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Rett’s Red and Blue


I love the combination of red and pale blue. I love it even more when you get fabulous results such as this for just under $1000. Mom Meghann, did a super job researching superstar Etsy shop owners to pull together a contemporary room with vintage appeal.

Design Inspiration

We didn’t know the gender of our baby (so the nursery was designed to work for either a boy or girl) but we knew that we wanted a room that was both soothing and stimulating.

Decorating Style

We love to mix old and new so the nursery has elements of both including an antique New Mexican prayer bench and vintage decorative elements coupled with modern bookshelves, lighting, and rug.

Project Details

We were also on a tight budget so we needed to do the room for less than $1000.00 including wall paint, lighting, etc. Given those parameters — and knowing that we wanted something with elements that would calm and stir learning and interest — we chose a clean, crisp palette to make it feel cohesive.

We chose to have all the furniture be a crisp, glossy white. This allowed us to marry pieces from a variety of discount sources.

We found the dresser for $150 at Salvage Chic Antiques and the crib we found online on sale for about $300 from Albee Baby. The chandelier ($10), chair ($50), bookshelves ($50), floor lamp ($50) and mirror ($10) were all found on Craig’s List and painted (or spray-painted) the same glossy white.

The gray blue walls (Sherwin Williams – “Sleepy Blue”) and striped rug (found on clearance at for $50) are very soothing while the red accents — all found on — including the bedding ($170.00 from seller “babydarling“), pinwheel mobile ($49.00 from seller “mamax2“), and sandpiper & “r” decals ($54.00 total from seller “elephannie“) are all stimulating things our little guy loves to look at.


Favorite Items

I think the sandpiper decals have to be our favorites. We took photographs of the little guys while on a trip and had the artist turn them into decals. That said, I think my son’s favorites would have to be the pinwheel mobile (which was custom-made to match the bedding) and the red polka-dots on the bedding. He starts everyday by “talking” to them…


Nurseries are always a work in progress. We still have artwork (from of course) that needs to be framed and put up; half the fun is changing the space as your baby grows.


Thursday 7th of October 2010

I've been looking into doing the same type of monogram decal for above my baby's crib, but I'm debating the size. What size is your "r" decal?

clever tomato

Saturday 23rd of January 2010

love the origami wind mills.  it's the simple things.  great use of space.

clever tomato


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Jean says:

December 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm 

Adorable. If I have a boy I’m definitely going to copy some elements of this room.

I thought Rett’s mommy might like to know that I featured her pinwheel mobile in a recent roundup of DIY mobile ideas at my web site.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

ADI says:

November 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

i love love love this nursery! i have been struggling to find a style for my nursery & this is it! thanks for the inspiration!


Saturday 9th of January 2010

babyvandorn says:

October 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

The rug was a lucky find; it was part of the Dwell Studio line for Target and we found it online for $50 in their clearance section but, unfortunately, the last time I checked they were out of stock.

That said, a bunch of people have asked me about the rug and i was able to track down this one:

Target does have this one still in stock: