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Design Reveal: Sunburst Modern

We received this Real Rooms submission last month from Kathleen out of Port Washington, New York. She only had a few more days to go until her due date so we are pretty certain she is now quite busy bonding with her new little baby (and managing those round the clock feedings!). It’s really special to see a nursery fresh and ready, hand-crafted by loving parents, for little baby to inhabit once home from the hospital. Kathleen and her husband spent many hours perfecting this bright and modern nursery for their baby. Two things were important to them, making it gender neutral (since they did not know the sex) and clutter free. Kathleen, when you can spare a moment, let us know how you and baby are doing. Everyone else, here are all the details on this nursery which is a nice slice of modern day sunshine:
What was your inspiration for the room?
We wanted a gender neutral, modern and cost efficient nursery that would easily transform into a toddlers room.  I was inspired by the nurseries I found in Domino Magazine (so sad they aren’t publishing anymore) and online sites like Project Nursery.

What best describes your decorating style?
In general, I lean towards transitional styles and neutral colors to coordinate with family antiques I’ve inherited. When it came to the nursery, I wanted to create a totally modern space free of over stylized furniture, patterns and “baby stuff”. The room is only 9’x9′ so a clean and open look made the room feel more spacious and happy.

Share with us choice of paint colors, furniture, art, and resources.
Baby Mod Olivia Crib for Walmart
Baby Mod Olivia Dresser for Walmart
Poang Arm Chair and Ottoman (these come in mini version too!)
Ceiling Light by Robert Abbey
Lykta table lamp
Holman wall shelves, Animal wall decal by Byrdiekids
Area rug and accent pillow
Valance, Crib Skirt and Accent Pillow fabric by Ikea
Lill Sheers, Ikea Magnet boa
Paint :
Olympic: Sunbeam, Sun Shower and Sail Cloth


Any Money saving tips?:
After doing a lot of shopping and online research, I was surprised to find the perfect crib and dresser on! The pieces are constructed to be very sturdy and they meet all safety requirements. I made the window valance and bed skirt out of a gender neutral and retro fabric I found at Ikea for under $20.00 per yard. My husband and I assembled all the furniture and painted the room ourselves but hired an electrician to install the ceiling light and upgrade all outlets.

What is your favorite item(s) in the room?
My favorite item in the nursery is the Robert Abbey ceiling fixture.  The timeless design and way it scatters shards of light across the ceiling is so unique.  I actually envision my child using it in their own home one day.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
It was a challenge to create an affordable modern nursery without any cheesy baby stuff but I think we did a great job.


Sunday 6th of March 2011

I think the light fixture is ugly. Wouldn't be suprised if the baby was terrified of it. I know i wouldn't want to lay on my back staring at that all day.


Thursday 6th of August 2009

I adore the light fixture! What a great idea to use a bed skirt as your valence - great job! The Walmart Baby Mod crib is my crib of choice as well.


Saturday 30th of May 2009

Katheen This nursery is so crisp and brite, a breath of fresh air. I love it!!!


Thursday 7th of May 2009

This is so cool! I also hate clutter, so this is my kind of nusery!