My Modern Nursery #20: Budget Version of Triplet’s Attic

Inspired of course by the nursery for triplets in the 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase:

I put together a budget version of the room!  This plan can be used for multiples or scaled down for a singleton and look serene and spectacular.

1- The most striking feature to me of the original room is the lighting.  The sparkly modern chandeliers are amazing and certainly not inexpensive.  The best likenesses I could find were over $500.  When you multiply that by 3, it’s not cheap, so I went Ikea’s not sparkly Knappa pendant lamps for $30 each.  3 for $90

This could be a great DIY project if you want to try and recreate something more sparkly.  I’m thinking Christmas lights?

2- The cribs are Baby Mod Olivia Cribs from Walmart.  These are $300 each.  3 for $900
The rugs are Hampen from Ikea for $50 each.  3 for $150.

3- Any white framed rectangular wall mirrors would do but I found these Floating Wood Wall Mirrors from West Elm for $200 a piece.  3 for $600

4- The dressers are from Walmart as well.  On the left is the Topolino three drawer chest (for $130) and on the right is the Topolino Double Dresser (for $160). $290 for the two.

The bears are Aurora Plush Iceberg Super Flopsie for $38.  They are standing in for the HANNSpree Polar Bear TV.

5- The original room has beautiful, fun animal photographs by Catherine Ledner that start at $250. I’ve replaced those with equally fun prints from WildLifePrints’ etsy shop for $20 each. 3 for $60.

Some Like it Cold
Little Hooves
Fancy Prance

The pictures just need frames and a nice picture ledge like Ribba from Ikea for $20.  I have one of these at my house and it works out great.

6- The side table is from Target for $170.

7- I chose Ikea’s Tirup swivel chair for $400 instead of Thomas Pedersen’s Stingray Rocking Chair.

8- The Husvik Floor Lamp from Ikea is an excellent reading lamp for $80.

9- Finally a white fur pillow (or a throw) for extra cozy, furry texture for $3o.

Grand Total for Triplets- $2738 !!  Less than $2800!

Paint the walls (don’t forget the special wall treatment), add a changing platform, some crib sheets and you’re set.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!  I’ll be back to blogging on Tuesday.

My Modern Nursery #18: Spring Fresh

The weather here is starting to get hot.  I feel the heat of summer creeping up on us, yet I’m not quite ready to give up that fresh coolness of spring.  I love those days with windows open and the air conditioning off.   I love the flowers in bloom and walking barefoot across the grass.  As we approach the days of kiddie pools and running through the sprinklers, I just want to hold on to that spring feeling a little bit longer…

1- Serena & Lily Maggie Crib Bedding Set– $390

2- Noah Owl Toy Box by Mod Mom- $475

3- Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse by Hape– $470

4- Heart on Sleeve Wall Art from K Studio– $200

5- Oeuf Sparrow Dresser in White– $740

6- bloom Coco Natural Stylewood- $200

7- Bholu Nimboo Yellow/Cream Rug– $1100

8- Oeuf Sparrow Crib in White– $690

9- Bauhaus Arc Floor Lamp from CB2- $200

10- Presidio Glider from Serena & Lily- $950

New Additions: Yam & Toast

Check out this colorful collection!  I found a notice to check the Sale page at Genius Jones, and there I found a little thing called a Gummy Bear chair– something I had never seen before.  I immediately searched for the maker’s website and found Yam and Toast.  In addition to the chair they have these fantastic, colorful toy boxes as well.

photo via Orial Tarridas Photography

The Free Range Toybox retails for $395 and is available from or Genius Jones.  These are now listed on the guide at buymoderntoyboxes as well.

yam&toast Free Range Toybox, Greenyam&toast Free Range Toybox, Pinkyam&toast Free Range Toybox, White

The Gummy Bear Chair retails for $85.  It was featured in the April 09 issue of Elle Decor.  It is now featured on buymodernbabyseats.

yam&toast Gummy Bear Chair

My Modern Nursery #17: Goodnight Moon

What is more classic and familiar than the book “Goodnight Moon”?

Raise your hand if you love this book

It was my inspiration for this super colorful modern nursery.  First I searched to find if there was anything out there similar to what I was setting out to do. I didn’t find any “real” rooms based on this theme. but apparently there is a children’s museum (in California?) that has a version of the room to play in.  It looks like soo much fun…

For my modern nursery version of the room, paint the walls green (or not), get some green and yellow striped curtains and if you’re really brave, paint the trim red.  I was excited to find that using this rainbow color palette actually resulted in a fresh looking room.

Goodnight Moon

1- Color Zoo- Mica the Monkey and Grady the Giraffe– $20 each

2- Ladrillo Bookshelves by Magis Me Too- about $1850 as shown (I know.. woah!.. but look how cool!)

3- 10 Grain Play Pad– $200

4- LEGO Alarm Clock Radio – Blue

5- Colonial Mills Brook Farm | Tea Stained Area Rug 8′ x 11′ Oval
and spray painted Craigslist find or something in your parents’ attic

6- Miss K Table Lamp – Closeout Special– $170 (usually $325)
Surfin Side/End Table from InModern– $180

7- Alex Crib from ducduc- $1300

8- Tivoli Audio PALIPALY iPAL AM/FM Table Radio – High Gloss Metallic Yellow– $220

9- Austin Dresser from ducduc- $1500

10- Julian Child’s Chair by Magis Me Too- $132

New Addition: Element Convertible Crib

Sometimes these days you can find the modern styling you are looking for among the collections of more traditional baby furniture stores.  Even if they don’t have the pieces on display at your local retailer, they will be able to order them for you.

One such collection is Element from AP Industries.  I discovered this crib in the “Whimsical Modern Forest Nursery” on  I was impressed with the look of the furniture and was surprised I had never found it before. It looks like a beautiful option for any modern nursery and I have now added the crib to buymoderncribs.

The crib can be converted into a day bed as well as a full size bed, which can make it a great value for about $600.

My Modern Nursery #16: Rich or Reasonable

A while ago I featured Rikshaw Design‘s gorgeous crib bedding sets.  My favorite is the Udaipur set so I’ve used that as the inspiration for this nursery.  I’ve created two versions of this room and I really couldn’t tell you which one I like better.  The first version on the top retails for about $6000, but the one below is less than half the price at $2600.  Either way, the nursery is a warm, bright and gender-neutral space with a hint of exotic flavor.  (I know, I’ve got to move on from the green and orange.  I’ll try.)



1- Udaipur Crib Bedding Set from Rikshaw Design- $380 plus Elephant Pillow $52 (both)

2- Low Rider Glider from Monte Design- $900 (rich)
Allison Rocker – Green– $550 (reasonable)

3- Lacquer Tray Table from Jonathan Adler- $395 (rich)
Formosa Orange Tray Table from CB2- $50 (reasonable)

4- Petit Collage Bamboo Mobile – Jungle Friends– $68 (both)

5- Fruteria Lamp from Anthropologie– $300 (rich)
Barrel Table Orange Table Lamp– $125 (reasonable)

6- Moda Crib from Room and Board- $1000 (rich)
Sniglar Crib from Ikea- $80 (reasonable)

7- Blu Dot D2 Starter Unit– $570 (both)
Zuny Hippo- $40 (rich)
ImagiPLAY Hippo– $12 (reasonable)

8- Elephant Canvas Print by Estela Lugo- $60 (rich)
Elephant Wall Art from the ModernBaby Co.- $12 (reasonable)

9- Moda 40w Six-Drawer Dresser from Room and Board- $1100 (rich)
Anes 4 Drawer Chest from Ikea- $200 (reasonable)

10- White Leather Pouf- $200 (both)
Floral Fresco Rug from Anthropologie 8’x10′- $900 (rich)
“tex” tile rug from CB2- $300 (reasonable)

My Modern Nursery #15

Another fun, modern nursery that can grow from baby to toddler through childhood.

1- Stokke Sleepi Crib Bedding 4-Piece Set in Tales Green– $319

2- P’Kolino Clothes Tree in Orange– $70

3- True Modern Changing Table– $800

4- P‘kolino Little One‘s Table and Chairs– $160

5- No Monsters Allowed Print and Keep It Down Print (12.6″ x 21″) from johnwgolden’s shop on etsy.  Part of the By Order of Mgmt Signs series

6- Stokke Sleepi Crib – Natural– $800

7- Vitaminer Blomma pair of curtains from Ikea- $30

8- Tube Top Colors Table Lamp by Pablo– $110
P’kolino Nesting Birds– $35
True Modern Low Bookcase in Blue– $600

9- Meow Pillow from bumblebellydesigns’ shop on etsy- $40

10- Nurseryworks Goodnight Glider-  $1200

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