Real Room Tour: Blue But Gender Neutral Modern Nursery

Jodie Okun of Jodie Okun Interiors (also the mother of twins!) designed this beautiful space for her good friends– and what lucky friends they are!

I love the color combination with the aqua blue and the persimmon orange of the notNeutral Season rug and the back of the bookcase.

Just a quick comment about the Jenny Lind Crib.  While it is in no way “modern,” I fully support anyone who loves the ultra-traditional Jenny Lind style crib.  The style comes from before the era of the sleigh style crib that drives me batty, so it’s a great choice for something affordable and that will give you an eclectic look.  I think I might have to start a pin board just to show you Jenny Lind cribs in more modern nurseries in case you still don’t believe me.

The reading corner here is cozy and bright, and the art wall around the changing area is totally wonderful.  You may have noticed that it’s all about art walls these days and Jodie has executed it perfectly.

Speaking of art, her daughter did the series of pig drawings that hang over the crib.  It would be a great idea to have older siblings contribute to a new baby’s room with a great project like this.  The mobile is Cyclephants from Flensted.

Since I know you’re going to ask, Jodie and her friend found the giraffe at Homegoods.  How come I never find anything cool at Homegoods (except in other people’s carts)?!

I love when there’s an inspiration board to share with a nursery tour.  It’s a great opportunity to show how these images translate into an actual space.  Jodie really brought her vision to life in this project.

Thank you to Jodie for sharing these wonderful photos and her creative design.  I look forward to seeing any nurseries you put together in the future.  Go ahead to Jodie Okun Interiors to see more of her work and read more about this nursery in her original nursery reveal post!

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Real Room Tour: Beautifully Muted

I’ve found a lovely nursery to share with you as the first Real Room Tour of the year.  The calm and beautiful space that Elizabeth assembled for her little Owen is a wonderful gender neutral inspiration.

I’m finding this color palette so soothing and lovely.  While it’s perfect for little Owen, I can see this nursery being just as lovely for a little girl.

Isn’t he precious?!

The origami mobile could be a free DIY project, but it looks stunning and chic in place here over the crib.

I love the book ledges as wall decor and the soft mint green side table is a sweet addition that will really be able to withstand the test of time.

Thanks you so much Elizabeth for allowing me to share these beautiful photos of Owen and his nursery!  You can see more of Elizabeth’s beautiful home on flickr.

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15 Dec 2011, 9:00pm
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Real Room Tour: The Suburban Urbanist Strikes Again

Inspired in part by the nursery that Lindsay Brier, designer and owner of Anyon Interior Design, designed for her son…

photo by paul dyer

…Jenna Halverson, of The Suburban Urbanist,  put together this inspiration board for a nursery for her dear friends.

We’ve previously shown you Jenna’s Gender Neutral Lion’s Den and I’m so happy that she was able to put her skills to good use yet again.  With some input from the parents-to-be, Jenna helped put this amazing nursery together for them.  Take a look at the final results….

You can see the gray and white stripes used here to great effect and a little color added with the turquoise rug, painted furnishings and accessories.

I also like the little pops of red that show up here and there.

For more information about this space and product sources, visit the nursery reveal post from Jenna Halvorson Designs.  The room looks so chic and expensive, but you’ll be surprised at how reasonably they were able to achieve this look.  Thanks Jenna for allowing me to share your photos and congratulations to the Whetstine’s!

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Real Room Tour: Amelia’s Fabulous Fabrics

Amelia used the colors of her favorite cosmetic bag to inspire this nursery.  She paired the bright coral color with shades to gray to create a sophisticated yet fun space.

The exciting and inspirational aspect of this nursery is the combination of fabrics that Amelia used.  She paired the Elephant and Umbrella fabric and Geo Tile from with Duralee’s Smoke Scroll fabric for the canopy and the crib skirt.  The rug is a great coral shade and the crib bedding and seat cushion are more custom fabrics by Holli Zollinger from Spoonflower.

It’s not too often that you find a little seating area like this near the crib, but I can see this set up being very useful during “sleep training”. The antique chair was made modern with the bright coral paint job and fantastic fabric.

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Real Room Tour: Susan’s (Zuzia’s) Sunny Space

It’s been a while since I featured a nursery tour, so I was very excited when Kate sent me the photos of her daughter’s nursery.

This nursery makes me really miss DwellStudio’s Gio Lemon Crib Set.  While it’s still available in Aqua, this mustard yellow and purple color combo looks so fresh and feminine.

It’s a little hard to see, but there’s a sweet giraffe wall decal to the left of the crib.  It’s such a cute complement to the bedding.

The side table is perfectly accessorized with fun purple and yellow items.

Continue to see the rest of the nursery…

22 Sep 2011, 8:36pm
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Real Room Tour: Fresh Blue and White Nursery

Amy’s first nursery was all the rage throughout the blogosphere last year and I’m excited to show you what she has now put together for baby #2!

This fresh blue and white space has a grown-up feel but is a beautiful comfy space for a little boy.

The most striking feature in the room is the navy honeycomb fabric curtains.  As is Amy’s signature, she had the fabrics done at Spoonflower for a perfectly custom look.

The dresser and mirror are both from Ikea, and together they create a chic changing and storage area.

This small approximately 9′ x 9′ space functions both as nursery an guest room, so the sofa isn’t just a comfy lounge space, it’s also a Queen sized sleeper.

Amy made the balloon mobile (so cool!) and her photo of her sweet new baby is a portrait she did of him when he was just five days old.

For more information about this nursery including product sources and paint colors, visit Amy’s blog, the b-line, and take a look at the nursery reveal.

Also, please visit her photography site, Amy Bethune Photography, and be inspired by her fresh, modern style.  Amy also has an etsy shop with her own style of custom jewelry.  This woman is seriously talented.

Thanks so much for sharing Amy!  You have two lucky little boys!

Real Room Tour: Modern Bird Inspired Nursery

Taryn, of the blog Design, Dining + Diapers, designed this gender neutral nursery around birds and trees to create a peaceful space for her little one.

The birds and trees decal combination is a very popular, and wonderfully impactful, focal point.  Taryn fell in love with the Madison Crib from Eden Baby, and I’m surprised that this is the first time I’ve seen this crib in a nursery.  I actually photographed it last year at ABC Kids Expo and think Eden Baby designs are an interesting option at a reasonable price point.

The birdhouse in the corner is an adorable detail in the room.  It was a craft store purchase that was spray painted white.  Who knew those craft supplies could look so chic?

Now, I haven’t been to Pier 1 for a long time, so I had no idea that they sold cute plush toys like the gray owl!  He’s totally awesome, and the bird is perfect in this room as well.  You can get one of the bird pillows from The Land of Nod.

The most wonderfully original idea in this room is the birch branches that Taryn picked up at a craft store and uses as a nightlight.  Functional and beautiful!  And the frames are custom made fabric art.

The biggest splurge in the nursery was the Charleston Upholstered Convertible Rocker from Pottery Barn Kids.  It looks perfect in this comfy reading nook.

Notice the little extra branch detail by the window… so cute!

Finally, the mobile was a DIY project and ties the entire space together.

Thank you so much Taryn for sharing the photos of this sweet room!

If you want to see more about this nursery, visit Taryn’s nursery reveal post.  There are so many creative and inspirational ideas in this room, you’ll want to know more of the details.  Also, check out the blog Design, Dining + Diapers for more of Taryn’s home decorating projects.

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25 Jul 2011, 6:51am
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Real Room Tour: The Top Dog

Jenny chose an orange gray and brown color palette and added some creative personal touches to decorate this wonderful modern boys nursery.

The Baby Mod Olivia Crib, Gus* Sparrow Glider and Maclaren Polar Bear Rocker were the only things she purchased new for the room.  Rufus, the sleek polar bear rocker, looks chic in any nursery and I was also excited to see the Sparrow Glider in this real nursery setting.  If I were doing our nursery all over again today, this glider would be my first pick, so I’m thrilled to hear that Jenny is happy with hers.

The orange bookcase was a $50 antique store find.  Some orange paint and baskets gave it a new life and added a modern personality.

The rug is a sweater rug from West Elm.  Coincidentally,  I picked this one out for a design board that I’ll be sharing later this week.  Reportedly it’s as comfy as it sounds!

The art wall arrangement is perfection and this ceramic dog is the icing on the cake.

The dresser is a refurbished Goodwill find that was topped off with a changing platform.  It’s a cost effective and eco-friendly nursery solution that is increasingly popular.

Jenny had the dogs silhouettes (representing the three dogs in the family) printed on canvas and stretched on a frame.  Talk about personal, custom artwork!  These look wonderful.

The awesome front-facing bookshelves were a DIY project.  These were made from some wooden pallets and were stained to match the crib and dresser.  They are one of my favorite features in the room!

Here you can see a fish-eye view of the entire room.  The pinwheel mobile was another DIY project that finished the entire space off perfectly.

You can see more of Jenny’s fine taste at her blog Holee Molee Hostess, where she shares party inspiration and crafts!

Thanks for sharing you incredible nursery with us Jenny!  I know you and your little one are going to love it for years to come.

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