Oh Boy!

A talented couple designs a sweet space to bring home their new bundle of joy.

By Melissa Mauzy

Photography by Anne Matheis


After finding out they were expecting a bouncing baby boy, Trisha and Scott Arnold got to work creating a precious place for their new addition. Trisha, an artist and art teacher, says she wanted something different for the space, and texture was at the top of her list. “I wanted a different texture on each wall,” she explains. “And I wanted to create warmth using a neutral color palette with a pop of midnight blue.”

Handy husband Scott helped the vision come alive. Gray-washed shiplap on the changing table wall was the first texture she picked. Next up, two walls are painted Midnight Blue by Behr. The most unique feature in the space is the wood waterfall effect on the ceiling that trickles down the wall. “I saw a wooden waterfall effect on a kitchen island at a home store, and the lightbulb went off,” Trisha explains.

Scott created the waterfall treatment using pallet wood and spent hours taking apart pallets to make Trisha’s dream nursery come true. “I came home from a trip and he surprised me with the finished wall. I was in tears and so excited,” she says.

For furniture, the couple selected their crib, rocker and changing table from Treasure Rooms. They chose a natural rustic finish, Trisha says, because she wanted something light, yet not white because of the gray and warm wood tones already in the room. The rocker cushion was custom ordered with a fabric Trisha selected to complement the color scheme in the room.

Trisha says she has an eclectic taste throughout the home, and she loves to repurpose items. The ceiling swag above the crib was part of her sister’s nursery 18 years ago. She tweaked the design a bit and hung it from the wood pallet ceiling treatment. Her second purchase after the gray shiplap was the mobile that hangs over the crib. The three-tiered mobile features nine fabric birds perched on twigs. Trisha customized the fabric to fit her taste.

For the finishing touches, she found accessories for the nursery as she discovered them. The art in the room was important to her, and the bunny, llama and giraffe prints fit along with the other animal-inspired decor in the space, like the white ceramic dog lamp and animal hooks displaying the baby’s hats.

Trisha’s creative vision and willingness to take risks in the design coupled with Scott’s craftiness has resulted in a warm and masculine space that will grow with sweet Sullivan Michael as he gets older.


Furniture: Treasure Rooms 

Animal Art: Home Goods 

Sheets: Pottery Barn 

Child Chair: Pottery Barn 

Bookshelf Baskets: Michaels

Drapery/Canopy: Sunshine Draperies 

Shiplap: Menards 

Bedding: Buy Buy Baby 

Paint: Behr 

Bead Board: Menards 

Lamp: Target 

Area Rug: IKEA