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Gallery Inspired Modern Nursery


We wanted our baby's nursery to be bright, modern, and comfortable. Nothing too girly, but definitely a modern, feminine vibe.

Design Inspiration

During my second trimester we travelled to the Mediterranean and visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. As I was walking through her airy light-filled home browsing the modern art I realized this was exactly how I wanted our nursery to feel. At that time we didn't know the gender so we decided on gray, white and black as the base color palette with fun primary colors as accents. When we found out it was a girl, we decided to use coral as a main accent color.

I searched for unique pieces of art to put in the room, and used the colors in them to determine the other colors in the room. In doing that, the nursery ended up not having one particular color scheme. I also tried to repeat lines or patterns throughout the room to help it feel more cohesive.

Decorating Style

Classic modern. I appreciate the timelessness of classic decor, but love to mix in modern clean lines. I love things to look beautiful, but it always must be comfortable!

Project Details

Crib -

Quilt and bedding - Custom made by a friend with a wonderful etsy shop henryandethel.

Crown art - My husband is Scottish, and with her name being London we had to do subtle nods to her British heritage! Luckily she was born during a Jubilee year, so finding accents was fairly easy. Crowning Glory for Queen Elizabeths 60 years on the throne - Made in Britain from a vintage map

Name decal - Wall Sticker Union Jack with Name decal Jubilee

Mobile - Etsy - Tell Me What You Want - Custom Mobile Option 1

Chalkboard decals -  Set of 6 Extra Large Fancy Rectangles Chalkboard Vinyl Chalk Labels - Organizing Chalkboard Label Chalkboard Stickerss

Armchair - Ikea

Changing table/dresser - Ikea

Sheepskin Rugs - Ikea

Abacus, Picasso print, Butterflies - Ikea

Lamp shade - Ikea

Modern Art Prints - Nod Institute of Art

Clips - Land of Nod And You Brought a Clip

Pillow and Rug - Homegoods. The rug is actually two rugs put together. Thanks Pinterest for the idea.

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Dresser and bookshelf - Repurposed from inside our home.

Dog bookends, Throw and ottoman - Target

Curtains -Alston Ivory/Grey Curtain Panels at Crate and Barrel.

Favorite Items

That's a tough one! It's probably a tie between the mobile, the crib and her crown art. I fell in love with the crib the minute I saw it online and waited patiently (it was on back order until January!) for it to arrive and absolutely adore it. The mobile is so unique and just lovely and everyone comments on it who sees it. It definitely is London's favorite thing in the nursery! Her crown art is made from vintage London subway maps and I love that it's not only her heritage but her name.

Two other pieces that are personally dear to us are the striped zebra (my husband and I went on an anniversary trip the weekend after we found out we were having a baby and found it in a gift shop) since it was the first thing we bought for the baby; and the picture we framed on the bookshelf that was drawn by London's older sister.


Go with your gut. I clearly remember the day at the museum and the way I felt and I wanted to instill that feeling in our nursery. It ended up being a lot tougher than I imagined! But, starting early and keeping that feeling in mind, everything came together in the end. Don't feel like you have to have a "theme" or can only use certain colors - mix it up and have fun! Above all, stay out of the "baby" stores. We found everything outside of baby stores and love that it gives a sophisticated look to her nursery.

Mel L

Thursday 23rd of May 2013

what colour is that on the wall? I love it!

Alison Mar

Tuesday 12th of February 2013

My favorite thing here has got to be that mobile! I really love it!


Thursday 7th of February 2013

Love London's nursery!!