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the nursery : the plan

you guys seemed to be excited about designing the nursery, so i thought i’d share right away!

his room is pretty much cleaned out now — but it’s been the junk room since we moved in, we always had the intention of making it the nursery someday but let it fill waaay up when we just had the movers put everything miscellaneous in there. we’ve spent the last few weeks slowly taking everything out (and trying to sell a bunch on craigslist) and it’s finally starting to feel more like his room. 

i want the nursery to be as uncluttered as possible, but it does seem like you need an endless supply of things for a baby so i’m really going to have to focus on keeping it as minimal as possible, and making sure everything has a place (i struggle with that, which is why almost every drawer in the house is cluttered with endless crap). i haven’t really started purchasing yet, instead i’m slowly creating this plan and researching, so that i know everything works together.

here is some of my favorite very neutral and yet still totally cozy inspiration…

photo sources : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

the room isn’t huge, but it isn’t tiny — so we have some flexibility but i really don’t want to “fill” it up. besides the crib, rocker chair, ottoman and a dresser, i’m still considering a small shelf for toys and books — and that’s it hopefully. pretty sure that’s standard right? am i missing anything?

now, i desperately tried to get the cats to not be in every before photo, but they just wouldn’t allow that. such punks. so here’s his room in all it’s pink glory :


i really want to keep everything feeling very light and white and bright (yes i know, this look will be hard to maintain when i have a little messy boy running around but i’m gonna take my chances) — so i’m going to keep everything really neutral and add in some color in accessories and toys and books, etc. the only two things i’ve purchased so far are a vintage beni rug from ebay and a jonathan adler nightlight (its on sale!).

paint / updates

we’ve taken down the disney fan and replaced it with a simple globe light, and we’re painting the room the same color as the rest of the house (behr ultra pure white). my parents joked and joked and joked about the fact that i’d be painting it white, but jokes on them because gid started painting and it looks dope and they’re gonna be eating crow when they see it. the room is by far the brightest in the house so it’s looking so pretty all white and clean. we also got the same blackout window shades we have in our bedroom, they work so well, are so safe and easy, and are cheap!

the closet

i just hate sliding mirrored closet doors, so we’re deciding what to do about the doors now. we are going to either replace the mirrored panels with plywood and paint white, and add some nice hardware — but the closet is actually really big so i would love to take better advantage of it with bi-folding doors, but i’m having trouble finding those for the size. if you guys have opinions on this, please chime in! in terms of the interior of the closet, it’s designed for an 8 foot person, which neither the baby nor i will be, so i considered getting a custom closet, but decided it’s too expensive and started researching alternatives. i found this closet kit, so we’ll be installing it soon!

accessories / storage

with the rug and the woven ottoman below… and 8,000 pieces of muslin fabric like every website suggests you need, i’m hoping the room will feel nice and textured. besides the closet, we have the space for a large dresser, which i’ll convert to the changing table as well. i’m also eyeing lots of baskets such as the one below for corralling toys, and i love this woven hamper. can all the moms out there tell me just how many baskets i’ll need? i have a feeling that i’m going to end up with them all over the house.

in terms of bedding, i’m thinking of mostly white for crib sheets with a cute quilt. the blanket below is more inspirational than something i’m planning to buy, but i’m keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect quilt (these ones are so nice). not really sure about this yet. i’m also having a custom brass mobile made like below, so excited about it. (i considered DIYing but then decided i totally didn’t feel like it).


rocker / brass mobile / basket / crib / stool
woven pouf / blanket / dresser

that’s really all the updates i have so far, excited to get it started and share it with you guys! for anyone who has done this before — would love any advice for what i’m missing, what is crucial, what i don’t need that everyone says i do, etc.

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  1. So beautiful, as usual. But, girl, you are going to have so.much.stuff. Even if you only buy just what you need, people you love are going to give you all of the things. I would suggest way more cubbies in the closet. Also, love the stool, but he’s going to bump his head on it as soon as he starts standing and moving around. Sorry to be a downer, I’ve just been there before!

  2. This is giving me baby fever and i’m not even engaged yet…. lol
    Cant wait to see your take on all this inspo!

  3. I literally buy baskets whenever I can. They are my number one cute storage solution to all of my toddlers’ “stuff”! Moral of the story: get all of the baskets.

  4. Herzliebchen says:

    Love it, but…yes, you need storage – a lot of it! My kids are 3 and 1 and they seem to have more cloth, books and shoes as my hubby and me, not even talking about the toys.
    Take care and greetings from good old Germany

  5. You may want a rocker you can lean your head back on. You and hubbie are going to be mighty tired.

  6. Janel Afjari says:

    I say take the closet doors off completely and have an open concept closet. 😉

  7. I’ve been eyeing that rocker! Would love to know if it’s comfortable after you get to break it in 🙂

  8. They sell a very similar dresser to that one at Living Spaces- we bought it for my daughter’s room and are super happy with it. Customer service was also v. good and it was delivered fully assembled! Never thought I would ever in a million years buy something from LS but we had a much better experience purchasing this from them than several (much more expensive) pieces we bought from West Elm at the same time.

    Plus the price was right and I used that extra $$ I was going to spend on a dresser to splurge on other things for the room like textiles and artwork 🙂

  9. Jordan Graves says:

    I have that rocker in our nursery and we LOVE IT!! My daughter is now 1.5 years old and we have another baby coming next month and it’s still good as new!

  10. Hey Molly – I’m so excited for your new baby, congrats! I wanted to see if you would be doing a post about babies + your cats. I know you are probably well aware about the issue of cats and the toxoplasma gondii virus. However, I feel like there are plenty of families who still have cats and young children with no issues. And – it seems terrible to have to give up a cat once you have a baby.

    What are your thoughts on this? Is it a real issue to be worried about? Have you also gotten negative feedback from family and friends about your cats once you announced your pregnancy? Thank you!

  11. Safe cribs are empty cribs – except for baby of course. No blankets or cute stuffed animals or anything.

  12. Sorry but white is fine til wheaning starts and trust me, carrot juice is just horrible! Ottoman…looks pretty, but it’s a terrible use of space. Get big comfy pillows because they’ll be great if you wanna lay down, your kid will lay down…No to those mirror doors: fine as long as the baby doesn’t crawl. We had to get rid of one as my kid kept pushing it and knocking it to see what happens. I dreamed of a room like yours…till my kid was born and suddenly have so much stuff!!! Put his books and toys close to his reach, fix anything into the walls … and buy colours, loads of colours. Get your kid excited about colours, helps a lot with their development. Good luck and don’t stress out too much, you’ll be fine.
    French mum from the UK

  13. Hey there ! Great post ! Did you consider a changing table? Ours also held diapers, etc

  14. I’d love to know what you come up with for the closet, all of our closet doors are awkward sized. So far I’ve concluded that I’ll either need to custom build bi-fold doors or deal with the sliding mirrors (nooooo!).