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Sunburst Modern


We received this Real Rooms submission last month from Kathleen out of Port Washington, New York. She only had a few more days to go until her due date so we are pretty certain she is now quite busy bonding with her new little baby (and managing those round the clock feedings!). It’s really special to see a nursery fresh and ready, hand-crafted by loving parents, for little baby to inhabit once home from the hospital. Kathleen and her husband spent many hours perfecting this bright and modern nursery for their baby. Two things were important to them, making it gender neutral (since they did not know the sex) and clutter free. Kathleen, when you can spare a moment, let us know how you and baby are doing. Everyone else, here are all the details on this nursery which is a nice slice of modern day sunshine:

Design Inspiration

We wanted a gender neutral, modern and cost efficient nursery that would easily transform into a toddlers room.  I was inspired by the nurseries I found in Domino Magazine (so sad they aren’t publishing anymore) and online sites like Project Nursery.

Decorating Style

In general, I lean towards transitional styles and neutral colors to coordinate with family antiques I’ve inherited. When it came to the nursery, I wanted to create a totally modern space free of over stylized furniture, patterns and “baby stuff”. The room is only 9′x9′ so a clean and open look made the room feel more spacious and happy.

Project Details

Baby Mod Olivia Crib for Walmart
Baby Mod Olivia Dresser for Walmart
Ikea Poang Arm Chair and Ottoman (these come in mini version too!)
Ceiling Light by Robert Abbey
Ikea Lykta table lamp
Holman wall shelves, Animal wall decal by Byrdiekids
Area rug and accent pillow
Valance, Crib Skirt and Accent Pillow fabric by Ikea Katarina
Ikea Lill Sheers, Ikea Magnet boa
Paint : Olympic: Sunbeam, Sun Shower and Sail Cloth

After doing a lot of shopping and online research, I was surprised to find the perfect crib and dresser on! The pieces are constructed to be very sturdy and they meet all safety requirements. I made the window valance and bed skirt out of a gender neutral and retro fabric I found at Ikea for under $20.00 per yard. My husband and I assembled all the furniture and painted the room ourselves but hired an electrician to install the ceiling light and upgrade all outlets.

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the nursery is the Robert Abbey ceiling fixture.  The timeless design and way it scatters shards of light across the ceiling is so unique.  I actually envision my child using it in their own home one day.


It was a challenge to create an affordable modern nursery without any cheesy baby stuff but I think we did a great job.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

GlamGirl83 says:

August 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I adore the light fixture! What a great idea to use a bed skirt as your valence – great job! The Walmart Baby Mod crib is my crib of choice as well.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Heather says:

May 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

Katheen This nursery is so crisp and brite, a breath of fresh air. I love it!!!


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Kirsten says:

May 7, 2009 at 9:40 am 

This is so cool! I also hate clutter, so this is my kind of nusery!