We have a tiny, rented space for our soon-to-be-arriving little one, and will be moving soon and leaving furniture behind. But I could not let go of my visions of a fabulous nursery, so on a tight budget have pulled together what I think is a playful, modern, gender-neutral nursery, bursting with color!
The inspiration for the bright, primary colors in this nursery were my Flensted mobile purchased in Copenhagen, as well as the vibrant-hued Danish watercolors gifted by my mom. I wanted a fun, lively room with a bit of Scandinavian flair.
Modern with a twist. I like bright colors and lots of contrast, and aim for simplicity and clean lines with a few unexpected elements to add interest.
One of my favorite elements of the room, the Flensted balloon mobile, was purchased in Copenhagen. It's also available online: http://www.allmodernbaby.com/Flensted-Mobiles-C405180.html?refid=GCA30421.[flensted+mobile]
The orange checkered crib sheet, which adds a retro feel to the room, is by Litto Kids, purchased from http://www.babybot.com, a Canadian website packed with modern goodies for baby.
The crib, dresser and rocker are all from Ikea. I purchased the wooden shelves at Michael's and mixed my own acrylic paints to create a warm orange shade.
I also adore my yellow minky fabric covers for the nursing pillow and change pad - both are available locally at Bo Bebe (http://www.bobebe.com/)
I found that just a few splurges, like the sheets and plush fabric covers, added richness and texture to the space, and allowed me to get by with less expensive furniture.
The Flensted balloon mobile - it makes me happy every time I look at it!
Find one or two bright, bold pieces that speak to you, and let those be your guide for the mood and color story of the space.
Most of all, have fun! Decorating for a child allowed me to push the limits of how bright and playful I could go.