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.
- 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)