Crib Bedding Options from Carters

If you’re looking for fun and inexpensive crib bedding, Carters has a couple of new options for you to consider.

The crib sheet from their Bumper to Bumper collection features cute (but not cutesy) graphics and great colors.  The Safari Sky collection features a jungle motiff and is a good inexpensive option if you really want jungle animal bedding.

Just be careful not to go crazy buying lots of pieces from the collection.  I’d recommend getting just the crib sheets ($16 each) and then layering in other items that you collect to go with it.

Thanks to My Mom Shops for the info.

New From Petit Collage for Fall

I’m a huge fan of Petit Collage so whenever I find something new from them I can’t wait to share it with you.

First, take a look at the sweet Deluxe Bird Mobile.  It’s available with either blue or red wings for $66.

There are also 3 new Jumbo Wood Panel art pieces.  Here’s the Bird Family and there’s also an Elephant Family and a Town (that I’d have called a Zoo) for $220.  These measure 24″ x 36″.

Finally, there are a bunch of new $15 prints including Sweet Elephant, Story Bear, Purrfect Cat, and Hello Monkey.

You’ve just got to check out the entire collection of new Petit Collage products.


They Posted These So I Don’t Have To

These are some of my favorite posts from around the web over the past week.

First of all, I have to show you this incredible (Not So) Mellow Yellow Mood Board from chalk + dot.  Just paint the walls your favorite shade of gray and you’ve good to go!  Visit the post for all the sources and the inspiration.

I seriously had no idea you could do this, but Honey & Fitz shared their secret of Converting an upholstered chair into a swivel glider.  There is no longer any acceptable reason to have an ugly rocker or glider in you home.

Being a Floridian, I had to take note of babyology’s A Flock of Flamingos.  Such a fun roundup (even though I’ve never actually seen a Flamingo in Florida!).

Coos & Ahhs rocked another “Word of the Week” post (they’re all incredible) with this super-fun elephant roundup.  Twenty-two wonderful elephants 🙂

Remember Chic & Cheap Nursery’s guest post from last week?  Well, (of course) she’s come up with a few more affordable options to get the look for the Pink & Navy Preppy Nursery.  See Save vs. Splurge: Affordable Copy Cats for all her finds.


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.

Etsy Find: Heavenly Creatures Art

If you’re looking for some sophisticated animal nursery art, I’ve found a great option for you.  Helen Ann Marie Jones of HamjArt on etsy has some beautiful work.

She sells animal notecards, jewelry, totes and prints in her etsy shop, but you should particularly take a look at the 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 prints.  My favorites are the parent and child pieces with a white background.  They are sweet, simple and beautiful.  You can choose your favorite or put together a grouping.  These five prints are just a sampling of the collection.

Hippo Art- Papa and Bebe 8″ x 10″- $10
Alpaca Art- Madre and Bambino 11″ x 14″- $16
Elephant Art- Big Daddy 4 11″ x 14″- $16
Polar Bear Art- Polar Express 11″ x 14″- $16
Sheep Art- Mama and Bebe 11″ x 14″- $16

The only problem with these prints is that I don’t think she’s charging enough for them!  You can learn more about Heavenly Creatures Art on and stay up to date on her latest work.


Real Room Tour: Marcus’ Soothing Safari

Yean, aka Mrs. Julius, of the blog “My Sunrise, Sunshine & Sunset“, was so kind to send me a message sharing photos of her gorgeous son Marcus’ nursery.  I am so flattered that she was able to use this blog to find some inspiration for this chic and soothing space.

The focal point of the room is the crib wall, where a Gulliver crib from Ikea sits against the Birch Trees Vinyl Wall Decal from wallwordz.  This is a very popular nursery motif and I love the pops of yellow from the birds in this particular version.  I also love the bedding choice from babydarling on etsy, which Yean discovered in my post from last February.  Awesome!

The shelf above the crib features a Fisher Price Teaching Clock that belonged to Marcus’ father as a child.  I love when people use their own treasured toys in their children’s rooms.  In case your parents threw yours out decades ago, you can pick up a remake of the clock (or lots of other Fisher Price classics).

The  Ikea Expedit features some closed storage (which is great for reducing visual clutter) as well as some wild stuffed occupants.

Yean made the crib mobile herself and so it’s super customized to match the nursery perfectly.

The reading and changing area includes some personal mementos as well as some Ikea staples like the dresser and the chair.

Yean discovered the animal alphabet print from inktree press in one of my posts and had it customized to go with the colors in this room.  Love it!

Spread throughout the room are some additional elephants.

Congratulations Yean on the incredible job you did decorating this nursery and on your adorable little guy!  Thank you so much for sharing it with me and for supporting Buy Modern Baby!

To read more about this nursery, please visit the nursery post on Yean’s blog.  She was able to put all this together for less than her $1500 budget!  You also don’t want to miss the sweetest video of a 4 day old Marcus peacefully enjoying his cozy little spot.

(If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to  I really love getting those emails!)

Elephants are Everywhere

We’ve covered foxes and hippos but today I’ve got my top elephant picks.

1- Petit Collage has a great selection of elephants including this new Elephant Mirror– $36  Take a look at artwork and mobiles as well.

2- Elephant Baby Wallpaper Silhouette by Inke Heiland- $95  These are made to order in the pattern of your choice!

3- DwellStudio Elephant Bookshelf- $124  I love all the DwellStudio Bookshelf designs and have featured them before.

4- Elephant Pillow from Rikshaw Design on sale for $39!  I used this in one of my favorite nursery board, #16.

5- Utopia Elephant Lamp from Jonathan Adler- $350  I LOVE this little lamp.  It’s the inspiration for this entire post!  The giraffe lamp might be popular, but this one is up and coming.

6- Fauna- Elephant Mini Cushion– $40 I can’t believe that I haven’t bought one of these Fauna pillows yet.

7- Modern Animal Clock- Elephant No Numbers from decoylab- $68 There’s also a clock with numbers and a baby elephant.

8- Eames Elephant– $290 Climb on it, sit on it, ride on it.  Whatever you do, it’s going to look super chic in the nursery. (another nursery example)

9- Hattie the Elephant by David Weeks for Areaware– $135

10- Plan Toys Walking Elephant– $200 ($180 at amazon)


My Modern Nursery #39: Reader Request

I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I posted a design board!  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on them.  I’ve especially enjoyed working with Robin on her baby’s gender neutral nursery over the past couple weeks.  Robin came to me with an inspiration and a very small room.  She was drawn to the Alphabet Poster by Jenn Ski so I used that as a starting point.  We worked back and forth and this is what we came up with.

Robin was fortunate to have some hand-me-down furniture.  The crib, dresser and rocker shown are not the same ones she has, but they are my picks for you to recreate the room with.

1- Alphabet Zoo Education Art Poster Print by Jenn Ski, 38×24– $23

2- Cozy Convertible Crib from AP Industries- $1120
Woodours Wood Musical Crib Mobile, Brown– $59

3- Smile Pillow in Yellow from Honey Pie Design- $38
Custom crib skirt using DwellStudio Gate Citrine Fabric (Robin’s MIL is making one but you can have it made by Isla Corinne)
Meadowsweet Fabric Bunting from Paisley Handmade- $25

4- Aina curtains from Ikea- $50

5- Zigzag rug from West Elm 5’x8′- $250

6- Round Owl and Sweet Owl from Skårt- $52 each

7- Copenhagen 3 drawer dresser from AP Industries

8- Nyfors Floor Lamp– $80
with Kivsta Shade from Ikea- $25
360 Perforated Steel Side Table from Urban Outfitters- $140

9- Little Castle Monaco Glider in Microsuede– $800 (now on sale for $633)
Labyrinth Citrine Pillow from DwellStudio- $78 (I want one of these in Ash!)

10- Stacked Turtle Print, Stacked Elephant Print and Custom Birth Print from trendy peas- $29, $24, $26

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