Real Room Tour: Beautifully Muted

I’ve found a lovely nursery to share with you as the first Real Room Tour of the year.  The calm and beautiful space that Elizabeth assembled for her little Owen is a wonderful gender neutral inspiration.

I’m finding this color palette so soothing and lovely.  While it’s perfect for little Owen, I can see this nursery being just as lovely for a little girl.

Isn’t he precious?!

The origami mobile could be a free DIY project, but it looks stunning and chic in place here over the crib.

I love the book ledges as wall decor and the soft mint green side table is a sweet addition that will really be able to withstand the test of time.

Thanks you so much Elizabeth for allowing me to share these beautiful photos of Owen and his nursery!  You can see more of Elizabeth’s beautiful home on flickr.

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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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Rachel Zoe’s Nursery for Skyler

I’m sure everybody has already watched Rachel Zoe’s tour or her son Skyler’s nursery on ABC’s Primetime, but while everyone was busy oohing and ahhing over his extravagant wardrobe, I was checking out the furniture and accessories.

She must have been browsing to pick the nursery furniture!  Here’s what it looks like.

1- Spot on Square Roh Crib– $1590

2- Oilo 3 Piece Crib Bedding Set (Cobblestone Motif – Taupe)– $399
Oilo Studio Taupe Band Throw Pillow– $49
Oilo Taupe Pillow- $59

3- Schylling Metal Speedster– $85

4- Hermes Avalon Blanket (H blanket)- $1300

5- Melissa & Doug Giraffe Plush– $75

6- Serena and Lily White Leather Pouf– $450

7- Offi Nest Bassinet– $1000

8- Spot on Square Roh Dresser– $1290

9- Oeuf Mini Library in Walnut– $660

10- For some reason (oops) I put a picture of a Grano Glider, though it’s a Luca Glider– $995 with the Luca Ottoman– $385

(updated 7/30) I found the monkey art that you can see on the wall.  If you’re interested, it’s Jeff Koons Monkey Train.

If you’re noticing a celebrity trend, Christina Applegate also used an Oeuf Library, Oilo bedding and Monte Glider in her daughter’s nursery!  They both also used pops of orange as an accent color.  Which room do you like better?

My Modern Nursery #43: The American Southwest

As you may have noticed, I was gone last week.  We headed to Arizona for a family vacation and an extreme change of scenery.  This area around Sedona, know as “Red Rock Country” is one of my favorite destinations in the world for the climate and the sights.

Here’s just a little sampling of the flavor of the area…

As we drove around admiring the homes and thinking about the magnificent views they must have, I dreamt of staying in Sedona permanently.  Of course, I imagined the type of modern nursery that would suit the local architecture.  This is what I came up with.

1- Heather Levine Lamps

2- Sand Painted Disc and Turquoise Floating Disc from Red Dove Art- $185 each

3- Stuffed Obax Roadrunner 12″– $18
Spot on Square Roh Dresser – Walnut / White
– $1290

4- P’Kolino Clothes Tree, White– $90

5- White Monte Joya Rocker with Walnut Base and Paul Smith Brown Lumbar Pillow- $1030

6- Heather Levine Wall Hanging

7- Roh Crib – 1 Side Clear – Walnut / White– $1590

8- Tribal Rugs 35 Navy

9- Svan Bouncer – Chocolate / Orange– $120

10- Natural Tree-Stump Side Table from West Elm- $200

No, it’s not cheap, but neither is Sedona real estate.

Real Room Tour: Decorated With Love

Cristi Holcombe, an interior designer in the Atlanta area, designed this calm and cozy nursery for her own little boy.

The first thing that’s probably catching your eye is the incredible color and design of the rug.  Well, Cristi is extremely talented, and unbelievably, this was a DIY upgrade of an Erslev rug from Ikea!  Yes, she painted the rusty orange design herself and I love how it goes with the wood floor.

This nursery is another example of the fact that you don’t need a dedicated changing table.  A simple Malm from Ikea serves as a spacious changing surface as well as great storage.

The most wonderful thing (in my opinion) in this space is the combination of fabrics.  I’m especially drawn to the Citysquare fabric of the crib skirt and chair pillow.

The before and after of the chair is amazing and I’m kinda into the whole white slip-covered chair thing in the bedroom right now.  It has such a comfortable look.

Cristi bought the bird mobile well before she was even pregnant and it just goes perfectly in this space.

The gallery wall includes a sweet collection of prints from etsy (including the Yellow Blue Strip Bird Collage Print from John W. Golden and the Alligator to Zebra poster from Sea Urchin Studio) and a few other personal treasures.

I love the collection of ceramic birdhouses from West Elm.  They look so charming here on the wall.

And this lovely collection of mugs is a gift that spells out her little one’s name.  It’s adorable.  What a thoughtful gift!

I love seeing the design board to see how the original inspiration was adjusted in reality but how the original feel and vision has been clearly maintained.

For more information about this sophisticated yet comfortable room, visit Cristi’s nursery reveal on her Charm Home Design blog.  Thanks so much Cristi for sharing your work with us.  You’ve done an incredible, inspiring job!

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My Modern Nursery #42: Spring Showers

After two or three months without any rain, we finally got a couple of rainy days.  Clearly the inspiration for this nursery.

1- Clouds Storm Wallpaper from Aimee Wilder

2- Stokke Care Changing Table, Gray– $500

3- Woody low shelving system muticolor– $840

4- Dodo Rocking Bird from Magis- $238

5- Home Town from Davs- $238

6- Drop_2 XS (as shown with 5 drops)- $900

7- Hopscotch Carpet– $230.98 (VAT excl.)

8- Red Umbrella- 3D Mobile from Gosh and Golly- $48

9- Stokke Sleepi Crib, Gray– $800 ($635 on amazon)

10- Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Armchair w Rocker– $549

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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.

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Real Room Tour: Declan’s “Crib”

Allison designed a bright and creative space for her son Declan.  It’s a vintage/modern mix with a lot of personal DIY touches– starting with the letters spelling out his name.

The crib is Amy Coe’s Westport crib, which you can get right now on amazon.  It was a great affordable two-tone option with a storage drawer.  Hercule the Elephant was an adorable stand-in until Declan arrived to claim his place in the crib.

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