Photo by replacenyc.com
I like a vintage-y look, and most of the items in my daughter's nursery were bought secondhand -- in fact, I can't actually think of anything we bought new, from the crib to the street sign that says Magnolia! (We got that from a seller in the south on eBay.) And going for used pieces is definitely easier on the budget, too.
I just read an article in Fit Pregnancy by New York designer Amanda Moore, the owner of replacenyc.com, on secondhand nursery style tips. (The article isn't online, so you'll need to pick up a copy of the mag to see all of the ideas.) Here are a few highlights.
Shop for an unfinished dresser -- Unpainted wood looks good with bright, colorful objects and walls, and if it's unpainted you don't have to worry about lead in the paint.
Look for vintage sheets -- Then make them into cute curtains.
Get a slim, vertical bookshelf -- Turn it on its side and fill it with baskets to store clothing and toys.
Buy old children's books -- Cut out illustrations and frame them for wall art.
For more budget-friendly nursery ideas, be sure to check out Cafe Sheri's great interview with celebrity designer Kenneth Brown -- and get a peek at the new Kenneth Brown Baby collection, available at Babies "R" Us.
Have you bought any used items for your baby's nursery? Tell me what you got and why you're loving it!
Something my kids handmade
A fun holiday at home with my family
Some time off!
Something just for me, like a plush robe