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Modern, Gray Nursery for $800


We designed a modern, gray nursery on a tight budget. It came out to approximately $800 with IKEA furniture and DIY artwork and accessories.

Design Inspiration

I searched all over for bedding that would inspire me and set the tone for her room. What I really wanted was something vibrant, that looked more like teen bedding than infant bedding. I finally found this Glenna Jean bedding with bright, bold coloring and floral pattern.

Decorating Style

One word: minimalist! :)

Project Details

Bedding: Glenna Jean Kirby. I was able tor order separate pieces (skirt, comforter, and curtain) saving me money versus ordering the set. The crib sheet and changing table sheet are from I really wanted to incorporate B&W polka dots into the bedding, so I ordered that separately as well.

Furniture: All IKEA.

Picture Frames: IKEA frames with mattes sprayed black and color photos that I took of the flowers in her bedding. Very inexpensive artwork that matches her bedding.

Canvas Art: DIY.

Baskets: Michael's with glued on flowers.Β 

Wall Letters: Michael's sprayed black. I added the pronunciation after she was born for a bit of humor, because her name is so often mispronounced, and because I wanted to make the typical nursery wall lettering a bit different.

Lamp: Already owned, but wrapped the shade in polka dot ribbon. A tip I saw on "Sarah's House." Love her!

Mobile: Babies r Us with polka dot ribbon bows added.

Laundry/Toy Baskets: Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

Favorite Items

Her growing hat collection! It includes her first hats from the hospital, as well as fun and fancy hats from her grandma.


Get as many ideas as you can by viewing all the wonderful rooms on this site! I only wish I had found this site early on in my pregnancy! It's loaded with creative nursery ideas.Β 

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  1. avatar Taylor says:

    The three boxes with the flowers and fabric…did you order some of the fabric from the site? Where did you get the flowers? My daughter has this same set and I am wanting to add some dΓ©cor but I am finding it hard to find stuff that matches!

  2. avatar stacy1027 says:

    Love the name! I had it picked out if we were having a girl but we are being blessed with a boy instead. Great job with the wall personalization :)

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  4. avatar nahutton says:

    I plan on using the same bedding if we have a little girl. When I found the bedding I fell inlove with it. I love the polka dot fabric you used with it!

  5. avatar hawahawa says:

    This room definitely has the WOW factor. It is very original and very extra-ordinary. This is the first time I have seen a baby’s room using really bold-colored florals. The hats are so cute, too!

  6. avatar Dandelion says:

    A room that’s not baby-ish for a change! And you should keep on collecting those hats! The room, overall looks expensive!

  7. avatar CreativeCrumbs says:

    You did an amazing work here. You really went daring by using bold and bright with this nursery, and everything came out beautiful.

  8. avatar julieanderson says:

    Love it!  The bedding fabric is beautiful, and all the other decor compliments it perfectly.  I really like the wall color you chose, it is a nice way to showcase the fabric and all the bright pops of color throughout the room.  I have to agree also with all the other comments, the phonetic spelling under her name is great!

  9. avatar Sine Kapron says:

    I think this nursery is absolutely perfect. I don’t know why it got such a low rating.

  10. avatar bibzees says:

    The bedding is a true focal point.  The black against a more subtle background is perfect.  The floral art and name with phonetic spelling are original and stunning.   Love this nursery!

  11. avatar AR says:

    I LOVE the phonetic spelling of Isla!  Really enjoyed this nursery.

  12. avatar brookeashalb says:

    this is ah-may-zing!!! i love the colors, the simplicity, and I LOVE your daughter’s name! congratulations :)