Real Room: Retro Rockets and Robots

It’s sometimes difficult to achieve a modern aesthetic on a modest budget, but April refused to sacrifice style in this retro nursery she designed for her third son.  You can’t help but be inspired by her creative solutions!

This nursery also functions as a guest space thanks to the trundle daybed from Ikea.  April saved money on a rug by using a soft and shaggy bath mat from Target.  I love how the little Ikea wagon adds a pop of color and accents the blue in the bedding!  The robot decals over the daybed were colorful stickers that April sprayed white and arranged for contrast on the gray wall.  This project only cost $5!

The bedding is DwellStudio for Target’s Space Crib Set and April picked up the dresser, mirror and end table on craigslist for just $50.  With a little paint, these pieces have a fresh clean look that will function for a long time.  April also painted the little robot canvas on the right using extra paint from the mural wall.  Too cute!

April created the mod mural herself and the design will transition really well as the baby grows up.

This art wall located over the changing table is an inexpensive arrangement of Ikea and Walmart frames.  The UFO and the orange robot are works of art by the baby’s older brothers– so sweet and personal!

Instead of a mobile, April installed this IQ lamp over the crib. Being right by the rocking chair, the lamp will also be perfect as a bedtime reading lamp.  I love when things do double duty.  The pillow case on the rocker was made by April’s great-grandmother and she drew the robot outline on it with a white fabric pen.  It looks teriffic!

I am also super impressed with this DIY lamp reno.

Without the expense of replacing the outdated fixture, April totally achieved a spacey, retro look!

The room was finished off with lots of fun and colorful accessories that enhance the look she was going for.

April made the little red robot doll herself and a friend knit the funky little “ugly doll” for the nursery.

April, you did a fabulous job putting this room together for your upcoming new arrival.  I can tell he is awaited with great love and excitement.  Thank you so much for sharing his room and all your fun and creative ideas with us.

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Real Room: Conrad’s Modern Nursery

I am so excited to show you the fabulous nursery Allison Ballenger designed for her son.  It is modern, elegant and a perfectly fantastic space to care for and play with her newborn, Conrad!

The inspiration for this room was the orange, chocolate brown and cream bedding from Urban Crawl.

The crib and dresser are part of Babyletto’s Modo collection, and to the right of the crib is one of my favorite decorative accessories, the P’Kolino Clothes Tree.

I love how the area next to the window was decorated with the little bookshelf, framed photo and the adorable dog tail hooks from Ikea (if you want to find these now you’ll have to try ebay).  The saying above the doggies reads, “snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of…”! So cute and so perfect.  The rocker in the reading nook is from Carolina Cottage and the nook was personalized with the simple monogram wall decal and chocolate brown cushion.

The Uglydoll display is a fun way to decorate this wall space. I love the little orange dangling giraffe and notice the Ekorre Rocking Moose from Ikea.  This moose comes in natural and red  but they custom painted it to match!  The moose is no longer coming up on Ikea’s website, but we saw a few there last weekend so maybe if you hurry you can still pick one up!

The light fixture is very cool– the Hangin’ Around Lamp from The Land of Nod, and you can take your pick of round zebra rugs like the one in this room at

The canvases over the changing table are hand painted and a believe I spy an Oeuf bouncer on the ground to the left of that.  Talk about coordination!

Allison, you did an amazing job decorating this room for you sweet little guy!  The room is personal, creative and relaxing with a dash of color and fun.  Thank you so much for allowing us to “tour” this gorgeous space and congratulations on your beautiful baby boy 🙂

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Real Room: Modern Owl Themed Nursery

I love it when I find great examples of the products featured on buymodernbaby used in real nurseries.  I was so excited when I saw the room Maygan designed for her little boy.  She explains her design process saying, “For our son’s nursery I wanted to create a fun, creative space that was warm and modern. I stumbled upon the wonderful bedding, fell in love, and the rest of the nursery took shape.”

The bedding is Silly Owl from Litto Kids and you can see how this is the basis for the rest of the design choices.  The dresser and crib are from DwellStudio for Target’s Silver Lake Collection.

This is my favorite view of the room.  I love the wall decal growth chart from Willow Creek Signs’s etsy shop.  I have featured wall decal growth charts before and this one is perfect in this room!  I also adore the little owls up on the display shelves (which are from Target).

The opposite side of the room features Maygan’s baby clothes framed in shadow boxes as well as a painting done by her sister to highlight the design in the crib bedding.  Personal touches like this make the room part of your home and part of your family and history.

Here I have to mention the beautiful maternity photos.  Maygan made the frames for those photos herself and they make a dramatic statement.

I like to use the crib blanket over the rocker as well and the little owl blanket looks like the perfect lovey!

Finally, the mobile tops off the owl and the color theme perfectly.  Maygan made this herself!  One of the owls on the shelf above the wall decals is a larger stuffed version of the mobile owls– also handmade by Maygan.

You can see more of Maygan’s creative work (she’s a graphic designer) at  Thanks so much Maygan for letting us “visit” this inspiring nursery!

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