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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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.

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My Modern Guest from Spearmint Baby

When you’re looking for nursery inspiration, one of the first sites you should think of (after this one of course) is Spearmint Baby.  It’s a must-read for moms and expectant mothers, not just for the design inspiration, but for the birth stories, cute kid photos and party and project ideas.  Shari, the supermom behind the newly updated Spearmint Baby and the rest of the Spearmint empire, was kind enough to help fill in for me today.

The Best of Grey Nurseries

Hi all! I’m Shari from Esther kindly asked me to guest post today while she enjoys a week long family vacation. I’ve been blogging since 2009, and have put together quite a collection of beautiful nurseries over the years. I thought I’d share some of my favorite nurseries in my favorite color: GREY!

1. grey/white stripes, 2. grey/pink, 3. dark grey, 4. twins nursery, 5. grey/pink, 6. grey/blue

I love cool grey for nurseries because it goes with EVERYTHING…pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, white…
It is also great for those trying to decorate a gender neutral nursery. Once baby is born you can easily add pink or blue details to make the nursery more masculine or feminine.

What is your favorite color for nursery walls?

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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Gray and Yellow Nursery: Get the Look

The photo of this gray and yellow nursery, that I pinned on Pinterest 8 weeks ago is by far my most popular pin.  I’m going to help you copy this look since it seems to be so widely loved.  Unfortunately I can’t find the original source of this photo anywhere, so if you’re familiar with it, please let me know where it comes from so I can give proper credit.

1- In the photo we have The Original ABC Love from Made By Girl- $39.  ABC Kids Custom Name Print works just as well- $49.50.

2- My Pet Lamp Dachshund by Offi in Mellow Yellow- $75

3- Simplehuman Mini Round Step Can– $20

4- “Exhuberant” Mobile from Atomic Mobiles- $95

5- Oeuf Sparrow Crib – Grey– $730

6- Melissa & Doug Plush Elephant– $70 would work, but this one from BigPlush– $100 looks a little bit closer to the one in the photo.

7- Rens Sheepskin from Ikea- $30  Two are shown in the photo.

If you don’t know where to find a solid yellow crib skirt, I must direct you to Carousel Designs.  The dark floor seems to be covered in Flor tiles and all the rest of the drama comes from the yellow stripes painted on the wall.

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: Ella’s Nursery / Playroom

Today I’m excited to show you the room Michaela put together for her beautiful daughter.

I love how colorful the room is.  The walls are neutral white and gray, and the furnishings are simple, but when you put everything together, the room is an ideal space for any small child.

Ella’s nursery is a spectacular example of a space that is designed to be used by its occupant.  I think that lots of times when we’re decorating a nursery in preparation for a newborn, we forget that in just a few short months, babies become toddlers who play in and explore the world around them.  For a good amount of time, their room is a big part of that world, and Ella’s nursery is a rich environment where she can play, explore and learn.

There are books, toys and other manipulatives within easy reach of a small child.  Her world is designed to be accessible to her and this is an important idea for us all to keep in mind.

You may not be able to find may of the items in this room in North America (I wish we could get more of the Brio toys like that kitchen!) but I’m sure you can come up with similar alternatives– if not at a store than maybe with a can of paint.

This is another example of how great it is to pair bright colors with a gray background.  Just look back at some of our previous room tours for more gorgeous gray nurseries.

Thank you Michaela for allowing me to share your beautiful photos.

Michaela blogs about parties and event design and photography at blissfulfetes and you can see her photography work at pfuipfui photography.

Real Room Tour: Pink and Gray is New Again

When I was in the fourth grade, I got a new 10 speed bicycle for my birthday.  It was pink and gray and it was the coolest bike I had ever seen.  After a couple of years I decided I didn’t like pink and the bike was passed on, but I might be coming full circle.  Pink and gray is new again in this beautiful nursery!

I usually shy away from pink, even in my girls’ nursery designs, but I may be coming around.  The gray makes a clean backdrop and the modern shades of pink in this nursery are used as an accent color without being overused.  Designed by baboo Design, the room features the Classic Oeuf Crib, custom painted walls and a gorgeous flower rug from Zara Home.

The dresser is a Malm from Ikea, the crib bedding is from Jacadi and the lamp was made by the designer’s sister.

The Rocking Elephant and mobile are from Pottery Barn Kids but are no longer available (unfortunately, since they are nicer than anything PBK has right now).

Thanks to baboo Design for sharing these gorgeous photos.  To see more of their work, visit their website.

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