Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chloe's Modern Vintage Nursery

An avid Nursery Notations reader Katie M. sent me some photos of her daughter Chloe's room a few weeks ago. I was so impressed with all of her DIY projects in the room, I wanted to share her completed design with you all. She also has a wonderful blog called Modern Day Family which is a chronicle of her thoughts, crafts, favorites and family life, worth a look.

Well done Katie and thank you for sharing Chloe's nursery with us today!

1. What was the inspiration for your room?
I looked at a ton of nursery blogs and galleries and put together an inspiration board (below)! I knew I wanted the room to have a vintage feel and to be eclectic. I wanted blue walls, a painted Jenny Lind crib and something that would coordinate with the existing curtains we had in the room.

2. What was the first piece that you purchased for the room?
My first purchase was a bunch of children's books, mostly by author and illustrator Gyo Fujikawa. My older daughter Molly had received a few of his books for Christmas and I loved the vintage and familiar feel of his illustrations. I also knew from my inspiration board that I wanted to do a display of books somewhere in the room.

3. What is your favorite aspect of the room?
My favorite part is the view at the entrance! I love the way the bookshelves turned out (which were really spice racks from Ikea) and the hanging playing cards. I love the layout of that first wall and the way the framed button C compliments all the colors of the nursery.

4. Now that your room is complete, what would you change or do differently if you could?
Looking back I might switch the bedskirt fabric and the bumper fabric. I wonder(ed) if the curtain print, bed skirt polka dots, chevron rug and mod comforter on the guest bed were too many different patterns in too little space. If I had a solid color on the bedskirt maybe that would help tone down the different fabrics.

5. Please share some of your sources in your nursery with our readers:
Wall color - Benjamin Moore's Robin's Nest (color matched to Olympic)
Crib Bedding - Designed at Javis Davis, wich unfortunately is not longer taking orders
Chevron Rug - World Market
Spice Rack Book Shelves - Ikea
Monogram Button - DIY tutorial at American Crafts
Mobile - DIY Tutorial on Sew She Sews or Kit on Etsy
Chicken Wire Bulletin Board DIY Tutorial on the Project Girl
Guest Bedding - Target

Here is a complete post on her blog Modern Day Family with more how-tos and insight on the design of her nursery.


  1. Thank you so much for featuring Chloe's Nursery and all the kind words!

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