By Laura Serino

Published on May 13, 2017

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Photography by ELLIE LILLSTROM

Quick Change Artist

Don’t splurge on a changing table. Instead, invest in a dresser that will go from housing baby onesies to, well, adult onesies (if they’re still in style). Purchase a changing table pad and secure on top.

 
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Photography by REBECCA SANABRIA

Go Abstract

Everyone loves cutsie animal prints and ABC posters, but your babe will barely notice the art on his walls. Instead, decorate with artwork, like Tiffani Thiessen did in her child’s room here, that will inspire them into young adulthood.

 
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Photography by MATHEW WILLIAMS

Sweet Dreams

A daybed is the perfect addition to a nursery during those “I-might-as-well-just-sleep-in-there” moments. And in a few years, it’ll be a great piece for sleepover parties.

 
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Photography by AMY BARTLAM

Style Underfoot

There’s no need to buy a new rug for your little one to roll around on. A classic design looks just as great with baby decor as it does with concert posters.

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Photography by CRATE & BARREL

Storage Wars

True fact: You can never have enough storage in a kids room. We love this classic hamper for dirty clothes at any age or as a place to corral stuffed animals and toys. And as they grow, they’ll have no excuse for tossing discarded outfits on the floor.

Crate & Barrel Steele Divided Canvas Sorter, $139.95

 
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Photography by STOKKE

Taskmaster

The geniuses behind beloved baby line Stokke came up with Care, a piece of furniture that goes from changing table to bedroom shelves and finally to a big kid desk.

Stokke Care, $539

 
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Photography by JASON FRANK ROTHENBERG

Hanging Around

You could hang a fuzzy sheep mobile over the crib. Or you could find an artsy mobile that’s just as pleasing to a big kid’s eye as a baby’s, like Serena Mitnik-Miller did in her nursery.

 
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Photography by MODWAY FURNITURE

Mod Rocker

This sleek style is the perfect seat for late-night feedings and will look just as cool to keep by a desk for late-night homework.

Modway Furniture Rocker Lounge Chair, $69.49

 
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Photography by WHITNEY LEIGH MORRIS

Keep it Contained

Wall baskets within arm’s reach are ideal for stashing diapers and wipes by the changing table. Later on, they double as storage for favorite books and toys. Get more small nursery tips from tiny space guru Whitney Leigh Morris, who turned a closet into a nursery.

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Yes, There is Such a Thing as a Grownup Nursery
9 Nursery Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed
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