A gender neutral nursery was created for baby but in style and color harmony with the rest of the house.
This gender neutral nursery is near and dear to my heart, as it belongs to our first grandchild. We’re having a baby boom at Atticmag and it all started a few weeks ago with the Sophisticated Safari Nursery our pal Brandy created for little Blake. But the nursery I helped create for my youngest daughter’s home is by far the room we have had the most fun putting together. In keeping with the rest of her home, she wanted to use a mix of clean-lined modern and vintage pieces with a punch of bright color. Like many of today’s moms-to-be, she didn’t want a theme nursery. She wanted a room that would grow with the child. That’s why she started planning a gender neutral nursery but even when she found out the baby was a boy, she decided to stay with the original plan when time came to make final decisions.
The walls had been painted Benjamin Moore Frappé after she purchased the house. Much to my dear husband’s delight, she decided not to repaint. She chose a sleigh-style adjustable crib with a dark stain, almost the same color as the hand-scraped hardwood flooring. Above the crib, she repeated the living room’s random picture placement to create an informal picture wall. Measurements were noted, and the search for vintage frames began. It was actually much easier than we expected. A cardboard deer faux-taxidermy piece was added for a touch of humor. The rug is plush, hand woven New Zealand wool shag of varying thicknesses that is also extraordinarily soft.
My daughter selected a modern glider and ottoman upholstered in soft micro-suede. She took a chance ordering it based on reviews and loves their smooth gliding mechanism. We both searched online for a ceramic garden stool to use next to the glider but could only find extremely shiny or expensive patina versions. She found this metal table with a crackle paint top and interesting base — a perfect little table that’s not easily tipped over.
The colorful abacus was a must-have. The bright colors of the wooden beads were a starting point for the nursery. A long neck ceramic lamp with linen drum shade was chosen to bring the crib bedding’s orange color across the room. Having the strong color on both sides of the room helps to visually balance the space.
A vintage dresser, found at a local antique store, became a changing table with the addition of the changing pad. Using mat board, headliner (thin, foam-like material used for automobile interior roofs) and spray adhesive, we lined the bottom and sides of the dresser drawers with a small print cotton fabric. The panels were attached to drawer sides using hot glue. The contoured changing pad is secured to the dresser with Velcro strips for safety. Peaking out of the top drawer is the handmade embroidered blue shirt and crochet booties the baby wore home from the hospital after he was born. It’s a sweet, new tradition to pass them down the family.
One thing we both liked about this dresser was the detail on each end. It a small but important design element since this is the angle seen when entering the nursery. The lined curtain panels are made from multi-color stripe tablecloths. They have a great texture and are extremely heavy. The original glider pillow is still at the seamstress having a cover made from left over fabric.
A few childhood toys and the mom-to-be’s silver baby cup are displayed on this painted decorative shelf. She discovered the vintage toy airplane when antiquing. This close-up also shows a detail of the stripe curtains and simple nickel window hardware.
I look forward to rocking my grandbaby (for hours) in this comfy corner. When the glider is no longer needed in the nursery it can easily be moved to another room. My daughter always tries to take this approach when furniture shopping.
A detail of the bedding shows two custom organic cotton quilts (in a woodland/animal print fabric and modern stripes) and crib bumper. The bedding purchases began with the orange and white garden trellis design fabric. The shop had just enough yardage for the bumper and crib skirt. The striped quilt has a brown bird shaped patch. The puppy and donkey were purchased on our trip to London a decade ago.
As we found things for the nursery, I would snap a screen shot showing the items together – a modern day design board — and email them. This is a great way for anyone who has a hard time visualizing. It’s also an easy way to see if items look good together or clash. The orange crib sheet is extremely bright (even more so in pictures), but it brings in the vivid color.
Here are details of the curtain fabric and birdcage wall-mounted pendant light.
We debated replacing the ceiling fan with the funky birdcage chandelier my daughter received as a present a few years ago, but the room receives a lot of sunshine through the double windows. By replacing the bulb, the chandelier can be used during nighttime changes. I was asked to keep an eye out for a small bookcase to finish the room. I spotted the quirky corner piece the very next day, already painted the perfect green. She placed an elephant bank on top (a gift to Baby J from his aunt-to-be) and quickly asked me to locate the box storing her favorite childhood books. A small gray step stool was found on the same shopping trip. It will later move to his bathroom and be replaced with a woven toy storage basket, adding another texture to the room.
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of Baby J, and to my daughter for creating an adorable one-of-a-kind nursery.
Crib – Rockland
Crib Bumper, Skirt, Sheets and Changing Pad Cover (Cottage Belles), Quilts (SunaStudios) – etsy
Art Prints (inaluxe, rollandtumblepress, OrangeWillow, jzroszell) – etsy
Deer Taxidermy – Urban Outfitters
Bella Rug – West Elm
Nara Glider and Kyoto Ottoman (Mocha) – Babyletto
Abacus – CB2
Ceramic Lamp – Shades of Light
Tablecloth (curtains) – Anthropologie
Room Essentials Window Hardware – Target
Dresser, Bookcase, Wall Frames, Wall Shelf and Stool – Vintage
Bird Cage Chandelier – Creative Co Op
For more see Hidden Laundry Spaces, My Daughter’s Dining Room Redo, Master Bath Redo, Master Bedroom Redo and Guest Room Turned Playroom.
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