Baby K’s Bright Nursery

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A Project For



Due July 12, 2012


Collingswood, NJ


Since we don't know our baby's gender, we decorated the nursery in bright, neutral colors - aqua/teal, orange, yellow and green. We furnished and decorated the space on a budget, so most of the projects for the room were DIY.  You can see more pictures of our nursery on my blog at

Design Inspiration

My inspiration was keeping the space neutral, but not wanting to have a theme like animals or book/movie characters.  I also didn't want to use pastel colors.  So I decided on a handful of bright colors and created the room from there.

Decorating Style

Simple, a little shabby chic.

Project Details

Bedding/changing pad cover - Land of Nod

Rug - Urban Outfitters

Book shelving - Ikea

Cubby wall shelf - built and painted by my husband, Richard

End table - already owned, painted it bright aqua

Dresser - bought used on Craigslist, painted it white and changed the hardware

Glass dresser knobs - Anthropologie

Chandelier - Pottery Barn Teen

Bunting banner - made myself with a variety of fabrics and ribbon

Lampshade - plain white shade from Target that I decorated with yellow, aqua, and green ribbon

Toy chest - from a local unfinished wood furniture store that we painted white

Glider chair - Walmart

Ottoman pouf - custom ordered from Etsy

Pillows - Target, Land of Nod

Wall art - "How Wonderful Life is Now You're in the World" print from Etsy; "What Would Superman Do?" print designed and framed by me and my husband; New Jersey "Grown in the Garden State" print designed and framed by me; Dog artwork made by me with chalk pastels.

Letters and numbers in vintage frames - My husband cut the letters and numbers out of wood and I covered them in different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper.  We hung them inside a set of vintage frames that I purchased from Etsy.

Mobile - Mamas and Papas brand from Babies R Us.

Favorite Items

My favorite item is the cubby wall shelf that my husband built.  I love the bright aqua color of the back of the shelves and it's a great storage item that doesn't take up space on the floor.  I also love the ottoman pouf and the letter/number wall art that my husband and I made for above the crib.


Pick your colors or an item that inspires you and build the room from there.  Look everywhere for ideas - Etsy, catalogs, Project Nursery, and Pinterest.


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    I don’t sell my artwork, but I’ll do special orders. If you’d like you can send me an email with photos of your dogs and I’ll let you know what I can do and how long it’ll take me.

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    My favorites are the cubby wall shelf and the dog-inspired pastel artworks. I consider myself an artist and I love to paint, but for the life of me, I can’t do dogs!

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    First, my husband made a diagram of a cubby shelf and determined the measurements for the all the pieces (we based the size of the shelf on where the studs were in the wall). Then he bought wood and cut it to size according to his diagram with a circular saw. After that, he screwed the pieces together. He made the hooks from a wood dowel and wood knobs. He also bought molding trim, which he attached around the top of the shelf.

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    Beautiful room – I just love it! Well done without being traditional gender-neutral. Modern, clean and fun!

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    I’ve been looking for a bookshelf like that for weeks now. Do you have the link to it at Ikea??

    Love the color choices. The room is perfect for a boy or a girl!

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    Is that the enchanted cherish glider from walmart? What color is it – tough to tell from the picture. Thanks!

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    Yes, the enchanted cherish glider is very comfy. Definitely a great deal! And it comes in a bunch of different colors. It swivels and glides.

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    Congratulations to both of you! As the father of an 18 year old daughter (Lauren) and 16 year old son (Steven) here are a few of my lessons learned on the next steps…

    Step 1: Get some rest (you’ll need it!)
    Step 2: Whatever name you have chosen can be changed up to the last minute
    Step 3: Foremost…let the baby and Mom be healthy!!!
    Step 4: Richard will need to pass the test on changing the baby (one you pass the test then you can do it on your own!)
    Step 5: If you get tired and frustrated take a deep breath and step back…join the club (this too shall pass!)
    Step 6: The baby will let you know when he/she is hungry (no worries there!)
    Step 7: Get some more rest when you can (you’ll need it!)

    All the best!

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    Richard- keep forgetting you are a superman fan love the sign. we will have to see who is a bigger fan you or me
    The room looks amazing soo happy for the both of you two.
    Best of luck to the both of you.

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    What a cheerful nursery! I love the wall with farmed letters :) I think it’s a great example of gender neutral nursery. Great color palette too.

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    Im looking to build a cubby like the one your husband built. Would you be able to provide plans for it?? Thanks

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    Love your nursery! I have the same glider and I am looking for an ottoman and I love yours. What size is it? The Etsy seller has various size options. Thanks!

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    Is the glider you have gray? I have been looking for one just like it and love the style and price Walmart offers, but am unable to find the glider in gray on their website. Did you purchase the glider recently? Thanks! :)

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    Hi Morganne,
    It’s actually more like a taupe color than gray. We purchased it from Walmart about 9 months ago. Good luck with your search for a glider! It took us a long time to find one that we liked.

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