A Soft, Neutral Nursery

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I'm a planner, so I think it surprised people that I didn't want to find out the gender of our baby before he was born.  I'd always known I wanted the nursery to be neutral (if we have more children, it will be shared because we live in a small house), so I didn't need to know the gender in planning the nursery.  I choose a neutral color palette and furniture that would grow with our child.  I also let practical elements, like toys, books, and a magnet board become part of the design of the room since the space is rather small (with low ceilings too!).

Design Inspiration

My favorite color combination is gray and yellow, so the palette I chose incorporated pale grays and a shade of yellow that I like to call "vintage yellow."  I also love the look of white furniture, so I chose mostly white furniture with bits of birch and maple.

Decorating Style


I like clean lines and simple patterns.  While I adore photos of rooms with many colors, I prefer to live in rooms that have a softer, more simple palette.  I like to incorporate both vintage and modern pieces in the same space.  I also enjoy using a lot of handmade items.  And, if I can decorate with inexpensive items, that is icing on the cake!


Project Details


                dresser, crib, rocker, and bookshelf - IKEA

                small stool - discontinued IKEA

                maple cradle - handmade by my grandfather



                wall bookshelves (spice racks) - IKEA

                bins in bookshelf - Target

                metal bin under stool - World Market

                bird hooks - Container Store

                birch branch shelf - Etsy



                bumper - handmade, fabric from Hawthorne Threads; insert from giggle

                crib skirt - handmade, fabric from Hawthorne Threads

                curtains - handmade, fabric from Making Ends Meet

                floor pillows - handmade, fabric from Hawthorne Threads

                various blankets - handmade by family and friends


Decor and Toys

                felt birds - Etsy

                mirror - Target (painted to match room)

                whale tissue box - Etsy

                various stuffed animals and toys - Etsy

                I Am A Child of God print - Etsy

                animal prints - The Animal Print Shop

                wood alphabet – Etsy

Favorite Items



The cradle that my grandfather made.  I feel honored to share this heirloom with my children.


Sturdy furniture doesn't have to cost you a lot of money -- We have always been happy with the quality of our IKEA furniture.  Also, in a children's room, use toys and books as practical decor.  Finally, choose a color palette that you love and can live in.  Color plays an important role in how we feel when we are in a space.  There are many other colors I adore, but since I knew I would be spending a lot of time in this room with my child, I chose a palette that made me feel relaxed and cozy.


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    Your nursery is just beautiful! I love everything about it! May I ask what paint color/brand you used on the walls?

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    Where did you get that table lamp? (the one near the giraffe)
    Did you use that lamp as a nightlight?

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    I really love how you dressed up the ikea crib with the paper garland, it looks so inviting!!!

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    Kristen, I remember the color is Dolphin Fin, and I know it was from Home Depot. I’ll have to check on the brand name.

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    Oops, forgot to mention the lamp! The lamp is IKEA as well. I chose it because it is plastic and wood, i.e. fairly unbreakable if it were to tumble down. We do use a low-watt bulb and turn it on in the middle of the night for feedings and diaper changes, sort of as a night light.

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    I love garland! This garland is made from felt, and obviously we will remove it once our baby boy is able to move around in his crib. :)

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    I LOVE this room! Where did you find the curtains/fabric? I am having such bas luck finding the right pattern, and I love what you did. Seriously, awesome job on everything.

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    SaraKY: I LOVE this room! Where did you find the curtains/fabric? I am having such bas luck finding the right pattern, and I love what you did. Seriously, awesome job on everything.

    Sorry, saw that the fabric is from Making Ends Meet, but what is it called? I can’t seem to find it on their website. Thanks!

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    I love this nursery, the fabrics you use are lovely. I can’t help but notice the cute diaper bag, where did you find that? ;)

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    This room is soo sweet..I love it…..Great job!!
    I used the spice racks from Ikea as well for books..we painted ours white. Such a good idea at a bargain price! :)

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    I love this room! I using it for my inspiration for my baby due in May 2012. I’m also curious on the curtain fabric and what it’s called. I tried to find it on Making Ends Meet website, but didn’t see it.

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    I just love this room and I’m going to use it as inspiration for mine as well. You did such a great job! I see the curtain fabric was named, but can you please list the names of the fabrics you used for the bumper, skirt and some of the pillows? I would really apprecitae it, thanks!

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