Modern and Whimsical Boy’s Nursery

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A Project For



3 Weeks


South Lake Tahoe, CA


When we found out we were having a boy...I wanted to steer clear of anything that was too "babyish" or typical for a little boy's room.  We wanted to go with a clean, modern, and whimsical space that little Ethan could grow into.  

Design Inspiration

Once we decided on the color palette, which was gray, orange and helped form the plans for the nursery.  A vibrant turquoise rug, and gray and orange bedding and drapes helped pull the color scheme together.  We also had fun browsing Etsy to find whimsical and fun prints.

Decorating Style

I am usually very traditional when it comes to decorating, but with a boy on the way, I took advantage of stepping outside of the box and went with a modern look!  Everything from the crib to the rocker is much more modern than my usual style.  There are some rustic touches...which helps keep the space more masculine.

Project Details

Shelves: EKBY Jarpen by IkeaAmpersand: Target"Sail Away with Me" Print: ScissorsPaperMouse Etsy ShopZebra: jellykittenBooties: GapGiraffe: Sophie the Giraffe TeetherDinosaurDwell StudioToy Bin: Smith & Hawken for Target {still available in stores!}Rug: Land of NodLamp & Shade: Base is old from Target and shade is Roth + Allen for Lowe'sTable: RossWiener Dog Tray: Urband OutfittersDresser: Hemnes by Ikea
Knobs: AnthropologieChanging Pad Cover: Carter's Super Soft DotWipe Warmer: Prince LionheartTray: Gift from Courtney!  :)Basket: TargetGallery Wall"You Are My Sunshine": LilyGene Etsy Shop"First we had each other then we had we have everything": Enduringarts Etsy ShopCircus: Land of NodBow tie: Collared Greens {my husband wore in his best friend's wedding!}Golden Retriever: Going Places 2 Etsy ShopWiener Dogs: TrendyPeas Etsy ShopFrames: Ikea and the shadowbox is Michael'sRocking Chair: Nurseryworks Sleepytime RockerBlanket: Favorite Throw by West ElmPillow: Buddy Pillow by Serena & LilyCurtains: West Elm {DIY shower curtains and rod post here}Deer Head: Urban Outfitters"What are little boys made of" print: Gift"E": Urban OutifttersMap: Rand McNallyCrib: Oliva by Baby Mod for WalmartZebra: Pier 1Lion: jellycatBedding: House of HendersonWall Paint: "Light French Gray" by Sherwin Williams

Favorite Items

I have to say...the gallery wall is my favorite!  I loved hand picking the prints and putting it all together.  The striped shower curtains turned drapes are a close second.


My best advice is to not be afraid of a little color and whimsy.  Adding the orange border to the drapes, choosing the bright turquoise rug, and making the last minute decision to add the deer head were all things I would typically shy away from, but I love how bright and cheerful the space is and can't wait for Ethan to spend the next several years enjoying his room.


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    Great look! Very cozy and relaxing! I really like the “what are little boys made of…” wall hanging.

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    Love the color choice ……subtle & trendy. Love the money saving idea for drapes! ……also the color pop in the rug……A++ ! Nice job!

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    It has a very clean, crisp, but inviting look to it. I like the world map (which adds color), but will teach Ethan from the beginning that there’s a big world out there! Not your typical item for the average baby nursery!

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