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Mid-Century Modern Nursery – Budget-Friendly


We created a Mid-Century Modern nursery for our second child.

Design Inspiration

Mid-Century Modern design.

Decorating Style

A creative twist on classic design styles.

Project Details

The larger-than-life Alexander Calder Mobile was my (Sarah's) brainchild and Greg (my husband) built and installed it (it's 3D and pops from the wall). We repurposed a real MCM vintage piece for the changing table/dresser. The platform bed with hairpin legs was completely built from scratch by the amazingly talented Greg, including pressing of multiple types of wood together to create a cool striped effect with the stain. The crib was a Walmart budget steal and the nightstand next to the chair is a great deal from Target. The chair is our custom splurge (Joybird Furniture). We did a custom mat and frame for the super cool handmade poster we found of the A-Z of modern chair design. Ikea lamps. My amazing mother  made the curtains from Michael Miller Fabrics. And the two throws - blue on the chair and orange/brown/white on the bed are inherited from Greg's mother. The name letters were a graphic design from yours truly that I sent a carpentry store (Craft Cuts) to cut out from my personal favorite font (Cocktail Shaker) and Greg made the matching atomic designs to go next to her name. And...I even spray painted my first daughter's diaper pail. I hope our new baby girl loves this room for many years! The pregnancy has completely flown by, but creating this nursery together as a family (our four-year-old did a lot of the painting!) really gave us the opportunity to think about this exciting new chapter...

Favorite Items

The Joybird chair.  It's a showstopper.  And will be the place of many late-night feedings and memorable storybook hours before bedtime to come.


Mid-Century Modern design elements can be really expensive; mix it up in terms of old/new/repurposed/handmade.  We splurged on one big item (the chair), bought the vintage MCM dresser from Craig's List and repurposed it as a changing table/dresser, found the crib for $200 on Walmart and handmade a ton of the items ourselves (the Calder mobile, etc.).  The platform bed was a big project, but we used fairly inexpensive wood and bought the hairpin legs online, which saved a lot of money over buying a MCM platform bed from a store.  Get creative!


Tuesday 18th of August 2015

what brand is this crib?!