I wanted a nursery that didn't have a theme or a color scheme and something that could transition easily into "little boy-hood". I wanted something different and a little quirky with lots of bright colors so that anything could "fit" with plenty of things for our first baby to look at and explore!
My design inspiration started with the changing table dresser, tall boy chest and the nightstand. These pieces were given to my husband from his grandmother when he was a child. I had a friend paint and de-stress it from its boring old wood style. I felt it was a modern twist on something old and meaningful and it can never really be damaged when Brady gets older! This was free furniture with lots of storage!! From there I knew I could add to the design with any color or design, new or old.
I definitely like to use gray as a neutral and it is used throughout our house. I wanted a neutral wall so that we could add lots of color. I also love antiques like the Vintage Sports Themed Pin Ball Machine that is hung above the tall boy and like to use them with modern pieces and fabrics, such as the glider fabric and the crib bedding. My husband and I both love sports so I wanted to add some sports elements-Dr. Seuss Quote, bat, pinball machine- but not go overboard!
The furniture was all done with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and de-stressed for an old look. I found the glider and ottoman at an antique store for $90 and had it re-covered in a neutral gray with modern design. I knew I wanted to Jenny Lind style crib in white because I loved the spindle/vintage look and knew the white would help brighten up the room; http://www.simplybabyfurniture.com/021101.html. The bedding I found at http://www.newarrivalsinc.com/White-Pique-Baby-Bedding-with-Green-Trim_p_2262.html and loved the simplicity of it. All of the artwork came from a local artist and the mobile is made from paint sample cards and was ordered off Etsy. The chalkboard was made locally along with all of the crates and baskets. All of the books were requested to be given to us as "cards" at one of my showers. The Pin Ball Machine was picked up at a local antique store along with a few of the books. The red/white pillow, lamp and the rug are from Target.
My favorite items are the re-purposed furniture, the wooden blocks that belonged to my uncle born in 1920 , the Pin Ball Machine and Dr. Seuss quotes!
Be open to anything! Nothing has to fit perfectly, it just has to have a spot!