Baby E’s Modern, Bird Inspired Nursery

I can’t wait to share with you my favorite room in the house! Around this time last year, we found out we were expecting our first baby. It’s hard to believe so much has happened in such a short amount of time and I’m still getting used to the fact that I have a DAUGHTER and I am a MOTHER.

Like any expecting mom, one of the first things on my mind was THE NURSERY. From the moment I found out I was pregnant (and probably even before, let’s just be honest here) I spent countless hours looking at nursery themes online and bookmarking ideas. There is SO much to look at and there are a million ideas out there. While scavenging through all of the main baby sites I was having a hard time finding a theme that I could imagine bringing Baby W home to. I’ve always like different things and buying a nursery theme in a bag seemed way too easy to me, so I decided to see what I could come up with.

Since I was giving up my sewing/craft room for the little one (sigh), I needed to be absolutely IN LOVE with the design so I wouldn’t miss my little piece of heaven. One thing we knew for sure was that the nursery had to be gender neutral (we decided to keep the gender a surprise), which narrowed down the color palette pretty quickly. The second thing I knew for sure was that I wanted birds and trees to be the main focal point. There is just something about nature and the thought of birds chirping that makes a space feel peaceful and I knew we were going to need as much peace (-fullness, -of mind, -and quiet) as we could get during those first few months!

Here is a peak at the finished product. Keep reading to find out how I got there and to see more about Miss E’s Bird Inspired Nursery!

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For my inspiration, I found a few nurseries on HGTV Rate My Space that caught my eye. I loved how these spaces are modern, clean and didn’t feel like your typical nursery. What I also loved, they weren’t over the top ‘baby’ and could work for years down the road.

On March 13, 2011 we welcomed a Baby E (our daughter’s first initial) into this world and this is the nursery she came home to.

I spent many hours searching for the perfect crib and I finally found the one below. It’s the Madison 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in White and Espresso. I fell in love with the modern, clean lines and HAD to have it.

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I bought the tree decals on Etsy. They took FOREVER to put up, but well worth it. I was really happy with how they turned out and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

My plan was to use orange as the only accent color, but the room started to feel a little over powered by the bright color so I brought some teal in to balance it out. I was hesitant at first, but I think it works. I’ll probably change my mind in a month or so but for now it’s staying this way.

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I had some left over branches from the wall decals, so I added a little surprise by the window. Unfortunately, it distracts Baby E while I’m rocking her to sleep so I’m hoping she gets bored of it soon!

The rocking chair was my big splurge for the nursery. Pottery Barn makes such comfy chairs, I couldn’t resist! We chose the rocker over the glider because this one came with chair legs, so down the road we can use the chair in different room. Brilliant idea PB!

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The space already had a built-in nook making it the perfect place to create a cozy reading corner.

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Now that you’ve seen the big picture, let’s dive into some of the details.

Meet my DIY bird mobile.  I handmade each of the birds using fabric I had in my collection along with a few new swatches I picked up at the local fabric store. After the birds were done, I attached them to a wreath I spray painted white.

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I was having a hard time finding wall art that went with my bird/color theme, so I decided to see what I could come up with using the leftover fabric from the bird mobile. I ended up creating four nature scenes using the left over fabric pieces and then wrapped the fabric around wall canvases.

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I just love these little guys. The owl is from Pier 1 and the bird is from Land of Nod.

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I came across these birch branches at my local craft store and thought they would make the perfect nightlight for Baby E! Not only are they super functional but they add a little something too :)

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I didn’t think it was appropriate to have a bird theme without a birdhouse. I picked up this little guy for a few dollars at none other than the local craft store and spray painted it white.

In case you are wondering:

Wall Paint: Java from Eddie Bauer at Lowes

Birch Tree Decals: DesignedDESIGNER Esty Shop

Crib: Madison 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in White and Espresso

Rocking Chair: Charleston Upholstered Rocker from Pottery Barn

Owl Pillow: Pier One (unable to locate online)

Bird Pillow: Land of Nod

Changing Table:Madison 3-Drawer Dresser

Changing Table Pad: Orange Organic Pad from Land of Nod

Cube Storage:ClosetMaid 9-Cube Organizer

Cube Drawers: Land of Nod (no longer available)

Rug: Target

So there you have it, Baby E’s modern nursery. I crammed a lot into this post so apologies if you got a little lost. If you have any questions feel free to email me at!


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Lauren says

    Taryn! Your stuff is just awesome!! :) So talented! :) Hope you are well! Can’t wait to read more of your blog! L&L, Fleisch

  2. says

    Taryn! I saw your blog link on facebook and wanted to say hello. I think it’s so great that you started a blog as a creative outlet for you while you stay at home with E. I did the exact same thing in March when I started my blog. It’s so fun, huh?! Her nursery is spectacular! You’ve always had an amazing eye. I’m so jealous of your creativity!

    amy day to day

    • Taryn says

      Hey Amy! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I am loving blogging. I subscribed to your blog, it’s so cute :)

  3. says

    i adore everything in this nursery and so impressed to read you made all of it! the bird mobile and artwork on the walls are incredible and i would buy them in a heartbeat! so well done :) congrats on baby E and her stunning nursery. i know you will always love this room and how great it can be transformed so nicely as the years progress. great, great work!!!!

  4. says

    This nursery is gorgeous! I love so many things in it. You put it together beautifully and congratulations on the baby. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor & Organizing Link Party. I’m featuring this on my FB fan page.

  5. Stargazyrr says

    Absolutely beautiful! If I didn’t already have a theme and design picked out, I would totally steal yours! It’s gorgeous and peaceful and calming and interesting all at once… wow!

  6. says

    I love the orange… so stimulating and yet calming when paired with the brown. Great looking room. I love the tree/bird wall.

    • Taryn says

      Hi Claudia! The wall color is called Mocha by Valspar at Lowes. In some lights it looks more gray and other lights looks more brown. Thanks for stoping by :)

  7. says

    I absolutely love what you’ve done with this nursery! I am afraid to use color sometimes, but boy, this makes me want to add some pops of color to my place :)

    And I really love the tree/bird decals on the wall. Great job!

  8. Jill White says

    Absolutely love the nursery design! Can’t wait to show it to my daughter who is expecting baby #1.

  9. Amy F. says

    Came here via Tip Junkie and just wanted to say how much I love the nursery. Perfectly done! (I do have such a soft spot for orange!)

  10. Misty Kearney says

    Love the room! I am trying to talk myself into not finding out with our second baby but designing the room keeps making me rethink it. After seeing how cute you really can make a unisex room I might just be able to do it. Thanks for sharing.
    Also would you ever consider making another one of your bird mobiles. I just love it and I can not sew :)

    • Taryn says

      Hi Misty! Thanks for the note. I was a little nervious about designing a nursery when we decided not to find out the gender, but there is actually SO much you can do. I loved the surprise at the end, so I encourage you to wait, but thats just based off my experience. Yes, I would be willing to make another bird mobile. Send me an email and we can talk details :)

  11. says

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  12. says

    I just have to compliment you on all the effort you put into the baby’s nursery. I know how long (although fun and exciting) it can take to do each project. Your creative wall canvases, mobile (love the wreath idea!), and overall planning are just great. What a sweet and modern nursery!

    • Taryn says

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! Yes, it did take just about the entire 9 months of my pregnancy, but it was a blast and I loved every minute of it :)

  13. Sarah says

    Such great inspiration! I’m currently designing a grey nursery as well, but can’t decide on accent colors. I was just looking at this crib. Have you been happy with with crib/dresser?

    • Taryn says

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by. Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with the crib/dresser combo. I LOVE how it looks, but to be honest I haven’t been too impressed with the quality. The espresso finish is already rubbing off on the corners of the dresser and my daughter is only 4.5 months. It’s not terrible, but enough where I notice. The crib has been great, I really love the design and I love how it is lower than most cribs. It makes it really easy to put her to sleep. Hope that helps!

  14. Kelli says

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! The color combo is great! So, I saw that you said the color was Java by Valspar. I went to get a sample of it and it was in the green family. So I looked at one called Mocha Java and it looks um, well, not like this. Definitely does not have any gray tones. Sorry to bug you about it, but I really like it and just wanted to make sure it was by Valpsar or if you had them color match a paint chip from another line? Thanks!!!

    • Taryn says

      Hi there, thanks for leaving a note! OK, so I just went and triple checked the paint can and it is definitely Java by Valspar. That is so strange that it was in the green family! We’ve had the paint since 2008, but I don’t think they would change name/colors right? Let me copy down the paint code on the can and maybe they can match it for you. I’ll shoot you an email :)

    • Taryn says

      Hi Kelli! So I think I discovered the issue, the paint is from the Eddie Bauer line of Valspar. Java EB36-2 The paint can didn’t indicate that it was Eddie Bauer so I had completely forgotten until I found the paint card. I’m so sorry for the mix up!

  15. Ashley says

    Hello! I love these colours together, and am going to be using the grey and orange combo for my son’s room! Are the orange birds on the wall a sticker or did you paint them on? If you did paint them, can you let me know the colour orange that is? I’m STUCK on a GOOD orange that goes with that grey! Even if you knew a colour that would be really close to those birds would be incredibly helpful! thanks so much!

    • Taryn says

      Hi Ashley! Thanks for the note. I totally know what you mean about finding the right orange, it was hard at times because the wrong shade could change the whole vibe to the 70’s real fast :) The birds are actually decals that came with the trees so I don’t have a color name for them. I wish I could be of more help!

  16. Amber says

    I LOVE YOUR NURSERY!!!!!!!! Totally in love :) I am useing orange in my childs nursery as well and I can not find an orange changing pad cover….where did you get that and also the pillow???? Thanks so much and GREAT job on your room!!! :)

  17. Sarah says

    We are so in love with this room and I can’t wait to have a nursery like this one. It won’t be exactly the same since we are incorporating more colors, but WE LOVE IT! And I never thought of myself as a “modern mom,” but you just may have changed me! Everything is so crisp and clean and that’s what I love. It doesn’t look “babyish.” Thank you so much for sharing and telling us where to find the items :))))

  18. Leah says

    I saw your nursery on Pinterest and had to come comment. I’m doing an orange and grey color scheme for my 2-year-old son’s and (unborn and sex undetermined) baby’s shared room, and had planned to use some dark blue/navy as an additional accent, but I’m loving your use of the teal.

  19. jen says

    I love the reading nook! Could you tell me where the drapes are from and if they are thick enough to block out the light?

    • says

      Hi Jen! I got the curtains at World Market. I have blinds behind them that I use to block out the light so I haven’t actually tried using the curtains by themselves. But the material is a heavy linen so I would imagine it would only help a little bit.

  20. Geri says

    Love your nursery, great job. Wondering about the branch nite lights? Where did you get them? Are they plug ins or battery. Have grandbabies and great grandbabies, so they are not for the nursery; but would look great in our foyer.

    • says

      Thanks, Geri! I found the lights at Ben Franklin craft store. The ones I used were plug-in and I hid the cord behind the vase. However, they do make battery operated ones and I would have bought those but the battery pack wouldn’t fit in the vase and it didn’t have a long enough cord to leave it out. I hope that helps, I think these would look beautiful in your foyer.

  21. Morgan W. says

    Hi Taryn, I am not sure exactly how I stumbled onto this post but my husband and I are absolutely loving it. He walked in as I staring and he said, “That is so cool!” We are having our 3rd daughter in February and are inspired by this. My question for you is what fabric collection did you use? I plan to sew the crib bedding and love those colors that you used, maybe even adding in a pop of red/pink-ish! We’ll see.

    Thanks for such a lovely post. It is really getting me excited!

    • says

      Hi Morgan! Thanks for the sweet note! I am really flattered. I used a variety of fabrics, some I already had on hand and have no idea where they are from and others I picked up at the local craft store. Let me look into it and I’ll see if I can find the name of some of them for you. I love the idea of adding a bright pink. Once we had our baby and found out it was a girl I thought about adding the same color but never got around to it :)

  22. says

    I am in LOVE with that crib! but I’m so sad it’s so expensive :( $429 isn’t bad, but the $155 in shipping is the killer! But gosh…it’s so gorgeous.

    And the room as fantastic! LOVE the bright colors!

  23. Renee says

    Hi I LOVE this baby room and want to use some of the ideas for my 3rd child’s room – i was wondering what color you had for the birds as there is orange and then dark orange- do you know which one it was? THanks!

  24. says

    This is just gorgeous! I love the orange accents. I added orange into my sons room and I just love it. I actually painted a couple of walls orange. It is defiantly and eye popping color!

    I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  25. says

    How beautiful! Love the Bird Theme, Love the Trees, and I love the color scheme! Great job, I’m visiting frorm your Feature at FJI,

  26. says

    These colours work so well together, just love it!!! And does not look babyish either, so hopefully you can keep the decor for sometime. I am hoping to do something similar for my two little men. Wall decals are a life saver and inexpensive too. Thanks again for posting ;)

  27. Jaymi says

    I love this room! Would you be so kind as to email me the paint formula? I live in a romote area where there isn’t a lowes. Thank you!!

  28. Amy says


    I love this room and am going to do something very similar for my son’s nursery. Do you have any tips for installing the vinyl decals? They look very intimidating to me. Did you use flat paint for your walls? My walls are painted with flat paint and I was wondering if the decals will stick to flat paint.


    • says

      You are not the first person who has asked this question about the bird mobile, I really should make a tutorial for it! I used the pattern below for the birds, and then I added wings and eyes to them. I sewed the bodies of the birds together with my sewing machine, but left the tails open. I stuffed them with pillow/craft stuffing found at your local craft store, and then hand stitched the tails together. For the wings, I cut little pieces in the shape of a leaf (narrow oval), and then top stitched them with a zig-zag stitch. I hot glued both the eyes and the wings on because they were a last minute addition.

      Bird pattern:

      Before I stuff the birds, I threaded fishing line through the bodies so the fishing line came up through the top. After everything was complete I hung them onto the nest.

  29. Cindy says

    That looks amazing! Catalog worthy definitely! MY sons’ rooms are my favorites in the house. Nothing like a fun retreat for these little ones!

  30. says

    Wow! You have such a good eye for style! I absolutely love everything you did in this room. So pretty and unique. The colors are so fresh and modern and really give the room a current look. (And I’m loving the woodsy theme, too!)

  31. says

    I found your blog while looking for a tutorial on how to create a project gallery in wordpress, then I saw the nursery room reveal and had to check it out. I had pinned it forever ago so it’s very interesting to see the “origins” of the pin. Beautiful room!


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