Will's Yellow & Aqua Abode

My Room

Name: Will (4 months)
Location: United States

We decided to wait to find out what we were having, so I had the challenge of creating a gender neutral nursery. Plus it was a room without a usable closet, so I needed to create storage space. Of course I started scouring Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, and any photos of nurseries I could find to get ideas.

Originally the room was yellow, so I thought gray would be a good accent color and keep the room neutral. After pinning lots of nurseries I noticed a trend. They all had the same wall color — Benjamin Moore Robin's Nest. So I kept the accent colors yellow and gray but painted the walls the Robin's Nest blue.

Bedding was the biggest challenge. I couldn't find anything I liked that was modern and gender neutral in my colors. Custom bedding from Etsy was more then I wanted to spend, but inspired me to pull out my sewing machine and make my own. I made all the fabric items in the room!

To address storage I found an armoire on Craigslist that was the perfect size — it just needed a coat of paint. I updated it to include two rods to hang all of the cute baby clothes. We already had a plain IKEA dresser that just needed some dressing up. I found an inspiration photo on Pinterest and after many hours and several coats of paint I had a unique, fun piece for the room.

The frame gallery was my favorite part — as a photographer I knew I wanted to display photos of our family. I started off with plain white frames from IKEA and filled them with different scrapbook papers as placeholders until I had photos to fill them. I love using scrapbook paper for cheap art!

Overall I'm thrilled with the room. It makes me smile whenever I walk in! We had a boy — William Anthony on October 2, 2012, and he seems to like his room too.

Source List:


  • Dresser: IKEA Hemnes (painted by me from Pinterest inspiration)

  • Rocking chair: Family heirloom

  • Storage cubby: IKEA Expedit

  • Armoire: Craigslist (painted by me)

  • Crib: Walmart

  • Frames: IKEA

  • Elephant Mobile: Etsy seller aprilderek

  • Elephant Lamp: Homegoods

  • Bevel Mirror: Target

  • Bucket, Hanging bar and shelf: IKEA

  • Circus Prints: Etsy sellers: ScarletElla, Dreamy Photo, CarlChristensen

  • Bedding and all fabric items: made by me (*the crib has been cleared out of all items including the bumpers since Will started sleeping in it)


Thanks, Melissa! Readers, you can visit Melissa at Melissa Arlena Photography.

(Images: Melissa/Melissa Arlena Photography)

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Lauren is a writer, DIYer, and Etsy addict living with her family in her tiny work-in-progress home in Pennsylvania. When not blogging, she can usually be found chasing around one very spirited little three-year-old and snuggling her new baby girl.