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Soft and Airy Blue, Gray and Orange Boy’s Nursery


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.

Design Inspiration

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.

Decorating Style

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. :)

Project Details

Harbor Fog and White Wisp: Benjamin Moore Paint

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

Malm High Bed Farm w/ 2 Storage Boxes: IKEA

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

Lindon Lumbar Pillow in Smoke Blue: Pier 1

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

Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet in Sea Spray: West Elm

Kantha Coverlet: West Elm

Dusty Aqua Lofty Faux Mohair Throw: CostPlus World Market

Simply Shabby Chic Elegant Embroidered Euro Sham: Target

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

Blanket: Homemade by My Sister

Alphabet Nursery Art Print: Kindertype on Etsy

Picture FramesIKEA

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!

Favorite Items

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!)

Kasiopia Moore-Watts

Monday 16th of June 2014

This room is so Amazing!!! So much LOVE was put into every detail ....what a wonderful place to bring home Baby Soni ....Love all of your personal touches !!!