Alina Sewing and Design

Hello friends! We’ve still got boxes to unpack around here…and no, I don’t have my shop open yet. But, I did score some killer deals on some baby items last week at a local consignment shop! Priorities…priorities. 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram you saw the following:

Nursery16The whole caption reads: “Baby and I got some amazing deals today! Everything but the basket was second-hand. Delta Canton 4-in-1 convertible crib: $300 new. Kolcraft mattress: $70 new. Britax B-Agile Travel System (stroller and carseat combo): $400 new, Chicco Hook-On High Chair: $40 new, large wire basket for cloth diapers: $7 (it was the only thing I purchased new). In total, that would bring me to $817, but I paid (drumroll, please)…$401! And my ever-so-generous Mammaw sent us $300 to help with whatever we might need, so WE actually paid $101! Blessed, blessed, and blessed!”

Now, I’ve had this color scheme in my mind for quite awhile, but having actual baby items in the house (and having moved into the house that actually has a room designated as “nursery”) made me hone in a bit on where I see it going. What better use of my time right now than a mood board? Exactly. 🙂

First off, let me remind you how I usually decorate…super neutral and timeless furniture that can be updated and/or changed with colorful accessories. This room will be no different!

Nursery Mood Board1. Delta Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib: This is the actual crib I got last week! It sells for $299 at Toys-R-Us. I got it for $140!

2. DRAGOR rug from IKEA: We actually already bought this rug as well! Now, I would LOVE to have a colorful or fun rug in here, but the room is huge and this rug is almost 7×10 feet…and was $79. There’s NO beating that price for that size and there are other things I would rather spend the money on, like a comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing rocker, which brings me to…

3. Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker from Target. It’s $499…which is FAR more than I want to spend on anything. You guys know me…I will probably Craigslist something and reupholster it myself. Everyone’s taste is different and while I appreciate the comfort and functionality of a traditional glider, well…I just can’t bring myself to put one in my own house. I will steal Cowboy’s recliner from the living room before I buy a glider. But, this is a mood board and money doesn’t matter in dreamland, which is where I would have something comfortable to sit in for hours AND beautiful.

4. These are the inspiration colors! (Behr Starless Night, Martha Stewart Living Bakery Box White and MSL Tiger’s Eye.) We have an Ethan Allen secretary desk that I purchased at an estate sale for $40 a couple of years ago. Cowboy has already stripped it, painted the inside white and I have ordered all-gold (brass) cup pulls and label holder drawer pulls to replace the original hardware. The outside will be Behr’s Starless Night (which is actually a much darker and richer navy than it appears on-screen) and we will be using it as a changing table.

5. Small Triangles in Oxford and Gold, by Walls by MurI ordered these on a crazy awesome sale last week. They will be going on the wall behind the crib!

6. These 2-inch gold wall decals, which I got for 20% off, will be going on the inside of the secretary desk (which is white), cascading in a confetti-type pattern.

7. These are my crib sheet fabrics! Monaluna Modern Home Herringbone in Red (which I think I just bought the last of–sorry!), and Modern Meadow Herringbone in Lake.  The latter is $8.98/yard and if you are wanting to order it, here’s how I built coupons to get free shipping and essentially a free 1/2 yard: anytime you order from, you get free shipping on orders over $35. I needed four yards, so that was easy, but that put me at $35.92…and if I had a $40 order, I could use the code “corner13” to get 10% off. So, I added a 1/2 yard to my order, slapped on the code, which took off $4.04 and put me back at $36.37. So, I ended up paying an extra 45 cents for that extra half yard. Always build your coupons!! 🙂

8. Neverland print by Cassie Rangel: Cassie sells out of a local handmade shop called Kitsch in Norfolk, which is where I got this, but you can also purchase from her Etsy shop!

9. Classic Edition Wall Map by Rand McNally. I also have this map already. I have a little something up my sleeve for it, and all I’ll say for now is that it’s going to get mod-podged, painted on and hung above the crib. 🙂

10. Globes. You guys might remember our vintage globe collection…it will be moving into the nursery!

11. Wooden crates will be stacked/hung and used to house baby’s already-growing book collection!

All-in-all, if I had to give a style name to this nursery, it would be “Old World Modern,” as you can see from the post title. We’re still sticking to our guns about not finding out the gender (it’s been almost five weeks since our sonogram and the two sonographers told us they could easily tell what it was…so take from that what you want!), so this does have to remain gender-neutral. I want it to be smart and educational in style, but I also want it to be fun and playful in feel. So that’s where we’re headed!

Now for all of those boxes still tapes shut… (I mean, come one, I don’t really need all of my decor unpacked, right?? Especially if I’m doing this again in a year?!?)


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