Skip to Content

Modern, Whimsical & Mostly DIY


We put together this gender-neutral nursery before our son was born.  He was a delivery room surprise and we plan to use this room as a nursery for future children - so we wanted a neutral palette.   We gutted everything in the room except the flooring.  Our home was a foreclosure - so each room needs a lot of work!  It was so much fun to DIY this space for our little one.

Design Inspiration

First, I was inspired by the chandelier.  I bought it for another room in the house, but wound up using a different lighting fixture and saved it.  Once we found out we were pregnant, I thought it would be a sweet addition to the nursery - so that's where the white & silver idea came from.  As the room was coming together, I realized we needed some pops of color - so we threw in some bright yellow - with the "You Are My Sunshine" piece tying that all together.

Decorating Style

My husband and I work together on every aspect of our home.  We have two very different styles and often have to compromise. He likes things simple and modern - while I like whimsical and eclectic.  This room is a good example of how we blend those styles.

Project Details

I just put together an exhaustive list of where we got/how we did everything in this space (for under $1K!) on our blog:

Favorite Items

This nursery has a few special touches...

  • The bird painting: My mother is an accomplished artist and we commissioned her to do the bird painting.  She'll add more birds to the wire as our family grows.
  • The elephant: We found the leather elephant piece for a steal at a local consignment store. We love having one oversized statement piece and can't wait until Kenton is big enough to climb on it!
  • The Putter: Dear friends of ours gave us a Ping putter, cut to 21 inches - the length Kenton was at birth - and had his name engraved on the face of the putter.  We put it on prominent display and look forward to seeing him talk about it one day during his Golf Channel special after his first U.S. Open win. :)


Start early!  We really enjoyed slowly "chipping away" at the nursery and not rushing right at the end to get it finished.  That allowed the style to evolve into something we really love!

Nursery Décor Trend: Metallics | Petite Lemon Blog

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

[…] We’d love to see our Perfect Pennant personalized growth chart in Yellow accent the current framed prints that pop against the wall of chic silver circles in this nursery. (Project Nursery) […]

DIY: Polka Dot Nursery Wall - Project Nursery

Friday 10th of January 2014

[…] we loved all her DIY projects but especially her innovative use of contact paper for her the awesome polka dot nursery wall in her son’s baby room. Thank you, Michelle, for sharing with our […]


Thursday 6th of September 2012

Please, please, please tell me where you got the picture frames on the wall? Thank you! LOVE the room!


Friday 11th of November 2011


My mom did the bird painting for us and will add little baby birds as our family grows. She does commissioned work, if you're interested -

Thanks! Michelle


Monday 31st of October 2011

I love the room! Where did you get that amazing bird painting over the changing table???