I’m so excited to share the story behind our son’s nursery! Before we even became pregnant, I always envisioned a light and airy space for our babies to grow. I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict and found myself tucking away images of nurseries as inspiration, but this space really came together as our own! It was important to us that his nursery flowed with the style of the rest of our home, so we chose a lot of pieces that would also work well in other rooms once our little guy outgrew this space. I’m not big on color, in fact, we painted 90% of our house (this room included) the same shade of white! I’m also not big on over-the-top themes or characters, but we did choose some understated nautical pieces to add interest and whimsy without looking too baby-ish. Basically, we wanted his nursery to feel light and bright with just a hint of boyishness that could easily transition with him as he grows. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and our little guy seems to enjoy it now as well!
We have an older home, so we’ve updated and redesigned just about every square inch to fit our style, but this room takes the cake for having the most identities! It started out as a spare bedroom, transitioned into my husband’s office, and then finally became our son’s nursery! It’s a relatively small room with just one window, so we wanted to keep the room feeling light and open. We repainted and after trying out several different shades of gray that all seemed too dark, we stuck with a color that has worked well for us in several other rooms in the house—Benjamin Moore Brilliant White. I really think it’s the perfect neutral and looks great with both warm and cool accents. Our biggest DIY in this room was the wooden pallet wall which was completed entirely by my handy husband, but existed long before we became pregnant! We always joke that I’m the brains and he’s the muscle when it comes to designing our home, but he gets full credit for this one! When this room was previously his office, he came up with the idea to repurpose old pallets into an accent wall and I love the way it turned out! When it came time to turn this room into a nursery, we were torn about whether or not to take it down, but when we learned we’d be having a boy, we knew it was here to stay! I love how it breaks up the space and adds the perfect masculine touch without being over-the-top! We chose to balance out the warm tones of pallet wall by keeping the furniture light and gender neutral so we could use it again if we ever had another baby. We chose a simple white crib to pop against the wood wall and decided on using a dresser for the changing table so it can be used long after our diaper-changing days are over! We also stuck with soft neutral bedding and light curtains. I wanted the curtains to add another layer of texture and interest, so we actually purchased a pair of simple white curtains and added black pom pom trim to the edges ourselves! I searched high and low for simple nautical-inspired accessories to tie the rest of the room together and found the cutest whale tail hooks! We added rope handles to a set of woven baskets that hang from the hooks to collect our little guy’s toys, and created a gallery wall above his changing table with a few black and white art prints and captain’s mirror. We also hung a propeller-style fan, and added a side table with robe-wrapped legs to bring in that subtle hint of nautical we were after. Aside from the pallet wall, our favorite piece in this room is the metal wire crib sign! My husband would read Oh The Places You’ll Go to Charlie before he was born, and he still reads it to him every night before bed, so we thought it was the perfect saying to hang above his crib! Overall, we’re so happy with how this space turned out! It’s bright, yet full of texture and subtle touches of nautical-inspired accents, and we love how easily it can grow with our little guy!!!