We love a classic, but even more so we love updates of a classic which is just what Jessica has done with the sock monkey in this beautiful "retro modern" room: My husband and I are both quirky individuals with an appreciation for unique decoration that speaks to who we are as a couple. We live in an older neighborhood where each home has a character all its own. Therefore, it just didn't seem right to go to the baby superstore and fill the nursery with everything modern and brand new. We wanted to create a fun and relaxing space for our baby boy that would blend our vintage tendencies with a more modern flare.
This space was inspired by a simple sock monkey - a classic toy that I remember having as a child and is still relevant today. I loved the brown/white/red colors together and how they naturally lent themselves to a retro vibe. The room was already a robin's egg blue so it just came together.
We didn't want to overdo the sock monkey theme so we incorporated other fabrics and textures that kept with the playfulness, retro vibe and color scheme. I looked to Etsy for prints and scoured flea markets for furniture to add a personal touch whenever possible.
In the instances that I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, I simply whipped out the old sewing machine and made it! The crib quilt, matching pillow and ottoman and book slings are all handmade. It was fun doing projects that kept me occupied in those middle months of pregnancy and it made me feel closer to our baby boy. We are SO excited to meet him and see this room grow and evolve with him.
Crib: Riverside Collection Element Crib from Buy Buy Baby ($399)
Sock Monkey Fabrics: Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop ($75)
Crib Quilt, Pillow, Ottoman: homemade ($75)
Glider Rocking Chair: Babies R' Us ($299)
Vintage Sitting Chair: garage sale find ($10)
Dresser: flea market ($40 plus $15 for paint)
Changing Table: hand-me-down ($8 for fresh coat of paint)
Rug: HomeGoods ($199)
Book Slings: homemade ($25 for materials)
Sock Monkey Canvas: original photograph printed on canvas ($60)
Argyle Sock Monkey: Etsy ($20)
Letterpress Quote: Etsy ($8)
Sock Monkey Letterpress Print: Etsy ($8)
(Photos: a + a photography)