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Adele Lou’s Soft Grey and Pale Pink Nursery


Soft, feminine nursery with vintage inspiration and a French touch.

Design Inspiration

The vintage crib was the initial inspiration for the bedroom. I fell in love with the crib and designed the rest of the nursery to match its romantic, vintage look. I thought a pale grey would be soft and neutral for all other colors and accessories to stand out. I was looking for soft colors that would pair with grey (the room) and white (the crib and trims) and I settled on pale pink and ecru.

Decorating Style

A mix of vintage, refurbished and modern pieces with a soft color palette.

Project Details

Crib: Bratt Décor
Dresser and Dresser Topper: RH Baby & Child
Bookshelves: Flea Market
Nursing Chair: Crate & Barrel found in Consignment Store
White Iron Chair: Flea Market
Bedding: RH Baby & Child
Crib Mobile: Pottery Barn Kids
Lamps: Target "Treshold"
Animal Art: Custom request via Artist Jeanne Figueras
La Vie est Belle Print: Field Trip store on Etsy
"Forget Me Not" Glass Tray: John Derian
Bunting: Pottery Barn Kids
Frames: IKEA

Favorite Items

The crib and bedding: I wanted to find organic and soft colored bedding that match the rest of the room. The bedding was a bit expensive but worth it as it finishes the room pretty well and I am confident the materials used will be safe on my baby's skin.

The art: most of the pieces are either from my mother (the animal drawings on the wall above the crib), my collage store on Etsy or from other artists found on Etsy. I am French and Adele will be raised here in the USA, so it was important to me that her room features some connection to her French heritage.

The paint color: I looked for a grey that was not too dark to create softness. I tried at least 5 before choosing "Evening Shadow" from Sherwin-Williams. It is very luminous and also comes in zero VOC which is safer in baby's room.

The "Forget Me Not" glass tray from John Derian: this is a gift from Adele's father given to her on the day we came home - while she is too small to appreciate it now, it will be a great keepsake for her throughout her life.


Mix and match branded items (Pottery Barn, RH Baby and Child) and found items (vintage/flea market finds) to avoid a "catalog" look.

Mix "Hi and Lo": I splurged on items that have strong visual effect in the room  (dresser, bedding) but bargained-shop for other ones (the nursing chair which I will repurpose later, the frames for the artwork,...)

Test the paint color in the room by painting a small area with the samples you get before deciding. Let paint settle for a day and look at it in daylight and by night before making a decision.

Take your time putting together the look and pieces: you will come across more interesting pieces that way and might even get some on sale. It took me several months to put this look together.

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Thursday 6th of March 2014

Love the french accents!