I’ve known for years before becoming pregnant that I wanted to have a light and bright nursery design no matter the gender of our baby (see my pinterest inspiration board here). While browsing for ideas during the design process of our little tot’s room, I read that a nursery shouldn’t be too stimulating since it’s primarily a place for sleeping in the early years, so that further reinforced my desire to create a neutral, soothing space. While I started with the idea to pick everything in shades of white, ivory, or linen, I made a few exceptions along the way but ultimately ended up with pieces I don’t think I’ll ever tire of.
The rug and the dresser were two things I found early on that I immediately had my heart set on. The rug is from the Monique Lhuillier x Pottery Barn collection; it’s the perfect blush pink color without being too colorful. Though it may seem like a rug on carpet isn’t necessary, it really pulls the whole room together and I couldn’t imagine the nursery feeling finished without it. The dresser is a beautiful natural mango wood inlaid with bone in the most delicate pattern that made my heart flutter when I laid eyes on it. I joke that if she doesn’t want to keep it when she moves out one day, I’m totally putting it in my room.
One thing that was paramount for the nursery was having lots of storage space. Other than the dresser, there aren’t any surfaces in the room on which to store things, so Blake and I spent a weekend making these DIY floating shelves for either side of the window. One side holds all the books we have and, with the glider underneath, it makes a perfect reading corner. On the other side, I got these Ikea storage boxes and filled them with diapers and wipes to make a changing station above the dresser. Finally, I got these storage baskets and toy chest to maximize the space in the closet. I keep rolled up swaddles, receiving blankets, burp cloths, etc. in the baskets and extra packages of wipes plus a few plush animals in the toy chest.
The crib we chose is a light gray distressed wood with gray upholstery, and best of all it converts to a full size bed so it can be used for many years to come! For this reason it was important to choose something that would still be appropriate for an older girl even into teenage years. The swivel glider was the last big furniture item we got; I’ve used it for feeding, reading books, and I’ve even taken naps in it. The final finishing touch was hanging these Monique Lhuillier white linen blackout curtains which were a must, because in the morning the sun shines directly in the window making the room very bright.
While the nursery didn’t turn out to be a monochrome white room like those I was initially inspired by, I loved the process of finding each piece and I’m beyond happy with how the whole design came together!
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MONIQUE LHUILLIER RUG | BONE INLAY DRESSER | JULIENNE UPHOLSTERED CRIB | WINGBACK SWIVEL GLIDER | WHITE LINEN BLACKOUT CURTAINS | GLASS FINIALS & CURTAIN ROD | LAMB ROCKER | MONIQUE LHUILLIER CRIB SHEET | ANIMAL PLUSH PLAYMAT | STORAGE BASKETS | TOY CHEST | WHITE STORAGE BOXES | CHANGING PAD & COVER | DIAPER PAIL | WHITE NOISE MACHINE | ACTIVITY GYM