ADVENTURE THEMED GENDER NEUTRAL NURSERY
Today I found the perfect little chair for this space and shared it on my Instagram stories, I’ll have to clean it up a bit before it makes its way upstairs. Follow along to see all the updates! I’m sort of glad y’all voted against painting it, once I reupholster the cushion I probably won’t be in the mood haha.
I am proud (and also pleasantly surprised) to say that my husband and I finished our baby’s nursery about three weeks before our due date! I waited for our baby shower to make the final purchases and design choices, and the nursery was pretty much done a week later. The only thing we needed to wait for, was Baby Brown’s name sign, and since we decided not to find out her gender beforehand, the room couldn’t be done done until we met our little one.
Welp, I ordered her name sign three days after she was born, and it is finally here! I had the sign made by this shop who had a really great system set up on their website. You can preview what everything is going to look like beforehand, which was awesome. It took a few weeks to get here but it is totally worth the wait, I really love that thing.
HAVING A GENDER NEUTRAL SPACE FOR OUR BABY WAS IMPORTANT TO ME.
This was not only because we plan to continue adding to the family, and neutral is… neutral, and therefore easy to work with. I also knew that this would be a room that I would spend a lot of time in. PLUS, the baby doesn’t really care what the room looks like right now. When Isla does start to share her little opinions, it’ll probably be about time for updates anyway. So, I went with my favorite shade of white on the walls, with a little under the chair rail. I really wanted to keep the walls as plain as I could (also, I love that white, it’s in our master bedroom too 😆) because I knew I’d be bringing in lots of color through decor, toys, books, clothes and all the baby gear.
The adventure theme sort of sprung from my wanting a world map up somewhere and my husband wanting wild animals sprinkled around the nursery. The olive green and mustard were as opposite to pink and blue as I could think of, and went really well with the random bits of gold that ended up around the room.
BEFORE AND AFTERS ARE ALWAYS FUN.
So, the first thing I wanted to address was the closet. I wanted to have one that our baby could eventually grow into and be able to access. The custom pieces that were in the closest were not very functional for us, so we decided to just remove everything (doors included) and start fresh.
The crib was one of the first things I started saving for. It converts into a toddler bed and does not have a side that slides down, which were the top two functions I was looking for. It’s an added bonus that it wasn’t too expensive.
Crib prices are outrageous by the way. This one wasn’t as bad as most of the styles I liked.
It’s the smallest room in our house but I love how cozy and bright this space is. There’s still got enough room to roll around and I tried to leave a lot open for us to add items as Isla grows. I’m sure I’ll tweak things as I learn this mom thing but for now, the nursery is perfect!