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A fresh coat of paint is my absolute favorite way to not only update a room but to add a little drama. Sarah, mother to three-month old Griffin, must agree. By painting the room a warm shade of cafe-au-lait, she created a rich backdrop for an elegant and sophisticated nursery. Inspired by Dwell’s Circles crib bedding, Sarah used a few old pieces from other rooms in the house alongside the new crib, glider and rug to get a clean and eclectic feel. Other finishing touches include a bookshelf made by Griffin’s grandfather and vintage family photos in crisp white frames. The alphabet cards positioned above the crib add just the right touch of modern. Read on for more details.

Design Inspiration

I was inspired by my bedding collection, which is Circles by Dwell Studio for Target. I wanted something modern with lots of color but not so overwhelming I couldn’t introduce other elements.

Decorating Style

I like to contrast modern design with vintage prints and art.

Project Details

Unfortunately, the paint color isn’t made anymore so I had to get an old chip color matched. The crib and glider came from Walmart. The dresser was from a local discount store. The table and chair was donated by a family member and the bookshelf was made by the baby’s grandfather.

Favorite Items

My favorite item is the bookshelf. It gives him great access to the book when he’s older and brings so much color into the room.


The Charley Harper Alphabet flashcards over the crib were a great and cheap way to introduce art into the room.


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    Jill in Ohio says:

    July 23, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Love this nursery and the bookshelf too! Where is that from?

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    Chasseny says:

    July 23, 2009 at 11:52 am 

    Great Job on the room Sarah!!! Baby Griffin is sleeping good, Im sure!

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    kylydia says:

    July 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Wow, what a great room. Sarah must be a super-great mom to expose her son to good design at such a young age. :)

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    Reiza says:

    July 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Add me to the list of people who wants to know where that bookshelf is from. That’s exactly what my twin daughters need.

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    Sarah says:

    July 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    The bookshelf was made by my stepfather. He actually worked off a picture I saw on a real-life nursery featured in another blog! I think Walmart had a very similar one at one time but I can’t find it anymore.

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    Sarah says:

    July 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    what a GREAT way to display those Charley Harper alphabet cards. love it!
    classic books on that shelf too!

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    Laura says:

    July 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Sarah, I LOVE the bookshelf. Is your stepfather anywhere near Texas and can he make us one too?

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    Mere says:

    August 2, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, simple but creative — love the nursery! I really like what you did with the Charley Harper cards. I have them and have been trying to think of how to display them in my (future) nursery. I was thinking somehow on the closet doors, but I like the wall application too.

    I also love his name.


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    Alicia says:

    August 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Love the alphabet card idea. How did you apply them to the walls?

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    Sarah says:

    September 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I used those 3M strips. I tried glue dots first then double stick tape but they fell so I had to try something more hardcore.

    I used a ruler to set the width apart and applied a strip to the bottom and top. It actually went a lot smoother than I had expected.

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    How did you hang the paper lanterns?  Would love to know – your room turned out beautifully!

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    How did you hang the paper lanterns?  Would love to know – your room turned out beautifully!

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