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Gender Neutral Nursery for Baby S.


We wanted to create a fun bright general neutral nursery for our first baby! There was no real theme in mind other than trying to portray a classic retro look with a modern twist.

Design Inspiration

I was originally inspired by a fun bright nursery I saw on Project Nursery that was aqua blue with bright yellows. I loved the light sunny feel of it. As the project progressed it became more and more our vision. 

Decorating Style

I didn't want the room to be overly themed. My style is a mix of traditional, retro, whimsy, and modern tones if that makes any sense. I really just choose pieces I loved and put them together to create the final project. I didn't want the room to come off too cutesy.

Project Details

I had decided I wanted the room to be a mix of blues, greens, and yellows based on my original inspiration. I later decided to add some pops of red to create a more modern retro feel. I love the collage wall with baby pictures of my husband and me. The stuffed owl was a diy project completed before we purchased any furniture or painted the room.  I am very attracted to all things elephant, but tried to limit myself on elephant items at my husbands request.

My husband's family owns a toy company so we encourporated a lot of the vintage tin toys in the decorating.

Crib - Europa Baby

Hemnes Dresser - Ikea

Expedit bookcase - Ikea 

Glider/Recliner - Babies R Us

Giraffe & Lion Prints - I purchased these at a local boutique, but there is a set of 9 available at the link above.

Strawberry Roots print over changing table

Balloons Mobile

Twinkle Twinkle Art Over Closet - Bella Luna Boutique Rehoboth, DE

Tan Hamper - Land of Nod

Red hanging Lamp - Ikea

Change Table Basket - Pottery Barn Outlet

Mirror over crib - Homegoods (repainted yellow)

Blue Side Table - Homegoods


Owl Pillow - I made this using a free pattern and my own fabrics

T-shirt Blanket on glider - Made using my husbands old t-shirts create a very personal keepsake. I used t-shirts from our town, college, vacation spots, favorite sports teams, honeymoon, etc.

Keep Calm & Rock On, LOVE, and Philly skyline were all handmade by cutting out the designs using an exacto knife.

Bedding/Curtains - Made by grandma

Rocking Horse - Handmade my Uncle

Favorite Items

I love the  Masha D'yans Strawberry Roots print! I discovered her work after seeing another print in thisNursery that I loved on PN. Now I want to buy more of her prints.

I also love how the cutouts I made turned out. Especially the Keep Calm art. 


Start with one or two pieces you love as inspiration and go from there. I was overwhelmed at first by the possibilities. I have heard a lot of people say a good place to start is your bedding and I would agree with that.  Also, make the room yours. As much as you may love a nursery you see online it is so fun and rewarding to let the room come together organically and become very personal to you!

Please let me know if you have any questions about any specific items in our nursery!


Wednesday 25th of May 2011

Did you have to secure the Hemnes dresser to the wall as recommended on the Ikea website?


Friday 29th of April 2011

Masha is also one of my fav designers and wanted to incorporate her art in the baby's room as well! Love your room!


Tuesday 26th of April 2011

Question: Do the crib and dresser appear to have the same finish since they are from different companies? Do they appear glossy or matte? Thank you! 


Friday 1st of April 2011

I am in love with the colors you used! especially the one you used on your wall. And oh, those framed art pieces really add an interesting touch to everything.