This is my baby boy's nursery. I absolutely love it. We have this really large second bedroom in our place that we wanted to set up for the baby and also as a guest room for when family comes to visit. Getting this space ready has been the highlight of my pregnancy, and has served as a symbolic guide to preparing for motherhood in other ways. I just loved being able to take time and care in choosing each and every piece, texture and color.
To get inspired for this room, I did LOTS of searches for blue, gray and orange boy nurseries. Initially, I wanted aqua walls (which explains the plentiful uses of teal/aqua in decorating), but hubby thought a simple, baby blue would be way more masculine. Regardless, we wanted to keep everything very light and soft, and what we ended up with is a sweet, airy and practically gender-neutral room that feels just right for our baby boy. Since we'll move before he's a toddler (we rent), we don't have to worry about building a room that he can grow into, so for now, it's all baby! But it's baby without being babyish, I think. It has dignity.
My husband and I also both really like to travel and explore the world and cultures (we are bicultural, he being from India and me growing up in the US), so we included touches of travel-themed decor around the room. We also added lots of personal touches, like photos of us as babies and small tokens from our own childhoods.
My style is soft, airy and bright. My camera work doesn't quite capture how airy and breathy this room feels when you stand in it, so I've posted a couple of pro shots from our pregnancy photo shoot. Since the room doesn't get a ton of natural light, I really wanted to choose colors and textures that would keep the space open - like you're looking into a bright, blue sky. Visitors describe feeling like they're floating on a cloud. That's the best compliment. :)
Mandal 6-Drawer Dresser: IKEA
Luxe Slipcovered Swivel Glider in Onyx: Crate&Barrel
Faux Leather Pouf: Land of Nod
Kendall Low-Profile Fixed Gate Crib: Pottery Barn Kids
Threshold Color Block Round Woven Basket: Target (actually an overturned basket/hamper)
Pedestal Table: Craigslist (Originally Pottery Barn) and Painted Champion Cobalt from Benjamin Moore
Herringbone Rug in Gray: Pottery Barn Kids
Kort Art Card: IKEA
Old French School Map: Friend (Frame from Poster Frame Depot)
Diaper Pail: Dekor Plus
Antique Brass Plane Globe: CostPlus World Market
Orange Lamp: LumiSource purchased from Amazon
Hanging Lamp: Repurposed from my Childhood Bedroom
"Oh, the Places You'll Go" Wall Decal: TheStickerHut Etsy shop
Hot air balloon & clouds Wall Decals: SimpleShapes Etsy shop (I ended up taking down the hot air balloons because the shade of blue I ordered wasn't quite right.)
Threshold Chiffon Window Sheers: Target
Kantha Coverlet: West Elm
Dusty Aqua Lofty Faux Mohair Throw: CostPlus World Market
Standard Pillow Sham: Homemade by my Mom w/ "Zoo Animal Stripe" Fabric from JoAnn Fabric
Decorative Throw Pillow Cover in Orange Jacks: ktechstyles on Etsy
Lolli Living Fitted Crib Sheet: Bot Dot from Giggle
Homemade Skirt by My Mom: JoAnn Fabric
Alphabet Nursery Art Print: Kindertype on Etsy
Picture Frames: IKEA
The paper balloons, heart garlands and tissue paper flowers were all created by my sister for my baby shower. I love that I get to use them in my baby's room!
It's so hard to choose my favorite item in this room! I love it all.
My favorite practical item: The glider. It was our "splurge" and it's so perfect. It features a high back and a slipcover, which provide comfort & durability. This chair will last us a long time, and can be used elsewhere in the house when it's no longer needed in this room.
My favorite decorative item: the wall decal. I love the design and the fact that TheStickerHut sized it so perfectly to fit over our crib. Work with them! They're great. :)
This room took the whole length of my pregnancy to come together. My advice is to gather items slowly, and like each and every thing in the room. Use soft colors, but don't be afraid to add pops of bright and fun. Most of all, enjoy it! And don't worry about duplicating anything else you see exactly; make it your own. Trust your instincts! (Great parenting advice, too, I've been told!)