Emerson’s Not So Girly Aqua and Gray Nursery

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  • DIY Aqua and Grey Elephant Mobile
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  • Gray and White Striped Accent Wall for the Nursery


I designed this nursery for my daughter Emerson Charlotte. I have never been a fan of pink, so when I found out we were having a girl, I was determined to design a room for her that would be clean, modern, and a non-traditional shade of blue. I also wanted to incorporate a daybed so that we would still have a place for out-of-town guests. Later on, the daybed will be her big girl bed. I also love that the walls and furniture are neutral so they can grow with her and combine with other colors later on.

Design Inspiration

I was inspired by a set of crib sheets that I found at Target. One was gray and white chevron, and the other was aqua with little white elephants.

Decorating Style

I love mixing vintage items with clean lines and modern shapes. Cool colors like blue and gray are my favorites and can be found throughout our house.

Project Details

I made the artwork using scrapbook paper. I also made the elephant mobile and matching stuffed elephant. The chest was my husband's from his childhood room. He sanded it and painted it a glossy white. The bookshelves are from Ikea and are filled with hand-me-down books from Emerson's big brother Jackson. He helped me paint the big E and little H. The tiny ceramic deer belonged to Emerson's great-grandmother. A crocheted blanket on the end of the crib was made by a family friend and goes perfectly with the colors of the room.

Favorite Items

I love the big drawers in the daybed. They have tons of storage room. The daybed also turns into a full size bed for guests or for when Emerson gets older.


When babies are small, you will spend a lot of time in the nursery, so do a room that makes you happy. It can make long days and nights a little brighter!


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    I love the ikea daybed and was considering getting it for my nursery, but read several poor reviews. Do you think the quality of the bed is worth the buy? I read the slats broke easily.


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