It’s finally here! Modern Nursery Reveal

Ladies and gentlemen, sound the trumpets!  The impossible has been achieved–I have finished a room:

Modern Nursery Reveal

If you remember a few weeks ago, I became fed up with the beige-beige-beige combo of my three-year-old’s bedroom.  Here is what it looked like originally:

Pre-tty sad.  I know.

And if you remember, I threw around some ideas for color palettes here.  As the project wore on, my design shifted more towards mid-century Scandinavian.  I really love eclectic kids’ rooms with white walls, as you can see from my Pinterest board.  BUT I reeeaally didn’t want to paint the walls in this room.  I was feeling lazy but I also like to reduce my son’s exposure to harmful chemicals as much as possible, and even zero VOC paint is not exactly an air freshener.

My son’s room is the tiniest bedroom in the house. Even though we had taken his closet doors off and put his dresser inside, the room still seemed so cramped with his bed, bookcase, and big chair.  Plus ohmigod was it boring.

So, my goals were to make the room appear larger, add lots of color, and just make it more fun and reflective of C’s personality.  Here is the result:


Chair And Dresser

And here was the process:

  • Moved the bed into the closet and the dresser to the opposite wall.  This made the room seem huge!  I also hung curtains around the closet to soften the lines.  C calls it his “bed cave,” and closes the curtains every night just like a four-poster.
  • Replaced the beige chair with a mid-century Craigslist find that I reupholstered myself with some fun, bright fabric.
  • Swapped out the bookshelf for some DIY book ledges, which really opened up the space.  And they cost only $15 to make!
  • Painted the closet nook a yellow-green color (California Dreaming by Behr).  I know, I know.  I said I didn’t want to paint.  But this was such a small area, and I was desperate for color.
  • Added some fun art in some Ikea frames I had lying around (see product guide below for sources).
  • Purchased a Scandinavian-style rug and pillow.
  • Made some pillow covers from fabric at Joann’s.
  • Created these DIY Ikea-hacked toy shelves, and added a wire basket for C’s lovies.
  • Added some wall-mounted lights to make reading our books easier.
  • Created an easy-peasy garland with my sewing machine and some extra felt I had lying around.

I was able to offset the cost of the rug and pillows by selling the original West Elm chair and Ikea bookshelf.  So all in all, this wasn’t an expensive project.

Let’s feast our eyes on that chair, one more time!

Clinton Chair

Chair = Craigslist!

In our next house, C’s room will have all white walls, but for now I’m happy with the result.  I know the motorcycle poster doesn’t go with the style of the room, but the fiancé has been pressuring me to hang it for its sentimental value.

What do you think? What would you change? Leave a comment in the box below or by  clicking the link at the top of the article.

Product guide: Half Shell Rug in Grey, Land of Nod // KRÄMARE Wall Spotlight, Ikea // Mr. Cat Cushion, Ferm Living // All fabric, Joann // Hudson Crib in Grey, Babyletto // Nice & Knit Blanket, Land of Nod // FÖRHÖJA wall cabinets, Ikea // MERETE curtains, Ikea // Chair and dresser, Craigslist // Ingela P. Arrhenius, Balloons Tivoli Poster, The Kid Who // Frames, Ikea // Fox Print, My Dear Fellow // Faux Sheepskin, Ikea // Wire Basket, HomeGoods // STOCKHOLM Mirror, Ikea // Owl Nightlight, Land of Nod (discontinued, but there is a similar one there now) //

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Comments (8 )
  • cassie
    | 17 September 2014

    love it, anna! i love the pop of color in the crib nook!

  • Megan
    | 17 September 2014

    That little bed is the cutest EVER. And I love the wall color in the closet! Everything is adorable.

  • Kelly
    | 21 September 2014

    It’s so cheerful and fun! My favorite is the motorcycle poster. Great job!

    • annabode
      | 1 October 2014

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Kristen
    | 5 October 2014

    It’s great! My 2 year old has mid century furniture “in waiting” – as in “waiting for me to decorate the rest of the room”. I love what you did here and might use this as inspiration for whenever I get around to finishing his room. 🙂

    • annabode
      | 6 October 2014

      Thanks Kristen! I’ve since tweaked the bed nook a bit, so check back soon for the updated photos. I know what you mean, so many of the rooms in my house are always in that halfway stage!

  • dawn
    | 18 January 2016

    I’m dying to find out where you got that print of the boy and the balloons?!

    • annabode
      | 19 January 2016

      Hi Dawn! It’s by Ingela P. Arrhenius, a Swedish designer, and I believe I purchased it through Huset Shop. It looks like they no longer have that one, but I’m actually selling ours b/c it doesn’t go with C’s new room — if you’d like to buy it from us send me an email at 🙂

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