Vintage-Inspired Nursery for a Little Lady

This week’s featured baby room is a sweet girl nursery filled with lots of vintage-inspired details. It’s orange and teal color scheme make this room playful and bright while the vintage details in the room soften the space.

Designed by new mom Carina B., the inspiration for this real baby room came from the handmade crib bedding purchased on Etsy. By repurposing — and painting — a few previously loved pieces of furniture, and taking on a few DIY projects, Carina created a warm and inviting space for her little girl to grow in.

Check out all the details after the jump!

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

Moroccan Vintage: Nursery Inspirations From Bluebird Kisses

When it comes to designing a nursery you’ll love, it’s best to draw inspiration from the things you love. I love to travel and I adore vintage treasures, for example. And there is no reason why these two elements cannot be combined to create the perfect nursery.

This whimsical nursery from One Claire Day is an inspired example of such a room. The colors, the style, it’s all so PERFECT in the very imperfect way that nothing in this room matches. The bright colors and geometric prints bring this beautiful space together and create a visually stimulating, yet calming retreat for parents and baby.

You don’t have to collect nursery pieces from your travels to bring this look home. Visit your local craigslist ads, shop the rug section at IKEA, and take a browse through Etsy to find whimsical pieces for your baby’s room. And if you’re feeling crafty, try refurbishing a few pre-existing household pieces to add an element of spice.

1. The Moroccan Pouf ($396) from The Cross Design
2. The Bird Cage ($134.71) from West Elm
3. The Persisk Hamadan Rug ($599) from IKEA Canada
4. The Cabinet Side Table ($165) from DrabtoFab Vintage on Etsy


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Fun at the Circus: A Carnival-Inspired Nursery

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! For many people, the circus = clowns. Well, not for me! The truth is, I don’t like clowns at all because they kinda freak me out. But I do love a good-old-fashioned carnival circus! Something like Coney Island in the 1950’s — with a Ferris wheel, lots of color and dogs performing circus tricks. Check out this whimsical nursery board inspired by the whimsical and magical feeling of having fun at the circus!

1. Fabric Pennant Banner in Red & White – Carnival ($28) by mkmathews from Etsy
Red and white stripes scream “Carnival Circus” if you ask me! And this fabric banner was the first thing I looked for when I came up with the idea of a circus-themed nursery.

2. Wooden Lighted Hanging Chandelier ($70) by Twelve Timbers from Toys R’ Us
An ornate wooden chandelier hanging from the ceiling adds drama to the this space — the good kind, not mama drama!

3. Hot Air Balloons and Clouds – 3D Paper Wall Art ($30) by Gosh and Golly from Etsy
I’m completely obsessed with hot air balloons. Seriously, I am. These 3D hot air balloons add a whimsical touch to the entire theme. And they’re just sooo pretty!

4. Jenny Lind-Style Crib ($170) from DaVinci

5. Circus Dog Pillow, 20 x 20, Applique ($88) and Large Circus Elephant Pillow, Applique ($88) by Anna Joyce from Etsy
I splurged a little on these pillows but I think they are the perfect accent pieces for this room!

6. Rainbow Rag Rug ($69) from Urban Outfitters

7. Marquee Alphabet Light – Multi ($179) from Urban Outfitters
This funky alphabet light reminds me of the signs at the circus or carnival. It’s a fun and unique way to personalize baby’s room.

8. Ferris Wheel – Vinyl Wall Art Decal ($95) by Vinyl Wall Accents from Etsy
Wouldn’t it be neat to have an enormous ferris wheel decal as a focal point in the nursery? I would probably order this in red and paint the walls in a pale blue — something like the background color of #3.

9. Tiffany Blue Antique Dresser (Sold) by French Silver from Etsy
Even though this dresser has already been sold, I included it because I love the shape! Take it as a point of reference and try to find a dresser with similar french curves at your local antique and thrift shops.

Van’s Nursery {Vintage Inspired Decorating Ideas}

Totty, of Boots & Totty, emailed me pictures of her son Van’s nursery and I was instantly blown away by the design. And when I realized that almost everything in the room had been repurposed, I was even more impressed!

The most expensive item in the room is the glider, which normally retails for $999, but Totty scored a super sweet deal and got it for $150!!! The dresser and nightstand got a fresh coat of paint. The chandelier was a $20 thrift store find {which also got a fresh coat of paint} and the photo collage wall was made with inexpensive frames from Target and Ikea.

Child’s Name: Van (aka David vanBlaricom III)
Child’s Age: 7 months
Location: Richmond VA

Describe your decorating style.

My husband and I have design backgrounds, so we are both very opinionated on what we want.  We do agree on clean lines, color, and mixing old with new!

What was your inspiration for the room?

We knew were having a little boy but I didn’t want his room to scream that. We also had to somewhat coordinate the room with our master bedroom as they are connected. The painted stripes were a must and then once I found the papier-mâché Zebra head I knew French-Vintage was the style I was going for {the zebra head is made from the pages of a french book}. To me, French-Vintage style meant soft colors like whites, yellows, and turquoises and fabrics with textures like matelasse and linen. We then added unique touches like the chandelier, the vintage faceplate/lamp/clothes tree, and the 3 Tier basket to pull it all together.

Favorite Items: The Zebra Head, the Bulletin Board and the 3 Tier Epergne Basket.

Advice: Let things evolve.  Not everything has to be matchy-matchy.  Keep a book of ideas- pages from a magazine, photos, fabrics- for inspiration.

Room Resources.

Glider: Restoration Hardware, Color Aqua with White Piping {no longer available}
Footstool: Custom made from a kitchen cabinet
Paint Colors: Walls – Sherwin Williams, Bare Branches; Stripes – Behr, Windwood Spring and Olympic, Silver Feather; Chandelier – Behr, Jamaica Bay; Dresser – Behr, Texas Leather; Nightstand/Bulletin Board/Barn Door - Glidden, Buttered Sweet Corn
Crib: Jenny Lind Crib from CSN
Zebra Head: Anthropologie
Bulletin Board: (Custom painted and cork board was added)- Ikea, Ung Drill
Epergne 3 Tier Basket: Sundance
Floating Shelf: Ikea Lack
Whale Print: Sarah Jane Studios on Etsy
Barn Door Hardware: Grainger
Chandelier: Goodwill Thrift Store
Crib Bedding: Custom Made by my Mom
Bumper Pad trim: Amy Butler’s Full Moon Polka Dot in Cherry fabric
Crib Skirt: Heather Bailey Daisy Chain Fabric in Red

* Visit Boots & Totty for the more details on her DIY projects:

Vintage Airplane Bedroom for a Boy

I’m keeping this room in my ‘inspiration file’ in case I ever have a boy. I love the vintage feel, the muted color palate and all of the DIY projects taken on by Kim over at Two Much Time on My Hands.

Some of those do-it-yourself projects include: the paper wreath on the door, the wooden pallets headboard, the dresser, the reclaimed fence as wall art and the branch curtain rod.

For more images and details of this room, visit Two Much Time on My Hands.

What do you think about this room?

Presley’s Modern Bohemian Pink Nursery {Featured Real Room}

I’m totally in love with this nursery! I love everything about it: the wall color, the eclectic mix of accessories and the adorable little girl that inspired it and calls it hers. Nicole Davis {wife, mom, stylist and lifestyle blogger} is the incredibly talented woman behind this nursery and we couldn’t be happier that she agreed to share this room with us.

Child’s Name: Presley

Child’s Age: 2 1/2 years old

Location: Southern California

What was your inspiration for the room?

When Presley was a newborn we were living with my parents temporarily and I was so sad that I couldn’t plan and have a nursery all decorated before she arrived. But the last month of my pregnancy I realized that now I was able to decorate Presley’s room after I had already gotten to know her and be more reflective of her! Presley and her fun personality was the biggest inspiration of the room. The color inspiration came from a coral pink painted door I had seen forever ago and loved the color. I decided to paint the walls Cool Lava, and went with an avocado green on the door. I love the combination. Everything else just came together as I began the process.

Describe your decorating style. Modern Bohemian and Eclectic

Favorite Items. I love Presley’s crib and the flower ottoman.  Those have got to be my favorite items in the room, besides my darling that tends to play in there a lot!

Room details and resources:

Crib & Changing Table Top: Room and Board
Bedding: custom made. fabrics from Elizabeth Allen Atelier, and Little House Collection
Dresser: Ikea
Butterfly Mobile: Pottery Barn Kids
Ottoman: Arteriors – (contact Nicole at
Chair: The Best Chair – scored on Craigslist! Best thing ever!
Floral Toy Basket: sale from Anthropologie a while back – but this would be easy to make!
Lamp Base: very old and was on sale at Anthropologie
Mirror: A random boutique years ago, sorry!
I am a child of God Poster: Persimmon and Pink
Gold Mirror: vintage
Square Frame: made from paper, glue, and a wood frame from Michael’s
Flag Banner: made from scraps of fabrics
All Boxes on Dresser (square and round): Paper Source
Jewelry Tree: vintage
Rocking Giraffe and Ballerina: World Market
Paint Color: Cool Lava by Benjamin Moore
Baby Bed: Ikea, painted
Garden Children Chairs: Home Goods

Visit Nicole’s blog me oh my! for more details and more fabulous pictures!

And check out the me oh my! shop for some seriously stylish pillows.

image credit: Ashlee Raubauch


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