Before & After: Neutral Nursery

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I’ve blogged about this room before as the transformation into one of our two guest rooms. It worked out great for our Airbnb days along with family or friends visiting, but this fall it came time to change it into a nursery.
Before: Guest Room
after guest room

I am all about neutral for a nursery, and not just because I hate pink and purple. We’re having a boy and even though our home has a lot of blue accents in it and I love everything nautical, I still wanted the nursery to feel light, fresh, and not overly gender specific. The same went for our registry-we wanted neutral pieces that will hopefully last us through all our kids without needing to redecorate or change color schemes. For the nursery, I decided on grays and whites, naturally, with accents of gold and mint mixed in.

After: Nursery
Although the color before was a pretty gray/blue, I changed it out to a softer gray, the same we have in our entry way and kitchen. Revere Pewter, for the win! After pinning it on Pinterest several times, I really wanted to tackle a striped wall. I’ll blog later about how easy and awesome this project is, and definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to try it! The lighter color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, just one shade lighter than Revere Pewter, but enough to make a noticeable difference on the wall.

Where to Find:
Rug: Multi-Dot, 5×8
Crib: Princeton 4 in 1 convertible crib by Delta Children (Wayfair often runs great nursery deals…wait to buy the crib until there is a deal that includes the mattress!)
Rocking Chair: Harlow Wingback Rocker
Curtains: DKNY, Home Goods
Pillow: Calvin Klein, Home Goods
Wall Art: Hobby Lobby (All….buy on the 50% off week!)

Although I’m not overly into themes for rooms, there is a subtle theme of polka dots throughout the room. You’ll notice these on the curtains, pillow, rocker studs, rug, sheets, and mirror. It’s fun and playful, without being overbearing.
Our friends wrapped a baby shower gift in this sweet striped bin from Target & I thought it would be a great display for all the adorable blankets and swaddles.
nursery-4I’m absolutely in love with this Petite Pehr baby blanket (and their entire line.) We were gifted the swaddle blanket and then I found the matching baby blanket and changing pad cover, all so, so cute. Petite Pehr is definitely another brand Emerald&Oak will carry in the boutique one day (hopefully soon!)
I love this dresser and think the quality is a great piece and price for Ikea. It comes with black drawer pulls, but I found these gold and white striped ones at Hobby Lobby and changed them out, which makes it look a lot more expensive!

Where to find:
Petite Pehr Changing Pad Cover
Mirror: Target
I love you Alphabet print: Hobby Lobby
Shelves: Target
Frames: Ribba, Ikea
nursery-6nursery-5One thing I really wanted in the nursery was a library for baby. One of my favorite memories growing up was reading with my mom. We lived within walking distance to our public library, and would make the walk daily for new books. As soon as we were able to write our names, we were able to get our own library card and check out books and carry them in our own bags home. There’s something really special about reading together, and I wanted to display them artfully so baby could see the options and eventually choose which story he’d like on his own. (My personal favorites: I am A Bunny, Caps for Sale, World Famous Muriel, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.)

To recreate your own library wall, you can get these picture ledges  for just $14.99 each!

My mom also started a tradition of gifting us one holiday book each Christmas. This is definitely a tradition I intend to copy, and here are a few of my favorites:
The Tale of Three Trees
The Baker’s Dozen
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
The Polar Express
nursery-1The closet is another favorite part! I like to hang clothes to be able to see all the options. After all, out of sight, out of mind. Cody added another row for clothes, along with two shelves for extra storage. The wicker baskets are each labeled for health/safety, feeding, and bath time.

What are your favorite nursery designs or elements? I’d love to hear!
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