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Saxon’s Nursery


the trick was turning our tiny (6 x 10) guest room/my closet into a unique little space for baby that incorporated elements that his dad & i both wanted. 


Design Inspiration

from the beginning, i imagined chalkboard closet doors & yellow antlers.  i also wanted to incorporate his dad's love for skateboarding & rock n' roll.  it just grew from there.

Decorating Style

i don't know if i have one!  i guess you could say budget-eclectic.  i mixed modern, vintage & diy elements.

Project Details

crib - ikea (gifted from great-grandma)

dresser - vintage

chair -

rug - rosenberry rooms (gifted from grandma)

bookshelf - walmart

drapes - west elm (on sale) & ikea

closet doors & chalkboard paint - lowe's

ottoman - ross

frames & pillows - ikea

lamp - target


most of the accessories & decor are items we already owned or were thrift store finds.  and most of the books were from my childhood.


Favorite Items

i really love how the room turned out as a whole.  i don't know if i can say i have one favorite item but the vintage dresser was a great find and really gives the room a pop of color that brings it all together.  and i love the houndstooth print chair & saxon's record collection handed down from his dad.



go with your gut!  i saw the dresser in a thrift store window months prior to buying it and knew it was the perfect piece.  i bought other furniture instead thinking they were more appropriate, but when i got them in the room, they just didn't look right.  i ended up selling them on craigslist & going back to the thrift store for the dresser about 3 months later. 


and you don't need to break the bank to create your nursery.  for me, part of the fun was trying not spend a lot.  i swear by thrift stores & spray paint! 

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  1. avatar Teeruh says:

    I am also looking for a good gray wall color…what is it?? Thanks!

  2. avatar Lauren says:

    Just wanted to say you did a really great job with such a small space!

  3. avatar Lauren says:

    Love it!

    question – what color is the paint that you used? im looking for the perfect gray!

  4. avatar ashley says:

    liz – when i started, i thought there was no way i could fit everything in such a small space, but it ended up being the perfect size. the ottoman doubles as a toy box, there are baskets under the crib for blankets and other random things, and my husband made a wooden changing pad tray that fits over the crib and can be hidden away if needed. you can definitely make it work…good luck :)

    jacquelinedsloan – thank you for your kind words!

    okola2010 – yep, 3 months! can you believe it?! i think it was meant to be :)

  5. avatar ashley says:


    thanks courtney! hopefully you’ll post pics when your room is finished :)

  6. avatar Okola2010 says:

    I love what you did with this room. My favorites are the rug, houndstooth chair, and vintage dresser. I’m shocked the dresser sat in the window for months. I definitely would’ve snatched it up :) Great job and congratulations!

  7. avatar Jacquelinedsloan says:

    I absolutely love this room! I also have a smaller space for our upcoming baby and this design makes for a room that everyone would love to sit in with your baby.

    This room is for you guys to enjoy time with the best thing that has happened to you :)

    I love it!

  8. avatar Liz says:

    I am so inspired by this post, thank you for sharing! We are turning a similarly tiny (10×7) room into a gender-neutral, yellow and gray nursery for our August baby. You have made me feel much better about what can fit in a small space!

  9. avatar Courtney says:

    I love this nursery! My husband collects records and is really into the Rock N Roll and Punk Rock scene. I love how you incorporated it into the baby room. We are all about the modern look and stripes too. You have given me some more inspiration to complete the baby room. Thank you