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Crying is for Babies: Modern Gray Nursery


This grey and yellow nursery is a mix of the vintage styles that decorate our older home, and some clean, modern elements.

Design Inspiration

I wanted this nursery to fit with the styles of our home. It seemed like all the nursery items in the store were dominated by animals or the alphabet, or some other theme that looked too childish for our vintage-styled home.

Decorating Style

Clean, modern and vintage. Much like a music station playing "the best of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and today!" Our home was built in 1916, with many art-deco elements, so there are some deco-style designs and furniture, as well.

Project Details

The crib is from Target's Dwell Studio line. The crib sheet was Dwell Studio, as well. The wall paint is Eddie Bauer (from Lowes) Java. The room was already painted this color, and I love it so much, I built the nursery around that color. The grey velvet curtains were made by my grandmother from fabric found at The letterpress prints were from The side table, vintage swivel rocker, dresser, and magazine rack that I use as a blanket holder were all thrift-store finds, and each less than $45. The rug was from Target, as well. The changing table is a simple one made by my grandfather. The bedding was made by my grandmother from a reversible queen-sized coverlet from Target. I used the left-over material for a blanket.

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the room is the bedding. I loved both prints on the reversible queen-sized quilt so much, but wished it came in baby-sized. Luckily,  my grandmother used the queen-sized quilt to make the bumper and the crib skirt.


I looked to my regular tastes in design for decorating the nursery...and I didn't just limit myself to decor designed for nurseries. Also, thrift stores can have the GREATEST finds, if you're just patient and diligent.

Florence Amber

Friday 30th of December 2011

I really like the soft and subtle hues you used for this room. I like that no element really shouts for your attention and tries to steal the show. It's quite zen, so to speak.


Wednesday 28th of December 2011

Love Love LOVE it! Great mix of modern and vintage. Aren't you smart for mixing colors and styles to create the perfect calm nursey for your little one!


Wednesday 28th of December 2011

Love this nursery! It's a great paring of kid-friendly and modern style. Great job!