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Ben’s Modern, Vintage, Light and Airy Nursery


We tried to create a nursery that was a little modern, a little vintage, light & airy, with a dash of fun and color. We combined new, modern items with my family pieces. We still want to add a bookcase and a few more art pieces. 

Design Inspiration

Our design inspiration was actually another Project Nursery project called "Zoey's Handmade Haven".  We switched it up a bit for a boy.

Decorating Style

I love modern and vintage, especially the combination in the same space.  I also love bold colors and airy, open spaces.


Project Details

We chose a really light paint color called "Barely There" by Muralo.  

We wanted a pop of color, so we chose the Dwell Studio Draper Stripe rug in Citrine:  

We combined a modern, clean-lined white crib (Babyletto Mercer: with vintage wooden pieces: my grandmother's rocking chair and my grandfather's dresser.  

We added art to the room from

A Classic Pooh print by Peter Ellenshaw called "Autumn Leaves":

We made a three print series using the work of Astrid Wielinga:

- Ginny the Giraffe:

- Hippo:

- Zebra:

The little animals over the changing table/dresser were part of a diaper cake I received at my shower.  I couldn't just throw them away and thought they would be great for Ben to look at when he was getting changed.

We used Target Home Basketweave Curtains in grey - the fabric reminds me of an old vintage suit.

We also loved the 3 sprouts storage bins.  We went with the zebra one first.  We might add more later.

Favorite Items

I love having pieces from my grandparents in the room.  It is a little bit of my history in his space.  I also LOVE the rug and the Peter Ellenshaw print.

Astrid Wielinga

Sunday 5th of January 2014

Thank you for using my work for your lovely nursery! Best regards from the Netherlands, Astrid Wielinga


Saturday 2nd of June 2012

Thanks!! Funny thing, the night before you told me your secret I was going to buy a sheet at Target and try something similar. Now that I know it works I may have to!


Tuesday 29th of May 2012

Ysczabel: I think that this is one of the brightest and simplest rooms I’ve ever come across here on PN.I love what you did with the crib skirt :)

Awww...thanks, Ysczabel! It is a happy space and we love it.


Monday 28th of May 2012

I think that this is one of the brightest and simplest rooms I've ever come across here on PN. I love what you did with the crib skirt :)


Monday 28th of May 2012


I'll let you in on my little secret. It is a flat twin sheet that I folded to fit! I couldn't find a skirt that I liked that fit the bed, so I improvised.