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From 2011-2016, we had an inspiration blog featuring nurseries, baby showers, parties, and portraits that were submitted to us by photographers, designers, and parents. We no longer accept submissions or post new blog content, but we have left the archive here for those who have saved this content, or for new readers looking for inspiration.

Colorful, Modern Nursery Inspired by Travel and Music

Earlier today, we shared the breathtaking newborn photos of baby James with his adoring parents, mom Christina of Simply Modern Weddings, and dad James. We are so glad we also have the opportunity to give you a look at James' bright and modern nursery with these beautiful photos from Mark Brooke Photographers. The bold palette of aqua, orange, gray, and white along with the fun, fresh artwork will surely inspire you! Christina and James made sure the space reflected who they are, making it all the more special. Christina shared with us the details of the designing process:

"When designing our baby’s nursery, we wanted to create a space that was not just fun, colorful and modern, but also was inspired by something special to us (and hopefully, one day, our baby). So immediately we decided on music & travel, which are both huge parts of our lives! We gravitated towards a palette of bright aqua, clean white, and shades of grey as our base colors. Initially we weren’t planning to find out the baby’s sex, so I figured these colors would allow us a neutral base to build in fun accent colors later on. We ended up having a gender reveal baby shower to find out, and share in the excitement with our family & friends. Once we knew we were having a boy, I added pops of bright tangerines to keep that fun, modern look in his space!

"We had so much fun working together to create this space for little baby James (nicknamed j5, since he is the 5th) that feels fun, unique, and totally inspired. There were lots of crazy little projects we each took on to make it all come together exactly how we wanted...such as James creating a custom closet and re-wiring the lighting in the room, to me designing the custom bedding and painting the ombre lampshade. we joked many times that this is the best designed space in the house, and it is!

"Now that baby James is here, this has become our favorite place to hang out. The monte glider is our BEST friend...especially during story time and late night nursing sessions! We were a little apprehensive about spending so much, but the glider has seriously proved to be the best purchase by far! Not to mention when baby days are over, it will fit in perfectly with our living room furniture. That’s what I call double duty with style!

"So many times we catch baby James gazing around the room at all the artwork and colors, which warms my heart to know that he is excited and in love with this special space we created just for him!"


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vendors & sources

Room Design, Ombre Lampshade, Rockband Poster:
James pillow:
Crib Bedding:
Music Note Mobile:
Birth Print:
A-Z World Print:
Eames Rocker Print:
J is for Jazz:
Explore Lands Print:
Hello Languages Print:
Guitar Print:
Diaper Caddy: Boon
Lighting: cb2
Music Silhouette Decal: Dabble Down
Rug: Handmade Luna Deco Kids Eiffel Tower Rug
Lamp Base: Target
W Map Initial, Elephant Piggybank: Urban Outfitters
Wall Display Cubes: West Elm
Closet Curtains: Z Gallerie