I love a classic theme, and bold colors and this vintage aviation design were easy to pull together. A theme gives the space unity and makes it easier to decide on décor, and helps you stay in your lane.  

When you narrow your choices down, you don’t get overwhelmed.  It’s such a special room for you and your child to spend time in, and making it comfortable for both parents and baby is important. As with any room in your home, enjoy the design process but don’t lose sight of practicality and function, so be honest about how you want to use the space. 

Mixing patterns adds interest and the bold stripes on the window treatments were one of the first things we decided to do.  Knowing that this space was only going to be a nursery for a year or so, we did not use anything overly babyish so that the décor could move into a toddler’s room easily.  The color scheme was navy, white and gray with a little pop of red and bright green.  I used galvanized metal and wood throughout the room, repeating elements in different ways gives a room a finished look.  

The color of the material on the rocker that had been used in the baby girl’s room was not going to work, so a loose slipcover saved the day. It’s easy to take off and wash which makes it perfect for a child’s room, plus finding ways to use what you already have is a great way to save money.  A nightstand, lamp and a basket to use as a catchall for things that are needed to be within arm’s reach make it a comfortable space for those nighttime feedings and bedtime stories. 

The simple white crib got some personality with navy gingham bedding and fun plane sheets.  An oversized plane hung in the corner and star decals above the crib added interest to the ceiling for the baby to enjoy.  A propeller and metal W personalized the space over the bed and the wooden arrow piece has clips so pictures can be displayed and changed easily.  The lamp reminded me of an old spotlight and fit the vintage vibe perfectly.

A basic dresser can turn into a changing table for the short time it’s needed.  I carried the gingham print over to this side of the room and used the wall as a fun display spot for pictures of family members with the newborn once he arrived so we left the picture frames empty.  

The Adventure awaits magnet board is another easy way to display and change phots, art or keepsakes.  The airplane decals were easy to apply (and easy to take down) and added a fun element to the shelf displays.  A sweet antique lamp that was a family piece needed to be repaired, and the custom lampshade didn’t come in time for photos.  

Remember using meaningful items throughout your décor is what makes a house a home and tells your family’s story to your friends and guests.  

Kelly Spalding serves as Entertaining Editor for SEM.  She also is the owner of Kelly Spalding Designs, a home décor, entertaining and gift shop located at 915 Columbia Avenue in downtown Franklin. 

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