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Finley’s Nursery


What happens when mid-century modernites find out their having a baby? They start planning the ultimate modern nursery, of course! Stefanie and Reed Smith are self-proclaimed modern thrifters - always looking for the deal of the mid-century! With a budget of $1,500 they set out to create a bright, airy nursery. Enjoy!

Design Inspiration

I was initially attracted to owls and based them loosely on the inspiration for the room. We had recently just moved to a new house when we found out we were having a baby. Even though we knew she was going to be a girl, I decided to use the faded seafoam as an hommage to the old house (the home she was conceived in) to give the room lightness.

Decorating Style

Mid-century modern, minimal with a vintage twist. I tend to lean towards a bright, clean and airy element with a touch of grounded sophistication and texture. I like modern design that is classic and timeless - and never fussy. When mid-century modern is done right it can be paired with any style. Try it, you'll see!

Project Details

Paint - Ralph Lauren: Faded Seafoam

Bedding - Breeze Baby by Sweet Potato

Changing Table - Vintage Haywood Wakefield

Crib - Pali Italy from Baby Love in South Florida. Locally owned and AWESOME!!!

Rocker - Eames Molded Plastic Rocker RAR from Design Within Reach:

Artwork - Reed Smith Art, Blue Ant Studio, Friends With You

*Tee-Pee* - NEW ADDITION!! On clearance at Super Marshalls/HomeGoods in Plantation, FL for $35!!!

Favorite Items

The Eames rocker and the mural. The mural was created by Finley's parents, Reed and Stefanie Smith.

Recently we've added some new artwork that she loves - some Friends With You posters that we picked up in South Beach. More pictures to come of Finley's Nursery - Part Deux! Check out Friends With You:


The image with the tee-pee is a glimpse at the room "in use" now. Don't worry if over time you decide to move things around a bit as you get to know the lay of the land. The room will grow with your baby - that's the test of a real nursery! As long as you have all of the pieces and seperately they look good - together they'll be fantastic!


Thursday 28th of October 2010

Hi - I just saw all of the comments!'s the answers to your questions. Hope they aren't too late!

Also, I am going to try and upload some additional photos of the room "in use" by our daughter, Finley, who is now 7 months old!

Paint - Ralph Lauren: Faded Seafoam (RL Number: VM125)

Sheets - Breeze Baby by Sweet Potato

Owls - All collected over the 9 months of pregnancy from thrift stores, HomeGoods, etc.

Art - My husband and i painted the mural together. He is a local artist in South Florida. Here is a sampling of his work: 

On the adjacent walls, the prints (you might not be able to see) is an educational illustration of iconic design pieces, the ABC's of design, if you will - designed by Blue Ant Studio.


Thursday 8th of July 2010

I love the little owls on the shelf. Where did you get them?


Tuesday 11th of May 2010

My favorite is the display shelf by the window. I love the wood in dark stain and the cute and pretty what-nots you have displayed.


Tuesday 11th of May 2010

Very beautiful nursery. It looks stylish and doesn't look the least like a budget nursery. I'm undecided about the owl-themed mural or artwork though. Part of me likes it and finds it artistic and creative, but part of me thinks it's rather dark and not quite right for a baby.


Tuesday 4th of May 2010

You did all these for under $1,500??? WOW!!! Am not worthy!