And, of course, she made it look so stylish. 

By Katie Holdefehr
June 16, 2018
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Lesley Unruh

When you're getting ready for a baby's arrival, deciding whether to tuck the nursery into the master bedroom or devote an entirely separate room to your little one is a big decision. Sometimes, space constraints make the choice for you, and other times, it comes down to your personal preference. So when designer Rebecca Minkoff collaborated with Serena & Lily to create her dream bedroom, she knew she wanted an en-suite nursery to keep her little one as close as possible. 

"I love to sleep as close to my children as possible, often co-sleeping, hence the king bed," Rebecca says. "But as our family has grown, I wanted to have the crib right there for nap times and nights when there are too many of us!" And in true designer fashion, Rebecca managed to squeeze the nursery into a small corner of her bedroom, without making it feel cramped, and while packing it with style. Check out the chic yet small nursery space, below, then use these designer tips to make your own nursery beautiful and functional. 

Manuel Rodriguez

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The Bedroom Before

Before the makeover, the bedroom had a lot of potential, but overall, fell a little flat. Besides perking up the room with pattern and texture, Rebecca wanted to create a cozy baby nursery in the corner of the room. 

Lesley Unruh

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The Bedroom After

To infuse the room with personality, Rebecca added a standout patterned wallpaper in a palm leaf print ($98, serenaandlily.com). By choosing a graphic design, but keeping the color palette neutral, the wall adds interest without becoming overwhelming. Paired with a gorgeous rattan bed (from $1,798, serenaandlily.com), the palm print contributes to the relaxed, tropical vibe of the room. To balance out the look, minimalist concrete pendants ($198, serenaandlily.com) contribute a subtle industrial-inspired edge. 

Manuel Rodriguez

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The Sweetest Bedroom Nursery

To keep the nursery area calm and cohesive, Rebecca stuck with the neutral color palette, but warmed it up with lots of texture. Baby-friendly details, like the cute animal art above the crib, make the space feel like a nursery, but the natural materials and colors help it blend with the rest of the master bedroom. 

Rebecca's favorite piece? "I love the rocker, it's the most comfortable chair I own!" Plus, the glider ($2,398, serenaandlily.com) comes in dozens of colors and patterns, so no matter your nursery's design, there's an option to match. Add on a set of dip-dyed stools (from $58, serenaandlily.com)—it's the perfect place to stash bibs, a bottle, or mom's reading materials. 

Another parenting essential the designer swears by? "I think that if you want to get some sleep, it's worth investing in the SNOO," Rebecca says ($870, amazon.com). "It's by Dr. Harvey Karp, the genius behind The Happiest Baby on the Block and has ensured that as a mom feeding during the night, I have been able to get more sleep!"