Never have I ever loved interior design the way my heart pitter patters for creating my girls’ nurseries. From the initial color scheme research to hanging the final piece of decor, I relish in the entire process!
Since the only thing missing from her room at this point is her (c’moooon girlfriend!), I figured that it was a good time to snap some photos and show you around my new favorite room in the house.
Pink and Gray Nursery Tour
The starting line was selecting her wallpaper. The wallpaper accent wall trend took off with full steam a couple years ago, and I was highly interested in jumping on the bandwagon and making this the focal point in Jillian’s nursery.
So after emptying out this room (our former home office), I got to work with researching wallpaper. There are countless brands that sell wallpaper, but Rocky Mountain Decals kept coming up on Pinterest and Instagram.
I found a print that I loved (Snowy Rose) but was nervous to bite the bullet because of the potential tedious labor of hanging wallpaper (something neither Jamie nor I have ever done) but also because of the expense.
But once I found out that my bestie Jessica completely coincidentally had just hung Rocky Mountain Decal wallpaper in her four year old’s room (and hearing about how satisfied she was), I jumped online and ordered seven self-adhesive strips. After much research, it became obvious that you get what you pay for when it comes to removablewallpaper (i.e. ease of installation, quality of adhesion, durability and longevity, etc.). I am overly satisfied with the outcome and highly, highly recommend this brand if you’ve interested in going this route with an interior space.
The glider in the corner is the same one that Jamie’s grandmother purchased for us when I was expecting Hadley in 2013. It’s still very comfortable and a very sentimental piece of furniture for me. That glider has held me during the highest and lowest moments of motherhood and I look forward to sinking into it again to rock, read to, and nurse Jillian.
The accent pillow is recycled from when I decorated Sadie’s nursery (her nursery was pink, mint, and gold).
I hung these shelves when we were creating the office and decided to leave them hung in the nursery. I found them spontaneously at Home Goods, and though I was hesitant at the time to buy them so spontaneously, I am very glad now that I did.
For whatever reason, I was extremely indecisive about how I wanted to decorate over Jillian’s dresser. I finally decided to just take a few hours and browse At Home, hoping for some inspiration that varied from everything I was finding on the internet. As soon as I saw this mirror/hooks/basket piece, I scooped it up.
I loved how the natural wood matched the shelving, and I also really liked how the pewter metal tied in the gray in the wallpaper. I’ve never had a great way to organize baby headbands in the past, so this provided a wonderful solution!
The two flowers were also a spontaneous find from At Home. I saw the bigger one first and loved it, but didn’t quite know what to do with it. A few minutes later I saw the smaller one for sale, and the idea hit me to semi-stack them above the dresser with the headband piece. I laid it all out on the ground in an aisle, got a feel for what it would look like, and threw it all in my cart.
The dresser and crib were purchased online from Target. Sadie’s “big girl” bed was formerly the crib she and Hadley used as infants, so we had to get a new one for Jillian. We weren’t interested in spending extra money to get something that converts to a double bed (since the expense of the converter pieces are typically just as expensive as buying a brand new bed), so we settled on something feminine and simple that will work well for a couple of years (and then we’ll sell it).
The dresser is the matching set and also inexpensive. The reviews online were excellent though, which was helpful in picking it out. A random stroll around Hobby Lobby led me to these pink knobs, which were priced at $6.99 a piece. I was hesitant to spend $45ish on dresser knobs (that seemed silly at first), but I decided to put back a couple other things I had grabbed and walked out with just these knobs. Sure enough, they transformed this dresser from simple to something quite beautiful!
We anticipate Jillian using this dresser for 10+ years (why wouldn’t she?), so $45 to make it something special seemed like a justifiable idea. 🙂
Jillian’s mattress and sheets were handed down from friends (yay!), and her mattress pad was gifted. Her simple white crib skirt was a quick, inexpensive, recent purchase from Amazon.
The circular 5′ round rug was a bit of a splurge, but I couldn’t find a single other rug anywhere that I loved as much as this one from Pottery Barn Kids. I originally wanted the 6×9′ one, but I really couldn’t justify the big expense. PBK offered the same exact rug in this circular form, which was nearly half the price of the larger one. I did some research and decided that the circular rug might add some great visual contrast to the room, and thankfully I love it!
It’s beautiful in person and matches the room so well. The quality is also exceptional (it’s thick and feels soooo good under your feet). I see this rug lasting and looking good for years and not being something I’ll want to replace any time soon. “Buy it once, buy it right” was my “rug” attitude. 😉 I did scoop up this affordable rug pad from Amazon just to make sure it’s extra secure.
I purchased this mirror, faux floral arrangement, and gray basket (for her blankets) all from At Home. The two blankets that can be seen in the photo below were both handmade just for Jillian and are so special.
Jillian’s side table (next to the glider) is originally from Hadley’s room (we want to eventually get her a new nightstand with drawers anyway). On the side table sits a pink Himalayan salt lamp that was gifted from my sister Jennifer that she swears is the absolutely best lamp for a nursery!
She used a similar one when my nephew Luke was an infant and can’t say enough good things about it. Jillian’s “Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine” also sits here and is something we’ll use for many years. My friend Jenna gifted this to me, and it’s not only a white noise machine, but also a form of an “okay to wake” clock that we can use down the road. It has different colored hues that it uses as a potential night light and has really great reviews! I’m excited to have it!
Jillian’s bookcase was originally honey oak that my parents handed down to us last year and I painted white for the office. We decided to keep it in here and put her little infant books (that we still need to set aside!) and other knick knacks on it as she grows. I did recently purchase that white and gold polka dot basket that houses her teeny baby toys. 🙂
Also, if you look on the shelf second from the top, you’ll see coloring book pages of princesses. Hadley recently cut them all out individually, colored them, glued them together, and asked me to decorate Jillian’s room with it. YOU GOT IT, GIRL. So sweet.
I just adore this incredibly thoughtful gift from Jamie’s cousin Madeline (you can see it hanging on the wall in the picture above). I couldn’t wait to find a spot to hang it!
I am an organization freak and like for everything to have a place, so Jillian already has this over-the-door shoe holder like the big girls. 😉
Thank the good Lord above that I had enough sense to hold onto Hadley’s and Sadie’s clothes *just* in case we needed them. I recently dumped EVERYTHING that Sadie has outgrown on the living room floor and organized all of it into bins. I hung up newborn through six months clothes already and have everything else organized and ready for her. My girls have all been born in different seasons, so seeing what will match up at what sizes is always the interesting part!
Hadley very strongly let me know recently that toys and blankets should never go in a baby’s crib, which is something she learned at her siblings class that her and Sadie attended. I laughed and assured her that this sweet gifted elephant will be out of the crib by the time Jillian is sleeping in her own room a few months down the road. 😉
Oh! The curtains! If you want blackout curtains for your home, I highly encourage you to look at the Pillowfort brand from Target online. They are incredibly affordable and truly make the room super dark. A few patterns are available in store, but most are available online with various length offerings as well! We have this brand in two rooms and love them!
We had a tough time figuring out where to hang the rod due to the unique, thick molding and half-moon top window. My mother-in-law helped me settle on where it’s hung now and I really like it! Since these curtains are 95″, we looped ribbon through the part of the curtain back that usually slides onto the rod and then tied it directly onto the rod to add length.
And that wraps up Jillian’s pink and gray floral nursery tour!
When I was designing this room, I strived to create a space that was suitable for a baby girl but would also transition well with her as she grows into a school-aged girl and beyond, and I think this room fits that mold! Besides switching out her crib for a “big girl” bed, I don’t foresee us changing much around. Everything bought for Hadley’s and Sadie’s nurseries are still the things that generally decorate their walls today, so I know that everything we bought for Jillian will last her a good, long while as well.
Sorry that I don’t have links for much of what I shared (since it’s either years old or from At Home without links to buy online), but if you do have further questions about where to find something, don’t hesitate to ask!
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