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Modern Vintage Baby!


As an artist mom-to-be and lover of design, baby's room provided me with the perfect blank slate to express my love for midcentury vintage finds, simple Scandinavian lines and crisp modern details!

Design Inspiration

Inspired  by a cool color palette of grey and aqua combined with a love for animals and warm wood tons.  I wanted to create a baby friendly  space that was not too focused on a single theme.  Each piece has meaning, from the 1950's vintage dresser to the teak stemmed table lamp and Saarinan Tulip ottoman I recovered in a bold chevron print. Bright pops of color from the Blabla hand knit circus mobile to the giant giraffe add a bit of whimsy to the space!  The ceiling fixture creates a soft light while the faux bois silk shade really plays off the woodland animals like the deer photo taken by my father that I blew up and framed in a rounded corner Ikea Frame.  The natural birch Ikea crib and bookcase keep things clean and work well with the oh-so comfortable rocking chair's cool wooden base.

Decorating Style

I love to combine old and new!   I generally focus on clean simplistic lines and soft neutral colors.

Project Details

Paint Color: Sherwin Williams, Historical Collection, Copen Blue  Crib: Ikea Gulliver Crib  Bookcase: Ikea expedit bookcase  Ceiling Fixture: Lights Up! Faux Bois printed silk drum shade  Ryder Rocking Chair West Elm  Dresser:  Vintage Table Lamp: Vintage  Deer Print:  Photo by Baby Mac's Grandfather  Frame: Ikea  Ottoman: Vintage Saarinen Tulip Ottoman  Mobile: Blabla   Curtains:  Made from 2 West Elm Striped shower curtains in feather grey  Curtain hardware:  West Elm   Crib sheet and Changing Pad Cover: Dwell Studio Aqua Gio Print Giant Giraffe:  Melissa and Doug  Wooden London Blocks:  Muji  

Favorite Items

I love the Vintage dresser! I woke up early to scout it out at a yard sale, it's the perfect size and something that my son can use for years to come!  I also love the deer print, it has a lot of meaning, as it was taken by my father a few years ago, I love that baby will have a bit of family history to gaze at!


Pick things as you go, it's amazing how one find will influence another. Let your design happen organically instead of rushing out and getting everything at once from one store, I think it's more fun that way too!


Wednesday 21st of March 2012

The wooden toys are gorgeous! This room really does capture the combined modern and vintage feel you were aiming for.


Tuesday 20th of March 2012

Thanks for your comment! I purchased two shower curtains, cut each in half and hemmed the cut edge. I purchased rings with clips from Target and hung them on hardware from West Elm. The only slight problem I ran into was that the stripe placement was slightly different from one shower curtain to another, which doesn't make a huge difference....but my windows are so close together that I could have if the stripes were a little more off.


Monday 19th of March 2012

Did you have to do anything with the shower curtains or did you just put them up?