Blogger Aileen Allen creates a gender- and color-neutral palette perfect for soothing any little one. See all of Aileen’s picks on her Styleboard.
When I found out I was pregnant, one of the things I was most excited about (besides meeting our baby, of course) was decorating the nursery. I’ve always loved nurseries and kids rooms, because they’re a chance to do something more whimsical and fun than you would in the rest of the house.
We live in Washington state and love the outdoors, so we decided to make the nursery nature-inspired.
I liked having a theme to narrow down choices and keep everything cohesive–but one that was broad enough to incorporate lots of different elements. Since Ian is our first kid, we tried to pick gender-neutral pieces wherever possible, especially for big-ticket items like the Babyletto Hudson Convertible Crib and the glider. In addition, we looked for things that weren’t too “babyish” so they can grow with him as he gets older, or be re-purposed into other rooms of the house. I think the wood stump side table is a great example of this–I would totally use that in the living room, as well.
We started with a neutral base–lots of white, grey, and light wood furniture. Since we live in a rental, we left the walls white, but we added removable star decals to one wall. Then, we layered in nature-themed art and accessories. For color, we tried to stick with aqua, mint green, and yellow wherever possible.
The nursery is a fairly small room, so it was important to find attractive storage solutions. A toy storage tower with canvas bins allows us to stash blankets and toys out of sight.
The tree bookshelf doubles as art.
All in all, I’m really happy with how Ian’s nursery turned out. This little room, which we hardly ever used before, has turned into one of my favorite rooms in the house.
– Aileen Allen of At Home In Love