Katy Elliott

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Jenny Lind Style Dresser

Posted on | August 16, 2012 | 49 Comments

I’ve been searching for an antique dresser for the nursery. I was exploring a hundred different dresser styles but wasn’t really sure what I wanted. Did I want something country cottage style or more grown-up Swedish look? I spotted this dresser at Grace Sales in Marblehead and fell in love. It’s Jenny Lind style with a detachable mirror. The drawers all slide and it’s in really good condition. Better yet? I picked it up for $210!

I could paint the dresser or leave as is? So now that I have the dresser I need to pick a crib. There are a million cribs on the market but most of them feel a bit more modern. The more traditional styles tend to have cutesy curves and feel too feminine for me. I want something that’s a mix of both that I can mix with antique pieces like my dresser.

At first, I really fell for the Sparrow Crib by Oeuf ($730) and the Mid-Century Crib from Dwell Studio ($980). Both have simple lines and I love the round spindles that give the cribs a shaker feel. What I don’t like are the solid panels on the ends. I want a crib that has spindles all around and gives me clear visibility of baby from all angles of the room.

I like the idea of having spindles all around but I would prefer the spindles to be round. I found a few traditional styles and one very modern round version from Stokke. I have a number of friends who swear by the Stokke Sleepi System that includes a bassinet option that coverts to a crib and then a toddler bed. And within any piece of furniture it can be swayed in a different style direction with a mix of more traditional pieces in the space. Below my four picks.

1. Millbrook Iron Crib from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, $849. Very traditional and doesn’t convert to a toddler bed.

2. Stokke Sleep System, $999. Modern but could be a cool mix with more antique pieces. And I like that conversion option and that can easily roll around from room-to-room. But the round sheets kinda drive me crazy.

3. Jenny Lind Cribby Da Vinci, $199. Very traditional and budget-friendly but I worry about the sturdiness of the construction based on online reviews.
4. Liberty Crib from Franklin and Ben, available through Giggle $349. Similar to the Jenny Lind crib but looks a bit heavier and has extra scalloped edges.

Oh whoops and one more! I forgot to add…I spotted this crib on Unison’s website. They sell super adorable stripe crib sheets and skirts! I’m pretty sure the crib pictured is the Anderson Crib from The Land Of Nod ($749)?

So which one would you choose? For nursery inspiration check out my “Baby Stuff” Pinterest board.

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