Scarlett’s Vintage Teacup-Inspired Nursery

Scarlett's Vintage Teacup-Inspired Nursery

There are two great advantages to DIY projects for the nursery. First, you have the opportunity to make something yourself —giving the room a more unique and personal feel. And second, you can same some cash and splurge on the things you really want! Blair from The Ellwood Avenue Chronicles put together this lovely room for her soon-to-be-here baby girl, achieving the perfect balance between DIY projects and splurge items to create a vintage teacup-inspired nursery.

Featured Room: Vintage-Inspired Nursery

Brooklyn’s Boutique Nursery: Featured Baby Room

These expectant parents wanted a combination of classic, sophisticated and fun without being too frilly or feminine. Their main goal was to create a space that would grow with their new baby, utilizing existing items or “lucky antique finds” that could be refinished or updated, and could inevitably be relocated to other rooms in the future. They chose a color scheme with calming and soothing tones. Check it out!

Child’s Name:Brooklyn Jordan
Child’s Age:
Due any day now!
Location: Hilliard, Ohio

What was your inspiration for the room?
We were inspired by the clean look of the French Provincial dressers – they brighten the room and add a delicate feel to the space.  We also love the antique look of the Jenny Lind-style crib.  With all the crib options out there, this one is very simple and dainty and can go with almost any style nursery (and can fit almost any budget!)   Although we loved the look of some of the larger, traditional, convertible cribs, we didn’t want a clunky piece that would weigh the room down.

Describe your decorating style:
My decorating style tends to be Vintage-Modern, overall.  For the nursery, however, there is definitely a wide variety of styles – contemporary rug and artwork, antique furniture pieces, and lighting that is a little more modern – but when you stick within a chosen color scheme, I think it can all blend together well.

Favorite Items:
I love the combination of the dresser with the mirror and green lamps. I think it all really pops off of the bead-board wall. I love that the furniture is very flexible and versatile – it can be used a changing table now, a dresser for a toddler, teenager, or adult, or even used in a hallway or dining room in the future.

I also am fairly fond of my rocker – it was a $25 Goodwill purchase for my first apartment. It is still in great shape, and the teal piping and buttons really give it character.

Any advice to share with other expectant moms planning a nursery?
Great looking, quality furniture doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg (like most nursery furniture sets do these days). I am a firm believer that with furniture – the older the better. They don’t make stuff like they used to. Why not find an old piece of furniture, give it an updated look with a little paint and new hardware, and save some money while you’re at it? Not to mention, if it gets scribbled on, scratched, or dinged by thrown toys – you already have the paint to cover it up! It’s a win-win!

Room Resources.

Crib: Jenny Lind-style crib ($170) from
Rug: TJ Maxx Homegoods
Rocking Chair: Goodwill
Dresser and Chest: Dixie dressers found on Craigslist – refinished by The French Canary
Glass Knobs: Bubble glass knobs in Mint from Anthropologie
Green Lamps: Midland Antique Mall (drum shades from Meier were added)
Mirror and Green Accent table: Garden Ridge
Bookshelf: Craigslist
Artwork: Most of the art was found in the framing department at Hobby Lobby half-off.  I found all the 5×7 flowers above the crib and the dog and cat prints all pre-matted to fit in 8×10 frames.  Hobby Lobby was also having a half-off sale of picture frames that week, so I got several of the white frames there, and the remaining silver frames from Walmart.
Ottomans: I found both the green and white ottoman, and the white foot stool at Marshalls and TJ Maxx Homegoods, respectively.  Both on clearance section because of a small scuff on one, and a missing floor glider on the other.  Nothing a little magic eraser won’t fix!
Bedding: (my one splurge!) Serena and Lily Natasha Collection
Mobile: I made this myself by using a couple metal rings, dowel rods and string from Hobby Lobby, and tying on Pomwheels from The Pomtree on Etsy

Splurge vs On a Budget: Boy and Girl Twin Nursery

Last week, I told you all about Kristy {a facebook fan} who is expecting boy and girl twins. I came up with a color scheme for the mixed gender twins and this week I’m sharing with you a complete design board.

Two, actually!

The first is the Splurge! nursery with a price tag of approx. $3,935. The second? That’s the On a Budget! nursery. By replacing just 3 items, the price tag on this one is $1,400 less.


1. The color scheme: I’ve chosen four colors for the room. Lilac and a light blue are the primary colors for the design. Lilac for the baby girl. Light blue for the baby boy. Sage (light green) is the complimentary/unifying color. It looks fantastic with both lilac and blue. Gray is the neutral background for the entire color scheme and the wall color.

2. Baby Girl Bedding: Serena and Lily Crib Bedding Set Lulu, $395.

3. Baby Boy Bedding: Serena and Lily Crib Bedding Set Dylan, $395.

4. Cribs: Oeuf Eco-friendly Sparrow Crib, White, $690 each {splurge!}; Storkcraft Sheffield Stages Crib, White, $99 each {on a budget!}.

5. Ceiling Lamp: Normann Copenhagen Norm 03 Lamp Shade, $200 {splurge!}Ikea Knappa pendant lamp, $34.99 {on a budget!}.

6. Dresser: Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser,White, $299.

7. Fabric for Curtains: Serena & Lily Fabric by the Yard Diamond Leaf, $50 per yard {splurge!}; Home Decor Print Fabric-Croscill Felton/Kiwi, on sale for $14.99 {on a budget!}.

8. Rug: Shaggy Raggy Lime Jersey Cotton Rug, $66.

9. Glider: NurseryWorks Empire Rocker, $1,100. A chunk of the budget went to this chair but it’s my favorite piece in the room. It’s elegant, neutral and can be moved to any other room in your home once it’s done it’s duty in the nursery.

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Design Dilemma: Choosing a Color Scheme for Boy/Girl Twins Nurs

Kirsty, a Facebook fan, expressed some difficulty choosing a color scheme for her nursery. She’s having mixed gender twins and can’t settle on a color for the walls.

I offered to help.

* I’ve also put together this Boy and Girl Twin Nursery design board using the same color scheme.

Details below.

What we’re reading: Nursery Style

I received a belated birthday present about 2 weeks ago from a very good friend of mine. She knows me too well because this might go down in history as one of my favorite birthday presents!

Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter, the incredibly talented ladies behind Serena & Lily, have authored Nursery Style. This book is a guide for expectant parents designing their nurseries. It helps you define your style and is illustrated with hundreds of pictures of nurseries that are sure to inspire.

Nursery Style is like a crash course in nursery design! It elaborates on different types of cribs and decorating styles and provides you with creative tips and tricks of the trade. You’ll be feeling like a professional designer in no time with this book.

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Design Advice: Moroccan Inspired Nursery

Moroccan inspired patterns and colors have become increasingly popular over the past several months. Vibrant colors and intricate, yet sophisticated, patterns are the cornerstone of Moroccan interior design.

Today’s design advice is a Moroccan nursery inspiration board influenced by geometrical patterns and rustic textures.

1. Bedding: This was the starting point for the design of this nursery. I love the Serena & Lily Nursery Basics crib sheets! Depending on the sex of your baby or your personal preference, you could use one or all of these sheets. From top to bottom: Spring Green Florentine, Aqua/Melon Mosaic, and Grass Trellis; $36.

2. Paint: Ultra Premium Voyage 4006-1B from Valspar.

3. Crib: Ray Crib without panel by Muu; $795. I splurged on the crib. I just couldn’t help myself.

4. Curtains: Linen Sheer White Curtain Panel from Crate & Barrel; $24.95-$49.95.

5. Hamper: Rattan Elephant Hamper in brown; $99.

6. Rug: Wool Rug Spectrum Pewter from Company C; starting at $146.

7. Wall decals: Moroccan Bubble Decals from Etsy seller ByrdieGraphics; $52.

8. Arm chair: angelo:HOME Harlow Arm Chair Yellow and White Floral, $309.

You might be wondering why I didn’t include a changing table or dresser in this mood board. The truth is that I didn’t find one to my liking for this particular room. I would suggest incorporating a dresser that meets your needs and painting it a vibrant green, blue or melon.

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