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Adler’s Colorfully Vintage Inspired Nursery


Creating this nursery was the most fun I've had decorating any room in my home. It's colorful. It's bold. It's fun! 

Design Inspiration

My husband and I went to a lot of antique malls and estate sales looking for some old school, vintage inspiration. We found a collection of old bow ties, wooden soda crates, a metal toy car, railroad insulator, and antique fishing lures. I know rusty lures sounds perfect for a nursery. ;) Don't worry, I put the lure in a burlap lined shadow box safely out of reach. We drew inspiration from these various items, went with bold colors, and didn't worry about things matching perfectly. It was a blast!

Decorating Style

Normally my decorating style is much more subdued. I like distressed furniture, more neutral colors with pops of color here and there, but for the nursery I wanted something that was purely fun and not serious at all. 

Project Details

Where I started: the bedding. I searched and searched for bedding but everything was so pastel and it seemed the selection for boys was tiny compared to that for girls, so I went to a wonderful local fabric place and picked out my own fabric. The room sort of fell into place piece by piece after that.

Bedding & Curtains: Cynthia East Fabric

Crib: DaVinci Jenny Lind, custom painted

Changing Table: Actually a buffet from Hank's Fine Furniture

Glider: Kids Furniture

Rug: Anthropologie 

The following were DIY projects: mobile, counting sheep shadow box, soda crate shadow box & book shelves, and the large, lean-to clip board. The DIY projects were so much fun. 

Favorite Items

My favorite item is probably the shadow box with the vintage bow tie collection...or maybe the bright red crib and turquoise side table! I can't choose! 


For me this project was all about taking my time and making things perfect for my little boy. I started as soon as we found out the sex and spent weekend after weekend collecting things here and there and drawing on them for inspiration. If I wasn't spending my Saturday in an antique store or at an estate sale, I still had my eyes out for anything that may go great in the room. Unique was what I wanted and not being a person who makes decorating decisions quickly or easily, I gave myself plenty of time to makes things just the way my husband and I wanted. 


Tuesday 29th of May 2012

Ok, thanks Lauren!


Tuesday 29th of May 2012


We did not. Thought about it, but no. I wish I had given it try though!


Tuesday 29th of May 2012

Awesome room! We want to paint our Jenny Lind crib too, but I'm having trouble figuring out if I can just spray paint it and let it "air out" for a while or what will be safe for our baby...did you paint your crib yourselves? Thanks!

Lisa Martinez

Saturday 3rd of March 2012

Love the room and love the baby, too. Love, bright colors and you guys did a great job, hope to see it in person one day!

Teresa byrne

Friday 2nd of March 2012

What a beautiful boy and a wonderful room!!!!