Real Room Tour: Perfectly Not Pink Girl’s Nursery

I’ve got to admit, I’m a little jealous of those of you who get to get to decorate for a little girl.  I always imagined having a little tomboy with denim overalls. pigtails and a red hooded sweatshirt.  While I don’t hold it against anyone who goes with a pink nursery, this room is a little more like the look I’d be going for.

Kerry, of the blog First Time Fancy, put this peaceful space together for a little girl who is expected any day now!  Formerly an uninspiring master bedroom, it is now exactly the opposite.

The fabric in the curtains inspired the entire nursery design.  I’m enjoying the aqua and mustard yellow color combination.  It’s got a sort of peaceful, old fashioned, homey feeling.  Adding to that feeling is the white wicker chair that was in Kerry’s own nursery when she was a baby.  You can’t argue with that kind of history.

The dresser was given a new life with a coat of paint and is a bright accent in the room as well as great storage.

The gallery wall is just waiting to be filled with the new baby’s initial.

The perfectly coordinated mobile was a great DIY project.  Kerry posted a wonderful tutorial if you want to give it a shot.

I love a nursery full of books.  Whenever I feel like something is missing in a child’s room, inevitably there are no books around.  There’s no such problem here thanks to Kerry’s handy father.  So sweet.

Finally, how precious is the little shoe display?!  Yet another reason to be jealous of those of you with little baby girls!

You can get more information and additional photos in Kerry’s Nursery Reveal post on First Time Fancy.  She’s also got lots of posts that chronicle the progress of the entire space.  It’s worth a look as it’s fun to see all the love and thought that went into creating the perfect place to welcome the newest addition to their family.

Thanks so much Kerry for sharing the wonderful pictures of your nursery with us!  It’s absolutely precious.

Real Room Tour: I’ll Take Gray Any Day

There are so many things that I love about the nursery Suzz put together for her first 2-legged baby (you’ll see the 4 legged one in the photos).  The first wonderful element is the subtle “oh boy” lettering on the wall.  I think this kind of look can be used anywhere in the home!  So cool.

I also have to direct your attention to the ceiling fan blades which were color coordinated using matte vinyl adhesive sheets instead of paint.  Such a great idea!

A Giant Lemonade blabla doll rests on the table, and the Hannspree Giraffe TV adorns the dresser across the room.

I adore the way the Ikea Hemnes dresser was modified to look like CB2’s archive credenza!  Genius.  And of course it goes perfectly with CB2’s letterpress rug.

The sleek pair of terriers on the ledge are by Yvonne Collection and are available in Taiwan.  I did manage to find one on their website though!

Suzz was inspired by “we were small” and created the pillows and onesies (you see them hanging around the room) as an homage to the Belgian children’s clothing company.

The wall cubes currently display a Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Chew Toy and a collection of DingaRings.  And another one of my favorite things in this room is the series of fish prints that Susan made herself.  They were inspired by Fish by Izzy Matthews and I think they work incredibly well as a grouping of prints.

The crib is of course Oeuf’s Sparrow in grey, which always looks amazing in any nursery.  You can’t go wrong with this beauty.

I love the way Liun the lion from Aminals looks in the crib and am now a fan of the entire Aminals collection.  You’ve gotta check these out.

I imagine the new baby is going to be a huge adjustment for Preston the puggle, who is used to being the center of attention.  Such a great photo of him in the Stokke Xplory 🙂

Thank you so much Suzz for sharing the photos of your fabulous nursery!  I feel honored to have had any small part in inspiring the space that you put together.

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to

6 Jun 2011, 7:32am
real room tour:
1 comment

My Modern Guest from Small For Big

I’m kicking off my week’s vacation with a Real Room Tour from one of my best blogging buddies, Mari Richards of Small for Big.  Her blog is full of bright, fun and modern finds for kids, and if you don’t already follow it, you should start right now.  In addition to her blog, Mari is a successful, creative and talented toy designer.  You’ll probably recognize some of her creations if you don’t own a few already!

Real Room Tour: Birdie’s Green Retreat

Room tours are always so fascinating – I love peeking into other people’s homes. I’m the girl that likes to drive down the prettier streets in town after dark so I can get a glimpse inside the rooms all lit up in every house I pass. I’ve seriously considered driving to certain neighborhoods and going for walks at twilight. That’s not creepy, right?

Anyway, it seems only fair that I should share a little bit of my home in return for the potential stalking I’d do if I lived near you. Luckily Esther’s Real Room series gives me the perfect solution! I actually took these pics when my daughter Birdie was 6 months younger. It’s shocking to look at them now and see how much her room has already changed – now we have a twin bed and not enough space!

There were so many cribs I loved when we first started looking almost 3 years ago, but we just couldn’t convince ourselves to spend $1000. Luckily, we found the babyletto Modo 3 in 1 crib for $350, and it’s been lovely. (If only I’d known to put teething guards on the top edges a little sooner!) The dresser is from World Market. The artwork on the walls is mostly vintage, with a print from Binth and some paper money featuring birds from Doha, Qatar (thanks Rachel!).

I fell in love with this retro Swiss Family Robinson Poster while at Disneyland before I was pregnant.  It became the perfect focal point for Birdie’s room.  Until the day I heard a strange noise from her room, and found it laying perfectly centered in her crib, with her sitting in the middle, bouncing up and down!  Ah well.  The Measure Me Stick is from Studio 1am.  The stuffed elephant and stool are both old samples from my in-house days as a toy designer for Manhattan Toy.

Super easy DIY?  Browse your local thrift store for children’s records, I found ours for $1 each! Then I grabbed record frames for about $10 a piece from a craft store.  The stuffed animals are vintage, except for the black cat, a design of mine that’s still available from Manhattan Toy.



My favorite secret source for custom affordable rockers is Off Your Rocker. The chairs range from around $325 – $399, and are handmade in Canada. I even sent him the fabric I wanted to use for the upholstery. We still love ours (and it’s very comfy)!

The bookshelf is from Ikea, and the floor tiles are similar to  The folded quilt is from Dwell Studio for Target.  If you have a question about any of the toys in the shelves, feel free to ask!



The red-haired doll is one of the original Lilydolls that I designed, now reissued.  Behind her is a side view of another one of my designs – Trilby, a Galoompagalot.  The White dude is a favorite pal from Friends with you.

The floating Bird mobile can be found here (bird only, the stars and moon are an old mobile from the now defunct Pappa Geppetto’s Toys).

You’ll notice there are lots of my own toy designs in her room – the poor girl is spoiled rotten.  But it’s nice to finally have a use for all the bins of toys I was saving from my years as a full-time toy designer!  These days, my freelance product design work is a little less active.  It may mean less toys designed, but it’s more time with my girl.  That’s a very worthy trade-off.

2 Jun 2011, 12:56pm
real room tour:
1 comment

Real Room Tour: Decorated With Love

Cristi Holcombe, an interior designer in the Atlanta area, designed this calm and cozy nursery for her own little boy.

The first thing that’s probably catching your eye is the incredible color and design of the rug.  Well, Cristi is extremely talented, and unbelievably, this was a DIY upgrade of an Erslev rug from Ikea!  Yes, she painted the rusty orange design herself and I love how it goes with the wood floor.

This nursery is another example of the fact that you don’t need a dedicated changing table.  A simple Malm from Ikea serves as a spacious changing surface as well as great storage.

The most wonderful thing (in my opinion) in this space is the combination of fabrics.  I’m especially drawn to the Citysquare fabric of the crib skirt and chair pillow.

The before and after of the chair is amazing and I’m kinda into the whole white slip-covered chair thing in the bedroom right now.  It has such a comfortable look.

Cristi bought the bird mobile well before she was even pregnant and it just goes perfectly in this space.

The gallery wall includes a sweet collection of prints from etsy (including the Yellow Blue Strip Bird Collage Print from John W. Golden and the Alligator to Zebra poster from Sea Urchin Studio) and a few other personal treasures.

I love the collection of ceramic birdhouses from West Elm.  They look so charming here on the wall.

And this lovely collection of mugs is a gift that spells out her little one’s name.  It’s adorable.  What a thoughtful gift!

I love seeing the design board to see how the original inspiration was adjusted in reality but how the original feel and vision has been clearly maintained.

For more information about this sophisticated yet comfortable room, visit Cristi’s nursery reveal on her Charm Home Design blog.  Thanks so much Cristi for sharing your work with us.  You’ve done an incredible, inspiring job!

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to  Don’t be scared- I LOVE seeing what you’ve created!)

Real Room Tour: Handmade Charm In the City

I discovered this gem of a nursery on flickr and its owner and decorator, Mary Church Cornette, was gracious to allow me to share the photos of this sweet space with you as our latest nursery tour!

With that daybed with the quilt and shams, this is not only a comfy nursery for a tired parent, it’s a space that is ready for a little girl to grow into.

I love seeing the Stokke Sleepi bassinet just ready for its tiny occupant, Ava Mae.

The Flensted Sheep Mobile has a great view of the city through this wonderful window.

There’s another mobile over the bassinet.  This one is a Flutter Mobile by made by mosey.  This one is perfect for above the bed because it’s designed to be viewed from below.  Keep that in mind when selecting a mobile to go over a crib.

The color of this wall is really speaking to me.  It’s bright yet calming and I love how it looks with the wood tones of the furniture.

I’m a big fan of the elephant and bear prints from Yaelfran.  Mary got her elephant head at mxyplyzyk (not a typo), but you can find it elsewhere as well.

The daybed is dressed with a skirt, quilt and shams from Pottery Barn and I have to direct your attention to that incredible cuckoo clock.

The ledges are populated with charming prints and softies.  The prints on the upper shelf are from ashleyg and how can you resist the gray bunny, owl, bear, and blue bunny?  The prints pictured below are by Mark Ryden.

This last mobile from Frazier and Wing is just perfect here because of the colors.

There is such an eclectic mix of items in this charming room and it all comes together perfectly.  You should really go through the pictures carefully to discover all the wonderful items Mary selected for this space.

Congratulations Mary and thank you for sharing this inspirational nursery.

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to  I can’t wait to find the next real room tour!)

Real Room Tour: Marcus’ Soothing Safari

Yean, aka Mrs. Julius, of the blog “My Sunrise, Sunshine & Sunset“, was so kind to send me a message sharing photos of her gorgeous son Marcus’ nursery.  I am so flattered that she was able to use this blog to find some inspiration for this chic and soothing space.

The focal point of the room is the crib wall, where a Gulliver crib from Ikea sits against the Birch Trees Vinyl Wall Decal from wallwordz.  This is a very popular nursery motif and I love the pops of yellow from the birds in this particular version.  I also love the bedding choice from babydarling on etsy, which Yean discovered in my post from last February.  Awesome!

The shelf above the crib features a Fisher Price Teaching Clock that belonged to Marcus’ father as a child.  I love when people use their own treasured toys in their children’s rooms.  In case your parents threw yours out decades ago, you can pick up a remake of the clock (or lots of other Fisher Price classics).

The  Ikea Expedit features some closed storage (which is great for reducing visual clutter) as well as some wild stuffed occupants.

Yean made the crib mobile herself and so it’s super customized to match the nursery perfectly.

The reading and changing area includes some personal mementos as well as some Ikea staples like the dresser and the chair.

Yean discovered the animal alphabet print from inktree press in one of my posts and had it customized to go with the colors in this room.  Love it!

Spread throughout the room are some additional elephants.

Congratulations Yean on the incredible job you did decorating this nursery and on your adorable little guy!  Thank you so much for sharing it with me and for supporting Buy Modern Baby!

To read more about this nursery, please visit the nursery post on Yean’s blog.  She was able to put all this together for less than her $1500 budget!  You also don’t want to miss the sweetest video of a 4 day old Marcus peacefully enjoying his cozy little spot.

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to  I really love getting those emails!)

Real Room Tour: Gender Neutral Lion’s Den

With just a couple weeks to spare, Jenna, of The Suburban Urbanist, has finished transforming a bland and slightly awkward space into a bright and comfortable nursery.  She has a fun but sophisticated style that is reflected throughout her home and carries into this happy space as well.

The view from the entrance includes the ever-popular Poang chair from Ikea, bold yellow striped curtains (made from a West Elm shower curtain!) and the inspiration for the room, a Henry the Lion Poster from a modern eden.

A bench used as a window seat grounds the window area and adds seating and low storage.

The changing station includes a Gulliver changing table from Ikea and an ingenious use of Ikea’s Grundtal shelf.  This corner of the room is both lovely and highly functional.

The wall decals are Animals Alphabetized by a modern eden from blik.  It’s so much fun to see these great new decals used in a real space, and of course they go with the lion print on the wall as well.

Jenna selected the BabyMod Parklane crib and it seems to fit just perfectly here.  It makes for such a cozy little nook to sleep in.

Finally, this display wall has little shelves and cubbies to display the latest treasures and accessories, and can be changed around at will.

It’s so much fun to take a look at Jenna’s original design board and then see how it has come to life.

If you’d like more information about this room, please visit the “Baby Halvorson Nursery Reveal” post on Jenna Halvorson Designs.  You might want to take a look through the blog posts because this isn’t the only beautiful space in Jenna’s home.

Thanks Jenna for sharing the pictures of this lovely nursery!  You did a fantastic job and I’m sure your style and savvy decorating will inspire others.  I’m already inspired to add some yellow to my neutral spaces!

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to  I just love getting those emails with photos or links to a nursery I’ve never seen.  It really makes my day when you email me!)

Real Room Tour: Naya’s Papaya Cabin

This room is a stunner.  Ikea plus that incredible wood wall and a bright and beautiful color palette makes for an incredible space for Naya to grow up in.

This room starts off with some Ikea basics like the Leksvik crib and dresser with changing top, and a Poang Rocking Chair.

With some fun colors and a mix of fabrics, it gains a personality all its own.

The bedding and matching bird throw pillow are from The Land of Nod as part of their Sleepin’ Safari collection.

The room is full of meaningful touches including this Brazil map and little chalk message dot near the crib.

I love the reading area next to the large window and the 3 Sprouts owl bin with the handmade owl inside it.

The lamp, wall shelf, rocking moose and even the curtains are Ikea finds, and you can get the monster prints in formaholic’s etsy shop.  Aren’t they adorable?!

Papaya not only rhymes with her name, but describes the bright wall color in the changing area of the room.

Naya has a beautiful nursery to go with her beautiful name.  I love that I can picture a little baby girl playing and spending her time in this space.

Thanks to her mother Priscilla for sharing this incredible tour with us!  As you might guess from the phenomenal photos of this nursery, Priscilla is a photographer.  You can find her work on and follow her blog at!

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to

Real Room Tour: “Fit” for Hunter

This nursery was put together by Meg from the fitness and lifestyle blog “Be Fit. Be Full.”  This crisp and colorful space is almost as cute as their little boy, Hunter.

In the view from the doorway, you can see the Poang Rocker from Ikea as well as the chocolate dots curtains and the stripe that zips around the room.

The opposite view, from the rocker, includes the Kendall Crib from Pottery Barn Kids and a matching bookshelf.

The crib bedding is the Transportations Multi Set from DwellStudio and the initials are from Operation Letters. The letters are custom made by Kim Rosenfeld and are designed specifically to go with your space.  These are a really unique gift idea so be sure to check out Operation Letters.

The changing area includes the coordinating Transportation changing pad cover and a simple white dresser with changing top.

One of Meg’s favorite parts of the nursery is the Cardboard Safari set that adorns the wall.  Remember, his name is Hunter… get it?

This shot of the closet rounds out the room and I’m going to have to recommend putting a custom closet system in here.  We have the exact same kind of closets in our boys’ rooms and the first thing we did when we moved into the house was put in a closet system.  It tripled our storage space and we fit (almost) all the boys’ toys in their closets.

Thanks you so much Meg for sharing the photos of Hunter’s room– and congratulations!  He’s adorable!

If you want to see more about this nursery, visit Meg’s nursery reveal post and take a look at Be Fit. Be Full to follow her health and fitness experiences as a new mom.

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to

Real Room Tour: Declan’s “Crib”

Allison designed a bright and creative space for her son Declan.  It’s a vintage/modern mix with a lot of personal DIY touches– starting with the letters spelling out his name.

The crib is Amy Coe’s Westport crib, which you can get right now on amazon.  It was a great affordable two-tone option with a storage drawer.  Hercule the Elephant was an adorable stand-in until Declan arrived to claim his place in the crib.

see more of this room…

Related Posts with Thumbnails
  • SAS-Mighty Nest
    Baby Earth

  • The Honest Company - Safe, Stylish, Convenient
  • Let’s Be Social

  • Tags

  • Archives

  • Follow on Bloglovin