30 Dec 2015, 11:40pm
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My Modern Nursery #106: Rose Quartz and Serenity Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

We’ve had a great time this month exploring how to use Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2016 in the modern nursery. Of course, when Pantone selected both a shade of pink and a light shade of blue this year, the obvious first thought was of baby girl and baby boy, but part of the point is to use the two colors together in less gender specific ways.

Rose Quartz and Serenity aren’t the typical shade of pink and blue that you’d see used at a gender reveal parties, baby showers and such, so I hope you followed along on our Pinterest board as I found products that really make the most of these great hues.

For the paint colors, though Lullaby Paints has a huge variety of wonderful colors that we’ve been using over the past few years, we finally were able to take advantage of their custom wall color option that allows you to specify any paint shade while still enjoying non-toxic Lullaby Paints and avoiding dangerous chemicals.

Though we combined Rose Quartz and Serenity in this month’s design, we really couldn’t choose just one for the wall color, so you know we had to do TWO rooms!

1- Custom Serenity Wall Paint from Lullaby Paints- $59 a gallon
2- Ambit Pendant from Muuto- $369
3- Amsterdam Cabinet from This is Dutch (Heaven Blue & Loving Blue)- $1300 each
4- Curves by Alexandre Reis- $ depends on size and framing
5- Roh Crib from Spot on Square- $1700
Crib Sheet- Taj Paisley from Rikshaw Design- $40
Plush Goat Pillow from Laura Frisk- $20
6- Aqualou Rug- 8′ x 11′- $4460
7- Moulin Roty Doll Baby Carriage- $200
8- Max Raccoon from Hazel Village- $42
9- Maileg Crocheted Princess Doll- $30
10- Joya Rocker from Monte Design- $1095

My Modern Nursery 106 pink Rose Quartz Pantone

1- Custom Rose Quartz Wall Paint from Lullaby Paints- $59 a gallon
2- Jeremy Owl from Hazel Village- $45
3- Mushroom Lamp from Egmont Toys- $60
4- Butterfly Prints from One Canoe Two- Set of 9 9×12 Prints framed- $430
5- Roh Crib from Spot on Square- $1700
Crib Sheet- Booti Pink from Rikshaw Design- $40
Cuddly Cloud Large- from Donna Wilson- $93
6- Sauri Rug- 8′ x 11′- $2050
7- Puffin Hardcover Classics Box Set- $105
8- Tolix armchair and children’s desk- $250 + $255
9- Whale from Oeuf- $36
10- Joya Rocker from Monte Design- $1095

Be sure to visit the Pinterest board where we collected all this “color of the year” inspiration and hope it inspires a colorful new year in 2016!

We hope you’ve enjoyed the year of nursery design inspiration boards that we’ve done in partnership with Lullaby Paints. We are so grateful for all their support and love having such a great partnership with a brand we feel so good about. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery and we’re happy to pick them as the backdrop and inspiration for our designs each month. Happy new year!

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3 Dec 2015, 9:52pm
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Roze Quartz and Serenity: Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year 2016

I always love the day Pantone announces their color of the year. I enjoy the challenge of finding all the best baby gear and nursery accessories in the chosen shade, but I was a little disappointed this year when I discovered what Pantone decided for this year… Roze Quartz and Serenity! First of all, two color picks was a shocker, but then could they get any closer to the cliche baby pink and blue?

But let’s see what the challenge reveals…

Pantone color of the year 2016 rose quartz and serenity

As it turns out, pink lately has been paired with a teal or aqua shade of blue or a dark navy shade. Serenity is more of a cornflower blue or a periwinkle without any purple. Additionally, Rose Quartz is devoid of any yellow that would turn it into a more salmon or coral shade of pink. This made selecting Rose Quartz and Serenity items more of a challenge than I expected.

The pink and blue are meant to blend together this year. It’s a balance between the warm pink and cool blue as it’s explained on Pantone’s website, “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

What do you think of Pantone’s picks for 2016?

1- Ambit Pendant from Muuto
2- Bugaboo Donkey Duo
3- Wooden Doll No. 7 by Alexander Girard
4- Mushroom Lamp from Egmont Toys
5- Stripes and Sunburst from Oz Cushions
6- Blueberry Pie Melamine Plate from Colette Bream
7- Capri Crib bedding from Oilo
8- Softline Pink Quadro Ottoman
9- Plush Goat Pillow from Laura Frisk
10- ITM Tropical Delight Pastel Braided Rug

Explore more Rose Quartz and Serenity on our Pinterest color inspiration board.

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2 Nov 2015, 7:32am
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My Modern Nursery #104: Softest Pink Nursery Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

I found Softest Pink from Lullaby Paints to be a very easy color to work with. It’s a pink with a bit of orange in it so you can use any of your favorite coral tones with it. We found and pinned tons of decor items and furnishings on the Softest Pink Nursery Inspiration Board and compiled our favorite combination into this space.

If you need more ideas to make this color your own, check them out Pinterest and be sure to email photos of your completed space!

My Modern Nursery 104 : Softeset Pink Lullaby Paints

1- Softest Pink Wall Paint from Lullaby Paints- $33 per half gallon
2- Stray Dog Designs Uncle Walter Drum Pendant- $350
Ojo in Salmon by Your Madly- $42 to $425 depending on size
3- Head in the Clouds Throw Pillow- $19
4- Sunrise Wall Hanging by WKNDLA- $200
5- Pippa Persimmon Curtain Panel- $70 each
6- P’kolino Bianco Dresser- $400
Mixed Media Pink Table Lamp- $80
7- P’kolino Grigio Convertible Crib- $550
8- Belle the Dog from blabla kids- $44- $56
Painter’s Rug- $700-$1900 depending on size
9- Parker Glider from Natart- $1260
John Robshaw Peak Pillow- $200
10- Shaggy Pouf- $70

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our nursery board series. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery. For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest. It’s so much fun to work on these nursery boards with Lullaby Paints and come up with great modern nurseries inspired by their colors.

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28 May 2015, 8:35pm
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My Modern Nursery #98: Ballerina Pink Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

This month on Facebook, I took an informal poll asking you which rug to choose to go with our color of the month, Ballerina Pink. I often like to use a rug as the color palette for a space (including in my own home), so rug choice was really going to influence the feel of the space.

Help me decide… which rug would you choose?

Posted by Buy Modern Baby on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Well, the results were a TIE, with half of you preferring the “Soft and Muted” option, and half preferring “Bold and Bright”. As a result, I took it both ways for you! First, the one I prefer is “Bold and Bright”. I like how the pink walls aren’t what stands out in the space.


1- Birds of a Feather 1 by Kristen Smith- 11″x11″ framed- $68
Birds of a Feather 2 by Kristen Smith- 11″x11″ framed- $68
Birds of a Feather 3 by Kristen Smith- 11″x11″ framed- $68
2- Bird Cage Shape C LED Pendant Light- $825
3- Ballerina Pink from Lullaby Paints for Project Nursery- $59 a gallon
4- Stokke Home Dresser- $530
5- Dreamcatcher with two wooden feathers from JB plus DG- $120
6- Stokke Home Crib- $700
Pink, Yellow + White Tissue Paper Tassel Garland Kit- $18
7- Babyletto Trapeze Glider- $500
8- Pink Herringbone Woven Hamper- $90
9- Mirabelle Rug, Pink- 8′ x 11′- $2050
10- Flavia Flamingo- $24
Knitted Yellow Pouf- $80

Then so many of you really liked the Shapes Dhurrie Rug, so while I kept all the bones the same, the different colors of the accessories make the design completely different.


I’ve highlighted the items that have changed from the top plan.

1- Birds of a Feather 1 by Kristen Smith- 11″x11″ framed- $68 (different color)
Birds of a Feather 2 by Kristen Smith- 11″x11″ framed- $68 (different color)
Birds of a Feather 3 by Kristen Smith- 11″x11″ framed- $68 (different color)
2- Parison Pendant Light- $1450
3- Ballerina Pink from Lullaby Paints for Project Nursery- $59 a gallon
4- Stokke Home Dresser- $530
5- Dreamcatcher with two wooden feathers from JB plus DG- $120
6- Stokke Home Crib- $700
Tassel Garland from Sofies’s Big Day- $21+
7- Babyletto Trapeze Glider- $500
8- La Jolla Basket- $128
9- Shapes Dhurrie Rug- 4′ x 6′- $300
10- Flavia Flamingo- $24
Moroccan Leather Pouf- $450

So now that they’re done, which is your favorite?

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our nursery board series. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery. For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest.

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23 May 2014, 8:01am

My Modern Nursery #84: Gray, Pink and Yellow Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

We’re so happy to continue our nursery board series with Lullaby Paints this year, but we’re doing it a little differently this time!  While we’re still starting with ultra-safe, eco-friendly paint from Lullaby Paints, this time we’ve been using Pinterest boards to collect sources and inspiration as we work to develop the final product below.  I really hope you’ve been following along this month as this Gray, Pink & Yellow Nursery Design came together.

This month we chose a medium shade of gray called Pewter.  It’s part of the color collection created exclusively for Wayfair.com.  Gray is THE hottest color for modern nurseries and Pewter is dark enough to be a bold choice but light enough to not make the room look gloomy.  With bright pink and yellow accents and white furnishings, this room is anything but dark.


1- Alphabet Geometric Art Print from MademoiselleYo- $15
2- Jonathan Chevron Pendant from Stray Dog Designs- $985
3- Pewter by Lullaby Paints- $75 a gallon
Wild One Canvas Banner from Sharp Tooth Studio- $45
4- Birthday Mobile- $71
Oeuf Rhea Crib
- $670
5- Pigeon Lamp- $200
Mandal Dresser from Ikea- $300
6- Ferm Living Half Moon Laundry Basket- $115
7- Mick Yellow Floor Lamp from Crate & Barrel- $150
Cambridge Light Pink / Ivory Rug 8′ x 10′- $290
8- Ferm Living Black Stripe Cushion- $82
Ferm Living Black Mini Triangle Cushion
- $82
9- Rocker Arm Shell in Magenta from Modernica- $435
Knitted Yellow Pouf from CB2- $80
10- Jealous Baby from Lucky Boy Sunday- $122

If you’re feeling this color scheme here but don’t love all the items we’ve chosen, one of the great things about our Pinterest board is that we’ve saved all the other options we considered there for you.  There are alternate furnishings, lights, hampers, rugs, toys, art etc…

Thanks as always to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our nursery board series.  Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery.  For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest, and keep a lookout for next month’s new board!

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Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler

We enjoyed the Happy Chic collection at JCPenney and now there’s a Happy Chic collection specifically designed for the nursery at Babies R Us.  With four crib sheets grouped into two color options (pink and blue) and accessories to match, you can now get Jonathan Adler style for your whole nursery.

Olivia Crib sheet ($20), Olivia Blanket ($22), Dust Ruffle ($40), Quilt ($50), Owl Pillow ($20), 2-Piece Owl Wall Art ($28),  Text Wall Art ($30), and Bird Print Crib Sheet ($20)


Charlie Elephant Printed Crib Sheet ($20), Quilt ($50), Dust Ruffle ($40), Charlie Baby Blanket ($22), 2-Piece Elephant Wall Art ($28), Text Wall Art ($30), Chain Link Crib Sheet ($20), Charlie Elephant Pillow ($20) and Charlie Lion Pillow ($20)


This is a great way to get Jonathan Adler style for less.  Mix a couple of the Happy Chic pieces with your favorite Jonathan Adler Junior accessories for a custom look– whatever is most comfortable for your budget!

rich reasonable Jonathan Adler elephant pillows

The Elephant Needlepoint Throw Pillow features an iconic design in the traditional style of Jonathan Adler Pillows.  If it’s out of reach, the Happy Chic Charlie Elephant Pillow has an embroidered ear, eye and heart and might do the job for 1/6 of the price.

4 Jul 2013, 7:36am
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My Modern Guest from A Lovely Lark

Lauren, from the truly lovely blog A Lovely Lark, has a delicious summery nursery design for you this July 4th.  I hope your holiday is half as sweet as this gorgeous space.  Thanks Lauren!  And Happy 4th of July!

Yummy Summer Nursery

Hi, Lauren from A Lovely Lark here, pinch hitting for Esther while she and her family are on their summer vacation! Other than, of course, the obvious fireworks and red/white/blue, July makes me think of hot, glorious summer days filled with pools, lemonade, and popsicles. So when I came across this popsicle print on Etsy, I knew it would be the perfect jumping-off point for a summer nursery:

Clockwise from top right: popsicle print, tassel garland, gold heart print, ombre pillow, gold lamp, rug, love love print, gold pouf, crib bedding, rocker, zinc letter, narwal/whale, dresser

I also created a little boy version over on my blog – stop over and take a peek. Thanks for having me Esther! xo, Lauren

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18 Jun 2013, 6:01pm
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Pink Caravan Crib from Kalon Studios

How fun!  Kalon Studios has their Caravan Crib available in pink this summer as a limited edition!  $895

Any takers?

Caravan Dresser $1495 and Divan $795 and Conversion Kit $545

Get the Look FOR LESS: Victoria’s Pink Nursery

Just one additional post about the nursery that Sissy + Marley did for Victoria.  The room of course is spectacular and it happens to come with a spectacular price tag to match.  Adding up just the sources I listed yesterday (not including the rug, books, wallpaper, snail from Australia and the cost of any other customization), the total of the items in the original picture is $9174.  This more economical version is about 70% less than the price of the original at a total of $2631.50!

1- Little Neon Bird Cage- $40
Pom Pom Organic Throw from PB Teen- $80 (same as expensive room)
2- Babyletto Kyoto Glider in Ecru- $700
Moroccan Contemporary Leather Ottoman- $135 (today on overstock.com)
Plush Snail Made to Order (custom color)- $16.50
3- Steiff Schana Swan (large)- $225
4- Thomas Paul Miss Kitty Pillow- $24
Ikea Expedit- $70 (same as expensive room)
Pandan Bins- Metallic- $24 each for 2+ (same as expensive room)
Japanese Wooden Gumball Machine- $52 (same as expensive room)
DwellStudio Bunny Push Toy (almost sold out)- $24 (same as expensive room)
DwellStudio Wooden Car Pink- $29 (same as expensive room)
Snail with Beech Ball (couldn’t find this anyplace else)- AU $22 (same as expensive room)
Zuny Series Elephant (Abby) Pink Animal Bookend- $55 (same as expensive room)
5- Baby S Pink Chair- $78 (I know it’s a knock-off, but we’re going for price here)
Malieg Mini Rabbit- $28 (same as expensive room)
6- Teodora Oval Frameless Mirror- $284 (sale price) it was tough to find a good replacement mirror!
7- Koppang 3 Drawer Chest from Ikea- $100 with a custom paint job.  Sorry for the DIY here!
Rag Dolls from Sandalias de Ana 1, 2, 3- $33.50 each
8- Geometric Landscape- $36
9- Happy Chic Bubble Table Lamps- $100 each (I couldn’t find a good sconce replacement, but these lamps look good)
Reclaimed Birdhouse in Raspberry Pink- $20 (or this is a great DIY opportunity- see inspiration here)
10- Sundvik Crib from Ikea- $120 (you could add some pink paint here too)
Charming Hamper (Dots/Pink)
- $89
Handmade Amish Rag Doll- $28.59

I kept some of the small, less expensive accessories the same, but you can always take some out to save additional $$.  Instead of the fabulous wallpaper, a coat of light pale paint would work beautifully.

The rug is a huge part of the impact of the original room, and while we haven’t calculated it into the design here, you’ve got to consider what you’re putting on the floor.  Here are a couple suggestions I found a Pottery Barn Kids.  Dhurrie Border Rug and Addison Rug

So what do you think?  Go all out in the original version?  Stick with the more reasonable options or would you mix and match?

2 Apr 2013, 7:40am

My Modern Nursery: Get the Look: Victoria’s Pink Nursery by Sissy + Marley

Yesterday we toured the beautiful modern pink nursery that the ladies at Sissy + Marley designed for baby Victoria.  Today I’ve got a list of sources so you can recreate this look in your own home!  Just be forewarned, they were working with a generous budget!

1- Pink Cage Mobile- Atsuyo et Akiko collaboration with Tamar Mogendorff- $155
Pom Pom Organic Throw from PB Teen- $80 is similar to the ones no longer available from Calypso St. Barth
2- Grano Glider Recliner in white bonded leather- $1200
White Moroccan Leather Pouf- $450
Simon the Snail from Esthex- $46
3- Tamar Mogendorff Wall Swan- $695
4- Coral & Tusk Baby Cat Doll- $70
Ikea Expedit- $70
Pandan Bins- Metallic- $24 each for 2+
Japanese Wooden Gumball Machine- $52
DwellStudio Bunny Push Toy (almost sold out)- $24
DwellStudio Wooden Car Pink- $29
Snail with Beech Ball (couldn’t find this anyplace else)- AU $22
Zuny Series Elephant (Abby) Pink Animal Bookend- $55
5- Lou Lou Ghost Child’s Armchair by Kartell- $135
Malieg Mini Rabbit- $28
6- Jonathan Adler Rococo Mirror- $595
7- Ducduc Cabana 4 Drawer Dresser (pink/white)- $1700
Jess Brown Rag Doll collaboration with Atsuyo et Akiko- $180 each
8- Eiffel Tower Artwork by Coral & Tusk collaboration with Atsuyo et Akiko- $104 framed (they had it custom framed)
9- Lantern Sconce by Jonathan Adler- $245 each
Tamar Mogendorff Bird House- Cherry-Pink collaboration with Atsuyo et Akiko- $160  The room also included a large birdhouse and small one for about $220 and $124.
10- Ducduc Campaign Crib in white- $1800 (they customized it with pink)
Senegalese Storage Basket- Pink, Large- $150
Le Train Fantôme Lumi Doll- $250

The wallpaper is Baby Elephant Walk by Jill Malek in Petal- 3 rolls for $510  You may remember they used this wallpaper in Gabriel’s nursery as well.

The rug is a Madeline Weinrib Darlington Rug.

You can also duplicate the library that was specifically selected for the room:

Tallulah’s Tutu by Marilyn Singer- $17
by Marilyn Singer


Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes- $17
by Pablo Cartaya


Fancy Nancy- $18
by Jane O’Connor


Purplicious (Pinkalicious)- $18
by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann


Silverlicious (Pinkalicious)- $18
by Victoria Kann


Pinkalicious- $18
by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann

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