Baby K’s Book-Themed Nursery

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A gender-neutral room with a book-theme for our first baby.

Design Inspiration

My husband and I love reading so we decided to go with a (gender-neutral) book-themed nursery for our first child. 

Decorating Style

Fun, personal, comfortable.

Project Details

We put together a lot of the wall art ourselves, as well as some prints from Etsy.  Most projects we did are shown here:

We filled the bookshelves with books and stuffed animals from books.  We hung book cover art and various illustrations on the walls as well.  

Bedding: Carousel Designs

Crib: Babi Italia via BRU

Dresser: Simmons Kids via Buy Buy Baby

Rug: Target

Chair: BRU

Bookshelf: Ikea

Wall Shelves: Crate & Barrel

Floor Lamp: Pottery Barn

Favorite Items

Our friend made the gorgeous bird mobile for us, which hangs above the glider.  I also love that all of the books on the bookshelf have inscriptions from friends who attended my book-themed shower and brought books they love.


It was more fun putting this room together since the theme was something that both of us loved.  I'd say to try and incorporate a shared interest so you can both be involved.


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    Oh my gosh I love this!  I have been trying to find ideas on how to incorporate books into a nursery other than just putting books everywhere and I’m surprised that there aren’t that many resources out there for book-themed nurseries.  I might have to steal a few ideas from you, so thank you for sharing!  :)

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    Great work here!  I love the ultra modern look that is book-inspired without necessarily looking like a dusty library!

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    I absolutely love this nursery.  Its simple with a theme that isn’t totally overdone!  Those books will be off the shelves in no time!

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    Went through your blog and basically enjoyed myself.  I think it’s nice that you seemed to have fun being pregnant and it shows in your pictures and your work here.  Great work on this room as well!

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    Thanks to everyone for all of the nice comments!  Amanda1433- This was the first time my friend made the mobile and actually just started a new job so I’m not sure if she’d be able to start making and selling them right now, but I sent her this link so she can get in touch with you if it’s something she could do.  Thanks again!

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    Your framed art pieces look really interesting. And oh, a book-themed shower. That would be nice. I see you are a bookworm. And you even kept some of your old books!

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    Your nursery is beautiful! I would love to know the paint brand and colors you used! I’ve been looking for the perfect shade of green and this may be it!

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    I have been searching for a theme and just when I’d lost hope, here you are! I love the book theme idea and am definently going to borrow it. I couldn’t think of something I liked enough to have a whole room in my house full of and yet I have a library and didn’t put the two together. Thank you so much!

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    Thanks!  I’ve actually had several requests for the paint color.  It was painted about 5 years ago so I’m going to have to see if we still have the cans in the basement.  I’m 5 days late right now and I’m on semi-bedrest so I can’t go scrounging around down there but I promise that as soon as I can, I’ll post the colors.  

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    I printed them myself. I just picked a bunch of books I wanted to use and searched online for high quality images. Then I printed them on photo quality paper. Except for The Giving Tree, which was the actual book cover torn off. The Alice In Wonderland print was torn from a calendar w/ book illustrations in it.

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    I’m not sure that words can express how much I love this! I work with, and I just googled “children’s book nurseries” and you popped up. This is amazing – nicely done!

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    Help! I love your nursery- so much that we are putting together a book themed nursery as well. I am having trouble finding high quality images of the book covers. Any tips? Thanks :)

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