Dreamy Vintage White Nursery

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A dreamy vintage white nursery was my hope for our third baby. I knew I wanted to use special keepsake items from both my childhood and my husband’s no matter the sex of the baby. A grey and white color combination was the perfect base in creating the calm atmosphere I craved. This being our third child I wanted a serene place for the two of us to connect and enjoy -- away from the hustle and bustle of a house full of giggles and two-year old temper tantrums. I wanted to keep the nursery simple yet full of special personal details.

Design Inspiration

The design all began with the bedding. I wanted all white, ruffles, storybook crib skirt and sweet softness to define the look. The touches of color came after we decided to find out the sex of our baby. Debbie Park from Cottage and Cabin handmade all the nursery linens. Everything from the crib bedding, pillows and crib blanket to the roman shades and butterfly pleated drapes. She not only does exquisite work but is the sweetest lady around. After establishing materials and colors the details slowly came together after countless Hobby Lobby and Ikea trips.

Decorating Style

I want every room of our home to be welcoming, comforting and relaxing. I love light. It makes me feel warm and happy. So, much of our home has light streaming in against white cabinetry, bedding, and white or tan walls. I love the warmth of it all.

Project Details

This was our first truly gender specific nursery to complete. We don't usually find out the sex of our babies but since this very well could be our last we decided to go for it and make the nursery extra special. The majority of the nursery items were taken from other areas of our home, reused from previous children or gifted from family. The main part of my budget was spent on the bedding and linens. However, below is a detailed list of everything I could think of in the room and what it originally cost and where it was purchased from.

Baby Room Costs 

Etsy - CottageandCabin: Baby Bedding by Debbie Park

Crib bedding: $525

Crib blanket: $110

Crib/chair 12x16 ruffle pillows: $50

Crib sheet: $35

Bedding total: $720.00

Roman shades: $425

Ruffle/pleated curtains: $380

(Room fabric/bedding total: $1,525.00)

Fisher-Price 3-1 Charlotte Crib & Dresser (Walmart): $437.00

Total: bedding, linens and crib/dresser: $1,962.00

Re-cover old rocking chair: Free! (re-covered by grandma)

Howard Elliot Veruca Mirror (Amazon): $179

West Elm Mini Abacus Table Lamp - Mercury: $55

Initial over bed: Free! (handmade by Uncle Mike)

Hobby White frames (shadow boxes and open back frames): $36

Nursing table: IKEA Liatorp table: $129

White bookshelves (IKEA spice racks - 3 spray painted white): $12

At Home (Garden Ridge) Charlotte Rug: $134

Hobby Lobby Trinkets: $12 + $23 + $9 + $2 + $12 + $8 + $10 + $9 + $40 = $120

(Stuffed animals, gold figured, metal heart, wood sign, star bursts, abc sign, hangers, etc.)

Additional buys:

- Hobby Lobby Wire basket and gold spray paint: $30

- Zoom Zoom Silver Plated Airplane Cup: $21 (originally $50)

- Newborn 11x14 Canvas: $40 (mpix) - The canvas is actually our 2nd baby but it gives the idea of what the completed wall will look like once Baby #3 is born and photographed.

Grand Room Total: $2,000 - $2,800**

I felt this would be helpful to know the actual cost range of the nursery. We had the majority of the nursery items already but the bedding and linens were a large expense. I feel it truly sets the tone of the nursery and I love every detail Debbie put into the bedding and linens. We used spray paint on the initial above crib, gold basket and frames to get the exact colors we wanted.


Favorite Items

My favorite items in the room are the:

1. Crib bedding

2. Little white bunny (Pip Midi Bunny by Mamas and Papas)

3. Initial over the crib

4. West Elm lamp on the nursing table

5. White resin deer head

6. White Howard Elliot Veruca Mirror

7. "I'm a Fool for you" wooden sign I made for my sweet babe

Of course the keepsake shoes, clothes and bonnet from our families are the most cherished items of all.


Reuse, refinish and bargain hunt for the different pieces or items. I made a few of the nursery items myself and called on the talents of friends and family for other specialty projects. Debbie hand makes all her bedding and works with all sorts of budgets. I looked at multiple websites before finding Debbie. She is very good and very reasonably priced. Using what you already have cuts a lot of cost and helped us. The framed newborn hospital hat is also a cherished item I can't wait to use!




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