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Serene, Gender-Neutral Nursery for a Surprise Baby

  • Emiwallace

    This is so great! One of my favorite nurseries on this site!   I especially love the bedding and the rug, would you mind sharing where you found both of these?

  • Gretchen Schuett

    Thanks so much! I just added a list of resources. I had the bedding made from fabric that I found and loved. It’s listed above. 

  • cheathat

    Perfection! Love the blend of modern & vintage, all the animal pics, and the colors.

  • KelleJoya

    The patina dresser and the lights are really adorable. Your lovely room is gender neutral but even before reading what you wrote, I already had the feeling it was for a boy. Maybe it’s because of the really cute wall art of animals in coats.

  • twstdhrt

    I love this nursery! Definitely one of my all time favorites! I’m assuming you made the fabric liners in the dresser? I’ve been trying to find a way to do this to my son’s dresser- mind sharing what you used?

  • Gretchen Schuett

    Thank you so much! Such nice complements! 

    @twstdhrt – Yes, I lined the drawers myself. It’s a bit of a process and it takes a big chunk of spare time, but I think the result is worth it (especially in an older dresser with not-so-perfect drawers).

    I detailed the method I used on my blog here:

    I forgot to mention it in my article, but once you have all the pieces cut and covered in fabric, use a little line of wood glue to adhere them to the inside of the drawers. 

    Hope that helps!

  • twstdhrt

    Thanks for the link! I’m 29 weeks right now so maybe I’ll take on this DIY endeavor! I was browsing your blog and random question- what kind of camera do you use? All your photos look amazing and great quality.

  • Gretchen Schuett

    I use a Nikon D5000 with a Nikon 35mm F/1.8 lens and I love them both. The lens makes all the difference in the world and the 35mm is pretty reasonably priced (I think around $250 but I got it a few years ago so I can’t remember exactly). 

    All the best with the rest of your pregnancy! Enjoy it. I feel like it went so fast. (Easy to say now that it’s over, right!?)

  • Ysczabel

    I like the colors — dominantly gray and yellow. It has a very calming effect. I also like the details you have added into the room, especially the framed arts scattered on the walls, he elephant head, and the rug.

  • kbtimmerman

    STOP. Anyone who does not vote 5 stars for this is INSANE. You did an amazing job. I want to live in this room. FABULOUS all around!!!

  • sks

    I checked out your website and the nursery details are awesome!  Thank you for all the ideas…. oh, and your blog is hilarious.  I have one question, did you sew your own bedding or did you have someone do it for you?  I saw you ordered the fabric, and then poof, it was the crib bedding.  I was wondering if you could elaborate on that… I really would like to pick out my own fabric BUT don’t know how to sew that well… I could always learn.  


    I LOVE this room. It is so stinking adorable. I just might have to copy you.

  • B

    I know this is an old thread, but I’m wondering if you have any feedback on how you liked the glider?

  • Erica

    I absolutely love this room, especially the “Ballooning Over Paris” print. I just bought that exact print for my baby’s room.

  • Michelle Swart

    What size are the esty animal illustrations? Did you go with the 5×7 or 8×10? Thanks!

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