Oscar's Double-Duty Nursery

Oscar's Double-Duty Nursery

Katie Steuernagle
Oct 29, 2012

Name: Oscar (6 months)

Mister Oscar's room came together in a bit of an organic way. Our house is small and old - two bedroom/one bath and 1100 square feet, built in 1894 - so we knew from the beginning that my husband's office would have to take on double-duty as a nursery for as long as they both can stand it.

Our style is a combination of vintage/antique/clean/minimal/bright and on a budget. The Gray Owl paint from Benjamin Moore was selected a couple years ago because of it's flexibility and super calm vibe. Several years ago we found the neat-o vintage school map at a local antique mall and never did anything with it. We dug it out and used it as color-inspiration for the rest of the nursery... it's got amazing greens, yellows and oranges. Our kid may grow up with a cold-war era understanding of Europe, but oh well. I knew I didn't want ANY pastels in the color scheme.

My mom refinished an old dresser they weren't using in a bright yellow I picked out. I made the bird mobile and wall art above the crib (Jenny Lind) and created a picture wall of famous Oscars. A dear friend made the quilt by hand after sneaking a peak at my nursery Pinterest board, and another friend lent us her sweet mod rocker. I sewed the gray chevron curtains using fabric from Tonic Living, and Jon's desk/file cabinet are gray/teal from CB2 that helped pull all the colors together. The lamp was $40 from Lamps Plus. The built-in bookshelf has my husband's "smartypants" academic tomes on the top half and Oscar's books and toys on the lower half. I don't think we spent more than $400 on the whole thing, and it's so bright and cheerful, just like Mister Oscar!

Thanks, Emily! Readers, visit Emily at The Graphic Hedgehog.

(Images: Emily M./The Graphic Hedgehog)


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