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My incredible big sister is expecting her first child this May. I am beyond excited. In fact, pretty much since she broke the news I have had babies on the brain. It's hard not to get carried away when there are so many good-looking nurseries and kids rooms popping up on design blogs and so many great products available. Long gone are the pastel duckling and teddy bear motifs that seemed to dominate when I was a kid.

Here are some of my favourite kid's rooms from around the interwebs:

Erin of Design-Crisis painted her son's room a warm grey. It's a great example of a transitional room. It's easy to imagine a wee babe growing up into a big kid and beyond without having to undergo pricey changes. She's since moved though, and will be working on not one but two kidlet rooms! Congrats to her!

I have had this one in my inspiration folder for a while now. It's from Elizabeth Sullivan Design. Aaaaaadorable, right?

And using the same principles — picture rail bookshelves with a patterned ceiling — this room by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors is what I would love my own 3-year-old's room to look like.

As far as retailers go, I gotta give props to California company Serena & Lily. They have the most beautiful furniture and accessories for nurseries.

The Marlo, Leo and James collections are my favourites for babies, and I would have died to have a Marni room (above, right) when I was a kid... or now.

And Indigo has a stellar lineup of gifts and decor items for the wee ones. Have a baby shower to go to? Take a look at these gems.

These fabric wall decals are great because you can pop them up, take 'em down, store them and reuse them.

Bamboo mobile? Cute! Or how about a DwellStudio school bus bookshelf? What's another word for cute? I know I have probably said it too many times already.

They also have some great items for under $20 if you are cheap or broke, like me! This delightful whale bank won't break the bank at $19 (and might teach junior some valuable lessons about savings). The elephant pillow for $18 would make a great gift as well.

Now don't even get me started on the baby clothes...

See our Kids Rooms: 28 Designs for more cute inspiration.

Photo credits:
1. Design-Crisis
2. Elizabeth Sullivan Design
3. Amber Interiors
4a. Marlo Collection, Serena & Lily
4b. Leo Collection, Serena & Lily
5a. James Collection, Serena & Lily
5b. Marni Collection, Serena & Lily
6. Fabric Wall Decals, Indigo
7a. Bamboo Mobile, Indigo
7b. DwellStudio School Bus Decorative Bookshelf, Indigo
8a. Whale Bank, Indigo
8b. Elephant Silhouette Pillow, Indigo


Kai Ethier

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