Coral and Gold: Bright Girls’ Shared Bedroom


Before this room makeover, these 4-year-old and 7-year-old sisters were sharing a bland and crowded room. Lucky for them, their mom is friends with Brooke from! Continue reading to see all the copy-worthy (and affordable) ideas used to transform this room.Read More...

9 Modern Nurseries Featuring the Ikea Expedit

Ikea’s Expedit bookcase is one of furniture store’s most popular item when it comes to inexpensive furniture.  At only $89.99 for the 4×2 unit, the shelving unit is a must-have for a chic and cheap modern nursery!

Click through to see some of our favorite examples of the IKEA Expedit in a nursery.Read More...

A Whale of a Tale: Boy Decorating Ideas

This week’s featured nursery is “whale-y” cute! A neutral, whale-themed space filled with unique touches—all designed for mommy and daddy’s newborn baby boy.

Designed by CCN reader Holly M. and her husband, this whale theme came about thanks to a shared love of beluga whales. Without overdoing it, these new parents created a themed, serene space for their newborn baby boy featuring a few custom items and some great finds. Check out all the details after the jump!Read More...

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!

Featured Nursery: Serene, Modern and Gray

Expectant mom Tracy and her husband are expecting their first child and wanted to create a serene, modern room that wasn’t too childish; one that could grow with their little one. The inspiration for this gray nursery came from the birch tree decals — and they chose a light bluish-gray paint for the walls to complement the white decals. The unique art work and heirloom toys and furniture add a layer of heritage to this new baby’s space.

Child’s Name: Grayson
Child’s Age: Due on St. Patrick’s Day
Location: Chapel Hill, NC

What was your inspiration for the room?
Birch tree decals.

Describe your decorating style.
Modern, clean with a touch of coziness and nostalgia.

Favorite items in the room.
My favorite part has to be the baby animal photos purchased on sale at; they are just adorable! I also love the Oeuf Sparrow crib and the Klaussner rocker & ottoman.

Tell us about your DIY projects and repurposed items.
The dresser is an old This End Up dresser that was in my childhood bedroom which we updated by painting it gray and replacing the knobs. The wooden toys also have some history to them — they were my brother’s toys growing up.

Any words of wisdom or advice you would like to share with our readers that you may have learned while putting together your nursery?
I was told by many mom friends to spend money on a nice rocker and crib so the majority of my budget went towards those items. I saved money by reusing old furniture (the dresser and side table) and furnishings (the drapes and lamps), as well as budget friendly solutions from IKEA, and I think you also get the most bang for your buck on wall treatments like the decals since they provide such a large focal point. I also made sure to shop around and wait for sales on items that I coveted. For example, often runs coupons on top of sale prices; BuyBuyBaby does as well. The animalprintshop ran a special when you bought four prints you got one free.  This room was a work in progress for quite a while waiting for the best prices.

Room Resources.

Wall Color: Olympic Thin Ice
Oeuf Sparrow Crib – Gray ($730) from
Rug: Jungle Sheepskin Ivory Rug – 3′ x 5′ ($71) from
Crib Bedding: Gio Aqua Fitted Crib Sheet ($40) by DwellStudio
Ceiling Lamp: IKEA Knappa Pendant Lamp ($30)
Bookcase: IKEA Expedit Bookcase ($70)
Glider and Ottoman: Klaussner Lacey Glider ($400) and Ottoman ($200) in Slate
Curtains: Geo Leaf panel from West Elm. No longer available. Check out the Ikat Ogee Linen panel for a similar look.
Decals: Forest Birch Tree Decals from Etsy seller Art Wall Project


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DIY Idea: Bookcase Dollhouse

When I was a little girl, I spent hours playing with my dollhouse. I loved it. I’m hoping my little girl will love them as well, so I’ve been thinking about getting her a dollhouse.

Old-fashioned dollhouses tend to be pretty pricey and require a lot of space (as an apartment dweller, my square footage is limited). Making one never even crossed my mind — I could never pull that off. Or so I thought!

Click through to check out these spectacular — and super simple! — DIY dollhouses made using a bookcase as the main structure, and wallpaper or decorative paper to decorate each room.Read More...

DIY Inspirations: 5 Play Kitchens For Tots

Pretend play is a big part of growing up — and understanding the world around them — for a toddler. And one of the most popular pretend play toys for tots are play kitchens — but a quick internet search will render prices far beyond what you would expect, can or want to pay for a play kitchen. Check out these 5 DIY play kitchens for toddlers and get inspired to build your little one an imagination station!

Sherry and John did a terrific job turning an old kitchen cabinet into a one-of-a-kind play kitchen for their little girl Clara — for only $74! Check out all of the DIY details on their blog, Young House Love.

Living and loving the retro life! These crafty parents transformed an old tv stand into the COOLEST retro play kitchen you’ve ever seen. And they did it all for about $30. Check out more DIY details at Narrating Life.

IKEA now offers a small play kitchen but before they added it to their line of products, this clever mama made this modern play kitchen for her little girl — and we like her design better than Ikea’s! Check out all the details of this one-of-a-kind Ikea play kitchen at Baby Andoo. It’s an Ikea hack for the books!

From trash to treasure in just a few simple steps! Two old nightstands were transformed into a toddler’s dream kitchen with a fresh coat of paint, some thrift store finds and lots of creativity. Check out all the DIY details at The Farmer’s Nest.

Girls aren’t the only ones that like to play in the kitchen! Check out this modern and masculine DIY play kitchen from Small & Friendly. It was a somewhat labor-intensive transformation but the end result is nicer than most real kitchens we’ve seen. It even has a tile back splash!


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