While I love all the pale, gender neutral nurseries that people are doing these days, I wanted to go a different route when I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. After all, those bold, primary colors should stay designated for kid rooms as much as possible, right?
In light of Greta turning two, I am sharing how I decorated her nursery. It is not going to remain her nursery for long, however, because we have another baby on the way! Greta is about to graduate to a big girl room, and I have already started working on re-decorating one of our guest bedrooms into Greta’s new room. I can’t wait to share that with you when it is finished!
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I decided that an emerald room would be perfect for a baby’s nursery (and not just because green is my favorite color). Out of all the primary colors I thought green is the most versatile. It is colorful, yet calming, and also is gender neutral, in case I need to switch things up to accommodate a baby boy in the future.
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Confession: I was really looking forward to updating the nursery for a boy, but with another girl on the way, and my focus on working on greta’s big girl room (and getting ready for the holidays), I’m kind of glad that the only thing I’m going to have to change out in the nursery right now is a name sign.
After deciding on the room color, which is on the darker side, I thought that it would look best to have everything else in the room as white as possible to balance things out, and keep things bright and as cheery.
I initially wanted all the furniture to be white, however, our close friends, Tiffany and Mitchell, generously offered to let us use their gorgeous, iron crib. We couldn’t refuse a free crib (or any other hand-me downs people were willing to give us), so everything in her room is pretty much white, except for her crib.
POPS OF COLOR
I wanted to do some colorful pink floral bedding and window treatments. I couldn’t find a ready made bed set that I loved in any retail store, or on any website, so I decided to DIY. I found this awesome, modern floral print off spoonflower.com (okay so I haven’t bought EVERYTHING off fabric.com, but 99% of my fabric does come from there). I loved that it looked soft like a watercolor, but had a good mix of bold colors and pastels that I could play off of as well. I ended up making the bed skirt, rail guard, AND CURTAINS for $150!
As for the rest of the room, I bought a rocker from Target because I knew I wanted a nice, comfortable chair to sit in during late nights with the baby. The rug choice was a compromise with Will (I wanted something a little more expensive), but I like it just the same. For the changing table, I found an old dresser at a thrift store to up-cycle (SEE THAT PROJECT HERE).
For accents, I found a couple black and white bunny prints off of Etsy to go over the changing table. I also used some prints out an old Lilly Pulitzer planner and put them in small frames to make a fun wall collage. Belle gave me the quilt rack (above the changing table), that I painted white with Amy Howard One Step Paint to match the dresser.
DIY Frame with Canvas on Demand Print: Painted with Amy Howard One Step Paint and Silver Metallic Grasscloth Wallpaper Backing
The chandelier in the room was given to me by my mom. It was something she purchased overseas that she never ended up using in our old home. I wanted to put it to use in our home, so I thought the nursery would be a perfect place for it!
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What is your favorite way to decorate a nursery? Comment and let me know!
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