I absolutely *love* the colors in this room!
    And the embroidery hoops is such an adorable idea!! Very creative. Must go see her wonderland!
    .-= BlissfulBabe’s last blog ..Here I Go Again! =-.

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  4. i was just thinking this same exact thing before lol, wonderful article

  5. Hello,
    I think your nursery looks great!! I am trying to figure out which dresser I want to order from Ikea, and the Malm is on my list. Do you find the height to be suitable to use it as a change table? I worry that it is too low and will be hard on my back to bend over to change the babe when he/she arrives.
    Any advice would be great. :)


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