A Sweet and Neutral Baby Room {Featured Real Nursery}

This week’s featured nursery is sweet and neutral — and designed by CCN contributor/new mom Amelia!

Our newest contributor Amelia just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, a little earlier than expected, but she was ready because she had already completed the nursery. I think that’s some sort of record! The room is serene, filled with colorful accessories and great design choices.

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Bright Chevron Gender-Neutral Nursery

This week’s featured real room is a gender-neutral nursery, featuring white walls and bright chevron fabric. Mama-to-be Maggie B. of Okay, Now What? chose not to find out the sex of her baby and set off on the adventure of designing a neutral space.

She used a colorful chevron fabric as her inspiration and made it the focal point of the room by sewing curtains, throw pillows and a crib skirt for the nursery. Maggie made lots of other things too—like the tissue paper pom poms and the art in the room. By taking on all of these do-it-yourself projects, this expectant mom was able to save her money to purchase big ticket items that she really wanted—like the Monte Design rocker!

Including that splurge item, Maggie managed to keep her budget under $1,500. You go girl! We’ve got all the details on this bright, gender-neutral nursery after the jump.


Baby Girl Owl-Themed Nursery {Featured Room}

Putting together a nursery on a small budget can be challenging. But doing so while you are a renter presents a whole new set of complications — no painting allowed, for example. Jordana K. is a new mom and CCN reader. She resides in Canada and designed this neutral, owl-themed nursery for her newborn baby girl in her rental apartment—for about $1,000!

Check out the nursery tour after the jump!

Mellow Yellow: Nursery Inspirations From Bluebird Kisses

I’m thrilled to have Ana of Bluebird Kisses share some of her design inspirations with us today! Bluebird Kisses (a blog dedicated to everything stylish and beautiful for moms, babies and life) has become a must-read for me. Ana has a great eye for design and we’re sure you’ll love her nursery decorating ideas and tips for a yellow, gender-neutral nursery.


Deciding on the perfect nursery pieces for a soon-to-be little guy or girl can be a challenge, especially if you do not have a color scheme in mind.

The best way to start is with a piece of inspiration. This can be a photo, a piece of furniture, or even a quilt. Decide which colors attract you and how you can incorporate them into a complete design.

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Yellow based color schemes are lovely and bright. The color opens up rooms, and creates an inviting atmosphere. Tie it all in with crisp white furniture and some bold colors such as pinks and blues, and you have the perfect retreat for you and your baby.

1. Giraffe Sconce ($195) from Jonathan Adler
2. Hot Air Balloon Mobile (approx. $89) from Classic Original Models
3. Eames Rocker ($550) from Herman Miller
4. Hensvik Crib ($120) from IKEA
5. Wheely Bug ($90-$98) from Ella + Elliot
6. Monkey Storage Bin ($32) from 3 Sprouts


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Featured Real Room: Retro Modern Gray Nursery

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.

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Featured Nursery: Eclectic Vintage Nursery

New mom Jen Hauer has followed Chic & Cheap Nursery for quiet some time and she finally got her chance to put together a nursery for her precious baby girl, Kynlee. She sent photographs of her eclectic vintage nursery and we are thrilled to feature it on the site.

Child’s Name: Kynlee Jamison Child’s Age: 6 Months Location: Cincinnati, OH What was your inspiration for the room? I think there are almost too many inspirational rooms and photos out there, so it was hard for me to decide which direction I wanted to go with her room. I am really inspired by rooms that are light and bright but still feel warm and inviting. I love organic, natural items that are fun and trendy as well as functional. And who doesn’t love a good DIY project to make it very personal? I tried to make it a reflection of us while just having fun with it! I have no design training or history whatsoever and just did my best to create something unique and special for our little one.

Describe your decorating style. Eclectic, vintage modern Favorite items in the room. Pallet Shelves, Re-purposed dresser, Rustic Aqua Side Table and all of the special items that were made by my husband and I or passed down from family.

Any advice for mamas-to-be decorating a nursery? Make a plan and a budget! Even if you end up ignoring both it’s a great way to start and be on the same page with your spouse or significant other (or even just yourself). Don’t stress or put unrealistic expectations on yourself—just do what you can when you can. Also, try to find something special from a family member to add in to the room — something that will be unique to your child’s nursery. It’s a fun way to involve the family and to fill the nursery with heritage, instead of just stuff. And have fun!

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Room Resources.

Paint: Gray Morning by Valspar
Craigslist score for $10! Re-painted white, added mustard knobs from Anthropologie
Chaise Lounge: IKEA EKTORP ($300)
Aqua Rustic Side Table: Hobby Lobby
Bird Print (above dresser):
Etsy shop Paperklip
Moose Print (above dresser):
Urban Outfitters
Antoinette Damask Curtains ($29) from Urban Outfitters
Wallpaper (behind crib):
Yellow Jacobean Floral from Allen & Roth (at Lowes)
Vintage Deer Hook: Urban Outfitters
From my mom (used to hang in our house when I was a child!)
Pallet Shelves: Handmade by the papa-to-be. He didn’t even use a tutorial! I showed him a picture as inspiration and he just made them how he wanted!
Mini-Rocker Chair: This was my husband’s from when he was a child.
Target — I would not have picked this crib, to be honest, if it weren’t for the fact that it was the only mini-crib that would fit in the opening in the room. However, I am happy with the quality.
Crib Skirt:
It’s actually a blanket from IKEA
My husband got it from an old building from the 1800’s. It contained lead paint so we had to scrape it and cover it multiple times with polyurethane to meet regulations. Thankfully it’s out of reach of baby so it’s not something I worry about her touching or chewing on!


Would you like to see your nursery  featured on Chic & Cheap Nursery? Shoot us an email with a few images of your room to contact [at] chiccheapnursery [dot] com.

Hot Air Balloon Finds

by Nicole Abbott of Chic & Cheap Nursery

If there is anything I love just as much as chevron, it’s hot air balloons. I don’t know if it’s the colors or the way they seem to float effortlessly through the air — but I find them quite fascinating! And I believe they can inspire many beautiful ideas. Check out these hot air balloon finds and let your imagination soar…

This lovely hot air balloon invitation is a special delivery, all the way from Australia. And this little darling is only a sneak peak of the whimsical birthday that followed — styled by Kiss Me Kate with party printables by Anders Ruff .

Here’s another room from Sweden to drool over! We featured two girls bedrooms from Sweden recently, that were simply amazing and now we found this. The hot air balloon curtains are heavenly!

There are lots of party planning ideas from weddings and bridal showers that you can borrow and incorporate into your baby shower or kids’ parties. We’re totally smitten with these hot air balloon centerpieces from a San Diego wedding.

Hold me! This whimsical hot air balloon cake is just too cute. This would make such a great cake inspiration for a first birthday — or any kiddie birthday!

Come fly with me! I’m head-over-heels in love with this hand screen-printed hot air balloon throw pillow cover ($38).

Excuse me while I channel my inner Janice (from Friends) and go: Oh My “Gawd”! This vintage hot air balloon baby shower is to die for!!! I love the soft color palette — and the hot air balloon cookie pops!


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