Our sweet baby girl will be here in about three months, so we’re getting our house all ready for her!
I know she won’t care or probably even remember her first room, and she won’t even sleep there for the first 4-6 months anyway, so this is really more to help me feel ready for her arrival.
One way I process things is by planning and creating spaces in my home to make life easier or more beautiful, and with each space we finish, I fall more in love with my home. After they’re finished, these spaces are peaceful and cozy to me, which is exactly what I want in a nursery. Planning her nursery has been so much fun so far, and I think finishing it will make me feel just a little more ready for our world to be totally shaken up by a tiny new person.
I started these plans almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant, and well before we knew what her gender would be. Our house only has two bedrooms, so I wanted to make sure that whatever I designed could be gender neutral and work for two kids if needed, in case we have a boy next and they end up sharing a room while we’re in this house.
I knew I wanted wallpaper in the nursery, so I started looking everywhere for inspiration. I have all of my inspiration saved to my Nursery Pinterest board, which helped to keep my thoughts organized. I fell in love with quirky English Country style rooms, with their layered patterns, floral wallpapers and trim painted to match.
The main areas of my house are mostly neutral, but I wanted to have some fun with color in the nursery. Where better to play than a baby’s room, right? I started by looking for the perfect wallpaper, and after many swatches and a lot of debating, I came across this image that Chris Loves Julia shared on her Instagram story, and fell in love.
I loved that it looked vintage and a little earthy, and I didn’t think it looked too cheesy like a lot of kids’ stuff that wouldn’t go with the rest of our home. My mom pointed out that the rabbits’ eyes are a little spooky, but I think they’re kind of charming, and anyway, all kids need a little trauma early on, right? (If you don’t know I’m kidding… please take a deep breath and move along.)
It took a lot of searching, but I finally found the wallpaper here at St Jude’s, a British textiles company that collaborates with artists to print their art on wallpaper, fabric, and sell their art to the public. I reached out to the St Jude’s team, who were incredibly helpful and quick to respond to all my questions. After confirming the measurements I needed with a local wallpaper installer, I ordered the wallpaper and it arrived about a week later.
The nursery is naturally darker, as its windows are tucked under a magnolia tree and don’t get much natural light. I wanted to keep it cozy and paint the trim to match the blue in the wallpaper, like in this playroom by JCD Custom Home Design.
It was difficult to find any girl nursery inspiration with blue as the main color, or gender neutral nursery inspiration with colors other than gray and white. Even though this dusty blue will be the main color, I’m going to layer other more feminine colors and patterns in the room, and then if we need this to be a shared room with a baby boy later, it’ll be easy to make it more neutral.
This blue girls’ nursery by Emily Henderson is so fun and pretty–I love how she layered the pops of yellow and florals here.
Piecing all of these things together and playing around with the layering, I ended up with this rough mock-up of the nursery:
I’m still on the hunt for a vintage low dresser to use as a changing table, but in the meantime, I “borrowed” this image from The Glam Pad for the wooden dresser in my mock-up.
What we’ve ordered so far:
What we still have to order:
Paint touch ups will happen this week/weekend, and then wallpaper gets installed next week! After that, we’ll put together the crib and work on all the fun styling!
I’m sharing the most about the nursery in my Instagram stories and feed, so if you want to see more behind the scenes, that’s where I’ll be!♥
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