Gender neutral nursery transition from firstborn to second

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A Project For

Clarinda

Age

2.5 months

Location

Boston, MA

Description

Transitioned nursery from gender neutral room for firstborn son to gender neutral for second-born daughter.

Design Inspiration

My son's original gender-neutral nursery was a delight, but when he moved into his big-boy room after we found out we were having a girl, I knew I wanted to transition it, but still keep it gender neutral without breaking the bank.  We needed to keep the crib, dresser, bookshelves, wall color and FLOR tiles, yet still make the space all my daughter's own.

Decorating Style

I like classic design with a touch of modernity.  Usually I achieve this through interesting details that include anything from organic pieces to things with a bit more bling.

Project Details

The FLOR tiles are from http://www.flor.com

Crib is Pottery Barn Kids, Skylar: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/skylar-crib/?pkey=bcribs

Dresser is Pottery Barn Kids, Kendall extra wide: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/kendall-extra-wide-dresser/?pkey=bdressers-nightstands

Roman shades and pendant light are from RHBaby and Child: http://rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod261150&categoryId=rhbc_cat327028 - http://rhbabyandchild.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=rhbc_prod261150&categoryId=rhbc_cat327028

Capiz shell mobile and sea fan art - DIY

Ocean print - by Irene Suchoki of Eye Poetry: http://www.eyepoetryshop.com/collections/landscapes/products/on-some-faraway-beach

Knit baby blanket - courtesy of my mom's hands

Favorite Items

the large canvas by Irene Suchoki is so amazingly beautiful and serene and is the showstopper in the room.  I got it from One Kings Lane on super duper sale and am so glad I spotted it because it truly makes the room.  It is attached with many, many things and once the crib is lowered to its lowest position it is unreachable by even my son who is as big as a small 4 year old.

Advice

Layering a room is a process, but if the bones of the room are well thought out, than all you need to do to update it is switch out the layers.  That's how we were able to transition this already beautiful, gender neutral space for our son to a different gender neutral space for our daughter that is equally as lovely.

5 Comments

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    It looks like a richer creamy tan on the walls in the second picture. Did you repaint? What brand and color is it? I like it a lot.

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    Rachael Johsnon,

    Before transforming the room from our guest room to the nursery, the walls were yellow. We painted the room the same color as our living room (which I realize is unhelpful…I’ll eventually get down to our basement to see if the can has any identifying numbers on it). The second picture looks warmer because of the lighting…it was not repainted.

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