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Henry’s Nursery


A diy-laden mix of contemporary and vintage.

Design Inspiration

The room was inspired by the colors in the bedding.

Decorating Style

I love diy, eclectic, contemporary, and especially mid-century modern.  My husband calls our style eclectic funk.

Project Details

The crib, rocking chair, dressers, hanging lamp, and Gustav print are all from Ikea (  However, I modified the crib by adding the wood endcaps, painted orange (the original structure of the crib still exists under the endcaps, so as not to create any safety issues).  I found the idea by searching the web for "Ikea hack gulliver crib." The rug is an online purchase from Wal-Mart (, and the wall paint color is Treasured Jade, from a no VOC brand called The Freshaire Choice, sold at Home Depot (  The column of argyle was a carefully measured, taped, and hand-painted labor of love.  I also made the valance from a vintage houndstooth fabric I searched the web for and finally found on Etsy.

Favorite Items

The "moonbeams in a jar" collages are my favorite for sentimental memories that remind me of my grandfather (as well as my husband of his father) singing this old Bing Crosby song.  I also love the origami cranes that my husband folded and the colorful drawing above the dresser.  My husband created that picture years ago in highschool, and our first date occured because I asked him if I could interview him about the piece for a college art class I was taking.  Now we're having our first baby together- maybe because of the role that picture played!


My approach is just to tie pieces together through a color story.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but if you love it, that is all that matters!


Monday 11th of October 2010

The paper cranes mobile is just so adorable! And the paintings. All these art pieces give your simple nursery that WOW factor.


Sunday 10th of October 2010

Oh wow! The details and the artworks in this nursery are amazing! I love the Mother and Child piece. Fabulous colors!


Saturday 9th of October 2010

Bethtamar- you can find detailed instructions to make the crib endcaps here:

and here:

However, BEWARE: the measurements provided did not work properly to fit the crib!  I assumed they were correct and had all the wood cut accordingly, only to find out they did not correspond with the dimensions of the crib.  Four different attempts to salvage the wood cut (with as many trips to the local Home Depot) finally resulted in what you see in the pics, but I would have saved a lot of time and headache had I checked the measurements first!


Friday 8th of October 2010

I love the orange wood endcaps on the crib! Did you make them or buy them? Where can I find more information on how to do this?

Thanks! I love your nursery-it is inspiring! 


Thursday 7th of October 2010

Thanks for the leads on the bedding and changing pad cover, tl77 and jenbucheli!!