Baby Girl's Nursery, Part I

We will be ringing in the New Year with our first baby arriving sometime around March 1st :)  So, it only seemed appropriate to kickstart my blog again by sharing our nursery inspiration board.  The nursery is almost complete at this point - we just need to hang things on the walls and give it a good vacuuming before Baby Girl arrives (as well as purchase diapers, wipes, burp rags, etc ... eek!).  However, I am waiting to post actual pictures until we do a newborn photo shoot, hopefully sometime at the end of April. Nursery

I wanted the overall feel of the nursery to be calming but still playful.  Loud, bright colors aren't soothing to me, and I am not a pink person.  Neutrals, though, are peaceful and always stylish.  And so I went with Benjamin Moore's Stonington Gray on the walls.  This is one of my go-to neutrals.  In my opinion, it is a perfect balance between tan and gray, and it is just taupe enough to contrast with the dark grey crib.  Next, I decided on crisp white and a dusty turquoise as accent colors.  I love how the Malin Cirkel fabric from Ikea and the Cavallini & Co. Paris map bring in pops of turquoise, tan, grass green, and light pink.  We used the Malin Cirkel fabric for custom box valances (thank you, Handy Hubby), and I plan to also use it for a simple crib skirt.

The first major item we decided on was the Hudson Crib from Babyletto.  I searched everywhere for an affordable grey, modern crib, and this one fit the bill perfectly.  It converts to a toddler bed and daybed, so it should be useful for years to come.  It is also made with a non-toxic finish, so I won't freak out if Baby Girl starts teething and tries to take a bite out of it.

We already had the Ikea Kallax Storage system in Gloss White, which I was using in my office.  I am super bummed they don't make it in white gloss anymore, though, because I would purchase more drawers and cubbies!!  For now the system is outfitted with four drawers, two cubbies, and a ton of gray Kvarnvik boxes.  The Malm mini dresser, now available in gray (!) provides more storage and will serve as our changing table.  Another brilliant Ikea find was the Raskog Utility Cart.  It is the perfect shade of turquoise, and will store diapers, wipes, lotion, blankets, etc. beside the changing table.  We also already had the sheepskin rug, which our lab Annabelle is claiming as her spot in the nursery.  We were given a glider and ottoman by the amazing family I used to nanny for, so the one pictured is just something similar.  I made a custom slipcover from flax painter's cloth from Home Depot - durable, washable, AND inexpensive!!

The White Tree Decal is another key design item that I found early on.  It arrives next week, and I can't wait to see how it looks in the corner hanging over the crib!  I really think it will add whimsy and playfulness to the space.  I am also anxious to receive the Gem Mirror from Pottery Barn Kids arriving in the mail soon.  I wanted a circular, geometric mirror to hang above the changing table, and I am certain it is the perfect find :)

I fell hard for the Aden and Anais Azure collection.  The Azure beads swaddling blanket was the inspiration for our gray, white and turquoise theme.  I literally want everything in that collection!  If you have never felt their bamboo blankets or crib sheets, you are missing out.  I already purchased two of the Azure Leafy crib sheets (pictured) and have received some blankets as baby presents.

I am loving how our nursery has come together so far, and I look forward to sharing finished pictures with you in a few months!