In the Nursery with Ashley Murphy

This is our interview series where we bring you the nurseries and kid rooms of successful designers, entrepreneurs and moms. Through this series, our featured guests will divulge some of their design secrets and share stories of how their nurseries came to be.


Let’s get organized with Ashley Murphy! Ashley is the co-founder of NEAT Method, a professional organizing company that specializes in creating clutter-free spaces within a home. Some of her favorite clients to work with are busy moms with too little time to juggle all the aspects of keeping a home NEAT. Sound familiar? They have locations in Chicago, San Francisco, South Florida and D.C. Not near those cities? Follow Ashley and her business partner Molly’s blog on NEAT Method, where the NEAT girls offer tidy tips and helpful product reviews.

It’s easy to see by their before and after gallery that these ladies have the gift of assigning every thing to its place and every place to its thing. That’s why it didn’t surprise us that Ashley’s new nursery for son Bennett is creatively organized.

Ashley, what was the most important thing you wanted out of the small space you were working with. You told us the measurements were 6′ x 10′. Was that a challenge?

The room was beyond small, so I knew it would take a lot of space planning in order to get all of the pieces of furniture in the room that I wanted for my dream nursery. The ladies of Sprout helped me to map it out, and then we worked within those measurements to find the perfect pieces of furniture that would fit my design aesthetic.

Now that the walls have dried and bedding is neatly tucked, what is your favorite thing about the room?

I absolutely love my Newport Cottages custom crib. The paint color is exactly what I wanted, and they did a great job of making it look perfectly distressed. Once I learned that we were having a boy, I knew that I needed a fun boy theme. Since there are a handful of vintage, flea market finds around my house, I decided I needed a vintage feel to the baby’s room. With the help of Sprout, we came up with a vintage boy theme. The numbered pouf from Restoration Hardware served as our inspiration.

As a professional organizer, did you find yourself doing anything extra crafty with Bennett’s room? 

There was a door on the closet, and if I wanted to fit a glider in there, I wouldn’t have been able to open the door. I decided to remove the door. I figured since my closets are always beyond organized, it would be just fine if you could see into this space.

Do you know of a fantastic nursery or big kid’s room designed by a successful designer or business owner? Please send a photo of the room to [email protected] for consideration.


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    I am a huge fan of what you guys do! Life is sooo much better clutter-free. Thanks for sharing a peek into your beautiful and well-organized nursery.

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    How do you fold the clothes like that! Always wanted to know especially with such small clothes

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