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Black, White, and Very Bright.


This nursery was designed for our son Owen. I am very opposed to spending a ton of money on a baby's room, however, I'm also very opposed to boring nurseries as well. I call it "nursery in a bag" look. I hate the matchy matchy themed rooms you can get at any baby store. Therefore, we met in the middle and were able to come up with a very fun, bright, and budget friendly nursery. 

Design Inspiration

My inspiration for the nursery was the bedding. I love the contrast of black and white, so when I found this bedding (and on clearance no less) I had to have it. The black and white chevron is a fun print, but I wanted to include other patterns as well. I loved the elephant fabric the moment I saw it! There is also a black and white diamond eye fabric I used to make a pillow for the rocking chair. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to photograph it yet. 

Decorating Style

My style is bright, fun, simple, and modern. I love design that is unexpected and not typical, especially in a nursery. 

Project Details

Ikea is one of my favorite places. Its furniture is perfect for someone like me because I like to change things out fairly often and when you didn't pay much for it, it doesn't hurt as bad to get rid of it. The book shelves, dresser, tall white shelf, curtain rods and frames are all ikea. We didn't want your typical, run of the mill crib, but we also didn't want to spend a bundle. I'm not a fan of purchasing items I cannot see or feel so this presented a challenge as well. This crib was purchased at BabiesRUs for $200 on clearance. I was also lucky enough to score some super cheap clearance bedding as well. The bedding is from the Missoni for Target line. The pieces were being discontinued ($50) and unfortunately the fitted sheets were already sold out so I was able to find something else that worked. DIY projects include the painted rocking chair ($40 on craigslist), curtains ($60, mobile (free, plus yarn from my yarn stash), and ABC wall art ($30). Lastly, the lovely wall prints came from 

Favorite Items

I have a lot of favorites about this room, but I definitely love the mobile and ABC wall art the most. 


My advice would be to not settle for the "nursery in a bag" look if that's not your style. Yes, it is definitely more work to search for items and come up with your own design, but in the end you'll have a very unique and personalized nursery, plus you'll most likely save some $$$ too! 

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