Piper Jane’s Vintage Nursery

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A little bit vintage, a little bit glam, a little bit girly—and heavy on the handmade projects! Check out this budget-friendly vintage nursery.

Child’s Name: Piper Jane
Child’s Age: 14 months
Location: Denver

What was your inspiration for the room?
We love the song “You Are My Sunshine” and have been singing it to Piper Jane since we brought her home from the hospital. I wanted her space to be like the song: warm, sunshine-y, a happy place ‘when skies are gray.’

Describe your decorating style.
I feel like I’m still figuring that out! I love clean—but I wouldn’t call myself modern; have a strong affinity towards linen—but I’m not really ‘cottage-y,’ and really like a mix of rustic, vintage, and industrial. Is that what eclectic is?

For Piper’s room, however, vintage glam is what I’m calling the ‘style.’ We didn’t know Piper Jane was a girl, so we brought her home to a bare nursery, full of white and cream. I’ve loved having the chance to make her spot pretty and feminine and girly.

Favorite Items:
Since it took me 14 whole months to put this room together—and we were on a serious budget—almost everything in the room was either found at thrift stores, already in our house somewhere, found at a deep discount, or a DIY project. I have to admit, I thrive on a good challenge and loved putting the room together that way.

Even better, as a result, almost every item in the room has a story. The wooden Piper sign, the ruffle-y Jane sign, the travel baby flashcards of places that are special to our family and the Smooch pillows are some of my favorite labors of love. Also, I could get lost in all of the design goodness on etsy! The prints purchased on esty add gorgeous, personalized eye candy to Piper Jane’s space.

Advice: Take your time! And be choosy about what you add to the room. The compilation of elements you really love translates into a room that’s easy to spend time in!

Room Resources.
Crib: Passed down from Piper Jane’s big brother
Bedding: Pottery Barn crib bumper (several years ago on sale), DIY crib sheet, Dwell for Target crib skirt
Chandelier: Kristaller Chandelier from Ikea
Bookshelf: Billy from Ikea, with fabric (Napsack in Sunglow by Joel Dewberry) shelf backing
Coral Window Frame (where baby flashcards are displayed): Architectural Salvage
Curtains: DIY project, using Tina Givens’ On the Fence in Vanilla fabric
Frame above crib: Ikea, then spray painted “satin nickel”
Prints on bookshelf: (starting from the top) Denver Neighborhoods Print by January Jones Prints; Dancing Queen print, made in Photoshop; “Piper” print, Echo Name Art
Paper lanterns: online, several years ago
White pom poms: made by a friend, using the Martha Stewart tutorial
Chair: repurposed from the living room
Wooden Piper Sign: DIYed (click for tutorial)
Ruffled Jane Sign: DIYed (click for tutorial)
“Smooch” pillows: DIYed (click for tutorial)
Other DIY projects: garlands and the travel alphabet flashcards (PDF for sale at Kojo Designs)

Source: Kirstin Gentry of Kojo Design


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of ChicCheapNursery.com and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. “A little bit vintage, a little bit glam, a little bit girly” — absolutely fabulous! Love everything about the room, especially the wall and ceiling decor!

  2. Beautiful room! I love the fabric-backed bookcase. Great idea!

  3. we just had a little girl and named her piper jane! beautiful name and beautiful room!

  4. She was born on 11/4/11…she’s 18 days now!

  5. I love those flashcards! going to purchase now!

  6. I love this room! What did you use to attach the fabric to the bookshelf?

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