Grey With a Little “Pop”

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K's nursery was pieced together with the intention of creating a fun, whimsical, "make me wanna smile" space to enjoy.  My husband and I love to spend time in the nursery with our little man and we think (hope) he enjoys it as much as we do. 

Design Inspiration

Much of our design inspiration came from browsing the gallery here at Project Nursery.  However, after I found and purchased the fabric for the curtains, everything else slowly fell into place.  Admittedly, not everything in the room necessarily goes well with another and there is definitely A LOT of pattern in the room, but all of it put together makes me chuckle inside and that's really the "theme" we stuck to.   

Decorating Style

Primarily modern.  One of the most difficult aspects to work around was the crib since we believe a bed (or crib in this case) should always be in a East/West orientation.  That's why the crib is set that way and not up against the wall like in many other nurseries. 

Project Details

Wall decal:  The original design is called "Retro Dotted Tree" by circlelinestudio.  The decal itself was actually recreated (with permission from the designer) with latex paint and hand-cut stencils.

Crib:  Walmart's Baby Mod Modena 3-in-1 Fixed-Side Convertible Crib in white.

Crib sheet:  Made by ragexlove on Etsy.

Chest and toy/book shelf:  IKEA's Hemnes and Expedit (+ legs).

Glider:  Purchased second hand from Kijiji then repainted and reupholstered. 

Storage boxes in Expedit:  Plain white boxes I purchased from XSCargo that I painted with acrylic paint.

Area rug, lamps, side table:  Homesense

Curtain fabric:  Kaufman How The Grinch Stole Christmas Spots Chartreuse.

Canvas art:  DIY project.  The images are clipart images from Fotolia (rvika is the name of the author).

Crib mobile and bracket:  DIY project

Paint colour:  Valspar's "Drizzling Mist"


It's very easy to get carried away with patterns and colours, but that's what makes this room fun and enjoyable for us.  Take the time to wait and really search for items that you feel will make the room all that more special. 


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    Love your room! The colors work very well together. I am trying to do similar for my little man’s room and your room makes me think I need a pop of grey, with the blue, orange and lime, Thank you!

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    Thanks so much! I really appreciate your feedback. They are really fun colours to work with. Best of luck with your little man’s room.

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    I LOVE the toy bin with the blue & green fish. Where did you find that? It would fit our nursery perfectly!

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    Hope, I found it recently at Homesense (Homegoods in the USA). It was truly a lucky find!

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    Lovely! I have been looking for bins for the Expedit in our nursery – this is a great idea!

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    Hello there, You have performed an excellent job. I’ll certainly digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

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    This room is unique and so very lovely!! You did an absolutely wonderful job on K’s room!!

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    I absolutely love everything about this room, the wall colour was a bold choice but worked perfectly. I cant find anything i dont like about this room. I want it! As for the crib, it looks great! can u do my house too,please

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    This is fabulous! I love how the room is childish but not….if you understand what I mean :-) It’s totally a little boy’s nursery, but looks freaking amazing!

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    Hi! I really love how you did your mobile. Could you explain what you purchased and how you installed the bracket/holder? We have a mobile we want to hang, but don’t want to hang it the whole way from the ceiling and I thought your DIY holder is awesome! Thanks for your feedback.

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    Thanks for your feedback! The part that attaches to the crib itself is actually from an old crib mobile that we found in a thrift store. We took apart all the pieces and only used what we needed.

    The bracket is made of two dowel rods and a small wooden jewelry box, all of which we bought at a craft store. You can purchase the dowel rods in the size/thickness you think is appropriate. We then took the latch and hinges off of the hexagonal shaped jewelry box and created grooves with a dremel tool so that the dowels could be placed. After gluing the dowels to the grooves we made in the hexagon box, we then filled the rest of the hollow area with wood glue and silicone caulking to make sure it was really secure and then glued the lid of the box to close it up. At the tip of the dowel (where you want the mobile to hang), we drilled an appropriate sized hole and then fed the strings of the mobile through it.

    To attach the wood bracket to the clamp/holder, we used plastic pipe fasteners (check out this site to see an image of what I mean: We drilled into the mobile holder and the fasteners that we bought (any hardware store will have them) came already with screws, so once we drilled in the appropriate spot on the holder, we placed the bracket at the height that we wanted and then just fastened the screws in place.

    I hope this all makes sense! If you have any more questions or need more details let me know.

    Also, the fox clock was purchased at Real Canadian Superstore. :o)

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    Love the room! Had a question about the crib! How did u get it from the US walmart? Did u have trouble at the border? I heard u can’t bring cribs from the US due to safety issues?

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    Where did you get the legs to put on the storage unit and how did you attach them? I want similar storage cubes in our playroom, but the spot where I want to put it (under the window) has an air vent and I don’t want to block it.

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