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Nursery Ideas: Go With a Vintage ThemeNursery ideas go with a vintage theme

A recent trend in baby nursery trends has been to return to those much-beloved themes of the past. The late 1940s and early 1950s feel has wide appeal to both parents and grandparents as they try to capture some of the allure of the past. You don’t have to go far to find all sorts of vintage nursery ideas.

If you’re inspired by the soft pinks, blues, greens, yellows and whites, why not incorporate some of the actual pieces from those days gone by in your baby’s nursery. If they were good enough for Grandma, it’s even better for your precious little bundle of joy.

Nursery sets for the vanity are a great place to start. Auction sites, provided you keep watch for ones that come up, are a great source. There were glass ones with wonderful graphic designs, but the Clarolyte ones are made of that distinctive 1950s plastic that afficionados of the period have grown to love. Often you’ll find convenient little bins labeled with “COTTON,” “SWABS,” “LOTION,” “PINS” and similar words. Even baby diaper pins are available to use on bulletin boards and curtains, or on those real cloth diapers you’ve told yourself you’re going to try.

Building an entire room around such a whimsical piece is possible because of the colors, graphics and subject matter.

Today’s moms understand the dangers of retro products such as the cribs that are not up to safety standards. However, even an old crib can be repurposed as a wall hanging. Remove the hardware, add knobs for hanging little blankets or other items, and you still have those cute 1950s bears, lambs and babies as art work.

Cardboard cut-outs of nursery rhyme characters were also popular then. They, too, are easily found in online auctions. Who better than Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Old Mother Hubbard, or Old MacDonald’s farm animals to parade around the upper walls of your baby’s room?

Another possibility for carrying out this type of theme is to find vintage wrapping paper, greeting cards, and gift enclosure cards from this time period. Use it to line the back of shelves or cubbies. Glue it onto inexpensive painted furniture and decoupage over it for a look that is shabby, chic, and so, so retro.

Any leftover pieces work well into vintage scrapbooks as well. If you’re a purist about using acid-free paper, simply scan vintage papers sporting sweet angels, babies, hearts, ribbons or bows and create digital designs you can resize and adapt as you make your scrapbook pages.

Speaking of scrapbooking, those wonderful 1950s baby memory books make great wall art, or fill blank ones out with your own information. Some of them even have family trees inside you can customize with your baby’s genealogy and display in a frame or scrapbook. It’s a guaranteed heirloom your child will love long after those baby days become beloved memories.

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