Quintel Noel — a Home Stylist in our Charlotte, North Carolina store — recently completed a project where she was able to assist an expectant mother to express her love of color and pattern in a cheerful new nursery…


My client Gaby is a graphic designer and asked me to assist her in creating a nursery for her soon-to-be-born baby girl. Gaby relocated to the states from Mexico and really wanted to express the influence of her culture which deeply embraces bright colors and layering patterns. We both wanted to do something chic with a touch of boho and whimsy that also spoke to her love of animals.





There were a few pieces from her first home that we decided to incorporate into the nursery — Ikat Links Rug, Silk Paisley Window Panels and a Metal-Wrapped Side Table.



We used frames above the crib to create a focal point and feature Gaby’s own artwork. The color palette was inspired by a colorful Dr. Seuss book cover and the subtle shades of blue-grays are a perfect background for the bright pops of pink and orange we incorporated. The Roebling Storage collection’s simple silhouette and clean lines are great transitional pieces for the future.



Thanks Quintel!

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Before & After: Dining Room by Home Stylist Taylor Ghost
Before & After: NYC Living + Dining Room by Home Stylist Jody McCallum


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March 28, 2013

I like the overall look of this room but I really do not like hanging pictures, (especially sharp pointyy stars!) above the crib. They could fall or the baby could pull them off at some point. Better to hang on another wall and use sometime painted on crib wall.l Just my opinion and I am overly cautious!

Jenn Soltis

March 28, 2013

Where is the pendant light from?


March 28, 2013

Nice looking though I was told that hanging framed pictures above a crib is a no-no. There is no guarantee that one wouldn’t fall at an inopportune moment. eek.

Orange and pink accents = Awesome

Kathy Walley

March 28, 2013

super chic, but one bright pink accent wall would have been great!


March 28, 2013

So serene! I love the curtains – where are they from?


March 28, 2013

This looks incredible! I especially love the balance of neutral tones & bold elements.


March 28, 2013


Keidre Archibald

March 28, 2013

I really love this chic space and how you didn’t take the clients’ want to incorporate bold colors, due to her cultural background, so literal. The pops of colors allow for a transitional space that allows the client to be able to expand on life’s changes and allow the room to grow up with the child. I think you did an excellent job in this space. It is simply Q!

bridget b. @623Designs

March 28, 2013

@Jenn, google capiz shell floral light.

Mag B

March 28, 2013

This is the blog post that I have been waiting for! It’s so crazy how items bought from the shelves of stores can be transformed into beautiful, emotive living spaces!

Quintel is such a gem – a superstar of an interior designer, and West Elm is very lucky to have her as a partner! I had the pleasure of contracting QuinGwinn years ago in Georgia for a bedroom and living room project. And now, we are uniting again for my kids’ bedroom project and my library.

Luckily, we have a West Elm here in Nashville. I can’t wait to see the magic that will ensue. So happy to work with QuinGwinn again, and I can’t wait to hear added insights from Nashville’s West Elm home stylists!

Faves from this room – Ikat Links Rug, the Cuddly Fox, and the Graham Glider… Got to have these in my library, fox too! 🙂


March 28, 2013

Wow! This is an awesome room. Hats off to the designer.


March 28, 2013

I think that’s a Pottery Barn (a sister company to West Elm) pendant.


March 28, 2013

Nice star!


March 28, 2013

I’m a very cheap and boring guy, and even I recognize that I need this designer in my life. The style of this room is everything one could imagine. I love how the room doesn’t look like something off of a show-room floor in the store, but yet incorporates several pieces of West Elm furniture. The client of Quintel benefits from both the contemporary style of all the furniture and the practicability of its uses. Everything featured seems to have a purpose and will mostly likely be used by this family.

Another element of this design I admired is the fact the designer incorporated pieces already owned by the client. I have moved several times throughout my life and am constantly changing the colors and themes throughout my home. I hate throwing out extraordinary pieces of furniture because of my inability to reuse pieces I like. Maybe its time for me to stop being frugal and jump on the home stylist band-wagon. West Elm, you’ve finally showed me something that has won me over. Kudos to you Quintel for all of your hard work. You have a new fan and I look forward to seeing more of your work featured.


March 28, 2013

Yea Quintel! ! P.S. How lucky is this girl to have West Elm in her nursery?! 🙂


March 29, 2013

I love how she pulled it all together with pieces the client already had and new pieces. You can tell Quintel really listened to her and i love how she was able to tie-in the personal touches like colors, personal artwork, and pattern which were important to the client. ADORABLE nursery!

alex taylor

March 29, 2013

Love it. What wall color was used for the room


March 29, 2013

Pottery Barn has the light, although it’s plug in. Looks like Target has the same light, but for hard wiring.


March 29, 2013

Love the colors. Great job.


March 29, 2013

Love the blue wall in a girl’s room! I can totally see the room growing with the child… swap out the crib for a twin… nursing corner becomes a reading nook… Awesome transitional space, and spot-on use of color in the room.

Psych note… babies have blurred vision over the first 3 months of development. Having muted colors in the larger space and pops of color in small spaces reduces the noise that bright colors can add to a baby’s perception.

In early stages of life, muted tones and pastels = genius move! Way to go, Ms. Noel!

M. Gillen

March 31, 2013

In terms of infant safety the crib is a disaster. Is this 1980? A crib with a moveable side and bumpers and pictures on the crib wall could be an illustration of what not to have in an infant’s room. West Elm should not promote this look.


April 2, 2013

Awesome color scheme! It looks baby ready!


April 2, 2013

Great job on color selection and the nursery has just the right amount going on without being too busy.

Danielle West

April 2, 2013

I love how Q took a BLAH and turned it into a WOW! It’s not too much either. Very chic and modern. I love the plain palette (sp?) with the splashes of different colors. Great job Q!

Natashia Janke

April 2, 2013

Love the colors, the shapes also the lay outs. I need something like this in my house. What a wonderful job!


April 2, 2013

Love it and love the colors!!


April 2, 2013

Really nice! Most nurseries are overwhelmed by the color or colors associated with the baby’s gender. It’s cool that you didn’t that here, and it looks great! Love the grey & the orange accents to link to the stuffed fox. Good job!!!


April 2, 2013

It’s GOREGOUS!!! Made for a princess! Quintel is the best designer I know!!!


April 2, 2013

I truly love this room! Usually people go overboard for a nursery, however, I feel the designer did
an excellent job at meeting the wants and needs without making this room look like an over decorated daycare.
And the background really makes the colors pop out! Being a mother to be I will be using some of these ideas for
my baby’s room! Great job Quintel Noel!!

Shari B.

April 2, 2013

Love the color scheme and mixture of prints!I think this room can transition as the child gets older with minor added accessories!And LOVE the simple touches of adding the clients art work, it adds a personal touch!It shows much thought…the mother’s love put into every detail of the room! I’m sure the client is more than pleased! Great Job!


April 2, 2013

Whew! So glad that this is a design feature and not a safety manual entry! Otherwise, there might be more merit to some of the other comments attached to this post. 🙂

In terms of design quality, I think that some may be a bit too critical and short-sighted regarding the purposing of the space. The room (as most baby room are) is more than just a crib. There is transitional space for sitting/reading/storage, etc. In regards to the safety standards, I am happy to see that the designer incorporated the Dhurrie Pouf from West Elm. It serves as a place to store crib frills and fancies while the baby actually sleeps. (After all, who actually “sleeps” on decorator pillows?) And, with the decision made to create a focal point above the crib. I am happy to see that the designer provided what looks like at least 2″ of space between the wall and crib, in the unlikely event of the frames/star being shaken from the walls. Finally, in regards to the crib with moveable parts… It’s definitely not 1980, nor are we in medieval times when there were NO moving parts on cribs. Federal standards have called for improved moveable systems, and sub-standard cribs have not been produced in over 10 years. Thank heavens for moveable parts! As a mother of three, I’d love to meet the human being with 4-ft arms that can place a sleeping baby in a crib without them 😉

I’m not justifying the decisions of the designer… after all, she is the expert, not I! However, I do want to dispel some the “noise” that has been introduced on this post so that the design can be evaluated based on its design merits.

My verdict: A very livable space. The environment does not appear cold or “sterile”, which is conducive to the bonding, self-soothing, and fun that is likely to take place in the room. Love, love, love the wall color for a girl! The zinger for me in this room is the small details. Great products too!


April 2, 2013

Love the color…..could be either gender. The Neutral color makes it easy to grow through the years. Looks like a comfortable room to relax in with baby. Great Job Quintel….you’re hired!

Eddie Williams

April 2, 2013

Q that looks really nice! How much do you charge to design?


April 2, 2013

Love it!!! I would love to see more of your work! Pretty soon I’ll be needing your assistants!!!!!!


April 2, 2013

Great work Q! I would love to get you out to California for some projects!


April 2, 2013

Love the colors, the patterns , and the simplicity of the room. Great job!

Tanera Swan

April 2, 2013

I’m not big into designing, so I can’t offer much advice. However, I think this looks great!


April 2, 2013

I looove this new trend of nurseries not being decorated so literal. This room will be able to grow with the little one without much stress of re-decorating. Great Job Q!

Stephany Goff

April 3, 2013

Wow that looks great! I love your various use of patterns and that pendant light is to die for.


April 3, 2013

Looking at the before photo, its difficult for a non-designer to see the potential in this space. It takes a very talented and skilled eye to capture what you did! I am amazed, this room is beautiful! The colors, attention to detail and sophistication makes this coolest nursery I have ever seen. Go Q!!


April 3, 2013

Love the color palette! The gray adds a soft touch of modern maturity. Quintel did a fabulous job of creating a space that a baby could grow with. The ornamental lighting pendant is such a beautiful touch. What a smorgasbord of desirable pieces all in one room! Absolutely wonderful work =+)

Deborah Metts

April 4, 2013

It’s a subtle design…A nice step away from the cliche nursery!! Great design!

Jerry Quaff

April 10, 2013

WE does not sell cribs. Who would place things on a wall where a baby that stands would grab those sharp objects and pull them into the crib? They also say don’t use bumpers because a baby can suffocate if it becomes trapped under it. This may look cute but no one who reads and cares about their child’s safety should like this. Reckless and dangerous. Design should not only be functional and appealing but MUST fit into every day usability, especially safety. Take a Photo in a few months and you shall see how the room will be completely deconstructed. This is not functional at all.


April 15, 2013

Such a nice work! All colors match perfectly.
Where is the stuffed fox from?? I couldn’t fint it in WE online shop. I absolutely loved it! tks

Alma Mendivil

April 20, 2013

Excelente job!!!!! felicidades! !


June 30, 2013

My girl Quintel does it again!! Beautiful and Functional for the parent that supervises their children. -danny t

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