Let me begin this post by saying I am obviously in no way a fabulous decorator or designer. When it came time to put together a nursery for our baby boy, I knew I could never replicate the incredibly gorgeous Pinterest-worthy rooms I bookmarked as my inspiration and instead set out to create a space that felt comfortable, calming and baby-friendly.
I am sure our nursery will evolve many times over as our baby grows and we learn more about what we do and do not need as first-time parents, but I still wanted to give you guys a little glimpse into our baby’s nursery in the meantime!
Whether Ryan and I were going to have a girl or boy, I knew I wanted a fairly neutral nursery that didn’t feature tons of blue or pink. As far as color schemes were concerned, I gravitated toward warm beige, crisp white and creamy ivory, but as we began decorating, pops of a gray/blue color naturally began to surface and I didn’t mind the color as much as I anticipated.
Since the nursery is a fairly small room with only one window, it can look very dark. Ryan and I wanted to lighten up the space and began our decorating adventure by painting the gray nursery walls a light beige color. (We used Olympic Paints Brandied Pears from Lowe’s.)
Ryan tackled painting while I was out of town once weekend (wonderful!) and I arrived home to a room that felt 10,000 times more welcoming. I loved it and immediately got to work selecting furniture that I thought would continue to brighten the nursery up a bit. My wonderful friends at Wayfair offered to outfit us with a few key things for our nursery and I could not have been more thrilled and grateful to them! I ended up selecting mostly white furniture and ordered a crib, changing table and side table from Wayfair.
I swapped out the previously plain white nobs on the dresser with decorative ceramic nobs I found at HomeGoods and love the way they made the piece look a little more unique!
(Changing Table/Dresser: DaVinci Porter Three-Drawer Dresser Changer)
Our glider and gliding ottoman also came from Wayfair and I chose it after speaking with my friend Leah who owns a similar glider and loves it. (Topped with a pillow and blanket from HomeGoods!) And yes, the bare wall space on that wall is driving me crazy right now. We’ll hang something there eventually!
The glider arrived and was a much deeper beige than I initially anticipated, but Ryan loved it and the color slowly grew on me. Plus, the glider seems like it will be crazy comfortable, so it’s a keeper.
Our second step was figuring out how we wanted to layout the furniture in the room. Since the room is rather small, it was a bit of a challenge and we ended up going with a layout that made the most sense and allowed us to fit every piece of furniture into the room without things looking too crowded. This would have obviously been easier had we not included a twin bed in the nursery, but this was something I felt strongly about keeping in the room, as I’ve had several friends recommend keeping a small bed in the nursery if you can and we already had a spare bed from my grandmother on hand that I wanted to incorporate into the room.
I purchased fluffy white bedding that reminded me of the bedding I’ve loved for years from Anthropologie! Throw pillows from Safavieh (on sale via RueLaLa) and Interior Define (c/o) were placed on top along with two adorable stuffed animals dressed in blue outfits that my mom gave to me for our baby.
And then it came time to add some color and life into the room! I was fortunate enough to stumble upon beautiful crib bedding from Aden + Anais at HomeGoods and picked up a crib sheet with tiny blue and beige stars and a soft baby blue changing pad cover. (My mom made the beautiful ivory blanked draped over the side of the crib.)
(Crib: Graco Lauren Convertible Crib)
I also grabbed a distressed crate and cloth hippo toy bin at HomeGoods to use to store adorable stuffed animals and blankets.
As for the prints in our nursery, I bought them on sale via Zulily and placed them in four matching beadboard frames from Michael’s.
I’d like to eventually (safely!) hang something over the crib as well, but I’m not quite sure what just yet. Maybe a photo frame with pictures of our little one once he’s born?
So that’s it! A little glimpse into our ever-evolving nursery! Thanks so much for joining me on this little tour!
P.S. The formatting on this post is driving me crazy! I was having uploading issues this morning and had to use WordPress rather than my beloved Windows Live Writer and it’s not letting me center images or resize things properly! Still working on it now to no avail…