Modern Vintage Circus Nursery

For the last 2 months of being MIA on this blog we have been consumed by all things relating to The Adoption. It has been stressful and scary at times in the process but more importantly very exciting and fun! I am so happy to say how accomplished I feel at the amount of progress we have made in two short months. We have completed all our paperwork and are half way through our home study! Next Saturday our home study will be complete and by the end of March we anticipate “going live” which is adoption speak for officially approved and out there in the world to adopt a baby.

You may have read my previous post on the adoption questionnaire we were each required to answer. It was interesting to read the differences between my husband and I in our responses. He was short and to the point, I was ummmm…the opposite. I was skeptical and frustrated if you couldn’t tell but that is all behind us and once I got past being overwhelmed I was able to enjoy the process.

I have been dying to post all the pictures of the nursery/kids guest room so far. I wanted to have a room all of my little nieces and nephews could stay in when they visit and have the necessary nursery things just in case the baby comes sooner rather than later (I just want to be prepared!)

My 18-month-old niece MacKenzie will be coming with my sister in April so she will get to be the first to break the room in, I’m very excited for their visit. The room isn’t quite done yet. I need to frame a couple of the prints and put cute children’s books on the shelves instead of the ugly baby tutorial books.

The room is intended to be gender neutral and we wanted color in the room without having to paint the walls. Maybe when we actually find out if we are getting a boy or girl we will paint the walls too.

Without further ado, here are the pics. Let me know what your favorite parts are! What else do you think it needs? Other than an actual baby to go in it, haha!

I found the twin beds and night stands at the Metrolina last month. The beds were $100 a piece and the pair of nighstands was $125. The night stands were upcycled from an old armoire and the skinny size is perfect for my small space and they have two drawers for storage. The turquise quilts and tangerine pillow covers are both from Home Goods. Think I spend about $70 total on the bedding
I found the twin beds and night stands at the Metrolina last month. The beds were $100 a piece and the pair of nightstands were $125. The night stands were upcycled from an old armoire and the skinny size is perfect for my small space and they have two drawers for storage. The turquoise quilts and tangerine pillow covers are both from Home Goods. Think I spend about $70 total on the bedding

Circus nursery

I ordered this velour changing pad cover on Amazon for $13. It's really soft and goes with the lamp perfectly!
I ordered this velour changing pad cover on Amazon for $13. It’s really soft and goes with the lamp perfectly!
The rods ($17), curtains ($20/panel), tangerine ottoman ($50) and rug ($69) are all from Target.
The rods ($17), curtains ($20/panel), tangerine ottoman ($50) and rug ($69) are all from Target.
I got the tangerine lamp bases and Ikat shades from Target, mix and match. The giraffe was a vintage find and I love his mid century modern look. He is porcelain so he will be put away when baby starts walking.
I got the tangerine lamp bases and Ikat shades from Target, mix and match. The giraffe was a vintage find and I love his mid century modern look. He is porcelain so he will be put away when baby starts walking.
So a lot of people have clown phobias and think they are creepy and in general I think they are creepy too but this a circus room and it needed a clown. I found him for $10
So a lot of people have clown phobias and think they are creepy and in general I think they are creepy too but this a circus room and it needed a clown. I found him for $10
Mirror mirror on the wall...you are the awesomest of them all! This is my very favorite thing in the whole room. I stumbled upon it while antiquing at Gibson Mill. It is an upcycled find for $75!
Mirror mirror on the wall…you are the awesomest of them all! This is my very favorite thing in the whole room. I stumbled upon it while antiquing at Gibson Mill. It is an upcycled find for $75!
I found this antique upcycled dresser at the Metrolina for $100. I think dedicated changing tables are dumb and ugly to be honest..so I just put the changing pad right on top of it you can easily secure to the dresser for safety.
I found this antique upcycled dresser at the Metrolina for $100. I think dedicated changing tables are dumb and ugly to be honest..so I just put the changing pad right on top of it you can easily secure to the dresser for safety.
I was so ecstatic when I found this lamp at Home Goods, it was only $25!!!
I was so ecstatic when I found this lamp at Home Goods, it was only $25!!!
I got the 4 piece crib bedding set on Amazon for $136. It included the fitted sheet, the dust ruffle, the comforter and bumpers which I have not attached since it's not recommended for infants (SIDS risk). The crib mattress we got at Target which is American made and green certified on sale for $60, extra firm. I did a lot of research on off gasing.
I got the 4 piece crib bedding set on Amazon for $136. It included the fitted sheet, the dust ruffle, the comforter and bumpers which I have not attached since it’s not recommended for infants (SIDS risk). The crib mattress we got at Target which is American made and green certified on sale for $60, extra firm. I did a lot of research on off gasing.
I got these two shelves at Home Goods for $29 a piece. They are actually different colors which I like.
I got these two shelves at Home Goods for $29 a piece. They are actually different colors which I like.
I wanted a crib that was pretty minimalist and I loved the grey color that went with all my antique furniture. The crib was $120 and the canopy was $20!!!! Most cribs I looked at started around $500 so I am very happy with both the look and the price.
I wanted a crib that was pretty minimalist and I loved the grey color that went with all my antique furniture. The crib was $120 and the canopy was $20!!!! Most cribs I looked at started around $500 so I am very happy with both the look and the price.
I loved this vintage find. I love the little boys polka dot pajamas and top hat. It's just the kind of whimsy I wanted in the room.
I loved this vintage find. I love the little boys polka dot pajamas and top hat. It’s just the kind of whimsy I wanted in the room.
This bag I ordered at the last 31 party I went to from the Spring 2013 line. It's $50 so it was one of the pricer things but I figure I will be using it every day and it is extremely functional with a zipper closure and lots of outside pockets for easy access.
This bag I ordered at the last 31 party I went to from the Spring 2013 line. It’s $50 so it was one of the pricer things but I figure I will be using it every day and it is extremely functional with a zipper closure and lots of outside pockets for easy access.
I have no idea what I will store in this tin, maybe little memorabilia but it was a $8 find so I don't really care what I use it for!
I have no idea what I will store in this tin, maybe little memorabilia but it was a $8 find so I don’t really care what I use it for!
I ordered this hippo chair on Amazon for $36! It was the very first thing I bought for the room. Chris and I are totally obsessed with hippos :)
I ordered this hippo chair on Amazon for $36! It was the very first thing I bought for the room. Chris and I are totally obsessed with hippos πŸ™‚
I got this two sided hamper from a 31 party. The center divider is removable and completely folds up. This will be so nice to carry downstairs to the laundry room. It also matches my diaper bag
I got this two sided hamper from a 31 party. The center divider is removable and completely folds up. This will be so nice to carry downstairs to the laundry room. It also matches my diaper bag
Who doesn't love his classic children's books?
Who doesn’t love his classic children’s books?
Turquoise frame from Target and vintage finds. The carousel is musical and I had it from my childhood!
Turquoise frame from Target and vintage finds. The carousel is musical and I had it from my childhood!

14 thoughts on “Modern Vintage Circus Nursery

  1. Wow, it looks incredible! There are so many things I love: the colors of the bedding, that awesome mirror, the circus tent over the crib, the vintage circus things! I am so impressed! Excited for you and Chris!!

    • Thank you so much Cameron! I can’t believe how quickly I found all the stuff and how it all came together, like it was just all meant to be. I can hardly contain my excitement as well. By the way if our time in Monterey overlaps I will be there April 3-11th, maybe we can enjoy some cioppino together!

  2. It.Looks.Amazing. I am COMPLETELY impressed! I am also in love with that mirror! And the deal you got on the beds is absolutely incredible. You always find the best bargains. The elephant tin will be a great place to stash socks and/or stockings! Or, if you guys use clothe dipes, you could stick Snappis in there πŸ˜‰

  3. What a lovely room! The colors and curated details are beautiful, I love the porcelain giraffe. Best of luck in your adoption process. I lived in Charlotte for a short bit in 2010, great city but it wasn’t for us.

    • Thank you very much! Charlotte might not have been for me either if it wasn’t for the wonderful neighbors I lucked out with. I thought I’d desperately miss California but after a year here I wouldn’t move back! Life is so unexpected and I’m so happy I was open to it πŸ™‚

  4. Kendra,
    The room is beautiful! I just love it!!! Also, a HUGE congrats for “going live” in March… I remember how excited I was to finally see our picture on the agency’s website! Such a huge deal in the adoption world! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and hoping the wait for “your baby” is a quick one!

    • Thank you Leslie! It’s actually gotten some use the last 2 nights with little Miss Cece who is going to be 1 on Easter. She tested out the crib and the room for us, I think we have approval by her, yay! Cece’s mom (not adopted) has a fun “mommy blog” http://www.thewaiting.wordpress.com
      I think you’ll be doing some mommy blogging in the very near future, can’t wait to here all about your happy family!

  5. Hi! Could you tell me where you found that cute canopy over the bed? I am doing a vintage circus theme for my nursery and that is exactly the style I am going for! πŸ™‚

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