Our Baby Boy Nursery!

May 2nd, 2014


We finished our nursery a few weeks ago, but I wanted to save the big reveal until after our son had arrived!  He’ll be sleeping in our bedroom for at least the first few weeks, but I am so excited at how beautiful his room turned out.

As I’ve written about before, when we bought our house, furniture was a bit of an afterthought — we were moving from a small apartment into a big house, and our first six months as homeowners were focused on saving up to put in the pool (not an easy task when you just put a down payment on your first house!).  So I had a very limited budget for furniture and decor — I tried to use what we already had, and added accents where we needed them.

But for the baby’s room, it was a different story.  It started as a complete blank slate — at one point, the room was supposed to be an office for me (the “Sugarlaws” room), but I was working full time and never ended up using it.  So it became… a junk room.

And if you think I’m exaggerating, I’m not.  I’ll try to dig up some “Before” photos so you can see the transformation for yourselves, but I’ll tell you, flat out, this room was in bad shape. 

Garbage bag full of clothes we don’t wear? Throw it in the Sugarlaws room.  Random furniture that doesn’t work anywhere else? Sugarlaws room!  Bulky photography equipment? No need to clean it up, we can just close the door!  No one goes in there anyways, so who cares?

Yup… not exactly a beautiful, serene baby’s room. 

So when I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I did was to throw away or donate every single item in that room that wasn’t necessary.  The rest, I organized carefully into the closet, so that the room itself was completely empty.

Blank slate.

And then I started to have fun. 

I had two Pinterest photos as inspiration for this room (here and here), but I knew from the first moment that I wanted the color scheme to be turquoise.  After searching through tons of bedding (and even flirting with the idea of custom-made), I settled on the Harper pattern from Pottery Barn, and then built the rest of the decor around its aqua tone. 

And then I did a crucial thing: on Black Friday, I took advantage of every sale I could find, and ordered everything in one huge shopping day.  I ordered the rug, the crib, the bedding, and the glider all in the space of maybe 3 hours, taking advantage of the best deals I could find.  Then, I filled in the details with some personal touches: my sister gave me a beautiful lamp from Restoration Hardware, Chad’s old Care Bears and Popples, and too many more to name (including so many wonderful registry presents from our friends and family, which I am so grateful for!). 

All in all, I’m in love with this little room, and it’s given me a bit of the decorating bug for the rest of our house.  There’s something so exciting about having an idea and bringing it to life — especially when you know that you’re doing it for someone you care so much about!  As much as I adore this room now, I know I’ll love it even more it belongs to our baby boy.

And yes, if you’re curious: you can’t see it in the pictures, but the room definitely still has the drama-laden ceiling fan

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Serenity
Crib: Serena & Lily Liberty Crib
Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids Harper Nursery Bedding Collection
Throw Blanket: Target
Rug: Rugs USA Moroccan Diamond Shag Grey Rug (they have amazing sales — I got this for 70% off!)
Dresser: IKEA Henmes (check out my DIY on how the dresser was customized)
Glider: Little Castle Cottage Glider from Wayfair
Monogrammed Pillow: Pottery Barn Kids Harper Nursery Collection
Side Table: Ikea Henmes (we swapped out the knobs to match the dresser)
Baby Monitor: Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor
Rocking Horse: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids Harper Blackout Panel in Aqua
Wall Art: Oopsy Daisy Giraffe and Elephant prints (over dresser), Restoration Hardware watercolor animal prints (over crib), Pottery Barn Kids Ombre “You Are My Sunshine” Print (over changing table)
Mobile: Pottery Barn Kids Elephant Crib Mobile
Changing Table: DaVinci Jenny Lind Changing Table
Wicker Baskets: Pottery Barn Kids Sabrina Baskets
Mirror: IKEA Henmes
Diaper Pail: Ubbi Diaper Pail in Robin’s Egg Blue

I think I’ve included everything, but if there’s anything I’ve missed, let me know! 









Tags: baby · home

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rosemaryandthegoat // May 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I Love the baby’s room. My daughter is using grey with aqua and orange touches. Little Bear will enjoy his new surroundings I’m sure.

  • 2 Barn Door Hardware // May 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Veri Nice is Beautiful i love the color is perfect

  • 3 Alli McGinnis // May 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Congrats on your lil man! Love your nursery. It’s a similar color scheme to mine! http://www.allimcginnis.com/2014/03/music-inspired-nursery.html

  • 4 laur // May 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Please stop calling him bear! Same name as some recent celeb babies and he will be made fun of! Dylan is a lovely name 🙂

  • 5 Helena // May 8, 2014 at 5:41 am

    So beautiful!


  • 6 Nora Gouma // May 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Love the baby’s room….stuff is sooooo cute….xoxoxo….:)


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  • 9 Mia B // Sep 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Katy! I know this post is old but I’ve had it bookmarked for the time we start working on Baby’s nursery … and that time is now! I’ve been to a dozen stores looking for a plush, soft rug for the nursery. I’ve been afraid to buy one online because I can’t feel it to see if it’s soft and squishy and really comfy for Baby to crawl on or push his/her face into … do you think the rug you got at RugsUSA is really plush and thick? Thanks for any help you can provide!

  • 10 katy // Sep 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    It’s definitely plush and think — it’s not as soft as some that I’ve seen, but I *really* like it.  Bear has crawled on it, although I generally prefer to keep him on play mats rather than the rug when he’s stick his face into the ground!

  • 11 Mia B // Sep 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Thanks so much for the response. I think we are going to go ahead and get it, and will have a backup plan to use it in another room just in case.  They’re having a 70% off sale through today so I feel pressure to jump on it – so glad to hear you have a good recommendation for it.

    On another note, I wanted to send condolences on the loss of your sweet doggy. So very sorry for your family. One of our three beloved cats passed away when I was only 9 weeks pregnant, and I can completely relate to some of the things you mentioned in your post. You picture your family a certain way (fur babies included) and it is heartbreaking to realize your child will not have life experiences with such a wonderful member of the family. Not to be a downer (gah, these hormones), but I just wanted to send out a virtual hug.

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