Featured Real Room: Retro Modern Gray Nursery

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Designing a gender neutral nursery can present quite a few challenges — like choosing a color scheme and decorative elements that will work for a boy or a girl. New mom Lindsey took on the challenge to design an eclectic modern nursery for her little bundle of joy and we think she totally nailed it! Using gray as her neutral color, she added pops of yellow and aqua for a gender neutral space that’s anything but bland.

Scroll down and take a tour of Finley’s retro modern gray nursery.

Child’s name: Finley
Child’s age: 3 months
Location: Fountaintown, IN

What was the inspiration for the room?
I didn’t really have an inspiration.  We didn’t find out the sex of our baby, so a “gender neutral” nursery was important.  I wanted to make sure that whether our baby was a boy or a girl, the room would reflect fun.  Everything started with the colors.  I love gray, so that had to be the base.  And yellow and aqua are bright and brought the pop and the fun we were looking for.

Describe your decorating style.
My style is very eclectic.  I love mixing trends and styles.  My husband’s style is very rustic, which is fitting since we live on a farm.  So blending the two with wood elements (like the ceiling and floor) with modern lines (like the crib) and whimsy (with the curtains) made the space comfortable and not stuffy.

Favorite items in the room?
I love the curtains — they’re so fun and really brighten up the dark gray walls. And of course, the mobile was a labor of love. I love the way Finley looks at it and the texture it brings to the modern crib. It really is the statement piece in the room. And as an architect, the Eames rocker has a special place in my heart.

Any words of wisdom or advice for expectant moms designing a nursery?
Stay out of baby stores!  The best designs are a mix of furniture and accessories.  Nothing in the nursery is too baby-ish that I couldn’t move it to another room in the house some day.

Keep scrolling for more pictures and room details…

Room resources.
Our whole room cost us just under $300.  That is paint, furniture, art, everything.  The art I did myself.

Crib: Storkcraft Sheffield 2-in-1 Fixed-Side Convertible Crib ($99)
Changing Table: Garage sale find.
Teal Lamp: Target
Yellow Dresser: Auction find.
Baskets: Old Time Pottery
Rug: Lowes (remnant)
Pouf: Etsy seller Monke Toes ($50)
Pom pom Mobile: handmade
Eames Rocker: Gift from the grandma-to-be. It retails at about $479.
* You can purchase a similar molded cradle chair for around $99 on Amazon.com.
Wall Hooks:
Ikea Bastis Hooks ($2)
Yellow and Blue Toy Totes: Kroger (seasonal item)
Curtains: Yellow and white zigzag fabric from Fabric.com
Curtain Rod: Target
Mirror: Garage sale find.

A big thanks to Lindsey for allowing use to share her baby girl’s nursery! You can view more images and get more details on Lindsey’s blog, Living Simply.


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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. I really love those chevron curtains!

  2. allisanlauren says:

    love the f made of corks! how did they do that?

  3. What kind of yellow dresser is that? Are there any markings or a brand listed? I can’t find anything like it on Craigslist or ebay.


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