Category: Vintage Finds
Hi, it’s Kirsty from Here Comes Baby Blog and I wanted to share with you this vintage eclectic nursery, which is one of my favourite nurseries I have written about so far. This small but perfectly formed nursery is created by Nell from On the First Day of Marriage Blog for her baby daughter Josephine. It is a mix of bright colours on clean white walls filled to the brim with vintage and secondhand finds. What a crafty bunch Nell’s family are: many items are handmade by Nell, her mum and her Nan. Things from Nell and her husband childhood are also tucked in there along with fairtrade purchases. Nell has done a wonderful job in creating a vintage eclectic nursery that feels homely and welcoming. We ask Nell the story behind her vintage eclectic nursery:
What inspired your vintage eclectic nursery style?
Most of our home is painted white with bright colour and pattern added through the furniture, artwork and accessories so we wanted to continue that aesthetic in Josephine’s nursery. We knew we wanted to steer clear of a theme, so set about sourcing unusual pieces that would create a unique space. We found the vintage chest of drawers at a junk shop, were given the sofa which I covered if a handmade quilt I got from a charity shop and decorated the walls with original artwork, postcards we’d found throughout our pregnancy and vintage trinkets. I also got crafty and handmade toys, wall hangings and the pompom garland hanging at the window, which I sell in my shop Happy Circus.
Can you share with us your vintage eclectic nursery styling tips?
I think that mixing old and new, handmade and fairtrade and traditional items with modern classics is the way to achieve a nursery that looks individual and fun. Plus it’s so satisfying to see it all come together!
If you are not already familiar with Atelier Charivari I wanted to share their site with you this morning. They sell vintage furniture mostly from the 50s/60s & the pieces are made over sooo beautifully. I love the modern lines of the furniture and the paint colors they choose.
After browsing for about an hour this morning, I’ve picked out 6 of my favorite pieces from the past year. What do you think? Do you like this style of furniture?
Wouldn’t this be such a fun room for a little guy? The to-die-for leather mobile was the inspiration for the board. If I had a little boy, triangles + arrows would be on my list for sure!
P.S. I’d really appreciate a comment (aka vote) on my ideabook for Houzz.com – thank so much!!!
clockwise from top left: early bird pendant lamp, behr dew drop paint, window shade fabric, lion painting, fabric bin, wooden stool, mid-century lamp, flor carpet tiles, giraffe pull toy, modern bookshelf, pendleton blanket, giraffe wallpaper silhouette, sheepskin rug, striped chair
Vintage pieces add character and warmth to any space whether they are found in large doses or even a few well-placed pieces. Here are a few of my favorite vintage electic children’s rooms from across the internet:
My Monday so far…
I was driving down the street this morning on my way to drop Harper off at preschool. One of the neighbors (whose house is for sale) was moving some furniture onto the end of the driveway. I spotted this off white dresser and literally put my car in reverse to back up to the house! I was in a bit of a hurry so I yelled out my window to the guy in the garage to ask if it was for sale.
(I’ve been searching for a dresser for Harper’s room for some time. That and a big girl bed!)…
He called his wife and she told me it was $25!!!! WOW, I pulled my wallet out as he came over to my car. I offered him $40 if he would move it to my house for me. It is very heavy and John won’t be home until Friday.
When I came home they had moved it onto my driveway. It is even more beautiful than I had thought. It is a bit chippy, so I am thinking of freshening it up with a nice coat of white paint. I haven’t decided about knobs/pulls, thoughts?? It is literally in near “perfect” condition. All of the drawers slide in and out really smooth and the wood is so solid/heavy and sturdy. It is kind of a cross between this dresser & this one.
So, I went over to thank them and they asked if I wanted to purchase the bedroom set. It includes the solid wood queen bed, nightstand, and shorter/wide dresser all for $200. I am thinking I may do it. To be able to have this beautiful furniture for Harper’s room would be a steal. I had originally been loving beds like this, but obviously did not want to spend this kind of money. To think after months of looking on Craigslist that I have found furniture basically across the street from me is kind of ironic!
For the second space in the series I went for a more vintage vibe. The orangey-red pouf has made a second appearance, but warmer, earthier tones are replacing the graphic black and whites of the previous room.
Curtain Fabric – Hawthorne Threads
Blocks – Oeuf
Vintage Chalkboard and Game Case – i love you more on Etsy
Crib Sheets – Jon Robshaw
Crib – Cymax Stores
Airplane Mobile – J. AUSTIN Ryan on Etsy
Rug – West Elm
Lamp – cb2
Pouf – cb2
Do you need an idea board for your space or event? Click here and I’ll have one to you lickity split!
A few of my picks today for sweet, vintage baby clothing. Is anyone else into vintage for babies? As long as clothing is smoke free & washed really well I love vintage pieces. Baby photoshoots are always cuter when baby is wearing a one of a kind vintage piece! Visit Shelby Black Vintage for these 3 darling outfits.
On Monday, I introduced the first design in my new series – One Print, Three Rooms. In case you missed it, I’m using a painting or print as a source of inspiration to create a series of three different spaces. This week, I’ve been working with this amazing alphabet print from Etsy seller Ampersand:
In the first design, I used a lot of the mossy greens and muted blues with just a few pops of pink and yellow. In the second design, I’ve turned the tables and creamy yellows and peony pinks are now the main stars of the space:
Paint – Behr Stardust
Shower Me With Love Pillow – Etsy seller Pepper Glenn
Slice Pillow – cb2
Crib – Pottery Barn Kids
Bumper Fabric – Hawthorne Threads
Fitted Crib Sheets – Land of Nod
Theodore the Knitted Bear – Etsy seller Yarnigans
Rug – Dash & Albert
Sunny Cloud Mobile – Etsy seller The Butter Flying
Curtains – Pottery Barn Teen
Whale Rollimal – Etsy seller US Wood Toys
Vintage Globe – Etsy seller Little Dog Vintage
Industrial Metal Wall Shelf – Urban Outfitters
Per reader request I’m listing the total price for each idea board for comparison. This version comes in at $1151.954, although a large portion of that is the Pottery Barn crib. A similar and less expensive crib can be found here, which would make the total price $812.94.
Stay tuned for the next space on Friday, and don’t worry all of you mamas of boys – this print definitely calls for a decidedly girly space, but the next series will be all about the little guys!
vintage decor in children’s rooms is so playful. here are just a few fun details for your little guy’s room. the tin shovels are a bit spendy, but wouldn’t they be cute hung up along the wall? the most perfect wall art!
ok vintage lovers…are you drooling over this gorgeous bedroom? Rachel from Smile & Wave decorated it for her son, Sebastian, and daughter, Ruby. she has filled it with all kinds of beautiful thrifted, hand-picked treasures.
Rachel used her vintage globe collection for color inspiration. she used pinks, yellows, greens, and aqua for Ruby’s side of the bedroom and yellows, greens, browns, and aqua for Sebastian’s side.
when i first saw this room, i was immediately drawn to the wall with the vintage chalkboard collection. the garland hung above the chalkboards is so cute, and i love that she place her pink Modernica rocker along that wall as well.
a few more of my favorites include the beautiful rainbow painting above Ruby’s crib (Rachel painted it herself), the huge, white wardrobe/closet that was a DIY project, and Sebastian’s vintage headboard (that Rachel found for $7!!)
there are soooo many more fun details in this bedroom. to learn about them visit racheldenbow.com
one good thing about being sick last week is that i was home all day and finally won an Ebay auction!
this is the new Sterling Manual Smith-Corona typewriter that i won. i am soooo excited for it to arrive. it is supposed to be in excellent working condition and i cannot wait to try it out. i’ve been wanting an old typewriter for a long time. i have awful handwriting and i’d like to type some little notes to the kids & tape them into their baby books.
i cannot remember the last time i used a manual typewriter, can you?
this baby shower is so sweet. there is nothing formal or uncomfortable about it. i love the idea of drinking homemade lemonade out of vintage mason jars!
and by the way….i LOVE Squirt! i think i am going to buy some and drink it with a straw
photographed and decorated by Bethany of edenphotography.biz
i have been looking for a sailor girl dress for some time. i think these dresses make for the cutest photos! i bought this vintage dress on etsy yesterday (for $24.00). it is actually a Nordstroms dress from the 80s and the original Nordstroms tags are still on it! it is a 3T so it probably won’t fit my daughter yet (she is still in a 2T). but once it does fit her, i will be taking a ton of photos
what a fun surprise i received in the mail yesterday (or should i say “rexford received!”) i always feel like gifts for my children are more like gifts for me! i just hung these cool letters in the nursery.
a vintage horse painting (from 1969). i have been looking for some kind of a horse to hang in the nursery (don’t ask me why…horses are just so sweet!) and this happy guy just caught my attention! isn’t he a beauty?
my “new” vintage granny square blanket. i hope to get out to the park next week with HQ and this afghan for a little photo shoot. pictures to come…
i would love this book rack for rexford’s room to display some of his vintage book collection, only the piece is only available for pick up!
Vintage CHILDS SEWING CARDS–1960s-Set of 4 $6 + $4
so cute as a framed group in the nursery!
vintage chalkboard 36″ X 24″ $78 + $15 shipping
every vintage room needs a chalkboard!
a new purchase for my little guy…a vintage blueberry bib. (probably won’t be used as a bib…maybe i will hang it in the nursery)
a vintage, 1930s stroller. can you imagine taking your baby for walks in this? strollers used to be so beautiful..now they are all about function
GIORDANI BAMBINO, Italy Streamline Baby Stroller/Carriage. Very Good vintage condition.
W: 36 in.
$1500 Inquire to Dino@Modern50.com
i just love this dress! would you buy vintage clothing for babies? ($14)
i love love love this project from beachvintage.blogspot.com.
“Some time ago I fell in love with a gorgeous girl’s vintage swimsuit for sale on Ebay. I had no idea what I would do with it at the time. I was lucky enough to win the auction. When it arrived I decided it was top wonderful to just put away in the cupboard, so I decided to frame it. I bought this white frame at Ikea and placed the swimsuit inside. At present it hangs in my guest bathroom and always gets lots of comments from friends. It really is a simple idea and I am sure anyone could do it! Next Friday I will show you how I expanded on this idea. Have a great weekend (a long weekend in Queensland), so I shall be back on Tuesday. I am hoping for one last swim in the ocean before it gets too cold!”
vintage ceramic planters are great for holding things like q-tips and cotton balls. plus they look so cute sitting on the shelf above the changing table! find hundreds of vintage planters on sites like Etsy and Ebay. here are some cuties:
Ruby Lane is one of my favorite online sites to browse vintage things!
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