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Tasteful ideas for personalizing the nursery

It’s tradition to emblazon a nursery with the new baby’s name. But we felt it was time for some fresh (and tastefully subtle) alternatives to the ubiquitous wall letters and initial pillows we see everywhere. So we caught up with Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio of Project Nursery, who shared five cool ideas for personalizing the décor.

The Monogram. A single, oversized initial (or three) makes a powerful statement on the wall or area rug. Marquee Lights. Babies and toddlers are obsessed with night lights—love this clever initial one. Custom Silhouettes. A classic cutout can look like modern art when it’s applied to baby’s room. Shadow Boxes. Take Darcy Miller’s lead and frame an important keepsake such as the birth announcement, then add sentimental 3-D elements like an itty-bitty hospital wristband and other precious memorabilia. Canvas art. The possibilities are endless in this medium: consider personalizing blown-up photos with baby’s birth date details.