Serene, Neutral Girl Nursery inspired by Nature

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While my husband and I are overjoyed at having a little girl any day now, neither of us have ever been particularly fond of the color pink. So, we immediately knew we wanted her nursery to feel like an extension of our home and therefore utilized green, taupe, white, and a few blush accents to keep it perfectly neutral, yet beautifully sweet for our little girl.

Our home is located adjacent to a creek on a few beautiful, tree filled acres, and our contemporary home has floor to ceiling windows which often feels like living in a treehouse. The majority of our time at home is spent outside and we hope to pass that love of the outdoors onto our children, starting with the wall covering mural that was the inspiration for her nursery. We loved the idea of her waking up to sleeping among the trees and letting her imagination run wild, so the wall covering was our first easy decision. However, we knew we also needed a crib that would not detract from the focal point mural and would allow her to enjoy it from inside. We have several acrylic furniture pieces in our home, so it only made sense that her crib have acrylic rails and mid-century modern legs allowing the wall covering to shine and the room take shape.

As a collaborative couple, we excitedly worked through several mood boards, but ultimately chose to keep the furniture light and bright by mixing in a coordinating dresser and bookshelf that would have great longevity and flexibility well into her big kid years. The nursery is carpeted, but we wanted to incorporate additional pattern, so we chose to layer a large rug over it that brought taupe and white into the space in addition to a soft sheepskin for tummy time. Once these large elements were established, the details of the room really began to take shape. Copper and blush play well together so we included a copper mirror, mobile, wall shelves, and end table to unify the metallic elements throughout the space.  Animals also play a big role in our life and we know she will love them as we do, (starting with her furry brother and sister!) Therefore, the precious baby animal canvases incorporated the simple, modern aesthetic we love and the ride-on swan is a beautiful keepsake from her grandma and grandpa that we can’t wait to see her enjoy.

Even though my husband and I enjoy a very clean, modern aesthetic throughout our home, we wanted to ensure that her nursery still felt warm and inviting.  Despite the beautiful natural light her nursery receives, layered lighting still became a crucial component to achieve the desired warmth, so we selected a modern copper ceiling fixture, but placed it on a dimmer switch for ultimate baby friendly flexibility. A sculptural floor lamp with sturdy marble base completed the reading nook and a geometric table lamp on the dresser will work perfectly for late night diaper changes.

We feel personalization was the most enjoyable part of planning her nursery because it’s those elements, no matter how big or small, that show the love and thought behind the process of preparing for a little one. Her bookshelves are full of special tokens from each of us, including modern building blocks we cut and hand painted, a tiny wooden car that was my husbands’ when he was a baby, and a classic book set she already has of my childhood favorites. Every last detail was intentional, including the incorporation of faux cacti and succulents. Our home is full of succulents and greenery, but in order to keep everything safe (and bug free) for her, we opted for sweet faux versions to warm up the space and bring even more of the outside in.

Her nursery ultimately ended up a serene, modern, and feminine version of ‘where the wild things are’ with personal touches that we can’t wait to see her enjoy once she arrives. It’s already such a happy place for us as we take turns sitting on the glider, anxiously awaiting our baby girls’ arrival.

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    Your nursery is gorgeous!!! I’d love to see a house tour. May I ask the room size and rug dimensions? My son has wall to wall carpet and all of his furniture is pushed to the walls to maximize floor space. I really want to add an area rug to break up the see of beige carpet. We have a grey & white wallpaper (Chasing Paper Wild Thing) on one wall and his toys make his room rather colorful.

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    Hi Tiffanie, Thank you so much! We are so happy with how it turned out as well. This room is just a few inches shy of being 11’x14′ and we purchased an 8’x10′ of the rug, which gave us the little border of carpet on all four sides that we barely notice due to the furniture covering most of it. I hope this helps you!

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    Hi Lisa, The side table is the martini table from West Elm. I had a bright orange one I wasn’t using anymore so I spray painted the sides white and the top copper to get that colorway! (they previously sold one in that colorway, but I don’t believe it’s available anymore so I’ve linked the solid gold!)

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    Hi Andra, thank you so much! The animal canvases are actually from Marshalls and I got them a little while back, but I still see one or two from time to time.

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    Hi Rachel, thank you so much. The mobile is actually from Target! It was the Threshold brand, I believe. I have not been able to find it on the website, but stores may still have one.

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    Such s beautiful room! I can see her growing imagining and exploring in there! Can you please share where the animal prints are from and what sizes you chose?
    Thanks!

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    Hi Heather, the hamper is from Home Goods and I unfortunately don’t remember who made it. I see them there often, though, so it’s worth a look at your local store!

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    What a beautiful nursery! Just finishing ours for our little girl due next week. Would you mind sharing where the bookcase is from?

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    I’m having a little boy, but this room is exactly what I’m looking for to keep things gender neutral. What color are the walls in the room?

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