Jenny Lind Style

We chose a Jenny Lind crib for the nursery. I love the classic design, and Brandon and I each slept in one when we were babies.

Jenny Lind Crib

I chose black, though everyone else seems to pick white. I didn’t want the room to get too pastel and girly, so I figured a few dark brown/black elements would be nice.

Here are a few other Jenny Lind cribs and beds I’ve noticed…

Jenny Lind Cribs
Knock, Knock: Chic Sophistication in Ohio, Finn’s Soothing Sleeper

Jenny Lind Beds
Sunrise Ruffalo’s Home, Marie’s Memphis Apartment

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  • Krysta
    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

    So beautiful and classic!

  • Natalie
    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Oooh that pink brown and gray bedding is adorable! Where did you find it? I think you made a great choice with the black crib :)

  • Making it Lovely
    February 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

    The bedding is from Land of Nod.

  • Denise Smith
    February 26, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Perfect for you! The bedding, too! Do you know the history behind Jenny Lind cribs? I can look it up, but I thought I would ask if you knew anything offhand.

  • Sherry
    February 26, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Love it! The black was such a good call with that lovely bedding. Your baby is seriously the luckiest little girl in the world, and she’s not even out yet!


  • Dionne C
    February 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I like the contrast of the dark crib. It ties in nicely.

  • Lola
    February 26, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I’ve been admiring those Land of Nod beds for some time. I wish I had an excuse to buy one.

  • Heather
    February 26, 2009 at 11:36 am

    It’s absolutely lovely! What a lucky little baby!
    I can’t tell from the photo…is there a plastic piece over the edge? If not, you can buy separately, and I strongly would advise it…I discovered my little boy was gnawing away at the top edge of his crib!

  • A Merry Mishap
    February 26, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Your baby is lucky, such a great place to sleep!

  • molly
    February 26, 2009 at 11:44 am

    It’s beautiful – I love the black, and the bedding is just perfect.

  • Amanda
    February 26, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I second the plastic strip…unless you like little nibble marks, ha ha.

    The black crib is beautiful!

  • life a colorful life
    February 26, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I’m also a fan of the black crib. And the bedding. And the curtains. Where did you get the curtains?

  • Cindy
    February 26, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I’m glad to see you chose dark furniture! Love the bedding!! Looks great so far, can’t wait to see the rest of the completed room!

  • Steph
    February 26, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Just beautiful…
    Does the crib convert to that precious little bed in the bottom two pics in your post? If so, I would have a hard time not pushing to the “sleep in a big girl bed now!” phase!

  • Tanna
    February 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I love the Jinny Lind Style. Seeing that picture almost makes me want another one!

  • Nikki
    February 26, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    The bedding IS beautiful – very Orla-esque. I also slept in a Jenny Lind, and I just get a good feeling when I see them. Stay as comfy as possibly, girl. Memory foam and baths (or even pools – the absence of gravity is a good thing) are things to remember…

  • luuvely
    February 26, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    cute…i wished i had a daughte sometimes so i could do all these cutie little things :)

  • erin
    February 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t usually like Jenny Lind cribs, the carving/lathe-work on the spools is just too fussy for me, I prefer cleaner lines – but that dark color is gorgeous. Really tones down the fussy and I really like it.

    Good luck keeping things classy and not overly pastel and girly! Our gal is due about 3 weeks after yours and I am trying very hard to resist pastel and plastic and Barbie princesses and commercial crap. DH says I resistance is futile but I am holding out for as long as I can.

  • ReichB
    February 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Love the curtains from PBKids…and the bedding is so adorable too. It looks very Oriela Kelly-esque. Nice work!

  • Natalie
    February 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks for answering my question – and so promptly, too! :)

  • Taylor
    February 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I like it!

  • puck
    February 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Very nice! I chose a black lifetime crib for my 4th boy. I figured the white Simmons was due to be retired. I think the black crib will be striking againt the pale blue walls in his nursery… if we ever get it done. It’s been in progress since I was pregnant and he is getting ready to turn 2. The joy of old houses. Plaster repair, taking out knob and tube, etc etc etc…

  • Fiona
    February 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I really like Jenny Lind cribs. Love the curtains! I’m assuming the other poster is right, and they are PB Kids, so I’m off to look!

  • Katlyn
    February 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Love the black crib…my sister did the same with my neice! Love love love it! =)

  • Lisa
    February 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Oh thank you so much! I love this crib and have been trying to figure out where it came from. Love the bedding.

    Take care,

  • deanna
    February 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I love the black. I don’t think there is anything “un-girly” about it. It’s just not foofy.

    Love your style!

  • Laura_theSCOOP
    February 26, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    The black looks really great! We love our Jenny Lind crib – can’t go wrong for a classic piece at a great price. I also like mixing it with modern bedding.

  • Nina
    February 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Very pretty and classic! Pity the bumper pads will have to be removed though. Major SIDS risk.

  • Emma
    February 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t know if I would have chosen the black before seeing this but now I LOVE it! it is perfect and lovely and oh so classic!

  • Homemade Grits
    February 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    My daughter has the same bedding! Great minds…

  • Miss B.
    February 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    LUCKY baby:)

  • bungalowbliss
    February 26, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I, too, love the Jenny Lind style for both cribs and beds. Nice choice to go with black…and the bedding is simply fab. This little girl is starting out on the right (style) foot!

  • Elizabeth
    February 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I really like the grey on the wall. We are wanting to paint our bedroom grey and cant seem to find the perfect shade of it. Can you please tell me the name of this color? I love your bedding. I had the hardest time finding the bedding for my little girls nursery. You can go and check out her nursery if you’d like ;). I would love for you to comment on my page :).

  • Lindsay
    February 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Totally lovely! So happy to see a “new again” shape in cribs!

  • Erika Chapin
    February 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I chose black at first then switched to white in a moment of pregnancy insanity. i hate myself for it! 3 years later I still regret it and feel bound to the white crap.
    I think the black is way more elegant and versatile.

  • Gwen
    February 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I had sweet bumper pads that I sewed myself on my crib for my sons. I don’t think you should remove them. You should be just fine. Enjoy this special time with your first born. It truly is a special time.

  • Lola
    February 27, 2009 at 7:30 am

    The nursery is looking lovely.
    I really like the black against the pink, it makes it look more modern.

  • lizzie
    February 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

    love the curtains- we have the exact same for Elkë’s room!

  • alyssa
    February 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

    just found your blog today & everything is just perfect! beautiful!

  • Pencils
    February 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I love the nursery so far. The black Jenny Lind crib is a good choice. Will also work well for any more babies!

    Have you noticed that you can get pretty much anything for a baby in pink these days? I know you love pink, obviously, and I do too, but I hate having pink shoved down my throat as being the only color somehow “appropriate” for a baby girl. So I went the other way, with a tan printed car seat, an orange pack-n-play, a navy and light blue stroller, etc. (I did get her a pink swing and a pink bouncy seat.) How do you feel about this “push for pink? Over there at Pink loves Brown? ;)

  • Making it Lovely
    February 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    The curtains are indeed from Pottery Barn Kids. They even came with drapery hooks which is great because I thought I was going to have to sew them in myself (I bought a curtain rod that uses them so I could hang it as close to the ceiling as possible).

    The crib does have plastic teething guards across the top rails. It converts into a toddler bed, but it’s not the same as the twin beds that are in those bottom two photos.

    Elizabeth, the paint color is “Wheat Bread” by Behr.

    Pencils, yes there is definitely a huge push for pink! I don’t know that it’s anything new though – hasn’t it always been that way (at least for quite some time)? As much as I do actually like the color, the pink for babies is usually that hideous pepto-pink that I can’t stand (I’m very picky). And while it is possible to find cute alternatives, they’re almost always more expensive. I think given the option to buy more sophisticated colors and patterns for the same price, a lot of parents would choose them, but I guess the big baby brands don’t feel the same way.

  • Kara
    February 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I like the black. :)

  • BigSister
    February 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Love the pink and brown.
    I don’t think the bumpers are a SIDS issue when the baby is really little and not moving around. At some point you will probably want to remove them. I did eventually with both of my kids,not because of SIDS, but because they would do really annoying things like throw-up on them or step on them so they wouldn’t stay up anyway.

  • Katie
    February 27, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I chose the Jenny Lind crib in black too! I think it is so classic and elegant. Since I got it last November, I keep seeing it in decor mags and on TV. It was in an episode of Lipstick Jungle! We have got great taste!

  • Renae
    February 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Everything looks perfect! I love the dark with the light…it looks fresh and your baby will be so happy.

  • Danielle Melnyczenko
    February 28, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Love it as always. I bought a cot that looks exactly the same… and I’m loving the black.

  • dawbis
    February 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

    that bed looks classy. your baby is going to be comfy and happy i’m sure!

  • abbie
    February 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Cute! I know this is random, but I’ve been meaning to ask – where did you get your wedding ring? It’s beautiful!

  • Natalie
    February 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Back again! I was just wondering if you have a separate room that’s going to be the baby’s room or if you’re converting that upstairs lounge type room into the baby’s room? I’m sure you’ve said before, but I’m forgetful…and curious! My husband and I are beginning a house search and can’t decide if we should go with extra bedrooms in case we have more kids than expected, or if we should just buy small and convert an office into a nursery of we suddenly find ourself expecting.

    P.S. Any suggestions on my cuckoo clock dilemma?

  • Making it Lovely
    February 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Natalie, our former guest room is now the nursery. It’s an awkward space, but we’re glad to have the room.

    Abbie, my engagement ring with the sapphires was Brandon’s great-grandmother’s from 1914. The wedding band was new though (from Tacori) – it was the closest match we could find to go with the antique ring.

  • .amanda.
    February 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    truly a sweet choice! I am loving it. Can;t wait to see the entire room!

    Good Luck to You!


  • Jen
    March 1, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    We have the same crib for our boy and LOVE it! Hope you’re enjoying your last few weeks before your little one comes. Ours just turned one and you won’t believe how fast it goes by.

  • JLC
    March 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I had this crib and it was great – through my 2 babies.

  • gina
    March 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    That was the crib I used- in the dark wood (for the same reason you chose black). Lovely.

  • Karen
    March 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

    LOVE this room! The colors are so pretty, and the dark crib is a nice contrast. Love the curtains, love the paint color, love it all!

  • Pencils
    March 7, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    There are more sophisticated prints and colors available in baby gear…sometimes. Target and Dwell have just come out with a bouncy seat, high chair and something else I can’t remember. I was in the market for a high chair at the time but I went with a slim fold and other options over the print–besides, I rather like the print of it, I got the Chicco “Polly” high chair in a bright orange print called Candy. And there’s always the Svan bouncers, etc., which are quite sophisticated, albeit pricey. To be honest I don’t mind the bright primary or even pastel colors of baby gear, and I don’t have any need to have my baby gear match my decor. My daughter’s only going to be a baby for a short time and we’re not planning on having more, so her baby gear is like a memento mori of her babyhood in our living room.

  • Susan
    March 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I too have been deliberating over ordering a Land of Nod crib. Did you feel the quality was good? I was considering their Straight Up crib, but since I don’t live in Chicago, we have no local stores where I can go to check them out. Any feedback on your Land of Nod experience? Worth the money?

    I love your blog – thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  • mcbriz
    March 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Love the spool beds – I picked one up at a thrift shop for $35 and painted it b/c my son said he wanted an orange bed. I had Benjamin Moore tone down the orange with a little white, and with the animal quilt and teal bedskirt it looks great! They’re such versatile beds b/c they can be calm and old-fashioned, or really pop with some color. Love your blog, BTW~ NB

  • Rehan Ahmed
    May 25, 2009 at 1:42 am

    You make Them beautiful , I’m Sure little Girl gonna love this

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