Bella’s Vintage Nursery

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This nursery was designed and decorated by my husband, my mom, and I for our first daughter, Bella.  We envisioned a vintage feel with a soothing soft pastel color palette.  We also incorporated family heirlooms to give her room an even deeper meaning.  Since I was going to be staying home with my daughter, we knew we had to create a beautiful space on a limited budget.  To me, design is much easier when you have a large budget.  You have to really plan ahead and use every ounce of creativity when you are designing on a dime! 

Design Inspiration

My love for vintage  and antique shops began my vision for her room. We wanted to show others that it is possible to design and decorate a beautiful room on a budget.  We did this by making over furniture we already had and furniture we found on Craigslist.  Most of her decor are pieces we found at vintage, antique, and thrift shops. 

Decorating Style

Vintage, Ethereal, Shabby Chic, and Whimsical. 

Project Details

Crib - JCPenney

Rug - JCPenney

Chandelier - Land of Nod

Rocker - Peek a Boo Baby, Tulsa OK

Curtains - Land of Nod

Bedding - Handmade by my mom, Joyce Steuernagel. 

Decor - Etsy and various thrift, antique, and vintage shops. 

Mobile - Handmade by my mom, Joyce Steuernagel.

Paint - "Gravel" by Restoration Hardware.  

Favorite Items

It's a tie! My first favorite item is her dresser.  We bought it from Craigslist and painted it cream to match the trim in her room.  We then used lace as a stencil to add the gray lacey accents to her drawers.  

My second favorite item is her vanity.  It belonged to my parents and then they passed it down to me when I was 8.  We painted it to match the other furniture in her room.


When doing a vintage inspired room it is important to start looking early!  As soon as we found out we were having a girl, I hit the shops to start collecting decor. Begin with a color palette in mind and what kind of vintage "feel" you want.  I wanted more of a shabby chic so I leaned towards the pastels and floral patterns.  


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    Absolutely gorgeous. I just love so many details of this nursery, like the vanity; the little round mirror; the cute little clock; the comb, brush and hand mirror set, the bird mobile, etc.

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    Looks beautiful! We are in the beginning stages of designing a blue nursery for our baby girl, so it is nice to see how you made this look so feminine!

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    I love everything about this room! What color paint did you use for the wall? I looked up Restoration Hardware’s “Gravel” but it looked VERY grey compared to what you have, so I’m assuming that was only used for the details.

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