15 Sep 2015, 7:34pm
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Real Room Tour: Kailee Wright’s Nursery for Houston

Stylish super-mom Kailee Wright recently shared the photos of her son Houston’s nursery. It’s a huge space that also serves as a family playroom. She designed the room with help from Annalisa, of Oilo Studio, and every corner is styled to perfection.

Houston's Nursery by Kailee Wright overview

I love how she used a patterned rug to set the color scheme and ground the space.

Houston's Nursery by Kailee Wright bookshelf

The furnishings (dresser, storage and crib) are affordably Ikea, and the play table and chair set adds tons of style.

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The crib bedding and changing pad cover are of course from Oilo Studio.

Houston's Nursery by Kailee Wright Oilo crib bedding

There are tons of tee pee style play tents out there but Kailee chose a lovely one from tnees.

Houston's Nursery by Kailee Wright window

I have to say, this nursery is the ultimate 2015 modern nursery. I’m sure it will be the backdrop for many happy Wright family memories. Thanks for sharing the photos with us Kailee!

Be sure to visit kaileewright.com for more photos and to get more product information! Photos by Malea Ellett.

Xander’s Room by SISSY + MARLEY

I’m so excited to share SISSY + MARLEY‘s latest interior project with you! Xander’s room features Jam by SISSY + MARLEY for Jill Malek wallpaper, which is perfect for this toddler’s room and will continue to enhance the space as Xander grows.

Overview Park Avenue Apt. Xander's Room photo: Marco Ricca

If you’ve got room for it, a play tent can become a fun and cozy feature in any child’s room or play space.

Play Tent Park Avenue Apt. Xander's Room photo: Marco Ricca

Oeuf’s Toy Store is a great storage piece that keeps playthings accessible.

shelf Park Avenue Apt. Xander's Room photo: Marco Ricca

The front facing bookshelves are a signature feature in a SISSY + MARLEY room, and as usual, I’m tempted to order every title they’ve selected.

Book nook Park Avenue Apt. Xander's Room photo: Marco Ricca

I think these display shelves are my favorite accessory in the room and of course, they’re styled to perfection.

Changer Park Avenue Apt. Xander's Room photo: Marco Ricca

Knits from Oeuf and Lucky Boy Sunday are cute and cozy on the bed.

Bed CU Park Avenue Apt. Xander's Room photo: Marco Ricca

Top it off with a cute text print and some blue boyish toys and you’re really ready to roll.

shelf Park Avenue Apt. Xander's Room photo: Marco Ricca

And now I’ve got this song in my head…

Another inspirational job. Thanks for sharing, Chelsea! Now when are you coming down to Florida? I’ve got a beautiful blank space begging for your expert eye!

Interior Design by SISSY + MARLEY. All photography by Marco Ricca.

10 Aug 2015, 9:24pm
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Instagram has become my favorite social media platform. I have lots of fun sharing little life snippets on there (as well as any fun shopping finds), but I love finding great nursery and design inspiration on my feed. Here are a few that really grabbed my attention recently.

First, I’m going nuts over all the texture in this nursery via Loloi Rugs, designed by Stone Textile Studio. Too good.

@LoloiRugs designed by @stonetextiles

This sneak peek from @sheenamurph of Sheep + Stone with photo from @nicole_franzen is such a tease!


This photo via ella+elliot of a Sabrina Albanese design blew me away.


Do you use Instagram for inspiration?

Tag @buymodernbaby in photos of YOUR special space!

Star Wars Nurseries for May the Fourth

This may be the only theme I wholeheartedly approve of. I only wish my boys were more Star Wars crazy so I’d have an excuse to go all Star Wars in one of their rooms. Here’s some Star Wars nursery inspiration on this Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you!

How about this DIY Star Wars Baby Nursery Design by Greg Pabst?


Star Wars is not just for little boys. Girls can grow up to be Star Wars fans as well as I hope the little one with the Hoth-Inspired Nursery will!


The nursery reveal on Maiedae, reveals a bright Star Wars nursery with lots of family collectibles.


From Sticks on a Plane, the force is strong with this one. Check out all the photos to see the ceiling and quilt!

Star Wars Nursery

Finally, James’ star wars themed nursery is perfectly simple. Just a couple of great accessories are enough to make a great impact.


2 Mar 2015, 11:06am
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Baby Catarina’s Nursery by SISSY + MARLEY

Sigh, some days I just want to move into the minds of SISSY + MARLEY. Isn’t it serene? Baby Catarina’s nursery is simply divine. The first nursery to feature SISSY+MARLEY for Jill Malek’s new Zee wallpaper (in Rain), this space uses shades of white and tan to beautiful effect.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

I love how the wallpaper creates a subtle texture on the walls, and Little Darlings from The Animal Print Shop are always perfection.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

The Oeuf dresser is styled with a lot more restraint than I use in my own home. I always end up using a lot of color in my own spaces, but I admire and often aspire to achieve this type of peaceful and quiet look.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

And once Catalina settles down in her Stokke Sleepi, there’s room to settle in for your own nap.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

Built in storage is perfect for all kinds of coordinating books and accessories.  And now I want to see what’s down that hallway…

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

Incredible inspiration as usual. Thanks for sharing, Chelsea!

Interior Design by SISSY + MARLEY. All photography by Marco Ricca.

Real Room Tour: Hudson’s Toddler Transition

I love this example of a simple, clean nursery with sophisticated modern accessories. Designed by Melissa from WINTER*DAISY, it’s a perfect home for any little boy.


Gray stars and gray elephants (like Baby Elephant from The Animal Print Shop and the Elephant Push Toy from Manny & Simon), are combined with soothing shades of dark blue.



The driftwood mobile is a striking focal point over the Oeuf Classic Toddler Bed.



Thanks for sharing your latest project with us Melissa! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

Gabriel’s Big Boy Room by SISSY + MARLEY

Sorry if we’re on such a streak of big kid rooms, but where they’re this fabulous, whether there’s a bed or a crib, it’s great inspiration. SISSY + MARLEY have the black and white big kid room down to perfection.

Gabriel 2

I always love the wall libraries in the SISSY + MARLEY spaces. It’s wonderful when the books function as art.

Gabriel 2

But the black and white art wall is perfect as well.

Gabriel 2

Gabriel 2

I spy Oeuf, playforever, Lucky Boy Sunday and Lego!

Gabriel 2

Chock-full of our favorites, this space is oh so drool-worthy.  Thanks for sharing Chelsea!

All photography by Marco Ricca.

4 Sep 2014, 12:31pm
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Real Room Tour: My Baby’s Big Boy Room

We don’t usually tour big kid spaces, but as this one is in my own home, I’m making an exception.

The product sources are in the design board we published earlier, but take a look at how it all turned out!


The space isn’t “styled” just for the photos, this is just how we use the room on a daily basis– at least when it’s not a huge mess!  The bed isn’t always made but this is what it looks like a few times a week.

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One of our main problems upstairs is always book storage.  We replaced a small bookshelf in the nursery with this hanging shelving system, but there STILL isn’t space for all the books.  Also, stuffed animals are a problem.  Every so often I try to get rid of some, but somehow more are always added to replace them.  Ah well… always a work in progress.

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We didn’t have room for the glider in this corner, so lucky me… it’s in my bedroom!  This little reading corner works with a beanbag chair though.

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Maybe one day I’ll clear out the clutter and photograph a more stylized version of the space, but for now, I hope you like the “real” Real Room Tour.


20 Jun 2014, 9:07am
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Sebastian’s Big Boy Room by SISSY + MARLEY

Chelsea, (aka Sissy) of the design team at SISSY + MARLEY, has just completed the transformation of her almost 5 year old son Sebastian’s room.  The room is right on trend with the black and white and features SISSY + MARLEY’s Lucky Star Wallpaper.  It also reflects Sebastian’s love of Legos and Superheros in a beautiful and sophisticated way.  I LOVE it!!


I’m already sold on black and white, but this space is executed to perfection. Thanks for sharing, Chelsea!

All photography by Marco Ricca.

4 Jun 2014, 10:31am
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Real Room Tour: Jessica’s Baby Boy #2 All Done!

We saw Jessica’s nursery board a few weeks ago, and today she’s giving us the grand tour of the completed space!

Planning our second nursery for our baby boy who is expected any day now was very different than the first time around. This time it was all about making the room practical, something he could grow into and something that was easy to keep clean and organized. I was really surprised at how quickly our older child needed a “big boy room” and was thankful that his room was easy to transition that way. While I love a few very babyish touches and subtle themes can be nice, they can definitely limit you when it comes time for your toddler to transition to a bigger bed and when it’s time to incorporate his or her interests.

Jessica's nursery for baby boy two (6 of 7)

I think I struck a nice balance between having a modern room that feels like it’s for a baby and a room that will grow with our son.

Second round of Jessica's nursery photos (22 of 27)

I’ve been inspired by a lot of the gorgeous black and white nurseries I’ve seen around lately, but knew that I wanted color this time around.

Second round of Jessica's nursery photos (23 of 27)

I found a few key pieces like the cloud garland and the pillows from Juniper Wilde and allowed myself the freedom to build the room simply using things I loved. I’m usually more of a planner than that, but this time, I think it worked out well.

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Second round of Jessica's nursery photos (7 of 27)

The room is a peaceful, calming and serene space with some fun playful touches. I love the industrial and modern style pieces that we’ve incorporated and can’t wait to raise our son here.

Second round of Jessica's nursery photos (20 of 27)

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Second round of Jessica's nursery photos (1 of 27)

I’m sharing some details about my inspiration and thoughts on the room process on my blog as well.

Shopping resources:

Paint color: Valspar Lake Breeze
Painting: Certapro Painters of the Northwest Metro. Steve and Amy were fantastic to work with!
Babyletto Modo Crib with grey bottom. I painted our espresso Modo bottom but you can purchase the crib with grey on the bottom here as well.
Yellow striped crib sheet
Eames style rocking chair—I actually purchased one on Amazon but can’t find the link.
DwellStudio Myles Glider in charcoal
Nyvoll Dresser/changing table
Turquoise cart for swaddles and shoes
White industrial stool
Grey aden+anais bamboo changing pad cover
Black round captain’s mirror
Moon tassel mobile from Minnesota-based Splendid Supply Co. on Etsy
5-day forecast cloud garland. Sadly, the one we have is sold out and I LOVE it. But this one is a close second.
You are my Sunshine print
Rainy cloud custom color print
Wall mounted whale bought from Target but painted white. This one would be amazing as well!
Book and wall ledges
Be Awesome Today print
Be silly, be honest, be kind print
Raccoon screen print
Geometric circle print
Yellow wooden camera by Twig Creative
Aqua/teal lamps
Star pillow
“Goodnight” cloud and mountain pillows
Whale pillow: A gift from Amber, Nick, Ramona and Beckett from Wills Casa! Love!
Star stickers on ceiling. I don’t love these in our room and may take them down, but they have looked great in other people’s rooms.
Roman shades were a Pottery Barn-esque DIY using inexpensive blackout roman shades and ribbon.
Metal spheres from Home Goods. I painted an orange one yellow, but the other two colors are available at most Home Goods stores now.

Be sure to check out Jessica’s post on her blog for more photos! The room looks perfect Jessica!  I can’t wait for the little one to come home and enjoy it.

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