I received an email from Christine last week mentioning she was expecting a baby girl, and hoping for a few suggestions for their guest room turned nursery. Christine caught me at a weak moment because I’ve been thinking about designing a girl’s nursery lately. No I’m not expecting, nor do I plan to have any more babies, I think it’s simply the fact that I just sent my baby boy off to Kindergarten and the oldest leaves again for college in September. I declare it’s that emptier nest that has me thinking about nurseries!
“We are having our first baby girl and I love the color gray, so I’ve already painted the room in Behr’s ‘Dolphin Fin’. I really love owls and I’m looking for something pretty and whimsical with modern clean lines, nothing too babyish or cookie cutter.
I have a crib and dresser in white and the Serena & Lily bedding already. As you can see from my inspiration images, I have a modern style, love the feel of the woods, and don’t want any farm animals or butterflies.”
Then she sent me this picture of her blank canvas. Christine has already removed the bed and the window panels, stained the floors dark, and painted the walls gray. Amen sister, I’m liking this so far.
Christine sent along these inspiration images and a few comments about what she loves so much about these spaces.
Based on Christine’s inspiration images and also her preferred style, I pulled together a room for her in gray with touches of both pale and deep pink, apple green, and a few woodland accents to create a whimsical, pretty, and modern girl’s nursery.
Here’s what I came up with:
From top left: I took a cue from the shape of the fixture in her favorite boy’s space and chose this Olio double cylinder pendant as the main ceiling fixture for her girl’s nursery. A white frame gallery wall above the dresser (like in the last inspiration photo) would be perfect using both fabric swatches and prints like this modern woodland alphabet, the Pop Garden Peony fabric by Heather Bailey, and also Midwest Modern Honeycomb by Amy Butler. Mixing in these sweet wood wall owls and this adorable happy acorn wall clock in wood (not shown) would both add that whimsical woodland touch.
Apple green enters the space with these lattice panels – they bring a modern vibe to the room and are a paler softer version of the panels in the first inspiration image of the favorite boy’s nursery. I love the idea (also like in the first inspiration image) of adding this easy paint by numbers birch wall mural in white behind the crib to coordinate with the trim in the room and bring subtle contrast against the gray painted walls.
Christine already bought this set of Kate linens from Serena & Lily, and also has a six drawer dresser like this one, ideal for both storage and it acts as a changing table. I’d change out the plain white knobs with some blingy green glass Violette knobs from Anthropologie (not shown).
The Joya rocker with a white base and stone upholstery is from Monte Design (Land of Nod carries a few versions too). This floor lamp with a raspberry drum shade (not shown) works well for behind the rocker during reading time, and I’d be so tempted to splurge on (or ask grandma to buy) this apple herringbone throw (not shown) for those middle of the night feedings.
The scroll platinum rug is feminine but also sophisticated enough to grow with the space for years to come. The final rustic woodland touch comes from this natural stump side table, perfect for propping next to the rocker for setting down books or bottles.
I feel better now having designed
my imaginary dream oops I mean Christine’s sophisticated and ‘modern meets woodland’ baby girl’s nursery. Glad I got that out of my system, and gave Christine such a great space too!