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...

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 theanimalprintshop.com; 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 Overstock.com. 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, overstock.com 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 Amazon.com
Rug: Jungle Sheepskin Ivory Rug – 3′ x 5′ ($71) from Overstock.com
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


Would you like to see your nursery featured on Chic & Cheap Nursery?
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Real Room: Modern, Kid-Friendly Toddler Room

The transition from nursery to toddler room happens very quickly. One day you have a little baby and — bam! — that baby starts crawling, walking, climbing and the needs for your kiddo’s space change in an instant.

This transitional toddler room comes to us from Janey, the talented designer behind Piecemaker Studio. Her unique designs —seen above— were the inspiration for the space that her toddler boy calls his own.Read More...

Featured Nursery: Around the World with Charles

For her first born son’s room Belinda, an interior designer based in Australia, put together a modern owl-themed nursery (which we featured back in 2010). Fast forward two years, and now Belinda is a mom of two. Her second child, Charles, will be one tomorrow (Happy Birthday Charles!) and we’re thrilled to be able to share with you his modern travel-themed nursery!

Child’s Name: Charles
Child’s Age: 1 year old
Location: Victoria, Australia

What was your inspiration for the room?
My inspiration was an amazing boys’ room designed by Samantha Pynn, but also a onesie that my eldest son used to wear! I also love all the globes that are featuring in nurseries and children’s rooms at the moment and wanted to incorporate a travel element.

Describe your decorating style.
I like simple, contemporary and not over the top. I also like to incorporate lots of practical elements to fully utilize a room.


Favorite items in the room?
My favorite space in Charles’ room is his reading corner. Plump pillows to snuggle into have some quiet time. My favorite item in his room would be the Soldier Skittles, from Ministyle. Although they are supposed to be a toy, I think they are far too beautiful to let the boys at them!

Any words of wisdom or advice for expectant moms design a nursery?
I think achievable design is important. As a designer I want to show clients that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful space for their little one. We were lucky and received a lot of items in the room as gifts, but the things I did buy, I was conscience that I didn’t want to spend a heap — because in a few years, Charles and Hugh will be sharing a room and we’ll be doing another makeover!

Keep scrolling for more nursery pictures and room details…


Room Resources.

Much of the nursery was DIY — everything from the cushions & cot skirt to the atlas mobile, blackboard and some of the nursery wall prints! However, I did purchase a few pieces for Charlie’s gallery wall. These include prints from My Sweet Prints, The House Sparrow & Elissa Hudson.

For a breakdown of absolutely everything head to Belinda’s blog, my blog post Nest Design Studio Blog.


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A Mid-Century Modern Inspired Nursery

You’re so glamorous, baby! Glamor is not one of the first things that comes to mind when you think ‘nursery’ — especially if you’re thinking about a baby boy’s room. But new mom Maria Fe of Hello Jack is sharing her nursery with us to prove that you can design a cozy and warm nursery with a modern glam touch for a boy — and on a budget!

Child’s Name: Jack
Child’s age: 9 months
Location: Georgia
What was your inspiration for the room?
The inspiration for this room was the FermLiving Wilderness wallpaper I always knew I wanted to use. When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately thought the nursery would be the perfect room for it. The entire room palette was developed with this wallpaper in mind.

Describe your decorating style:
The design throughout my house is modern with a pop of color. I wanted to keep the nursery modern as well but add soft touches and textures. The goal was to created a warm, cozy room that would be able to grow with my son Jack.

Favorite Items: My favorite items in Jack’s nursery are those small details that tie room together. My husband has always been a fan of dinosaurs so when we found out we were having a little boy we knew we wanted to incorporate them in his room. We found them at Target for less than a dollar a piece, bought some gold and black spray paint and my husband sprayed them. It was a simple, inexpensive project that has a lot of meaning behind it.
Advice for other moms-to-be in the process of decorating their nursery: Stay true to your style. Don’t worry about trends as the always change. You style and   taste will remain even when something new comes along.

Room Resources:
1. Wall Color: Martha Stewart’s Pip
2. Wallpaper: FermLIVING Wilderness in White/Gold
3. Elephant Mobile: Flensted Mobile Olephant ($45)
4. Crib: Spot on Square Eicho ($595)
5. Rhino Head Wall Plaque: Z Gallerie ($50)
6. Bedding: Custom crib bedding by Katie Bug Creativity
9. Rocker: Bentwood Rocker from Walmart -painted black ($90)
11. Family Tree Print Lake Jane


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Classic Modern Boy Nursery | Featured Real Room

I’m so excited to share with you this lovely and modern boy nursery designed by Adriane, of the a & b stories — it’s uncluttered, bright and cozy! “Our house is designed around cool neutral tones and we wanted this room to flow with the rest of the rooms. Having never been a big fan of overly themed rooms, we tried to keep it classic but still cute. Most importantly, we think this room will really grow with our boy for years to come.”

Child’s Name: Benjamin
Child’s Age:
3 1/2 months old
Hamilton, Ontario

Describe your decorating style: I would say we lean towards modern classic design. Our house is a palette of greys, whites and blacks, and this soft blue-grey room is a welcome addition.

What was your inspiration for the room? We had an idea of how we wanted it to look, but I must say the whole design really came together when we discovered ‘A Vintage Poster’ and ordered the print set above the crib. They became the focal point, and the rest just fell into place!

Favorite items in the room:
The prints above crib, the crib, and mobile our among our favorites. They really give the room the feel we were looking for.

Any advice to share with expectant moms  designing a nursery?
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great room! We purchased mostly non-nursery furniture and that saved us a LOT. And the artwork was all very affordable!

Room Resources.

Crib: Babyletto Modo 3 in 1 Crib  in Two Tone (White and Espresso)
Dresser: Ikea (Hemnes)
Side Table: Ikea (Hemnes)
Arm chair: Ikea (Ektorp)
Curtains (Grey): Ikea (Ritva)
Curtains (White): Ikea (Matilda)
Artwork (above crib): A Vintage Poster
Artwork (above dresser): Sarah Jane Studios
Mobile: Wee Gallery
Blankets and throw pillows: Ikea
Lamp (base only): Ikea (Arstid)
Lamp shade: Ikea (Renate)
Carpet: Walmart
Paint: Behr Misty Surf


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Dark and Colorful Baby Nursery

I’m totally smitten with this colorful {yet dark} nursery. I love the drama of the black walls and how this new mom brought in the fun with colorful accent pieces. The pom poms and wall flowers make what would otherwise be a “flat” room POP, and the chalkboard area behind the changing table is genius! The crochet mobile and baby blanket were both made by the new mama, but my favorite item in the room? The Anthropologie rug! I’ve loved it since the first time I laid eyes on it and I’m so thrilled to see it in this nursery. It belongs there.

More details for this nursery can be found at Screamy Mimi.


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