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Masculine Tuxedo-Inspired Nursery


This is an out-of-the-box, uber masculine-tuxedo nursery with lots of dark, dramatic, and industrial elements.

Design Inspiration

I actually took inspiration from my new son’s name (Rocco).  I wanted his nursery to reflect what I felt his name conveyed: strength, masculinity, and individuality.  Originally, my idea came from a man’s tuxedo, which you can see through the black & white elements, the pin stripes, the bow ties, the collars, etc.  Eventually the “industrial” touches were brought into the design once we found that fabulous lighting fixture.  I think that the two styles merry well together.  Ultimately, I think that this nursery has a very masculine feel, which is what I was going for.  When I look at the room, I’m reminded of a cross between a man’s study and dressing room, and the industrial touches give it a sort of cool vintage feel.

Decorating Style

Industrial Chic.

Project Details

Round Crib: Second Hand

Crib Bedding/Change Table Cover/Moustache Blanket: Handmade by “Nonna”

Change Table Dresser: Pottery Barn Kids

Rocker and Ottoman: “Off Your Rocker

Side Table: Bouclair Home

Collar Display: DIY by “Daddy”

Moustache Block Set: Down to Earth Artwork

Black Teddy Bear: Made from his older brother’s sleeper, by Bearly in Business

Ruler Growth Chart and Black Organizational Caddy: Urban Barn

Rocking Horse: Second Hand (and refinished in black)

Edison Bulb Chandelier: mkshots on eBay

Artwork in Frames: Inkblot

Wall Sconce/Caged Wall Unit/Mirror/All Other Accessories: HomeSense/HomeGoods

Favorite Items

Apart from the round crib, I love the Edison Bulb Chandelier!  It creates such a cool vibe in the room, and it kind of mimics the shape of a traditional mobile over the crib.


I am a fan of designing nurseries that can grow with the child.  I like to add a few elements that keep the room appropriate for a baby’s room (in this case, the rocking horse, the building blocks, the teddy bear, etc) but that can be easily removed from the room once the child is ready to transition to a “big person’s room”.  I’d also say to try and look out of the box and take a chance on your ideas.  When I first mentioned that I was doing a mostly black nursery, a lot of people were concerned that it may be too harsh for a baby’s room.  Usually nurseries are either light and airy or colorful and bright.  This room is the opposite.  It was actually hard to take pictures because of the darkness to the room; however, I think once all of the elements were put together, I was able to pull off a room that was unique, but not inappropriate for baby to sleep in.  I like to keep things interesting.