My husband and I both love things with a modern look and a tiny twist of vintage. When I was pregnant, we had no idea what we wanted to do for the nursery, the only thing we knew for sure was that we didn't want to go the "traditional baby blue" route. We knew we both loved grey as a neutral and then we ended up adding a few pops of tangerine for fun!
It all started with a little stuffed grey owl that I bought when I was pregnant. I found it at Pier 1 Imports by random chance when shopping for Easter decorations. (At the time we didn't know the gender, but I thought the owl was cute.) So we just kind of went from there. We absolutely LOVE Jonathan Adler and the entire Ouef Nursery Collection but all the items we wanted from there were not necessarily in the design budget, so they became an inspiration of what we liked. We wanted the room to be inviting for a baby but also be a transitional room that he could grow into at the same time.
For the nursery we wanted a clean modern room. But, in general I guess you could say that my design style varies. I grew up on antiques, my grandparents had numerous spaces in shops so I have always been drawn to anything vintage. But I also really love modern design! I like combining the two looks to make them my own. I am a crafter at heart, I’m not always the best at it...but I love anything crafty. DIY projects are my favorite kind. I love to repurpose pieces and it’s always fun to add an individualized element to a space. (I’m always gluing, stamping, or painting something. Even if it doesn’t look good, it’s still fun!)
There were many things that I would have loved to put in the room but I was on a specific budget for the space. So I splurged on a couple items and then went affordable on some others. In the end, the room ended up being a good little mix of “buy and budget.” We are really happy with how it turned out, and think it’s a fun family space.
Birch Trees - DIY. Hand Painted.
Dresser - Vintage buy, a score for $50. Painted White with Benjamin Moore Paint & added new dresser pulls. (Spent $100 on paint and supplies and $35 on new pulls.)
Bird Mobile - DIY. Handmade my mother & husband. I picked out the Fabrics from JoAnns fabric & the sticks were found near our house. Fishing wire and hooks from Lowes.
Bedding - DIY (sort of) After not being able to find any modern bedding in my color palette I ended up designing it in Photoshop and then brought fabric to The Baby Guy and they sewed/ put the set together for me. They had a great turn around time!
Chevron Floor Pillows - DIY. My mother in law repurposed existing floor pillows.
Orange Chalkboard - DIY. Painted a mirror I purchased at TJ Max with chalkboard paint and then spray painted the frame orange.
Frames Above Changing Table - All DIY, painted white. (my favorite is the ornate one I found at resale for under $3 and painted it.)
The stuffed giraffe is my childhood toy that my mom had made for me when I was a baby. (So happy to be able to pass it on to my little guy!)
The birch silhouette trees on the wall are my absolute favorite. My husband painted them, he surprised me. (I woke up to them one morning, it was super sweet!) Another fave is the bass guitar hanging on the wall. It was the guitar my husband was playing the first night we met. I also really dig the dresser/ changer. I love the it was an upcycled piece and has a mid century modern vibe to it. It was originally a china buffet, the top drawer has slats for placing silverware that ended up being perfect for little socks and onesies & the shelves behind the cabinet are perfect for diapers and supplies. My favorite print from the room is the I love you alphabet print. The most cherished piece is a little antique sterling silver baby cup that was given to me by my grandpa.
My advice would be to remind people to think outside the box, you don't have to buy everything at a "baby" store. You can find some great pieces at very non-baby places. Also that a little paint can go a long way and really transform something into a whole new look. Most importantly, have FUN with creating your space... not everything has to be "matchy-matchy." Make the room special to YOU. There are a lot of little hidden pieces in this room that hold great meaning to us.