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.

My Modern Nursery #44: Lavender and Lime

This design board was a reader request.  I was a little reluctant to tackle this color combination because it’s been done the wrong way so many times.  Just google it and you’ll see what I mean– not very modern.  But sometimes I like to take on a challenge, so here’s what I did to make lavender and lime modern for a baby girl.

1- AMELIA  – Purple and Green Botanical Cranes Mobile from Gin and Rummy- $45

2- Noah Owl Storage Box from Mod Mom Furniture- $475

3- P’kolino Kids Multi-Use Art Easel in White– $120

4- Areaware Pico Purple Terrier Pillow– $28
Olli & Lime George 4 Piece Crib Bedding Set
– $320

5- Ikea PS Maskros Pendant Lamp– $90

6- Rosa Pillow from Chiasso- $68 (discontinued)
Shred White Pillow from CB2- $40
Breathe Organic Pillow Cover from pbteen- $29

7- Botanic Canvas Artwork- Dahlia and Pod- $58 each

8- Oeuf Robin Crib – Birch / White– $590
Ikea PS Fangst– $5

9- Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker – Ecru– $700

10- Deer Wool Rug (5′ x 7.6′) from Avalisa- $778

My Modern Guest from With Two Cats

My great love for the blog with two cats is no secret.  Lauren’s posts have been featured at least three times in my “links to love” and I’m grateful today to share her talents and creativity with you.  You’ve probably already seen her daughter Violet’s nursery as it was featured everywhere under the sun (and deservedly so!).  I’m excited to have Lauren filling in for me today.  Hopefully my family vacation isn’t as much of a circus as this fun mood board!  Just add your favorite crib, dresser and rocker and you’re good to go.

Circus Nursery Mood Board

with two cats

Hi, it’s Lauren here guest posting from with two cats!  Everywhere I look these days I’m seeing all things circus – it’s such a popular theme for nurseries and birthday parties alike.  Who doesn’t love colorful stripes, festive flags and exotic animals?  If you’re looking to add a little three-ring fun to your little one’s space, here’s a roundup for you of all things circus-inspired:


Softie Doll – L’uomo Forzuto – The Circus Strongman from Contemori on etsy- $45
Curtains – Vitaminer Vimpel pair of curtains from Ikea- $25
Garland – Oeuf Flag Garland– $58
Pouf – Circus Pouf Ottoman- $192
Rug – Draper Stripe Ink/Cream Rug from DwellStudio 5’x8′- $200
Blanket – Taj Blanket from Rikshaw Design- $68
Print – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic from Bird Ave on etsy- $20
Lamp – Utopia Elephant Lamp from Jonathan Adler- $350
Lion Pillow – Little Lion – Handmade Stuffed Animal from eggagogo on etsy- $12

Bunting – Spots and Stripes Fabric Birthday Banner–  from Betty and Barclay- $25
Giraffe Dots Print – Balancing Act 7″ x 9″ from VioletMay on etsy- $19.20
Alphabet Print – ABC Circus Print. A Love Letter. from 2142stuart on etsy- $12
Ferris Wheel Hoop – Classic Ferris Wheel from Layne81 on etsy- $20
Bunting Rug – Flags Dhurrie from Hable Construction
Crib- Caravan Crib from Kalon Studios- $695
Ringmaster Hoop – Cross Stitch Moustachioed Man Wall Hanging from MaMagasin on etsy- £30.00 (about $50.10)
Lion Plushie – Primitive folk-artsy stuffed Lion from rosiesrecycledcrafts on etsy- $12
Ferris Wheel from CB2- $80

Mobile – Eco Friendly Circus Wood Mobile- $73.95

And an added bonus: your little one will never run off to join the circus!  Want to see more of my roundups and idea boards?  Visit me over at with two cats.

My Modern Guest from Chic & Cheap Nursery

I’ve been a great fan of Chic & Cheap Nursery for a long time.  I love the budget perspective that Nicole uses in her blog, and it’s no wonder she has such a large fan base for her money saving ideas and lower cost design inspirations.  I’m often envious of the “Featured Real Room” tours she scores, and her inspiration boards show that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a chic look.  For her post today however, Nicole scrapped her usual price conscious perspective and went all out for this stylish inspiration board.

Hi everyone!

I’m Nicole from Chic & Cheap Nursery and I’m so excited to fill in for Esther today while she’s enjoying a lovely family vacation.

As you can tell from the name of my blog, I like to keep things affordable. But for this Pink & Navy Preppy Girl Nursery, I decided to do something that I’ve never EVER done before.

I chose everything for this nursery without even looking at the price. Eeek!

Some of the items are surprisingly budget-friendly. Others, not so much.

I decided on a pink, navy and white color scheme because it’s sophisticated and playful. Perfect for a little preppy girl! This room is filled with pieces that can grow with your child and/or can be moved to any other room in your home.

If I replaced the crib with a Queen size bed, I would be more than happy to call this room my own! Wouldn’t you?

Product links/info for this design board are available at

Hope to see you there!

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!

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Real Room Tour: Cordelia’s Calm and Candy-Colored Nursery

This room by Sarah Farris-Gilbert of Grace Hilton Interior Design is the girls nursery of my dreams.  It’s light, fresh and soothing with pops of fun candy colors.

In addition to the classic Oeuf crib, this photo features Green Lullaby Multiboxes, which are made with corrugated cardboard and are completely recyclable.  I think they look cute and colorful on the smooth white floors.  You can find the little Dot Mirrors at PB Teen.  Seeing them here is really inspiring.  The wall looks really chic and a little bit glittery.

The other two great bursts of color in this room are the Fatboy DwellStudio Point ottoman and the Bright Stripe Wool Mat from PB Teen.

The reading corner includes a Kartell Componibili Storage Modules and Ralph Rapson Style rocker.  If you aren’t as fortunate as Sarah to have found one at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, an Ikea Poang rocker is a close alternative.

These fantastic custom looking bookcases are Ikea Billy bookcases with a birch top.  They are further dressed up with some Britten Nummer fabric from Ikea Modge Podged onto the back.

see more photos of this incredible nursery…

Real Room Tour: Gray with Bright Citrus in Chicago

Stephanie, from the blog Kitschicagoan recently completed her baby’s nursery and you’re going to love what she’s done.  She started off with an incredibly fun mood board featuring wild animals and bright, citrusy colors.

In bringing her vision to life, Stephanie stuck to her original scheme and it turned out even better than you’d imagine!

This corner of the room features a Hemnes chest from Ikea topped off with an orange changing pad cover from The Land of Nod and that incredible aqua mirror which she found at the vintage bazaar– score!

I love the hardware update on the chest of drawers.  Stephanie replaced the original knobs with Aqua Glass Zinnia Knobs from Anthropologie.

The daybed is from west elm (sorry- it’s no longer available) and Stephanie accessorized it with some great pillows from Urban Outfitters.  The abacus over the daybed is a great wall decor piece from CB2 (also used here).

You may recognize the popular Dream Menagerie Rug from Anthropologie (also used here) and the Woven Veneer Pendant Light is from West Elm.

You just can’t go wrong with a white Gulliver crib from Ikea and the bedding is simple solids.

I love seeing petitcollage’s Jungle Friends Bamboo Mobile here to go with the art and the rug.

The cozy reading corner is full of useful features like a book display and storage basket.  It features the ever beautiful Sleepytime Rocker from Nurseryworks.

If you love the artwork below, the zebra and giraffe are from Orange Willow and that adorable Cutie Bear can be purchased from Delicious Design League.

Additional storage is provided by a tall bookcase from Target and I adore the piggy bank and wooden squirrel that live there.  Finally, because I know someone is going to ask, the paint is Benjamin Moore Aura (which I love) in AF-770 “Storm.”

At first glance I’m sure you’ll agree that this nursery looks designer expensive, but if you break it all down, it was done on a rather reasonable budget.  All the planning and coordinating came together to create a super fun and chic design.  It’s a space to be proud of that both Stephanie and baby Claire can enjoy for years to come.  Congratulations Stephanie (both on the room and your baby’s arrival!) and thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of your inspirational nursery!  Visit Stephanie’s nursery post for more information.

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Real Room Tour: Bringing Inspiration to Life

Rachel, from the blog Life’s Little Embellishments, recently revealed the photos of her completed nursery and I’m excited to show you what she came up with.

Here’s the original inspiration board for the room, which Rachel put together on Olioboard.

I love how she took her inspiration, adapted it, and brought it into reality!

Obviously, the Orla Kiely Multi Stem Wallpaper was a huge inspiration for the room and brings all the different colors together.  In case you don’t recognize it yet, the crib is the ever-popular Baby Mod Olivia crib.  The yellow dresser was inspired by this Before & After on design*sponge.  I think you’ll agree that Rachel’s dresser makeover was just as successful!

The light fixture was a $6 Goodwill find and Rachel found the pink velvet chair on Craigslist for $20!

Rachel made the mobile herself by covering an embroidery hoop with yarn and trim and hanging some clearance Christmas ornaments from it.  Brilliant!  The bedding was made by Rachel and her mother using the same Ikea curtain fabric that hangs over the closet.

Incredible job Rachel!  Thanks so much for sharing these photos and inspirational decorating ideas with us.

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