I can remember planning Weston’s nursery. I was so excited to be pregnant that I went on the hunt as soon as we found out I was pregnant. For his nursery, I wanted to find some bedding for inspiration that was more neutral in nature because I didn’t know what I was having yet. And I wanted to avoid going crazy with pink if I found out I was having a girl.
In the end, it worked out well because I was able to do W’s nursery with primary colors and gray walls. Color-wise it transitioned well into a toddler room with a bit of a different theme. But when we found out I was having a little girl this time, Grambo and I let our imagination run with baby nursery ideas.
Mix & Match Baby Nursery Ideas
One thing I knew this time around is that I didn’t want a full bedding set with comforter, sheets, diaper organizer, bumpers, etc. We didn’t use a lot of it with W so I knew we didn’t need it. Plus, we wanted more of an eclectic feel because I love pink and knew it could end up looking like a pink explosion.
So I went with a few easy guidelines:
- Find an inspiration piece.
- Reuse pieces from around the house.
- Spend on pieces that really speak to me.
- Don’t discount the power (and affordability) of paint.
So first we went on the hunt for inspiration and found it in an old quilt that Grambo has made for years. We don’t know who made it but it has been in the family for many years. Combined with a rug I fell in love with at Target that had similar colors, we had our color palette!
Grambo and I let the colors guide the decisions we made in the nursery. We also did our best to keep the budget fairly low because once our little girl gets older who knows what she might like her room to look like. Why spend a fortune?
Instead of hitting up baby stores or furniture stores, I did a little research and chose a crib on Amazon. We went with a convertible crib in white. I knew I wanted a white crib because we had decided to reuse some white bookcases and shelves we already owned to save money.
Instead of purchasing an entire bedding set, I found a fitted sheet at Target that also had a coordinating valance for above the window. I am a huge polka dot fan and the colors went well with the quilt so it was a fun and affordable way to add a little whimsy to the room.
The artwork for above the crib came from Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale so we were able to get both pieces for the price of one! Definitely, the way I love to save and still have a gorgeous room.
The corner decorations were a mix of things Grambo found and puffs from my work baby shower. I love the mix and match look of the colors and the textures. I think it adds interest to the room. The butterfly garland was purchased while on vacation but could easily be a DIY project!
We did splurge on a butterfly mobile from Pottery Barn Kids because Grambo fell in love with it. But I’ve seen very similar projects on Pinterest (follow me there!) and know it can easily be a DIY project as well! We got a bar to display the inspirational quilt on the wall instead of artwork on this side of the room.
And then came the most challenging part of the room — the chair. We wanted a rocker or glider of some sort but didn’t want to spend $900+ on the ones that had the shape and look we wanted. So the search began. And finally, I found one on Amazon that had the look. But not being able to sit and test it out made me a little nervous.
Still, we took the plunge and ordered the glider in Ivory. I wanted something white but after reading reviews, I went for it and the chair really is closer to white than ivory. It’s also extremely comfortable and we have been very happy with it so far!
The closet corner of the room took a bit more work. We removed the closet doors because they didn’t work well and painted the inside of the closet. You can see the inside closet makeover and how easy it was with just a bit of paint! We found the curtains at Target and I loved that they were a bit more detailed than plain white sheers.
We had the dresser and shelves already so we didn’t have to buy anything. The dresser was a silver dresser from IKEA that we have owned for years. Grambo got out some spray paint and paint and set to work making it over. I think it ended up looking gorgeous!
The little lamp is from IKEA as well and everything on the shelves is from around the house. It pays to keep all of the home decor items in the garage because you might need them later!
Put it all together and my little girl has a beautiful nursery that is unique and very personal!