me on monday: a neutral nursery

When we found out that we were expecting, we agreed we wouldn’t find out the gender. We knew we’d love the baby, boy or girl, and so we didn’t really need to know! It would be a fun surprise in the delivery room.

Almost everyone thought it would be a boy, since there are boys going back forever on John’s side. Oh, and then there was that crazy bird lady who sat next to me on a flight and ‘predicted’ I was having a boy. [she dangled a crystal over my belly and told me she’s 99% accurate in predicting the sex of baby birds]. Yup. That happened.

But I knew if I planned a boy nursery that a little girl would pop out and shock us all so I wanted something completely neutral instead. Turns out a neutral nursery is not so easy to create these days. Everything was full of loud patterns and gender specific colors (we can’t be the ONLY people who didn’t find out the gender?!) I knew I wanted a soft gray, very neutral, and that I could accent with gender-specific pop colors after the baby arrived. Brilliant plan, right? Well, even though gray is very trendy in home decor right now and there are a bazillion beautiful gray nurseries on pinterest, it was a lot of work to find what we wanted.

So here’s the final current product. I know eventually I want to add pop colors with some fun artwork above the crib but since we’re only in this apartment for 3 more months, I’ll wait until we determine our next living situation.

I am in love with the gliding chair. It was a splurge, but it was worth it. And the cute little giraffe was a gift from my mother. It plays the same lullaby that she used with me & my siblings! The beautiful bedding & soft elephant blanket are from Pottery Barn. Their neutral/gray collection was exactly what I envisioned!

The random gray rock canvas has been hanging on John’s walls since he was living in his bachelor pad in downtown Minneapolis! I believe it originated from Ikea? Who knows. But it matches the nursery perfectly. Colin has accumulated quite the collection of stuffed animals. They are anxiously awaiting the day that they can join him in the crib, but for now they reside in a tote bag, peering over the edge!

And I couldn’t resist throwing in a quick photo of Colin, already 12 weeks old. He was ‘napping’ in his crib while I snapped photos of his nursery. This is what a nap looks like these days… lots of dancing and ‘talking’. He’s a terrible napper, has been from the start (won’t sleep more than 30 mins at a time). Not sure who he got that from- John & I both love to nap?! At least he is a wonderful nighttime sleeper! And so dang cute.

Here’s a list of sources in case you want to create a similar look!

Glider chair: Diapers.com
Crib: Target
Changing Table: Target
Nightstand: Target
Bedding: Pottery Barn
Elephant Blanket: Pottery Barn
Elephant Frame: Dwell Studio
Mobile: Amazon.com
Hanging Laundry Bag (LOVE this!): Amazon.com
Changing Table Baskets: Target

Katie - March 30, 2013 - 12:51 pm

I really like the changing table! The drawers help hide all of the supplies you need :)

Emily - February 18, 2013 - 9:16 am

Oh, it’s so cute!! And nice chair :). I love gliding armchairs!

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