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Design Reveal: “Cottage-Modern” Orange and Blue Nursery

New mom, designer and editor of Cottage Modern, Kristin, recently shared the darling nursery she designed for her baby boy. The result is a beautiful mix of traditional, contemporary and modern styles. Simply put, it’s clean and classic.

Kristen selected a calming color scheme of whites and blues with accents in bright orange and subtle nautical touches. My favorite is the simple drum shade light fixture embellished with a splash of whimsy by way of orange pom pom trim and blue paper whales—such an easy way to dress up a shade!

Contemporary Boy's Nursery

Kristen found the perfect crib bedding at Serena & Lily this past summer for 70% off. The orange and white pouf was also a great find on Etsy.

Boy's Nursery Crib and Map Name Art

The map letters spell out the baby’s name, giving the room a personal touch. They also pull in just the right shades of blue and orange. Kristen made them herself, and to make them even more special, she used maps from regions in Canada and Minnesota where she and her husband are from. Love!

Boy's Nursery Table and Art

Above the dresser, hangs a simple framed letterpress greeting cards that complement the color scheme. The table lamp added a pop of orange, while the burlap shade provides some great texture.

Bookcase Nursery Room

My absolute favorite part of the room, however, is how Kristen transformed this built-in shelving unit. Painting it white and adding the soft contrast of the light blue back revived the dated bookcase. The organizational specialist in me adores how she made the counter into a practical and well-organized changing station. Beautiful work Kristin!


Saturday 8th of December 2012

This room is stunning! It's hard to find really great color combos for boys, but this one is fantastic!

Franklyn Kuchenbecker

Friday 6th of January 2012

Nice blog !


Thursday 29th of December 2011

Carrie Sommer,

Thanks for the comments! Head over here to see before and after photos of the project:

Enjoy :)

Carrie Sommer

Wednesday 28th of December 2011

Yeah, the built-in shelf is pretty neat. It would have been great if there was a before and after photo so we can truly appreciate the transformation.


Wednesday 28th of December 2011

Really love this room! It's just right.