Declan’s Vintage Modern Nursery

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A fun and happy space for our eagerly expected arrival! I combined a bit of old and new and a few circus-y elements without sticking to a theme. I also DIY'ed a lot of elements for a personal touch.

Design Inspiration

This room was previously a home office and we knew that we were not repainting.  The green walls were the starting point.  I found inspiration when I saw the fabric I would end up using for the sheet.  From there, I thought a striped rug would look perfect with the bedding and the other elements soon fell into place.

Decorating Style

I like modern with mid-century touches.

Project Details

Some of my favorite elements were things that I diy'ed.   I took a dresser from our bedroom and painted it this beautiful aqua.  I also made the mobile that hangs above it (right down to the colorful pom poms) as well as most of the artwork.   The top 2 prints as well as the bottom 2 prints, I made in photoshop using a combination of clip art and free fonts and dingbats. I also made the elephant collage on the left.  The other prints I purchased on etsy.  The 2 paint-by-numbers were already in my collection of artwork.  I bought the letters above the crib from woodland manufacturing and covered them in faux wood contact paper. I bought the rug from dash&albert, the crib at babies r'us, the storage unit from ikea, and the rocker recliner from jcp. 

Favorite Items

My favorite item is the blue dresser/changing table. Aside from being functional, it makes a statement and really pops against the green walls. Also, I was happy to re-purpose it and not buy something new.


Don't get so caught up in matching everything perfectly.  Having a mix of colors, textures, and patterns gives the room depth and makes it feel liveable and inviting.


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    About a week to go before we all meet Declan! I must say that you did great with this room…. and I envy you for your talent.  Where did you get that funky clock??? That is cute!!!!

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    Where is your crib from?  Is that a drawer at the bottom of it?  Thanks — great job on the nursery!

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    Pam, I got the baskets at Target. They are the Itso storage bins. I was suprised how well they fit the space!

    sbarnhouse, the crib is from babies r’us. It’s the Amy Coe Westport crib.  I just looked on their website, though, and couldn’t find it anymore, though. You are correct- that is a drawer on the bottom. I love having the extra storage space! Thanks for the compliment!

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    I absolutely LOVE his nursery!!! Great Job!!! Did you happen to make your mobile? It’s adorable! The colors of the room are wonderful as well! Very Inspiring!!

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    This nursery rocks! Im totally w/ you when it comes to not trying to match everything. With hints of different colors and textures, it makes a room more fun and exciting! Great job!

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    I love the line with the alphabet!  Where did you get those alphabet cards?  

    Beautiful job with the room – love it!

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    Also – the bedding is adorable – where is that from?  I’m having a hard time with boy bedding! :)

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    I would love to know what brand/color of paint that you used on the dresser, I am re-finishing a dresser as well for a changing table and that is the shade of blue I was thinking of!

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    I would love to know what brand/color of paint that you used on the dresser, I am re-finishing a dresser as well for a changing table and that is the shade of blue I was thinking of!

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