Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Nursery decor for the rainbow-phobic

I hope everyone had a warm and wonderful festive season with their friends and family! May your 2013 be bursting with good times and adventures. On our end, dear hubby and I decided to start off our new year by looking at wallet-gouging baby stuff. As first time parents-to-be, we do not have much to start with. A couple days ago, I started with a list for the big items (stroller, crib, change/table, car seat, etc)... and by two days later, January 1st- everything is either purchased or ordered and we are broke! If there is one certainty in life, a shopping nut will procure and acquire in record time!

Anyhow, from my observation of the selection of nursery furniture and bedding, I found that there was very little variance between Sears and Babies R Us. West Coast Kids and other independent shops had nice stuff but nothing truly unique to warrant the higher MRSP's. I also looked at Pottery Barn Kids but its not encouraging when half the items are out of stock. Crib bedding was costly and it was either really princess-y or boy boy-y. The packaged "neutral" stuff made me yawn.  Maybe it's wrong of me have an aversion to cartoons, jungle animals, or a kaleidoscope of colour for the kid's room...

French Directoire-inspired crib from the Jourdan Collection- in vintage buttercream.

But eureka, I happened to discover that Restoration Hardware had a Baby & Child's website and saw that yes, there is a market for simple, classic, & elegant nursery decor! They had a collection inspired by the French Directoire-style which was stunning, though a wee bit outside our entire budget. We decided on an antique white spindle crib and wainscotted change table for furniture, which would work just fine. Totally stoked, I also found my palette of neutrals in percale and organic cottons for bedding. There is am RH sale promotion on until January 10th, which only cancels out the 20% duties/shipping charge they add. Stock is shipped from the US. Bah humbug, for the grey pin-tucked bumper that you can't find elsewhere, it's worth it.  I would encourage other parent-to-be's to have a look. Enjoy & again, have a Happy New Year!

Note: All photos are from rhbabyandchild.com

Our choice for basic crib and change table - lets hope the quality of their furnitures is decent.

I loved the pin tucks.


  1. I just had to comment - as these images are what I envision the nursery to be in our home (one day). I too am not keen on brightly colored Giraffes, and the neutral (brown, yellow, green, orange) colors that they sell for a nursery. Nice choices! A nice throwback to simple elegance and soft warmth. :) Congratulations by the way.

  2. Thanks, Carolyn! I was relieved there were more options than the typical baby stuff out there.