The Sustainable Nursery: Your Baby's Safe Haven by Laurence Carr, Interior Design

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

For the first time, I am writing about designing a nursery and decorating with baby products. I have three children of my own who are now about to enter college, but I vividly remember the incredible joy and fulfillment that becoming a parent and welcoming my newborns to this world brought to my life.

Every season is baby season, and an impending arrival is one of the most delightful reasons to redecorate! 

Your precious bundle deserves the very best from day one, to protect their sensitive skin, maintain their health and wellness, and protect the planet for their future – so if you’ve ever considered shopping for products from sustainable resources, now is the time!

In my eBook, Where to Find Eco-Friendly Furnishings for a Sustainable, Stylish Home, I go into detail about what to think about and look for when shopping for sustainable items. Be sure to download it, and check out the section on Nursery design there as well.

In essence, you’ll want to look for products made from organic fibers and fabrics, sustainably harvested woods, low-VOC paints, recycled materials, and heirloom-quality craftsmanship to decorate a safe and comfortable space for your little one. 

Whether you are aiming for a naturally neutral nursery or a vibrant rainbow of colors, there’s no limit to the direction you take your design! 

Beyond the way you furnish your nursery and play spaces, remember to extend your sense of sustainability into the other areas of your baby’s life, and look for accessories, toys, skincare, and clothing made from eco-friendly resources as well. Wellbeing is a holistic practice, so we can apply sustainability values to our whole selves as well as our surroundings.

Here is a selection of pieces that are Laurence Carr-approved for style and substance when designing a nurturing, cozy space for a new baby:


  1. Stokke Sleepi The Oval Mini Crib

  2. Horm & Casamania Raphia Rocking Chair

  3. OYOY Rainbow Mini Table

  4. Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

  5. QEEBOO Rabbit Chair

  6. Vitra Eames Elephant

  7. Burke Decor Hand-Woven Giraffe Shelf

  8. Burke Decor Woven Sheep Storage Stool

  9. OYOY Rainbow Mini Chair

  10. Kartell Children’s Lou Lou Ghost Chair

  11. EO Faux Fur Chair

  12. Bloom Fresco Silver + Rose Gold Highchair

  13. Bloom Alma Papa Solid Wood Crib

  14. Bloom Bouncer


  1. Kartell Children’s Discovolante Toy Car

  2. Burke Decor Wooden Giraffe Shaped Bowling Game

  3. Burke Decor Toddler Rocking Horse

  4. OYOY Butterfly Children’s Dress Up

  5. OYOY Penguin Pingo Pillow

  6. OYOY Darling Rattle

  7. OYOY Retro Doll Bed

  8. Zeki Learning Solar System Book

  9. Zeki Learning English Alphabet Bag

  10. OYOY Wooden Family Bricks


  1. OYOY Lollipop Mobile

  2. Burke Decor Hand-Woven Bear Wall Shelf

  3. Burke Decor Grey Linen Elephant Head Wall Decor

  4. Burke Decor Felt Farm Animal Mobile

  5. Made Trade Swahili African Modern Basket Set

  6. Kay Bojesen Teak Monkey Wooden Figurine

  7. Burke Decor Panda Baby Teether

  8. Made Trade Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Bambino Baby Feeding Set

  9. Burke Decor Lion Safari Cushion

  10. Made Trade Pebble Organic Wooden Teething Ring Pixie Rattle

  11. Burke Decor Cotton Doll with Pink Star Dress


  1. OYOY The Alphabet Rug

  2. Burke Decor Cloud on Canvas Peel & Stick Wallpaper

  3. OYOY Rainbow Rug

  4. Burke Decor Green Knit Baby Blanket

  5. Made Trade Conejo & Co Oso Wall Hanging

  6. OYOY Follow The Rainbow Wall Rug

  7. Burke Decor Noah’s ABC Wallpaper

  8. Made Trade Coyuchi Cascade Organic Baby Blanket

  9. Burke Decor Safari Bedding

Hopefully, this array of products ignites your imagination and can help set you off on a sustainably-minded, creative path toward decorating a baby’s nursery. 

There is great peace in knowing that you’ve done your best for your baby and for the world. Shopping sustainably and surrounding your little one with items that promote wellness is a splendid beginning! 

Laurence Carr is founder & CEO of Laurence Carr Design, an award winning interior design firm in New York City providing full service and e-design services to clients. She creates exquisite holistic interiors that promote mindful living and harmony, while attaining a level of sophistication through layering modern art, furniture, antiques and accents. Born in France, Laurence has 20 years experience in design, the performing arts, and fashion. She has been nationally published and is a frequent speaker and panelist in major industry related events.

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