There's a reason that vintage pieces are still so incredibly popular – they have a style and craftsmanship that some people think is missing from contemporary design. There's also a charming naivete to older books, posters, and toys. It was a simpler time and the days passed at a slower pace. Are you a fan of the vintage aesthetic, but you worry your space might end up looking like an antique shop? Finding the perfect balance between new and old isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are a few tips and ideas for designing a vintage themed nursery that isn’t dated, so you can have the best of today’s world with all of the charms of the past.
Did you know that indoor air is typically 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside (even in urban areas)? Or that a few years ago, Greenguard Environmental Institute and Good Morning America set up a nursery with a new crib, changing table, rocker and decor and then tested the air to see what kind of indoor air pollution a new baby might be exposed to and they discovered the air in their nursery contained 300 different chemicals—compared to just two right outside the window?! October is National Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Month, so today we're sharing 5 essentials for nursery IAQ. Help your baby breathe easy and protect the health of your family!
What’s furry, fuzzy, never ferocious, fantastic, and fiercely adorable? Monsters in the nursery of course! Monsters can be any size, shape, and color, so the sky's the limit when using them as the theme for your child's room. And think of all the fun your kids can have growing up with these benign beasts. They could make up stories about them and give them all fun names. The monsters could even be nighttime protectors when they get a little scared! We found some great examples of fun monster inspired nurseries and kids’ rooms, so you can start planning a room for your little monster today!
In an effort to find new, creative people to follow on Instagram, we recently searched the hashtag #nurserydesign. Tons of beautiful photos popped up, but one thing many of them had in common was their color palette: black and white. At first thought it seems like a stark concept for a nursery, but we adored every photo we saw. If it's executed well, it's truly divine and relaxing. Coincidentally, we had challenged Esther from Buy Modern Baby to create a nursery based on our cool, gray Frosted Veil paint and she ended up making a spot-on trendy, modern black, white & gold nursery design. Check it out!
What's more relaxing than peacefully rocking in a comfy chair? (Well, a few things, but we can discuss those on another day.) It's no wonder rockers and gliders are a staple in the nursery – it's a motion that's bound to put your baby to sleep. But, what are the best nursery rockers & gliders? These days there are so many options between rockers and gliders and shapes and upholsteries, it can be a little boggling to know what to choose. Today, we’re highlighting some of our favorite eco-friendly rockers (because that's what we prefer). Granted, they’re all not the eco-friendliest, but they’re definitely much better in terms of sourcing materials and using fewer, less toxic chemicals. Rock on!
Do you love the perfect baby blue, but don’t want to end up with a nursery that's too cliche? Well, we have the perfect nursery design board for you! Esther from BuyModernBaby has taken this classic color and refreshed and rejuvenated it for today's modern moms. Lullaby Paints’ Baby Boy Blue creates a cool backdrop to this eclectic mix of dark wood tones and colorful patterns.
Going green in the nursery? Good for you! It’s not only better for the planet, it’s also better for your baby since eco-friendly products have fewer toxic chemicals in them. Whether you have deep pockets or need to do it on a dime, we’ve got you covered. Check out all of these eco-friendly changing tables for every budget!
Remember when the only time you saw a chalkboard was at school? Some people had them at home, but no one would have probably thought about having one in the nursery. Well, things have certainly changed and chalkboard paint has found its way into every room in the house! There really isn’t a space that it can’t be used. In the baby nursery, it’s a wonderful way to have a constantly changing mural or it can be great for labeling drawers and keeping the room organized. We found 60+ ingenious ideas for using chalkboard paint in the nursery, so if you’ve been wanting to use some, but weren’t quite sure what you wanted to do, you’ll be sure to find something you like here!
If there's any room in the house that most fitting for a mural – it's definitely the nursery. It immediately adds personality and gives your one-in-a-million baby a one-of-a-kind room. The only problem is that you probably didn't go to school for fine arts and maybe aren’t even good at Pictionary. Never fear! You, too, can paint an awesome mural by using our easy tricks. Here are some fail-proof ideas for DIY nursery murals:
It's time for another nursery design from Buy Modern Baby! Every month she delivers a gorgeous new mood board based on a Lullaby Paints color and every month we're delighted with her concepts. They're fun and fresh and eclectic and just plain lovely! This month, we challenged her with yellow, which isn't the most popular color, but there's no reason it shouldn't be. Skip the screaming, bright yellows and choose a calming, buttery yellow for a light (but not annoying) nursery. Check out her marvelous, modern yellow nursery to see how it can be done!