Tuesday, October 27, 2009

a vintage modern nursery

So, while I sit here pondering the meaning of the universe - or something like that - here are a few pics of my little boy's nursery. I never got around to fully posting about it so I thought I'd take you on a little tour. Up until about 8 months ago, this was our little-used but oh-so-messy home office. The walls were light beige and it was full of office-y and miscellaneous junk. I had a box (full of greeting cards, of all things) whose color was exactly what I wanted for the walls. I took the box into Home Depot and not only did they custom match it, they were able to transform a gallon of paint I had previously purchased for my living room that was an Oops. You know the kind...where you don't take your own advice as a decorator and buy a whole gallon first rather than a quart. That kind of Oops.

So here's his crib. The pictures inside the crib don't live there. (Kinda seems like that would make me a bad mom.) Here's the deal: my hubby broke my drill (yes, we each have our own) and I am embarrassed to say that eight months later, these pics are still on the floor leaning against the wall. But they are intended for the wall above the crib. I got this Dwell Modern bedding at Target on clearance (discontinued, sorry). By the way, I love how these framed prints came out - last summer, I bought a children's book at an estate sale...it was dated 1914...I selected a few pages, put them in Ikea frames, and voila! one-of-a-kind artwork. The book only cost me $9.

Here's his mobile...from Etsy shop thewonderlandstudio . He LOVES staring at it! (What the heck, I catch myself staring at it too!)

I received not one, but two prints from Etsy seller dazeychic as gifts. I have observant mothers - both my mom and mother-in-law took note of prints I had noted on my blog and got them for me at my baby shower. Yay! This one shows a baby boy dropping from heaven. (Awww!)

So the month before our little guy was born, his sisters (both preschoolers) and I painted a little original artwork for the nursery. I actually had started a canvas years ago and never finished it. To save money, I painted over it with white paint and then let the girls have at it. I tried to limit their colors to the general color palette but otherwise they did their own thing. My only regret is I didn't have them sign and date it. I think I could still at least add the month and year somewhere on the bottom or the back.

I had several paper lanters that were all leftovers from various parties I've had in the past. I suspended them with fishing line over the dresser and he loves looking at those too. I picked up this old bedroom set of dresser, highboy dresser and two nightstands off Craigslist for $80 total!!! How happy was I?? They needed a little bit of cleaning but were just the right look for his room. The extra nightstand is now a sidetable in my living room.

I still want to find a more colorful throw pillow for this chair. You can see the nightstand here as well as the red lamp and red rug from Ikea. Actually, there are two rugs in the room because it's sort of L-shaped and it was easier to afford two smaller rugs than one huge one. So I purposely chose to get two different rugs rather than two matching.

My huge metal "C" I got on clearance from Paper Zone. This was before we knew we were having a boy, but I was really hoping we would, so we could name him Caleb (as we've always wanted). This was a natural steel-look - I spray-painted it red.

Another print from Studio Mela (aka dazeychic). I love the vintage "Little People".

Those paper lanterns again. The polka-dot one was decor for my eldest daughter's FIRST birthday party...I totally forgot I even had it till I was organizing one day before my son was born. Perfect!

I love his little CD player that looks like a vintage radio. We bought it at Target about five years ago when our first daughter was born. It works great in Caleb's room now!

Thanks for coming along on this virtual tour! Coming soon: transforming a $5 chandelier!


  1. Courtney, I love your little boys room, it's perfect! I also really enjoyed reading some of your blog...try to keep up the writing and picture posting whatever route you decide to take.

  2. Thanks Hannah! I'm thinking I'm going to keep writing...it's one creative outlet that seems feasible to continue. :-)

  3. It came out sooooo great! When I saw the picture(s) before reading I thought, "how odd that there are framed prints in the crib with the boy." ;-) The prints are perfect! I really hope your drill gets fixed...and you should frame other pages to turn a profit! They are really terrific. Everything is on such a budget...and you know how I like that.

    So glad to see new posts from you! In the words of dazeychic, I am happier than a bird with a french fry. :-)

  4. you have some talent courtney... i really love this nursery. great color (and accessory) choices and it seems like you did it without spending a million dollars. that's my kind of design.

  5. What a great boy nursery! I'm in the middle of doing my second son's nursery and his bedding is also from Dwell Studio, they have some really great designs.

  6. Love the colors you chose for the nursery. And that vintage-radio CD player is so fun! I'm always excited when I see you've updated your blog. :-)

  7. I love your nursery, especially the painting you did with your preschoolers! It's all perfect. :) I feel honored that you included one of my mobiles!! I'm so glad both you and your son are enjoying it.

    thanks again!

    The Wonderland Studio

  8. Aw that Little People print is priceless! I love it!
    Adorable room too....thanks for sharing it!


  9. the bright rug....is that red? not hot pink? it's the one from ikea? Thanks!
    I posted on a similar rug today!

  10. I may have missed the color glancing through. Can you tell me the name of the color you used on the walls?


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