Room Tour: A Vintage Americana Nursery

Room Tour: A Vintage Americana Nursery

I have been so excited to show you this beautiful makeover, and it is perfectly timed.  In the spirit of the Fourth of July, I present to you,

a Vintage Americana Nursery.

My friend, Kelly Kay, and her husband, put together this thoughtful nursery for their baby boy, and I couldn’t wait to get it photographed (heartfelt thanks for all of the lovely photos to Kat Phillips, of so I could display all of the special details for you.  (I’m so happy they allowed me to put it on the blog!)

Since “after” photos are just not the same without “before” photos, let me give you a little history of the room.  Kelly Kay and her husband live in a 1920’s home in an older neighborhood – it is a charmer, but of course, it needed some loving rehab.  They previously used this room as a guest room.

You can see the little closet door on the right in the above photo.  There is a window right next to that space, and they knew they wanted to transform that area into a window seat with lift-up storage.

The old doorway was moved, and the new closet and window seat was created.

There was originally a nineteen foot ceiling in the room, but Kelly Kay’s manly, tool-handy husband added a bedroom above the nursery, lowered the ceiling to nine feet, and fashioned a bulkhead in the nursery due to the new stairs.

If you were to open the door to this room during its transformation, it would have looked like this.

But now, it looks like this.  Welcome!  (don’t you love the cute little framed tie on the door?)

A unique feature of the room is the wall of beetle kill pine.  (read more about this environmentally friendly wood here)  After seeing photos of its gray-blue grain online and loving it, Kelly Kay and her husband ordered it.  However, when the wood came, it didn’t have quite the hue they desired, so they stained it with my very favorite stain color, “Sunbleached”.    It turned out fab, and is a real showstopper in the space.

Did you notice the sweet glider above?  I love what they did with it!  It used to be a regular ole’ wing chair, and they liked the size and comfort, so they added a swivel glider mechanism to the bottom.  A custom slipcover in a neutral linen completes the look.  Smart, right?

The blue and white striped ottoman and rug are fab Home Good finds.

And that little window seat space?  Yes, I want to sit here and snuggle pillows and read a book.

Kelly Kay loves God and country, and of course, her little son.  All of which are clearly displayed in the room.  The details, the details are what make a room memorable.  There are many to take in here, linger awhile.

Another special moment in this room is the gallery wall and changing table area.  The french provincial dresser belonged to Kelly Kay’s grandmother, and the art has been lovingly collected over time through friends, family, and Kelly herself.

You can see the care that was taken in the placement of each item.

The wire shelving came from Home Goods.  I love the practicality of these, and they clearly show that everyday items can look great when displayed well.

Kelly Kay’s silver baby cup graces a shelf.  Vintage baby blocks representing the baby’s initials, and a vintage embroidered piece are sweet touches.

I am especially fond of the family boots photo.

Norman Rockwell prints further solidify the vision of this room,

along with this precious cross stitch I found at the Chelsea Flea Market in New York (see my Flea Marketing 101 post here).

There is plenty of interest across the room, too.

The vintage shelving unit (also from KK’s grandmother) reveals vintage postcards full of encouragement and well wishes from family and friends, given at Kelly Kay’s baby shower.

Precious stuffed animals (some handmade) also guard the shelves.

Perfectly placed on the wall near the glider hangs this cross stitch (another flea market find).  This quote is a good reminder, yes Moms?

Above the crib hangs sweet visions of soaring airplanes.

But perhaps you cannot take your eyes off of the gorgeous American flag art?

Well, prepare yourself.  Kelly Kay is not only a sweet wife, a great momma, a loyal friend, and a terrific room planner, she is also an amazing artist.  She bought the vintage tin tile at a local salvage store and painted the flag HERSELF.

In fact, she runs Kelly Kay Paper, “hand drawn artistry for all your correspondence”.  She creates stunning paperie, all of which is printed in America, and the artwork behind it makes it feel so personal, like it was created just for you.

You should definitely hop over to her site and look around – I think her designs are truly unique, and there is something for everyone and every occasion.

Oh, want to meet her?  And her little bundle?

Yes, they’re adorable.

I’d say the little guy is happy with his room.  As he should be.

Can you feel the love and sweetness here?  I do love nurseries.

again, a big thank you to Kat Phillips of for the pretty images

Did you miss Kelly Kay’s Vintage Americana Baby Shower?

See the invitation.

Check out the decor.

And the food.

(not to mention her reaction, priceless)

Vintage Americana Nursery Sources:

Crib Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids

Vintage Airplane Mobile – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

Rug – Home Goods

Antique Brass Lamp – Home Goods

Side Table – Home Goods

Ottoman – Home Goods

Dresser and Shelving Unit – vintage, belonged to grandmother

Chandelier – Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

Sheep Rocker – Pottery Barn Kids

Wire Shelving – Home Goods

Wall Paint – “Quiet Moments”, Benjamin Moore

Ceiling Paint – “Seashell”, Benjamin Moore


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Written by Grace

  • Andrea R.
    Posted at 07:43h, 03 July

    OMG!!! This makes me want to have another boy so i can create a nursery like this!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:26h, 03 July

      Andrea, me too! 😉

  • Kelly KV
    Posted at 07:52h, 03 July

    Oh. My. Goodness!!!!!! Kat, the photos are gorgeous. Grace, I can’t believe this BEAUTIFUL post! You covered every detail with perfection. Thank you for making me feel so proud of our work. Thank you my dear, dear friend!

    • Kat
      Posted at 08:26h, 03 July


      I had such a great time taking these photos and it was a great bookend to the feature of your baby shower details. Thanks for letting me come over.


      I love this post. You did a great job covering all the details. I love the sources section at the bottom. That is the place I always go to when I find a space I love.

      Happy Independence Day!

      • Grace
        Posted at 08:28h, 03 July

        Kat, great job as always! Thank you so much! xoxo

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:28h, 03 July

      KK, thank YOU for letting me feature it! It is an inspiring space! xoxo, G

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 08:34h, 03 July

    Such a beautiful nursery, and I agree, Kat, great pictures! Love this post, Grace!

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:37h, 03 July

      Thanks Jennifer! This was a fun one to write!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 08:45h, 03 July

    Absolutely stunning!! What a beautiful post 🙂

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:50h, 03 July

      Thank you, Rachel! I thought it was interesting and pretty, plus who doesn’t love seeing a space inside a real home, right?

  • Sue
    Posted at 11:26h, 03 July

    This is stunning!!! The creative nursery, the blog which covers every detail, the photography, and I love the progression of pictures as they evolve from old bedroom to adorable nursery! You girls and your creativity are amazing! Thanks for such a beautiful and inspiring post!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 19:34h, 03 July

      Sue, thank you!! KellyKay must have good genes that she can come up with all of this creativity. 😉 I so appreciate your kind comments! G

  • Sharon
    Posted at 17:47h, 03 July

    I’m ready to go and put some barn wood up on the wall in my son’s room after this post. Just beautiful! Can you share what the blue gray paint color is? Thanks 🙂

  • Sharon
    Posted at 17:49h, 03 July

    Sorry Grace, just went back and saw that you already did include the paint colors. Thanks! I’m going to run out and buy me a paint sample of that color. Just love it.

    • Grace
      Posted at 19:35h, 03 July

      Sharon, no problem! Glad you found it! Let me know how it goes! G

  • Julie S
    Posted at 11:13h, 05 July

    I don’t usually love nurseries, but this one melts my heart. You’re right, the details make the room. It is so personal and full of love, not just another room made to look good.