Modern, Cozy and Bright Nursery | Featured Real Room

Modern, cozy and bright. Three words that perfectly describe this real yellow and gray nursery from Nadia, of House Thirty-Six, a Peruvian architect, interior design enthusiast and new mom.

Child’s Name: Giacomo
Child’s Age:
5 weeks old
Tarrytown, New York
What was your inspiration for the room?

Even before becoming pregnant, I knew that when the time came I’d like a modern, fresh, sophisticated, not too baby-ish but cozy nursery. Neutral but with a touch of bold colors, patterns and cute accessories. The starting point was the white furniture we already had from my stepson: a crib, changing table, rocker and shelves. I spent a lot of time looking for inspiration around the web and soon I had some design ideas. I wanted modern striped walls, maybe some chalkboard paint, a cozy rug and colorful patterns. Some of these things changed along the way (instead of stripes, we did chevron) but we kept the essence of the design. Deciding on a color scheme was the hardest part. We had three color schemes in mind. We liked them all so I created mood boards and asked people for their opinions to help us decide. The winner mood board was the grey and yellow combination, with a giraffe theme. And I started to work around it.

Describe your decorating style.
It’s hard to describe my style since I think it is always evolving. I used to love very modern and contemporary. I was a fan of minimalism. However during the past years I’ve learn to appreciate the beauty and timelessness of classic. If I have to define my style I’d say is eclectic. I still like modern and clean but I also appreciate a classic piece of furniture, or a shabby chic accessory and I’m not afraid of mixing them all. At the end the result is very personal and original.

Favorite Items.
I love my baby’s room. It just makes me so happy every time I go in there. My husband’s baby blanket is one of my favorite things in the room, as well as all the handmade gifts my mom and aunt made for my baby. I also love the daybed since I can relax and hang out with my little one without leaving his room. Another thing I love is the little gallery wall I placed around the changing table area and the reading corner.

Any words of advice for expectant moms planning their nursery?
I’d day think outside the box, look for inspiration everywhere, the same as for resources, not just baby related stores or websites. Sometimes you can find new ways of using some everyday things. And work just with things (furniture, accessories, details) that you really, really love. Try to incorporate family heirlooms or handmade details if possible. That makes a space extra especial.

We didn’t have a strict budget for our nursery but we spent very little, since we already had all the baby furniture and re-used some other pieces that we had around the house. The only new thing we bought was the closet storage system and a few accessories. Most of the details and accessories were handmade, DIY projects and/or budget-friendly finds.

Finally be open minded and flexible about your ideas. We started with some specifics but along the way we changed, modified or adjusted them. And we are so happy with the final result!

Room Resources.

Paint: Natural Grey (UL260-11) and Yellow Corn (330B-5) by Behr, matte finish
Furniture: Sleigh Fixed Crib, Berkely Changing Table, Dream Rocker and Collectors Shelves by PBK
Hanging pendants: Solvinden –  Ikea $9.99 each
Night table: hands-me-down
Rug: Living Necessities Grey Rug – Overstock $39.99
Sheepskin rug: Rens – Ikea $24.99
Curtains: Matilda – Ikea $29.99
Window Valance: DIY
Crib Skirt: DIY
Fabric for Window Valance and Crib Skirt: Premier Stretch Fabric in Yellow Corn (3 yards)
Giant giraffe: Melissa & Doug, $79.99
Mirror: Homegoods $39.99
Lamp: Marshalls $24.99
Wrought-iron tricyle: thrift store find
Pillows: DIY
Fabric for pillows: Etsy, Ikea, JoAnn & {$8.99 /yard approx.}
Changing Pad cover: DIY
“Love lives Cozy Here” artwork: Grace Hester Designs {etsy}, $25.00
“Love” artwork: MadebyGirl, $10.00
“G is for Giraffe” artwork: DIY {printing by Vistaprint, $8.99}
Small artwork in gallery wall: DIY and free downloads from here and here.
Cloth doll: Handmade by Mom
Cloth giraffe: DIY
Mobile: DIY, giraffe and elephant coat hangers to make mobile – JoAnn $20.00
Over sized letter “G”: DIY, Wood letter – JoAnn $5.99; Rub ‘n Buff in Silver – Michaels $5.99
Crib blanket: RH Baby & Child {no longer available}
Closet Storage System: Antonious – Ikea $ 230.00 approx.

For more details and pictures, visit Nadia’s blog House Thirty-Six.

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:

Pink and Yellow Safari {Real Nursery Spotlight}

I love design-talented women that can translate their style from one area of design to the nest {get it?}. Erika Brechtel is the owner and creative force behind small shop and this is her daughter’s nursery.

Her little girl is almost 2 and Erika wanted to make sure that her daughter’s vibrant personality was incorporated into the space.

Erika’s inspiration for the room started with a trip to the Honolulu Zoo and a stay at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel {check out Erika’s pictures of the hotel. stunning!}.

The Z Gallerie mirror {no longer available. sad face.} and the lucite tray {pictured below} are a few of my favorite items in the room and make it a little less baby and a little more trendy.

A few details…

‘For Like Ever’ poster print: From Village

Window Seat Fabric and Bolsters: Celerie Kemble’s Bleeker in Absinthe

Two petite tiger print pillows: From etsy seller Blue Door Style

Yellow zig zag and smile pillows: From etsy seller Honey Pie Design

Lulu elephant pillow: From Rikshaw Design.

Visit small shop for more images and details on the items found in this pink and yellow safari nursery.

images from small shop


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A Yellow and Gray Nest {Reader Nursery Submission}

Julianne Craig is a new mom and the incredibly talented event planner and owner of A Modern Proposal. When I saw the progress on her nursery design project, I jumped at the chance to share the end result with you. And I was incredibly honored when she accepted my request to showcase her nursery here.

And like many nurseries we’ve featured recently, fabric plays a major role in this room as well.

With a yellow and gray color palette, this room is modern, delicate, organized and incredibly affordable!

Nursery details.-

Crib: Ikea – Gulliver
Change table: Ikea – Expedite cube (with drawers)
Curtains: Jysk
Chair: Classifieds (Kijiji)
Side table: Ikea (bought it off Kijiji)
Artwork: Etsy - A-Z poster + Parrot; Numbers; You Are my Sunshine; Rest were DIY
Wall Vinyl: Etsy – Designed Designer
Bedding: Etsy- Cottage Belles (Not Shown Yet)
Side Table: Ikea
Lamp: Home Outfitters
White throw: Ikea

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Nursery Decorating Ideas: Pink, Yellow and Delicately Handmade

This pink and yellow nursery comes to you from Emily of Emmmy Lizzzy.

She loves fabric and all things handmade.

For her daughter Pheobe’s nursery, Emily drew inspiration and a color palette from her favorite fabrics and I love how delicate it looks and how cozy it feels.

Details below.

Nursery Decorating Ideas: Gray and Yellow Elephants

I’ve been following the progress of this nursery for quite a while. Erin, a new mommy and blogger behind Domestic Adventure, is a hands-on homemaker and who isn’t afraid to tackle DIY projects. Many of the items in this Gray and Yellow Elephant Nursery were handmade by Erin herself! Like the window valances and the updated yellow dresser.

Details below.

Nursery Decorating Ideas: Safari meets Elegant

When Dina, from Honey & Fitz, emailed me saying that this blog was “a constant inspiration for us throughout our pregnancy” and that she wanted to share with us the results of her nursery design adventure, nothing could have prepared me for this design home run!

With vintage pieces and a modern and fresh color palette, Dina shares with us her spin of a modern safari nursery.

Child’s Name: Knox

Child’s Age: 6 weeks

Location: North Carolina

What was your inspiration for the room?

It started with the Jonathan Adler Giraffe sconces. I fell in love with them and knew I wanted to use them in the room design. A loose safari theme sort of took off from there, though I hesitate to even call it a “theme” because I was really against having it all be matchy-matchy. A modern color scheme and some vintage finds kept it fresh.

Describe your decorating style.

My theory on decorating is that a mix of high priced, low priced new and vintage items is what really makes a room special and keeps it from looking like you just bought everything in one afternoon at Pottery Barn Kids. I’m ok with a few splurge items, but I always try to balance those with a hefty dose of DIY and flea market shopping. And because a nursery is used for such a short amount of time, I was determined to invest in pieces that I could use throughout our home after Knox had outgrown the room.

More images and room details AFTER the jump!