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Wednesday Wants: Vintage Children’s Books

All of us endeavor to make our wee ones into avid readers – well with a room like this your kid would almost have to be a bookie!  If any of you have been on the “kids” section of pinterest you’ll recognize exactly where this nursery inspiration comes from (note picture below).

Photo inspiration from pininterest.com

Etsy Treasury

With such a nice accent wall you really don’t have to do too much more with the room but I think overloading it with books and book-themed items would make it just SO awesome (you know my tastes I sometimes go over-the-top and eclectic rather than modern and minimalist).  The beauty of this room is that you could choose and pick the elements below that you like and they would “mesh” for either style.  So here goes . . .

If you’re wanting to put a vintage spin on the above pic you have to start with MANY vintage books.  I found this vendor on etsy that has a plethora of books arranged in collections by theme.  They’re pretty cheap for books.  Or go down to your local goodwill store and get a few a lot of $1 dollar books.  Mount simple black- or white-painted gutter shelves on the wall and lean your collection of books in it.

Little Golden Books Collection from GTDesigns

For more functional shleving install these cool floating book (literally) shelves on another wall.  I envision a couple staggered at different heights interspersed with framed vintage prints of vintage children’s book art.  Add the book wall clock and vintage print nursery light (it would blend right in) to finish the walls. Don’t forget to put this awesome light cover over the light switch!

Floating Book Shelf from LittleFish'sFurniture

Vintage Children's books illustrations from ClamBarn

Book Clock from StoryTimeTMClocks

Vintage Nursery Rhyme Lamp from AnotherCup

Vintage Mystery Boys Light Switch Cover from ItsAGoodFeeling

Add light furniture to the room with a white (EEEKKKK – right?) vintage arm chair cushioned by this cool newspaper pillow.  This awesome chalkboard desk for kiddos to play on makes a great place for practicing letters – just adds to the decor right?

Cream 1940s Armchair from BCB2

Morning Paper Pillow Cover from OliveHandmade

Chalkboard Kid's Table from everafterdesign6

Speaking of Chalkboard, balance the white chair and desk with an entirely chalkboard dresser/changing table (BONUS: you can write what’s in the drawer on the front).  Put these cute little knobs that look like kindergarten writing paper on the dresser.

Chalkboard Dresser inspiration from pinterest.com

Alphabet Knobs from VintageSkye

For the crib – how about white again but hand paint a meaningful section of a book along the railings in black (like the wall below but on a crib!).  As a mobile hang (or make a few similar and smaller with your own books – try using cheap plastic bowls and a little bit of hot glue) a book pages pendant.  Keep bedding black and white and accent with these cool scrabble letter pillows (you can customize them to any four letter word! can I suggest ordering “read”).

Book Page Light from Zipper8Lighting

Scrabble Letter Pillows from bambina

Put your little book worm in this awesome “read to me” tee.  Give ’em an awesome scrabble inspired wood tile play set and of course, a monster bookmark, and these cool vintage book blocks, (don’t forget all those books on the walls that they can yank off).

Read to Me Tee from AsSmallAsMe

Block Words Set from the PurpleTangerine

Monster Bookmarks from dj0811

Vintage Book Page Block Set from StackBlocks

And your little bookworm-to-be’s nursery is complete.  Whew!  My Fave: The Floating Book Shelves – so cool!  or the chalkboard dresser (may have to do this on MY dresser).



6 Responses

  1. I loved the floating book shelves too! And not necessarily even for my kids’ room.

  2. Lots of cool stuff, love the vintage feel!

  3. Love the vintage stuff and the whole idea of a space just for books.

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