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Abby’s City Nursery


We didn't find out what we were having beforehand, so we needed a gender neutral theme. But I also knew that even if we knew whether we were having a boy or girl, we weren't the type of people to have a very gender-specific nursery with lots of pinks or blues. We are both native New Yorkers, so we went with an urban city baby theme. I got most of my ideas for various projects from this site, blogs and etsy and just went for it.

Design Inspiration

I wanted to do gray and yellow from the very start. I love the color combination and knew it would work for a boy or girl. Then I fell in love with the hop scotch rug and saw a photo of a mural of buildings for a transportation-themed nursery. After that it all came together.

Decorating Style

I would say my style is contemporary, but with very earthy/neutral touches.

Project Details

DIY Projects:

  • Framed ABBY Letters - photos taken around the city
  • Book Sling - Amy Butler fabric, dowels, double curtain rod and iron adhesive
  • Mural - I first sketched out the building on graph paper, then outlined it to scale with pencil on the wall, using a large level and tape measure. I then used blue painters tape and a darker shade of gray than whats on all four walls
  • Crib Skirt and Bulletin Board - done by family members who know how to sew, also Amy Butler fabric
  • Mobile - I bought a big book of scrapbook paper and one of those big hole punchers to make all of the little circles. Poked two holes and used little jewelry rings to attach them to each other. Attached them to two knitting circles with fishing wire.


  • Hopscotch Rug: CB2
  • Poof (ottoman):Crate & Barrel
  • Buildings Lampshade: PBKids
  • Abby Letters above crib: Anthropologie
  • Hanging Storage: IKEA
  • Mini Hat Rack and all storage bins: Land of Nod

Favorite Items

My favorite item purchased is definitely the rug. My favorite DIY projects are a tie between the mural and the ABBY letters.


Go on craft sites like etsy and then just try to do it yourself. You'll find you can do a lot for a lot less.

Abby’s City Nursery – Project Nursery – Modern

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

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Tuesday 25th of October 2011

Where is the blanket in the crib from? (the one with the buildings)


Thursday 22nd of September 2011

Thanks, everyone!!

Adrien, mrsblakney,

Here is the site I used to make the no iron book sling:


The ottoman is from Crate & Barrel


The mini coat rack is from Land of Nod, also.


Sunday 11th of September 2011

O and where did you get the mini coat rack?


Sunday 11th of September 2011

I would love step by step instructions on the book sling. Love the room so CUTE!!!