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Vintage Airplane Nursery Reveal

In the 7+ years that we’ve been married, my husband and I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling.  One year ago today, in fact, we were in Marrakesh, Morocco in the middle of a geographically-insane trip that also took us to Moscow, Prague, Madrid, Lisbon, and Barcelona… I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

When we moved into our house 3 years ago, we wanted a fun way to remember all of the places we’ve traveled together — so, we went a little “big” and bought this awesome map from National Geographic.  We mounted it on the wall in our office (with cork board behind it) and framed it with some molding, and we place a pin on every city we’ve traveled.

Fast forward a few years later… and it’s time to make that office into a nursery!  Our “office” was actually this random room off of our master bedroom, that has no doors, but had a window and a built-in cabinet [see “before” pics].  When we found out I was pregnant, we added French doors, changed the cabinets into a chest of drawers and pseudo “closet”/changing table, and thus began the transformation into the nursery!

There was no way we could have moved that map and preserved it (let’s face it, that thing is staying right where it is until we move out!), so why not make our nursery theme around travel?!  Hence, we went with a vintage airplane theme for our little baby boy.  And without further ado…

 

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[glider/recliner: La-Z-Boy; crib: Evolur]

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[banner made by LL805-er Hayley, which I stole from my adorable Vintage Airplane Baby Shower!]

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[pins indicating the places we’ve traveled together as a couple]

[map: National Geographic]

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[airplanes: Home Goods]brookeboroughphotography_babygraham-175

[propeller: Home Goods; art print: vintage]

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[baskets: Cost Plus World Market]

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[aviator helmet: Home Goods — forgot to take the tag off, woops!]
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[baskets: Container Store]

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[globe: AmberThomasMakes]

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[changing pad cover: Carousel Designs; baskets: Home Goods and The Container Store]brookeboroughphotography_babygraham-166

[diaper-changing husband for the WIN]

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[crib sheet: Restoration Hardware]

The nursery is pretty small, but I mean, so are babies, right?! 😉  We employed some space-saving tactics, such as mounting “book baskets” on the wall to preserve precious floor space.  Having big drawers and spaces for baskets, as well as creating a dresser/changing table/closet space, saved us a LOT of real estate, as well.

Hope you enjoyed our nursery!  We know Graham sure does 🙂

xx, Nicole {LL805}

[photo credit: Brooke Borough Photography]

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20 Comments

  1. Kelly
    1 year ago

    Hi there!! In love with the nursery theme and colors. Can you please share your travel themed nursery paint colors for walls, cabinet and striped wall?

    THANKS SO MUCH!!

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      11 months ago

      Hi Kelly! So sweet, thank you! I am looking for the paint can for the blue color, but the overall gray is Nimbus by Benjamin Moore, and the stripes I believe are Baltic Gray, but I will get back to you on that. Thanks!

      Reply
    2. Nicole
      6 months ago

      Ok the blue color is called Blue Echo by Benjamin Moore! Enjoy!

      Reply
  2. Lauren Atherton
    1 year ago

    Absolutely LOVE your nursery! It is my inspiration photo. Was wondering if you could share the gray paint color you used?

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      11 months ago

      Thank you so much Lauren! The overall gray color is Nimbus by Benjamin Moore. Enjoy!

      Reply
  3. Beckee
    12 months ago

    We were just thinking the same thing! We love those colours and the subtle hints of aviation in the room. We’d love to know the paint colours too!

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      11 months ago

      The gray color is Nimbus by Benjamin Moore, but I am searching for the blue color! I will circle back ASAP 🙂

      Reply
  4. Christy
    11 months ago

    HI
    I am in love with this nursery and those colors are the exact colors I’m looking for. What color green is that do you mind sharing?

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      11 months ago

      Hi Christy!

      I am trying to find the color in my garage, but it is definitely Benjamin Moore — I will circle back to you ASAP!

      Reply
  5. michelle
    11 months ago

    Where did you purchase the map at?

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    1. Tanisha
      11 months ago

      There’s a direct link to the map in the post 🙂 It was purchased online from National Geographic.

      Reply
  6. Lily
    8 months ago

    Nicole you are an inspiration! Just reading your bio makes me tired, lol. Absolutely love the color scheme and nursery theme!! Great job

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      8 months ago

      Thank you so much, Lily! That is so sweet of you to say 🙂

      Reply
  7. Caitlin
    6 months ago

    Also wondering the green/blue color of paint! Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      6 months ago

      Hi! It’s Blue Echo by Benjamin Moore!

      Reply
  8. Krys
    6 months ago

    I’m having a hard time finding a vintage airplane crib set. Where did you find yours?

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      4 months ago

      Hi Krys!

      Ours is from Restoration Hardware: https://www.rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod373681

      Reply
  9. Sheely
    5 months ago

    Hello from London!
    I love the decoration I want to do something similar for my toddler!
    How you did the frame? I found the poster online but the frames are very expensive!! And any suggestion for the planes where can I get them?
    Thanks
    Sheely

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    1. Nicole
      4 months ago

      Hi Sheely!

      We made the frame by purchasing chair rail/moulding from a home improvement store, painting it white, and cutting it to frame the map. We adhered it to the wall with finishing nails, and some silicone caulking/Liquid Nails.

      We got the planes from HomeGoods, which is a store that sells discounted home wares. I haven’t seen them since, but you could check on Etsy, or at other antique stores perhaps?

      Thanks for the comment!

      Reply
    2. Katie Smith
      2 days ago

      I’m doing this theme too and found alot of planes today at Hobby Lobby and they were 40 or 50% off

      Reply

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