Evelyn’s Matryoshka Nursery Design

Welcome to this edition of Procrastinators of the World Unite.  

This one time, I got pregnant back in April, and thought “Oh, I have plenty of time to do anything.”

Then we found out we were having a girl in July, and I thought, “We still have plenty of time.  She’s not due til Christmas, and it’s 107 degrees.”

And just like Voldemort sneaked in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, we realized Christmas was sneaking up on us in less than 12 weeks.  There have been a few things happen lately which make us think she’ll come a little early.  We hope she doesn’t, but we need to be prepared.  Lessons learned from Titanic and icebergs.

The original plan was to completely finish our open concept renovation before we started the nursery.  But we just felt like we couldn’t put it off any longer.  So my fantastic mother came over to help me get things in motion by helping me clean out the room and rip up carpet.  If Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp had a magical Julie Andrews love child, it would by my mom.  She is practically perfect in every way, with a touch of cheeky-ness.

The chosen nursery… formerly known as the office.  This was the already existing paint color when we moved in, dirty rotten beige.

office room

office room

First step, rip up carpet.

Nursery Paint

Next step, prime & paint walls.  Heidi and my mom knocked it out like a professional wrestling duo on a Saturday night in front of a stadium of 80 thousand.  (Is that even a thing?  I know nothing.  Seriously.  I’ve never seen a fight in my life.)

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

The plan is NOT to have an all white nursery.  The plan is to be cute, and do this.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mood Board


This mood board is some inspiration, and some actual items that we are using.  I thought Russian Nesting dolls were a perfect route to go.

I’m getting all DIY up on a bunch of nursery items.  There are going to be quite a few surprises with the nursery.  IE:  I’m not telling you what I’m using the nesting doll fabric for, or what the mobile is, what the dresser looks like yet, or where the scallops will be.  But I LOVE the scallop pattern, because when you use your imagination, it looks like an army of nesting dolls all stacked in front of each other.

 The flooring is the same we’ve been using upstairs, and will be continued into her room.  And the crowning jewel will be my DIY Wingback Rocking Chair that was made when I was only 7 weeks along.  Still sturdy, still comfortable for the curious minds out there.

And just to remind you fine people, the pumpkin parade started today!  Check out the links below for some kickin pumpkin projects.

Pumpkin Parade

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor & the Dog

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  • Bethany Kline

    Oh Kenz, How I wish I could come and help put all this together with you! You have so many fun adventures right in your own home! I love every second of it! I love your mood board and I had almost forgotten how in love with that chair I am… I guess it’s good for you that I can’t be there to help because I might just help myself to that chair. lol! I also LOVE your HP reference. You remind me more all the time why I like you so much! hahaha! I’m glad you are sticking with the Nesting Doll theme, I LOVED it when I heard it, and now I can make Evelyn a little something! 😉 How long must we wait for these mysteries??

    • Kenz

      Oh I wish you were here so much! I would let you sit in that chair all day! You are so talented 🙂 I have seen a bunch of crocheted nesting dolls and I think they are SO cute. I could never do it. But any time I see something crocheted I always think of you and your amazing talents.

  • Wow…this is going to be a one of a kind nursery that should make for one happy baby! I love how you think outside the box. I can hear the baby’s giggles already…plus some pretty happy parents. You are going to have one busy holiday aren’t you?

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vickie! I can’t wait to hear that sweet sound of baby giggles! The holidays are going to be INSANE! I’m really nervous. I’m trying to get as much done now, because, there is a very good chance we’ll be in the hospital, so no last minute gift making for me! haha, which is usually what happens every year.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art

    So, so, so in love with your design plans for Evelyn’s nursery. This is going to rock! I can now only think of nesting dolls when looking at those scallops going forward 🙂

    • Kenz

      haha! I used to just think “mermaid tails” when I saw scallops, but now It’s just the tops of a million nesting dolls 🙂

  • Henriette

    Cant wait to see it 🙂 I have gotten a bit panicky since we have NOTHING ready (except the stroller and a polar bear jacket), but with 15 weeks left I generally feel we have loads of time. We are going to use most things from my childhood and some things from my brother who has a 5-month old son now 🙂 (he is gianormous. Like you think he should start school soon.)

    I LOVE the matryoshka-theme, I have always had a thing for them. And the scallop pattern, an army of matryoshkas, I am in love. I want that in my house as well! 😀

    Hope you and Evelyn are doing great!

    • Kenz

      Henriette you are so great! I love that you are using so much from your childhood. I wish I had that option! I’m in love with your stroller. It’s my favorite!

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I think it is going to be rich and colorful! I wish you a healthy third trimester and a chunky baby!

    • Kenz

      Why thank you! I love fat babies so much 🙂

  • Michelle

    I love that rug! Evelyn is going to be one stylish chica!

    • Kenz

      The rug is my favorite!!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    I’m such a matryoshka fan, so this is right down my alley. Have a pinterest board too. I found this lamp that I’m obsessed with 😉
    Love your board and that DIYed Strandmon rocker is so awesome!

    • Kenz

      Really?! I need to check out this pinterest board of yours!

  • Cassie Bustamante

    adorable! i am a huge lover of the matryoshka! emmy has a fun matryoshka clock in her room that came from etsy- i bet evelyn would love it!

    • Kenz

      Really?! That’s so cute. Emmy is adorable. I should look up more fun russian nesting doll accents

  • It’s going to be so great!!! I love that idea.

    • Kenz

      Thank you!

  • oh, I love it! I can’t wait to see it all come together! And we didn’t get started on Abe’s nursery until a couple of months before he was born (I’m thinking we did nothing at all until the week of Thanksgiving, and he was born mid January), and it was finished with a couple of days to spare :). I have complete confidence in you! (also, if you don’t finish before she’s born, she won’t even care ;))

    • Kenz

      haha, you are right. I know she won’t care. But if I think like that, then I’ll NEVER be motivated to do anything lol. I’m very deadline oriented.

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    i love love love that rug & am so excited to see the scallops! Evelyn is a very lucky kiddo.

    • Kenz

      Seriously! How great is that over-dyed rug?

  • Ainhoa

    Ooooh I love the scallops! Could you them as a pattern on the wall, maybe an accent wall? Too much?

    • Kenz

      I’m glad you love the scallops. I do too! I am almost done with my secret scallop project. I think you’ll love it 🙂

  • Ember1

    I’ve an artist friend whose style would NOT work for you. But I bring her up because of the nesting dolls. She’s done several fun things on blank ones by coloring them with colored pencil and then sealing them. As DIY as you are, have you looked at making your own set of dolls?

    • Kenz

      That’s a great idea! I’ve seen those blank nesting dolls online before. I’m not very good at detail art like that, but why not try my hand at it 🙂

      • Ember1

        Even if you keep it simple. You could even do something like a collage and cut out and glue the faces (or copies of them, enlarged).

        As another option, iron on paper can be ironed onto wood to give you a pattern. At least for the face. All sorts of options as long as you don’t make them too bulky to fit inside of each other.

  • Love the direction you’re heading! Evelyn is a lucky little lady 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks! It’s definitely coming together!

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Ooooh… love nesting dolls! In fact, Lucy is getting a quilt made by her grandma, and the fabric features Matryoshka dolls! I love the look of them.

    The mood board looks wonderful. I love that lighting fixture; so girly and chic!

    • Kenz

      REALLY?! That will be an amazing quilt. Maybe I need to commission her grandma to make one for baby E.

  • Andi Filante

    The room will be simply beautiful, I know it! Looking forward to the finished product. 🙂


    • Kenz

      Thanks Andi! I am so excited. Mostly to put a baby in there 🙂

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I love what I’m seeing! Oh little Evelyn you are already loved and have millions (yes millions) anxiously awaiting your nursery reveal! Also Beckett loves you and says stay put for now. He’ll wait forever. 😉

    • Kenz

      This makes me happier more than anything! We love that precious little Beckett!

  • Vanlun

    Hi, Kenz
    I had to catch up and WOW, you guys have been so busy. Congrats on having a girl. Yippy, girls are so sweet. : ) Evelyn is a beautiful name and she is going to have a beautiful room. Your home looks great. I love the kitchen, dining room, basement decor, dining table and the build in wall units – love! I love the baby’s room. LOVELY!! I am so happy for you and your hubby.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vanessa! You have been busy too! We are definitely excited for our sassy little girl!

  • Eeeeeekkk… I cannot wait to see this come together. THat fabric is RICIULOUSLY cool!