Max’s Modern Nursery Tour

By Kate |

Max is now seven months old and he finally has a (decorated) room to call his own. He was due in March and we were scheduled to move in June so we never planned a designated space for Max in our old home. Instead, we incorporated his nursery furniture in our master bedroom and made a little nursery nook. After we moved, getting his nursery set up was a priority but with a lot of custom and Etsy-created goodies, it took some time to come together. I am SO, SO happy with the result – I just love it! More importantly, it’s a Max-safe place to play and hang out and he seems quite happy in there.

We played around with other room layouts and kept coming back to this one with the Stokke crib as the focal point of the room. It’s such a gorgeous piece of furniture! When Max was sleeping in our room, we used the Sleepi Mini bassinet configuration and as Max grew, so did the crib!

Melissa of D’Nile Design created custom Stokke crib bedding and the adorable coordinating quilt. I knew I wanted modern fabrics in white, gray, aqua, teal or black patterns. When I saw the adorable giraffe fabric I knew that would be the “thing” in the room – the “theme”, for lack of a better word. Even with some giraffes throughout the room isn’t “theme-y” and, hopefully, the white furniture unifies the room.

We’re renting this house (and will likely move in two or three years) so we can’t paint walls. White walls combined with white furniture could be boring but I think because of the fun wall hangings and busy fabrics it works. One of the splurges in the room was the Senn and Sons custom nursery painting. I sent her fabric swatches, she suggested color combinations and the result is amazing. Easily one of my favorite things in the room.

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy rocking and nursing in the small Lexington Modern rocker. I didn’t use it much when it was in our bedroom, but now I use it several times a day as part of the “please go to sleep” routine.

I absolutely love the giant bookshelf from IKEA. All the Max-friendly toys and books are low so he can grab them off the shelf himself. Higher shelves are perfect for displaying pretty things like the Boon Glo Night Light and custom tiny giraffe Blocks.

One of the best things I did was order a yard of each of the main fabrics used in the bedding. I used them as a fabric mat for some photos (including an Instagram print!) and even framed one fabric just as decoration. It also totally saved the day when I realized the curtains I’d ordered were too short! My mom added some of the giraffe fabric to the bottom of the chevron panels = crisis averted.

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 Thanks for checking out Max’s room! What do you think?



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    WOW! Kate, I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Want to come over and do a room for Wes??? 🙂

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    You should do this for a living! I love it!

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    Oh my! What a sweet space! I absolutely LOVE the quilt!

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    It came out awesome, Kate! I know Max loves his new space, and it is almost as cute as him!

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    I love everything about this room. The modern feel, giraffes, color combo and the oval crib. It really turned out beautiful.

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    Gorgeous, Kate! You did an absolutely amazing job!

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    WOW!! I love it, Kate! You have an eye for design. I love the colors and that you were able to use Etsy to make Max’s room so unique.

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    Seriously cute, Kate! You really have a knack for this nursery decorating thing — maybe more kids?

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      HA! No more kids.

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    Kate you did AMAZING. I love love love the simplicity of it all too!

    I just love his custom bedding!

    Curious, are you happy with your Dekor? Lately mine is so stinky!

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      So far, so good. I’ve never owned a diaper thing before so it’s my first experience with one. It holds a TON and you can’t smell anything until you open it. Wonder why yours is smelly?

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    Rebecca Orr

    Love it!!!

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    That shoe tree is adorable, the whole room looks great!

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    Way too cute, you did an awesome job! I wish my daughter had her own room so I could decorate her nursery when she was born. Love the modern look 🙂

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    WOW WOW!! It looks fabulous, Kate! Love the colors and all the adorable details… including Max’s totally pinch-able cheeks! I’m so proud to have my paintings included in the design. 🙂

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I could never have visualized this working but it is PERFECTION!! I too love the shoe-tree! I wanted to ask you for a “perfect gift” suggestion for my brother and sister in law who are due in November. The nursery is pirate themed for a little boy named Connor. Then I saw Max’s pirate shoes… Are they Robeez??!

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I could never have visualized this working but it is PERFECTION!! I too love the shoe-tree! I wanted to ask you for a “perfect gift” suggestion for my brother and sister in law who are due in November. The nursery is pirate themed for a little boy named Connor. Then I saw Max’s pirate shoes… Are they Robeez??!

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    Shannon Kelly

    That looks AWESOME! Great job, Kate!

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    You did a super awesome job!! I’m so ready to be done unpacking and organizing so I can DECORATE my house! 🙂 This post is getting me pumped and motivated though!

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      Now THAT’s a compliment. LOL

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    I love the look of this crib, and the idea of having it grow with the child. With such a high price tag I am eager to find reviews like yours to help me make a good decision. I watched and appreciate your video. However, I have read some reviews that said the bassinet was great but assembling the crib was incredibly difficult, and that after some time this crib doesn’t fair well. I am so glad to see another update with this crib. Was it easy for you to put together? And how is it holding up?

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      Hi Brianne! We’re still loving the Sleepi! I didn’t find it too difficult to transition from bassinet to crib – certainly not anything that would deter me from buying the crib. The instructions aren’t the most simple to understand, but I relied on the photos and just double checked everything before screwing anything. 🙂 I just love it and before I know it Max will be sleeping in the Junior Bed.

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    Beautiful. Lucky kid! 🙂

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    Vickie Couturier

    that is the cutest nursery ive ever seen,,its totally beauiful! wow you did great

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    Janet W.

    I love the colors and designs! Looks fabulous!

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