Henry’s Vintage Airplane Nursery

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A sophisticated, yet still boyish nursery for our son. It is centered around aviation, deep rich colors and personal hand made touches from loved ones.

Design Inspiration

Our inspiration is my father. He was a fighter pilot in the Navy, so we used his experiences for Henry's nursery. We were able to find so many aviation inspired decorations, it was easier than I expected!

Decorating Style

The style for this nursery is fun, yet something he can grow into. I didn't want to create a nursery that was centered around infancy because I want him to be able to keep many of the pieces as he gets older.

Favorite Items

My favorite items are the hand made pieces by family and friends. My mother in law made the "Pittsinger Propeller and Parts" sign and I was blown away by her creativity and how perfectly it fits in the nursery. My friend also made the name sign on his door. I also love the Braniff Airline tin sign because my parents met while my Dad was a pilot and Mom was a flight attendant for Braniff. The last "favorite" is the wooden propeller. This was hanging up in the house I grew up in, and now it is hanging in my son's room. I'm in love.


Pick something that has meaning. Whether it is a theme, or just a central piece to draw inspiration, make sure you love it. Don't worry about what may look nice to others, just make it your own. The nursery is a space for you to enjoy with your tiny one, so as long as you feel at home and comfortable in it, that's all that matters!


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    Amy, you are so awesome! I hope Derek knows how lucky he is! The room turned out incredible!

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    Thank you Kathy! We had such a great time creating this space… and I’m so glad it’s getting some great feedback!

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    Those airplane prints are cool. The vintage propeller is also a great touch to the nursery, together with the wood-stained frames and the black clock and mirror. And yeah, I also think you’re MIL is very creative!

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    Thank you so much, Kimmy! I’m pretty lucky, I think I hit the “jack pot” of in-laws :)

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    Wow, this room could pass for a museum exhibit, I just love what you did with the planes and the whole room. This is getting a 5 from me!

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    My husband and I absolutely adore your son’s nursery and will be using it for lots of inspiration for our nursery (our son is due in April :)). Everything from the airplane pictures and accents to the dark wood against the wall color. Love it! Do you mind sharing what color paint is on the walls? :)

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    Hi Meg! Thank you so much for the kind words! I just saw this comment,
    so I apologize for the delayed response. The color is Pine Forest from
    Lowe’s. We just used the Valspar paint and it turned out perfectly.
    Good luck with your nursery!!!

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    Love love LOVE your nursery! My husband and I are expecting our first in August, and if it’s a boy, we love the aviation theme! I will be using your nursery for inspiration.

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    Hey Amy…I just came across your son’s nursery and it is so stinkin cute! We are due in April and have been seraching for aviation items as we are doing our son’s room in planes. Where did you get the 6 pictures of the planes that are hung above the changing table? thanks Amanda

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    Congratulations! We got the six airplane pictures on etsy. The sellers name is tjneal. I hope your nursery turns out well, and thank you for the kind words!!!!

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    The clock is from hobby lobby and the paint color is valspar’s pine forest from lowes!

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    Amy, how long is the propeller? We are looking to hang one about a crib also and am not sure what size I should go with?

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    What color is the paint on the wall I’d like to paint my sons room the same color

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    Hey there! Love this nursery! I’m looking at finding something similar to the 3 piece picture under the propeller by the mirror. I can’t even find anything similar to it, where did you get it or how should I search for something like that?

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