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Modern Vintage Coral Nursery

Design Inspiration

The start of my inspiration for this room came from the bedding fabric. Her crib sheet (not shown) and baby blanket are in Michael Miller Sorbet Forest Life Watermelon.  The curtain and changing pad fabric is Michael Miller Spa Scallop Coral, and is one of my favorite patterns ever!  I used the scallop fabric to match the paint colors.


The family tree of frames idea is from Lay Baby Lay. Her blog is amazing! Her adorable nursery is here:


The gallery wall was inspired by this gem that I found on Pinterest:


Decorating Style

I love an eclectic style, so I blended modern furniture with vintage, girly accents.

Project Details

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Crib: BabyMod Olivia crib from Walmart

Gold frame canopy above crib: local vintage store, Relics

Canopy fabric: If you see it up close, it's the cutest matte lace fabric! It matches the doiley letters so well. I scored the fabric at Joann Fabrics during a sale.

Poms above crib...

Tissue pom tutorial:

Fabric pom tutorial:

Doiley pom tutorial:

Letters above crib: Kraft letters from Hobby Lobby with cut-out doileys. Idea from:

Pink dresser: This was my husband's childhood dresser that he so lovingly painted pink for his little girl (awww)

Changing pad box: Handmade by my wonderful husband and father-in-law using this tutorial on Lay Baby Lay:

Gold frames above pink dresser: Frame USA

ABC Print: westeightythird on etsy

Bedding (printed crib sheet not shown), changing pad cover, and curtains: mellissasboutique on etsy (Michael Miller Sorbet fabrics)

Glider: Klaussner Lacey Glider from Babies R Us

Ottoman: aletafae on etsy

Cardboard chandelier: seequin on etsy

White side table: "Ginger Salt Side Table" from Crate and Barrel

Tissue cover: headtotoe2009 on etsy

Phone: Vintage, found at an antique store

White dresser: Garage sale find, painted white and decopauged with "Marigolds wrapping paper" from Paper Source

Teal box on white dresser: Paper Source

Gold grame above white dresser: Vintage

Peace sign wreath: Local vintage store, Relics


Now for the gallery wall!

"How Wonderful..." print (in a Wal-Mart frame!): houseoftenderbeasts on etsy

"Look at the stars..." canvas: Hobby Lobby canvas, painted teal, with Coldplay "Yellow" lyrics that I cut out with a Cricut and decopauged on

"Dream big..." canvas: Hobby Lobby canvas, painted gold, with hand-painted grey lettering

Savannah, Georgia map postcard: turnofthecenturies on etsy (in a dollar store frame, painted gold)

Baby peacock print: livylovedesigns on etsy (in an unfinished wood frame from Michael's that I painted pink)

Large cutout frames: These were unfinished wood frames from Michael's, found in a special Spring display, so they aren't always in store. I painted them with leftover pink paint from the dresser, and backed one with grey paper.

Orange small square canvas: Hobby Lobby canvas painted orange, with mauve scrapbook letters that I used to spell her name.

I used embroidery hoops from Hobby Lobby to display extra fabric from the bedding and curtains.

White canvas: Hobby Lobby canvas, raised scrapbook letters "You Are My Sunshine" spray painted white (Pinterest craft!)

White frilly frame: Hobby Lobby

White frilly circle frame: Hobby Lobby, with teal fabric covering existing fabric (I think this was originally a bulletin board)

Pink frilly scroll and teal frilly mirror: Hobby Lobby

Teal frilly oval frame: Hobby Lobby, painted teal, replaced mirror with grey scrapbook paper and a painted gold wooden heart



Favorite Items

I love the crib and canopy! I bought the vintage gold piece before I even knew the sex of our baby! I just HAD to have that piece to hang above a little girl's crib...even though I was originally convinced we were having a boy! My husband spent a lot of time making sure it was securely mounted to the wall (using L brackets) since it was scary to have something so big hanging over her crib.



Sites like Pinterest and Project Nursery are wonderful for inspiration, but instead of completely copying everything - change it up to make it meaningful to you. For instance, on my gallery wall, I used the print of "Your Song" because I constantly listened to the Ellie Goulding version of the song while pregnant and always got teary-eyed just thinking about how much better life was by having this baby in my belly. (Yes, I really cried every time! Hormone overload.)  Another personal touch on the gallery wall is a print of a little baby cartoon peacock. Our wedding had a peacock feather theme, so this print was a sweet little reminder of our wedding. Also on the gallery wall is a Savannah, Georgia postcard...because of her name and because my husband and I took our first vacation together there.

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  4. avatar Jo says:

    Where did you get the chandelier light? Thanks! Love it!

  5. avatar melissa says:

    Thanks!! I’m not exactly sure of the specifications, but I think all of them were from the white 3 packs of lanterns from Hobby Lobby.

  6. avatar melissa says:

    it was actually a vintage piece that i found at a local vintage store. it was framed, and my husband used L brackets to secure it to the wall. sorry i’m not much help with this one! just a lucky thrift store find!

  7. avatar melissa says:

    the color is called “smoked salmon” from pitsburgh paints, which is available at menards. i had the color matched to dutch boy premium paint, though, because it has low VOC. :)

  8. Can you give a tutorial on how you made your canopy? I am looking to make one from crown molding, but I love how yours is longer & you can fit the pompoms in it!! I want to do that, all the ones I am seeing are small!!

  9. avatar Krista says:

    Do you know the name and brand of the paint color? I love it!!

  10. avatar Tiffany says:

    I love this! What size paper lanterns did you use and how many?

  11. avatar Josee says:

    Perfect! Thanks for the info :)

  12. avatar mellyj19 says:


    josee – i attached the letters to the wall using 3M command strips. they hold just fine, and they’ll be easy to take off later!

    kristen – the color is called “smoked salmon” from pitsburgh paints, which is available at menards. i had the color matched to dutch boy premium paint, though, because it has low VOC.

    bryn – the gold piece is secured to the wall using L brackets. from there, i made a series of twine ropes running along the beams that existed on the gold structure. then, i hung each pom with another piece of twine. if we could see it from the top, it wouldn’t look pretty ;)

  13. avatar Bryn says:

    I was wondering how you attached the pom poms to the ceiling?

    thanks Bryn

  14. avatar Kristen says:

    Love the wall color! what is the name of the color? and brand you used? I realize that it looks more orange in the pictures so I am picturing it a little more coral and I want the exact color! :)

  15. avatar Josee says:

    lovely room! I want to put the babie’s name above the crib with wooden letters also, was wondering what you used to hang them on the wall.

  16. avatar gingerbred says:

    Love the colors you chose!

  17. avatar Katie Gonzalez says:

    LOVE this! Great job. Love Ellie Goulding’s song. Thanks for sharing.