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The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Behind the Scenes Design Tips & Tricks

By: colleen clark

May 11, 2017

We’re not going to lie. We’re freaking out more than a little bit because we just met one of our all-time fave celebs (and design crushes), Ellen DeGeneres.

Ahead of Mother’s Day, we visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show with our friends from The Home Depot to give free interior design packages to some very deserving, expectant moms. In honor of the occasion, our designers dreamed up some perfect nursery set-ups. Ready to get some tips and tricks of your own? Read on!  And in the meantime, check out our appearance on the show here.


Where to Start

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Behind the Scenes Design Tips & Tricks

The crib should be the building block of your nursery. It may seem silly to splurge on a piece of furniture that your little one will only sleep in for two years or so. However, many cribs these days convert to toddler beds and daybeds. In addition, if you plan to have more than one child, you’ll want something sturdy that will last through two kids.

The next almost equally important piece? A rocking chair or glider. “Knowing a new baby often means long nights, a comfortable rocker or glider is a key piece in any nursery. Think to yourself, ‘Can I sleep in this chair?’ because chances are you will,” Laurel & Wolf designer Kimberley Winthrop says.

Then layer on even more coziness. In the boho glam nursery above, the traditional chair-ottoman combination is replaced by a Moroccan-style pouf and a plush throw pillow provides additional comfort. The flowers draping from the ceiling offer a softer and more sophisticated take on a traditional mobile.

Shop The Look:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Behind the Scenes Design Tips & Tricks

Callcott Teal Accent Pouf, $278.52 / White Mini Flower Chandelier, $58.48 / Yashiya Mid-Century Upholstered Rocking Chair, $274.95 / Anthro Flower Area Rug, $310.03


A Gender Neutral Look

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Behind the Scenes Design Tips & Tricks

Going gender neutral can be a great decision for your nursery. It means that decor can be repurposed whether you have boys or girls. In the nursery above, we chose an subtle color palette of white, sage, and light brown. Wood decor adds warmth and the cow hide rug, playful pillows and watercolor gallery wall add whimsy.

Also key? Those black-out curtains. They’re the best way to help your little one (and you!) nap when it’s bright outside. “I think the most important thing to consider when designing a nursery is ease of use,” Kimberly says. “New babies are unpredictable, so despite how cute something might be, if it’s hard to use, hard to clean or uncomfortable, you probably don’t want it.”

Shop The Look:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Behind the Scenes Design Tips & Tricks

Austin Allen & Co. Tobacco Chandelier, $398.00 / Amanti Art Fox Print, $159.95 / Ben White & Light Grey Side Table, $152.25 / King Collection Moroccan Trellis Rug, $109.49


Now Have Fun!

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Behind the Scenes Design Tips & Tricks

We all know having one baby can be chaos. But twins?! We’ve embraced the wild ride that twins can bring by adding a fun animal theme to this nursery. We love designing nurseries because you can be truly playful with them. So we say, go wild with wallpaper, try a crazy rug, or indulge in an entertaining theme. Create a space as fun and imaginative as you want your kiddos to be!

Shop The Look:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Behind the Scenes Design Tips & Tricks

Amazing Elephant Canvas Wall Art, $83.70 / Star Light, $19.98 / Reevo Two-Drawer Changing Table, $209.99 / Brewster Stars Wallpaper, $49.92


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