Ask Design Mom: Crib Bedding

May 21, 2007

Hi Gabrielle, This question should be an easy one for me to figure out but I’m stuck. When I bought my son’s crib bedding, I stayed traditional with a Pottery Barn Kids toile pattern in green. I wanted something neutral for either a girl or a boy. Now, I’m realizing that it’s a far cry from my style and not fun enough for my son’s personality. I really like a mix of traditional and modern in my home and would love to bring this into the nursery.

We have a Pottery Barn armoire and matching dresser in white, and a custom Ragazzi crib also in white. Since these are pieces I probably won’t be changing anytime soon, I’m hoping to allow some new crib bedding to transform the overall feel of the room. I keep returning to the obvious sources, like Dwell, ducduc, etc., but can’t seem to find the perfect fit. (And I’m thinking I want a perfect fit when I’m spending $300 plus for the second time.)

Also, do you know of any options to buy just a bumper and quilt? I’m not wanting a bed skirt as it just keeps getting in the way with the drawer under the crib. I would love some help! Thanks, Kelli

Design Mom Answer:
What a fun question, Kelli! I think you’re right. Bringing in some modern, funky crib bedding, and adding it to your traditional furniture is a great way to bring that of-the-moment traditional/modern mix to your nursery. You mention not needing a crib skirt this time around, and might I suggest, that although they are adorable, crib bumbers become pretty much useless as soon as your baby can pull up and use them for a step. So maybe you can forgo the bumper as well?

In addition to saving you some money, it would really open up your choices — because you’ll only need a quilt/blanket and a crib sheet.

I love this gender-neutral alphabet blanket and cute stripey sheet from Modern Nursery.

And this womb-with-a-view bedding from Land of Nod.

Or pick up a twin-size duvet cover in a Marimekko print and have a seamstress size it for a crib — use the remaining fabric for throw pillows on a rocking chair.

Design Mom Readers, where would you suggest that Kelli could find modern crib bedding?

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1 Blue House Mom May 21, 2007 at 8:32 am

I’ve got a white Ragazzi crib also and the Womb With A View bedding as pictured. Love it! The bedding has green, blue, orange, red, yellow, and white so you can bring in any of those colors. I have polka dots and stripes going on as well. The quilt washes very well and gets softer each time.


2 Kelli May 21, 2007 at 8:38 am

Thanks, Design Mom! I’ve been eyeing your top choice. And GREAT point about the bumper. A new crib sheet and quilt/blanket might be the perfect solution (until baby #2).

Thanks for the help.


3 Terina May 21, 2007 at 8:45 am

as i was reading this post, i was thinking to myself “go to the Land of Nod.” their stuff is so great. i don’t need (not can i afford) their stuff right now, but i get lots of ideas from them.


4 Terina May 21, 2007 at 8:49 am

and i would also suggest selling your pottery barn crib set that you already bought, on ebay or something like it. i’m sure someone out there would love it. and you wouldn’t have wasted the money, it could go toward your new stuff.


5 Amy W. May 21, 2007 at 10:00 am

Hey Design Mom! I love the bedding (and all other stuff) at Giggle. They have a great line of modern baby gear. If you sadly don’t have a store near you, their website is


6 Dana May 21, 2007 at 10:26 am

Here is a very economical and fun way to sass up a nursery that you will likely redecorate when your child is a toddler. Wallcandy’s Dottilicious is the pattern we selected to decorate our daughter’s nursery.

We placed the dots randomly throughout the room starting 3/4 up the wall (to keep little fingers from peeling them off) and wrapped them around corners for added fun!

All you need is a simple, funky crib sheet and blanket and you are set! We selected the Amy Coe Mod crib sheet in Peanut and the pink butterfly bedding(you can get the sets on ebay that include the quilt & bumper but no crib sheet) or you can simply by the sheet and matching fuzzy blanket off the shelf at your local target. (This line comes in a green/brown pattern with elephants too for boys – SO FUN!)

If dots aren’t your style, Wallcandy has a huge selection of other patterns that you can stick and peel to choose from. Have fun!


7 Biddy May 21, 2007 at 2:20 pm and have some GREAT choices!!


8 Isabel May 21, 2007 at 4:30 pm

We have a super dreamy dwellbaby crib set and have been very happy it. Not only is it modern and sassy…it was cheaper then the stuff at the place that rhymes with ladies-r-us.


9 Denise May 22, 2007 at 7:01 am

How timely! Thanks Design Mom. I have been agonizing over what to put in my son’s bedroom (I just typed “son” — that was strange.) He definetly deserves something different (and fresh) from his sisters — but I have not been thrilled with what I’ve found. I wish we had time to go shopping — you could introduce me to the land of “boy.” I loved your suggestions.


10 sara May 22, 2007 at 7:44 am

walmart actually has some pretty cute modern stuff right now. check these out: they have a nice modern crib as well, but i don’t love the dresser that goes with it.


11 Anonymous May 22, 2007 at 2:14 pm

You need to check out,; great quality at a great price. They don’t have a lot of crib sets but they do have todder through queen size. I love the mermaids for girls and the pirates for boys although the trains planes and truck is quite cute too!


12 Betsy May 22, 2007 at 9:19 pm

All of these sites below have very cool baby gear. (Unfortunately I didn’t discover them until after my last child.)Crib bedding is also fairly easy to sew yourself.


13 tina May 29, 2007 at 10:58 pm

what? you guys haven’t seen the stuff at kukunest???

you will be converts after you see for yourself some modern, colorful and very unique patterns.


14 Kyriaki May 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I just ordered this great modern bedding set from and it’s made by Dwell Studio!! (the packaging reads Design Space which is their corporate name) I can’t beleive it! I thought Dwell only had a line at Target…Here is the rest of the line. LOVE IT!!


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