Rich or Reasonable: Glass Mobiles

If you’re looking for nothing but the best of the best for your baby’s nursery (and I’m not even talking about Mariah Carey’s reportedly $1.5 million nursery), you may want to consider these new Higgins Studio for Jonathan Adler glass mobiles.  The Pink Higgins Mobile ($895) and the Blue Higgins Mobile ($495) could really serve as the centerpiece of a beautiful nursery design and then be a treasured art piece for decades after.

If you like the idea, but not the price, I’ve found a more reasonable alternative from Gilat.  The Gilat Pink and Purple Mobile is $60 and the Gilat Big Green and Blue Glass Mobile is $100.

Gilat glass mobile - pink and purpleGilat big glass mobile - green and blue

My Modern Nursery #37: For My Nephew

My sister-in-law contacted me a couple weeks ago to ask if I’d put together something for her son’s new room.  They’re moving to a new house so she’s ready to settle in and do something nice.  I thought she’d never ask!  They already have the crib, dresser/changer and a shaggy cream colored rug so I started with that and have used them in the plan.  They also have a brown leather glider, but I changed it to this lovely new Bungalow Rocker from nurseryworks for you all– because I like it much better.  The rest of the room was on a pretty strict budget, but all put together, it sure doesn’t look that way!

So here’s my neutral nursery for my nephew:

1- Modern Mobile from babydarling- $74
Wood Wall Clock from West Elm- $50

2- Maclaren Cabine Crib – Natural Oak– $1595

3- Bungalow Rocker from nurseryworks- $800

4- Camille Wall Mirrors Set of 3 from Urban Outfitters- $48

5- Angora My Pet Lamp by Offi- $69

6- Kritter Children’s Table– $25
Two Kritter Children’s Chairs– $13 each

7- Ikea Expedit– $70 as shown

8- I Read- It’s A Passion Print from Parada Creations- $14
Be You Print from Parada Creations- $20
Acorn Love- Fine Art Photograph from Dovie Moon- $15
My Family Custom Name Print from Parada Creastions- $20
in Ikea Virserum Frames– $11 to 30 depending on the size

9- Maclaren Cabine Changer / Dressing Table – Natural Oak– $1595

10- Apa Storage Box from Ikea- $15

Hopefully we’ll get to see this one materialize!

To make this room work on a budget, I changed out the expensive furniture pieces:

2- DwellStudio® for Target®Silver Lake Convertible Crib 2nd Edition in Natural/White– $300

3- Boliden Chair and Footstool from Ikea- $100

9- DwellStudio® for Target®Silver Lake Baby Diaper Table– $250

If you use these pieces, the total for the nursery is less than $1200!*
*not including the rug

My Modern Nursery #35: Rich or Reasonable: Sweet Like Honey

I was inspired by Michael Miller’s cute Honey Bee line of fabrics and created these two nurseries with a few fabric selections as the starting point.  I would use the fabrics for draperies, the crib bedding and cushions for both rooms.  Which do you like best– the one that costs almost $9,000 or the one you can put together for about $3,300?



1- Michael Miller Fabrics- Honey Bee Collection (both)

2- Rift from Adrift Mobiles– $248 (high)
Nursery Mobile- Knitted Bees from bgordon2’s etsy shop- $89 (low)

3- Nurseryworks Aerial Crib Light Pine Ends– $1240 (high)
Litto Kids Lunar Crib– $950 (low)

4- Honeycomb Flexible Shelving System– $300 each- $1800 as shown (high)
Hive Storage from CB2- $80 as shown (low)

5- Honey Bee Farm from thePaintedSky’s etsy shop- $255 (high)
Hills 2 from QiQi Gallery- $69 (low)

6- Nurseryworks 2 Wide Dresser Changing Table– $1550 (high)
Litto Kids Lunar Dresser– $950 (low)

7- Sweet As Honey Rug from Anthropologie- $898 (high)
Dead End Rug from CB2- $300 (low)

8- Alphabet Yellow Linocut from thebigharumph’s etsy shop- $20 (both)

9- Caboche Floor Lamp by Foscarini– $2274 (high)
Tripod Floor Lamp from Target- $125 (low)

10- Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker– $700 (both)

My Modern Nursery #27: Rich or Reasonable

I’m so excited about Kalon Studios‘ new Caravan Crib that I had to try out a nursery design using the crib with such beautiful, brightly colored rails.  Ikea has some colorful new cribs this year as well, so I made two versions of this room.  One retails for $4744 and the other is only $1557.  Which do you like best?


Green and brown and squirrels nursery Kalon Caravan DwellStudios Amenity Amy Butler Tulip


brown and green nursery with squirrel theme Amenity Combi Pod Avalisa DwellStudio

1- Areaware Pico Squirrel Pillow– $24 (rich)
Block Print Squirrel Stuffie from artgoodies’ etsy shop- $16 (reasonable)

2- DwellStudio Chevron Extra Fitted Crib Sheet– $36 (both)

3-Caravan Crib in Green– $895 (rich)
Ikea Somnat Crib– $100 (reasonable)

4- Amenity Woodland Squirrel Blanket– $45 (both)

5- Parrot Tulip Rug by Amy Butler for Chandra large- $1466 (rich)
Handmade Soho Blue Burst New Zealand Wool Rug (6’x9′)- $345 (reasonable)

6- White Oak original watercolor painting from GollyBard’s etsy shop- $68 (rich)
Green Acorn Giclee print (9″x12″) from Avalisa- $20 (reasonable)

7- True Modern Changing Table & Dresser in Lime– $800 (rich)
Ikea Malm 4-drawer chest– $100 (reasonable) add some colorful knobs or pulls to make it more like the one above

8- MamaRoo – Baby Bouncer Soother Rocker Seat Green– $200 (rich)
Combi Pod Bouncer in Wasabi– $80 (reasonable)

9- Serena and lily Ashbury Glider in Chocolate Cotton- $1295 (rich)
Hiatt Aubrey Glider – Mushroom– $700 (reasonable)

10- Amenity Woodland Squirrel Floor Pillow– $115 (both)

Rich or Reasonable: Birdcage Lighting

One of these fantastic and fun lights from Voliere would be a gorgeous centerpiece in a well-funded nursery.

Small Shade Pendant $595
Drum Table Lamp $595
(Floor lamp $790 and La Grande Shade Pendant $950 also available at The Conran Shop)

For a much more reasonable option:$detailmain$$detailmain$

Birdcage Hanging Lamp– $98 at Urban Outfitters

My Modern Nursery #16: Rich or Reasonable

A while ago I featured Rikshaw Design‘s gorgeous crib bedding sets.  My favorite is the Udaipur set so I’ve used that as the inspiration for this nursery.  I’ve created two versions of this room and I really couldn’t tell you which one I like better.  The first version on the top retails for about $6000, but the one below is less than half the price at $2600.  Either way, the nursery is a warm, bright and gender-neutral space with a hint of exotic flavor.  (I know, I’ve got to move on from the green and orange.  I’ll try.)



1- Udaipur Crib Bedding Set from Rikshaw Design- $380 plus Elephant Pillow $52 (both)

2- Low Rider Glider from Monte Design- $900 (rich)
Allison Rocker – Green– $550 (reasonable)

3- Lacquer Tray Table from Jonathan Adler- $395 (rich)
Formosa Orange Tray Table from CB2- $50 (reasonable)

4- Petit Collage Bamboo Mobile – Jungle Friends– $68 (both)

5- Fruteria Lamp from Anthropologie– $300 (rich)
Barrel Table Orange Table Lamp– $125 (reasonable)

6- Moda Crib from Room and Board- $1000 (rich)
Sniglar Crib from Ikea- $80 (reasonable)

7- Blu Dot D2 Starter Unit– $570 (both)
Zuny Hippo- $40 (rich)
ImagiPLAY Hippo– $12 (reasonable)

8- Elephant Canvas Print by Estela Lugo- $60 (rich)
Elephant Wall Art from the ModernBaby Co.- $12 (reasonable)

9- Moda 40w Six-Drawer Dresser from Room and Board- $1100 (rich)
Anes 4 Drawer Chest from Ikea- $200 (reasonable)

10- White Leather Pouf- $200 (both)
Floral Fresco Rug from Anthropologie 8’x10′- $900 (rich)
“tex” tile rug from CB2- $300 (reasonable)

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