Keeping the gender a surprise meant having a space that was gender neutral and welcoming for a boy, or a girl. We wanted something functional, bright, fun, yet comfortable. Staying on budget was a huge deal, as it is for most new parents, so we reused what we could from our first babes nursery and revamped old pieces.
The inspiration came from a blanket I found at Home Sense. I loved the warm white stripes alternating with green, blue, red, yellow and orange.
I would say modern, eclectic, bright and willing to take chances.
- We started with the wall colour, 'Acadia White' by Benjamin Moore in a low sheen eggshell. The trim and doors I chose the same colour, but in a pearl finish. I loved the warmth of it, and it matched the colour of the blanket perfectly. I painted the inside back wall of the closet 'Clearest Ocean Blue' by Benjamin Moore for a bright contrast.
- The crib was our first son's. It was black originally, but we painted it a bright kelly green, giving a fresh pop to the space.
- Same goes for the dry-sink turned change table. We painted it a chili pepper red, and added some simple bright, diy minky change pad covers, and Voila!
- I was lucky to have a seamstress in the family in Great Grandma, so she helped me with the roman blinds in a fun red and white chevron. I love them!
- The side table is from Target (Canada misses you Target!), as was the lamp. I filled the glass lamp with childrens blocks to add some colour, and my 3 year old helped by gluing the bric-a-brac ribbon to the lampshade.
- The bookshelves were made by my handy-man-hero/fiance, and are painted the same colour as the walls to blend in. The books are favourites we had from our first born, as well as thoughtful shower gifts! We love books!!
- The art on the walls are a DIY project using IKEA frames, prints from Mr. Printables, and bristol board! Super inexpensive, but I love the way it turned out. Best of all because of the price, I can change it out at any time without feeling guilty!
- Over the change table is a DIY pallet art sign.
- The laundry basket was another DIY project I did with a basket I found from Home Sense and a small can of paint.
I love the diy laundry basket, my Aden and Anais blankets I have stored all over (my boys LOVE them too!), my organized closet and, of course, my bookshelf most! Nothing better then curling up with the babes for a story at the end of the night!
- Find that one piece of art, a fabric, furniture you can't live without, and use it as your jumping off point!
- Make sure your nursery is some where you find comfortable too! Afterall, you will spend a lot of time here!
- Organization is key in a nursery, your life with new babe will be complicated enough! Make it a little easier while you can.
- And I can't stress enough, a comfortable chair is worth it! As much as I love the one I started out with (in pictures) I wasn't long changing it out for a comfortable, creamy white recliner. Much better for lots of late night cuddles! xo