Ruby's Vintage Paradise

Ruby's Vintage Paradise

Carrie McBride
Sep 11, 2014

Name: Ruby (11 months)
Location: South City, St. Louis, Missouri

Ruby's room was so much fun to decorate! We are an adoptive family, and did most of the decorating after she arrived, as our adoption happened very quickly. Before we were matched with our baby, we painted the room that fun purple color, and chose the orange rug as an accent color. If we had been matched with a boy we were going to use orange and navy as accents, but then when we found out we had been matched with a baby girl we went with mint, coral, peach, and yellow.

So really the wall color is a fun gender neutral color to use and is surprisingly versatile. The rest of the details came together slowly but surely, once we brought Ruby home. As you can see I have a love of vintage, and was happy to be able to find and use many second hand items throughout her room. I'm a photographer, and use (and sell!) vintage photo props, so of course as I'm on the hunt for items to use in my business I come across treasures for my own home. So almost everything in her room has been up-cycled from thrift stores, yard sales, and hand me downs except for her crib, and the rug that were bought new (thank you IKEA!).

I have so enjoyed looking for each piece that you see in her room! We LOVE the color. It is a Behr color, and I'm honestly not sure the name of the paint but could easily find out. The purple love seat is a favorite thrift store find, as is the hutch which I painted that fun coral color and added a few (splurges!) Anthropologie knobs too. The little peach corner shelf is a yard sale find that I painted, and the dresser/changing table was found in our alley and painted mint green. It just takes a little patience, and a lot of treasure hunting, but it's so worth it when you stumble across furniture pieces that fit well into a space


  • The toys, decorations, and wall decor have been found in a variety of places.
  • The basket on the floor (which I found at Plow Sharing) holds some of our favorite vintage Fisher Price toys that I have found on various thrifting trips.
  • The same goes for the little lamb planter, and deer planters and figurines that you see on the shelves.
  • My grandmother made the white ceramic bunny on the top layer of the corner shelf, which holds great sentimental value to me. And bonus, it looks so sweet in her room!
  • The deer bookends were an Etsy find, as was the sweet little stuffed fox.
  • The vintage baskets on her dresser, as well as the wooden toy bunny, the vintage blocks that spell her name, and the streamers above her bed, were a gift from a dear friend and fellow vintage seller on Etsy.
  • My other favorite item in the room is the doll house that my dad made for me when I was a little girl. It is full of my old Strawberry Shortcake dolls, and is ready to be played with when Ruby is a little older.
  • There are a couple of framed photographs in the room; the first being a enlargement of a scanned Polaroid that I took of Ruby when she was only about a week old, and the second is hanging above her crib in a vintage frame that I found in a small antique mall in Illinois.
  • The letters that spell Ruby are from Anthropologie, and were a gift after she was born. The room really just feels cozy and nostalgic to me, and is one of my favorite spaces in our home.

Thanks, Courtney! Readers, visit Courtney at her photography website and at her Etsy shop, Making Pies, where she sells prints and vintage photo props.


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