Inspirations & Samples: A Modern Nursery

Nesting a Nursery

After spending many enjoyable hours pinning this inspiration and clipping that image for the nursery my husband and I are creating from scratch, we realized it was time to hone in on our favorites and gather samples of fabrics, window treatments, area rugs and paint. Of course there are parameters we're working within, like artwork we'd like to include as well as our budget...read on for a peek into our inspirations as well as the samples we've gathered.

Inspirations
Our inspirations have come from many places: nurseries we've found inspiring, the stuffed chair we're set on buying (since we already own its matching footstool), kid-friendly artwork we already have, and our desire for a fresh, modern space that's design-friendly. Below are a few of our inspirations and items we'd like to work into the space's design.

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This collage caught my eye months ago. It's from the site Chic & Cheap Nursery, a great place to visit for all things kiddos. I was at first interested in the idea of using black and white since it's quite stimulating for little eyes and would allow us to incorporate pops of bold color here and there.

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We already have the couch version of Ikea's Ektorp Chair on our front porch and we love it! Even though it doesn't glide or rock, it's reasonably priced, sturdy and doesn't strain our budget for those items we're really dreaming of...like an Oeuf eco-friendly crib or a Moda Dresser from Room & Board.

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We'd like to include this kid-friendly artwork in the space. It's soft and beautiful and was painted by a local artist and sold to us two years ago by a shop owner in our small town.

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These striped area rugs from West Elm as well as the color combination sunshine yellow and gray have been dominating my thoughts lately. So, we made a trip to West Elm, and promptly decide the patterns were just too bold for the 100-square-foot room we're transforming.

Product Samples
After all of this preliminary work to find our inspirations and identify our design goals, we refocused on our space and those items we want to incorporate: the kid-friendly artwork as well as the Ektorp Chair and Footstool. Beginning there and keeping in mind our inspirations, we've gathered the following samples and feel we're moving in the right direction.

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Even though the West Elm rugs wouldn't work because of their scale, our fascination with stripes made us realize we'd love a rug that could offer texture while being a bit more subdued. So I ordered a small, 2x3 of West Elm's Recycled Denim Jute Rug. It arrived yesterday and I'm totally over-the-moon. If we go with this option, we'll return the 2x3 and purchase a 5x8 for $179.

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We're undecided as to whether I'm making window curtains or we're ordering them, here are a few fabric swatches we're considering. We already have the fabrics, so this would be the least expensive option, something I'm totally into!

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Paint samples from Benjamin Moore include a swatch for Sweet Innocence, the color we painted our kitchen last summer. It's a cooler gray that has blue undertones. I'm mostly sold on this swatch since I know how it behaves when paired with whites and natural woods.

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When considering the option for simple window roller shades, we headed to The Shade Store website where we were able to connect with a sales representative, order samples and find an installer who could take measurements.

Join me on my journey to transform a blank 100-square-foot room into a cozy, eco-friendly nursery.
Nesting a Nursery series:
Designing Our Baby's Room from Scratch
My Nursery Planning Tools
What Are Your Nursery Must-Haves?
Using Online Inspiration To Help Define Your Nursery Style
What Are Your Best Tips for Nursery Organization?

(Images: as linked, Landis Carey)

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.

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