Rustic Chic Baby Nursery

by Melissa
(Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY USA)

Gender neutral Rustic Chic and Cheeky Nursery Decor.  The tree branches give the wall arrangement of photos a distinctly rustic but sophisticated appearance.

Gender neutral Rustic Chic and Cheeky Nursery Decor. The tree branches give the wall arrangement of photos a distinctly rustic but sophisticated appearance.

Gender neutral Rustic Chic and Cheeky Nursery Decor.  The tree branches give the wall arrangement of photos a distinctly rustic but sophisticated appearance.
I painted the vintage nursery dresser in black and white and then updated the drawer pulls.  It looks amazing with the baby's yellow nursery walls.
The nursery rocker was exactly what I was searching for and I got a bargain!
The Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell curtain panels were the inspiration for the baby's cheeky, shabby chic nursery design.

The inspiration for the color and style of our rustic chic baby nursery was the Rachel Ashwell, Shabby Chic, blue rose curtains that I have been saving in my storage bin since way back in 2002!


When I bought the curtain panels I thought they would make a great gender neutral addition to the nursery with a combination baby blue and floral pattern.


See more neutral baby nursery pictures in various color combinations in our photo gallery.




The shabby chic curtains I've had for many years were taken out of storage and used as the window treatments. Since I had to decorate the baby's nursery as inexpensively as possible.


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I recently quit my job as a visual merchandiser and I'm saving every penny for baby's arrival (5 weeks to go)!



I recycled the extra curtain panels to make some matching crib sheets and then added the Red Gingham crib skirt and bumper by Tadpoles for contrast and added color/pattern. The cost was very inexpensive for both pieces and making my own fitted crib sheet really kept the cost down. I spent less than $90.00 total for the baby bedding.

Rustic Chic Nursery Furniture


The nursery dresser and table on top are old pieces that were given to me by a friend's grandmother many years ago.

I painted the vintage pieces in black and white and changed the drawer pulls to create an antiqued paint finish. I not only saved money using the recycled furniture but it had the exact look that was needed.

With that project behind me, the search for a nice rocking chair that didn't look like your typical glider was next. Sadly, most of the ones I adored cost upwards of $600. That price was completely unaffordable so I searched and searched until I found this Dorel brand rocker at Walmart.

Total cost for the rocker was only $300 including shipping! It was easy to assemble, looks great and there is even a choice of slipcover color and matching ottoman. Winding up my nursery furniture purchases was the Kalani crib by Davinci that I found at Target in Ebony. Perfect!

RUSTIC SHABBY LIGHTING
I wanted lighting that would be functional not only as a source of light for the room but that would also serve as a mobile to entertain the baby.

For this purchase I hit up the Pearl River Market on Canal St in NYC to shop for some colorful paper lanterns. Their assortment is vast and inexpensive allowing me to choose various sizes and colors for added effect at a very inexpensive price. Mixing shades of blue and red made the inital base color of yellow and white really pop.

Rustic Shabby Nursery Wall Decorations
I used tree branches I collected from my parents back yard in NJ to accent the photos I framed and hung on the wall. I used photos I had taken in Asia, Europe and a photo of mom and dad so baby would know we were always watching!

The embroidery hoops were made with vintage fabric I found at a tiny fabric store here in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

I used some of the leftover gingham fabric to reupholster an old chair I found in the basement of my first home.

I ordered the unfinished wooden wall letters from a seller on Etsy. I painted them in two colors then lightly sanded the finish giving them a worn, antiqued effect.

The pretty, neutral nursery rug is from Urban Outfitters. I wanted something that could easily blend into the decor as well as tie all of the decorative elements together.

I was very pleased with the look of the baby's rustic chic nursery and with a little creativity managed to get exactly what I wanted for a very affordable price. It has a "cheeky" atmosphere that I love!

If you have any questions about anything that you see in my nursery pictures or about decorating in this style, please don't hesitate to post your questions here on Unique Baby Gear Ideas! Take it from me that you will have lots of fun shopping the flea markets and thrift stores looking for vintage finds to use in your decorating project.

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Rustic CAN be Chic
by: Jessi

Thanks for settling an argument between me and my mom (who is helping me decorate) as to whether a rustic design can be sophisticated and yes, chic.

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my vote
by: JAKELL M

love this one, well done!

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Branches for the frames are lovely.
by: Amy

The tree branches are great!
How did you attatch them to make the frames look like they are hanging from the branches?

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the best.
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best room ever! i would love to sleep in this room!

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soooo cute
by: silvia

i love it, its perfect either for a boy or a girl...love the black colour.

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cute
by: christine

really cute

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Very nice job
by: Jean

The nursery you created is so very cute, a good use of money (keeping the cost on the low side) but not skimping on the design. As the baby gets older all the furnishings can be used. You are one creative girl!!

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Love the colors
by: Betsy J.

Love the yellow and red combination. Like the fact you reused furniture and fabric to create this cozy warm and inviting room for your new baby. Also like the photo idea of mommy & daddy.
You are very creative.

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rustic chic baby nursery
by: Donna

Looks so inviting and comfortable for all those nights! Enjoy your baby and your room. Very unique and original.

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Adorable nursery!
by: Linda R.

Great ideas to make use of vintage pieces and natural materials along with new items. Best of all, you put your talent and imagination to work to make a wonderful room for your new baby.

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Beautiful!
by: Sharon in Hawaii

Such a beautiful room.....not only is it gender neutral but it appeals to mommies, daddies and babies! Hat is one lucky baby! <3

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cute room
by: jeremy

cute room

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Great Job!
by: Diane H.

The room looks great, so colorful, warm and inviting. Good use of space and resources.


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Great Job!
by: Diane H.

The room looks great, so colorful, warm and inviting. Good use of space and resources.


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Fabulous!
by: Sandy

What a wonderful room! Cozy, cool, unique in every way. Love the changing table - original or painted? Would love to see the rest of the house.

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Pretty
by: Anonymous

Great use of space. The room looks Beautiful!

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reply/additional links
by: Melissa Mangold

I think the Decendents onesie is enough, although the misfits are pretty fun!


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Rustic Chic
by: Anonymous

It looks great. Glad you decided not to decorate with Misfits posters & old skateboards.

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Rustic Chic
by: Roe

I love this design and especially the price

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SWEET
by: Anonymous

Sweet room

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Fabulous!
by: Ginny

Those NYC apts are so little; you used the space beautifully! Very eye-catching! Great job!

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Perfect
by: Ashley bullington

I love it! It's just gorgeous :)

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yay
by: Anonymous

You deserve it.

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rustic chic baby nursery
by: Anonymous

cool

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awesome
by: Kaye

Room looks awesome Missy. You are so talented

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rad
by: Jacee

love. now when its my turn you can be our decorate our nursery! yay.

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Very nice!
by: Anonymous

Adorable!

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dude
by: Anonymous

love it!

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Beautiful!
by: Anonymous

I love it, so cozy and inviting. What a lucky baby!

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Rustic Chic Baby Nursery
by: Judy

Very creative and artistic. Love the colors - you brought everything together great. Very traveled room. I think everybody is going to feel good in that room and the baby is going to love it.

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Amazing Job
by: Anonymous

Love how you were able to decorate a baby's room that is gender neutral.

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RUSTIC CHIC BABY NURSERY
by: Anonymous

LOVE YOUR COLOR CHOICE I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF USING RED. WHICH CAN BE USED FOR A BOY OR GIRL. VERY COOL!

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lovely room
by: Anonymous

Lovely room!

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Great!
by: Anonymous

Awesome job!!!!!

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Pretty
by: Anonymous

So pretty ^_^

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Love it!
by: Anonymous

I love that you were able to make such a beautiful nursery on a budget! Very inspiring!

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adorable!
by: Anonymous

Love it!! So precious :)

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Beautiful
by: Teresa

So cozy, colorful without being sensory overload. What baby wouldn't love this room?

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Rustic Chic Baby nursery
by: Theresa Marzano (friend of Grandmom)

Very Cute and Original

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Thanks!
by: Melissa Mangold

Thanks everyone, the space is very limited. We don't even have a closet so I was difficult to makeit all fit properly. Love the feedback!

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Rustic Chic Baby Nursey-Melissa Mangold
by: Jeane

Your babies room looks awesome. Beautiful job, so creative!

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Great Use of Space
by: Anonymous

It's amazing how big the room looks even though the space is limited. Very, very cute!!

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baby room
by: Anonymous

Very creative and crafty. Beautiful!

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Rustic Chic Baby Nursery (Melissa Mangold)
by: Cindy DiStefano

What a lovely job done! You can tell all the hard work you put into this, it really shows. I love it!!

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Rustic Chic Baby Nursery
by: Anonymous

I really like the rustic chick baby nursery. It is decorated really nice. The color section is nice and bright.

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Lovely
by: M. Bradford

This is so bright and cheerful, wonderful choice of colors and accents. Absolutely love it!

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Rustic Chic Baby Nursery
by: Anonymous

Love this look.

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Fits Well for Any Baby
by: Anonymous

Nice! I knew I was having a girl, so my nursery is purple, but if I hadn't found out first, I would definately like this look.

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