Henry’s Nursery Design Plan

I will officially be sharing Henry’s nursery on The Everymom next month, and I cannot wait! 🙂 But I wanted to share the design plan I created which helped me pull it all together!

oversized sailboat art (the other option I considered for above the crib was two of my favorite oversized mat wooden frames)
light fixture
sailboat mobile
white linen blackout curtains
brass curtain rod
crib (with this organic mattress)
polka dot crib sheet
stripe rug
moroccan pouf
glider in Ash Linen
lumbar pillow w/ tassles
pom throw blanket
white side table
pharmacy floor lamp
“goodnight” wall sign
knit dolls – Blabla Kids
knit dolls – Cuddle & Kind
tall bookshelf
hippo bookend
whale pull toy
storage basket
campaign dresser
white table lamp
Keekaroo changing pad
hanging wall bookshelves
wooden airplane
shaggy sheep rocking toy

I consistently get asked what program I use to do these room mock-ups… and I wish I had an easy option for you all – but it’s a rather extensive process in Photoshop that isn’t exactly easy to explain. It requires digitally removing backgrounds off of product images, layering, resizing, etc. I use it for all design mock-ups including ones I do to photos of rooms when I change out paint colors and place in furniture.

So anywho – I started his nursery design almost the minute I found out I was pregnant. Not only is interior design super fun for me, but it’s what got me through weeks 5 (when we found out) through week 13 when we hit the “safe zone.”

But let’s rewind… I started this design so early, we didn’t yet know whether we were having a boy or girl… so I went with neutral colors for all the basics. That way I could incorporate color in accents, linens, books, and toys once we found out the gender. What I love about doing this is that any of the furniture items can work for future babes, regardless of gender.


If you do not know the gender (or just love neutral colors), here is my advice to starting a nursery design!

1. The Crib

I recommend sticking with a white crib. Your choice if you want more traditional or contemporary. I love the fresh look of this more Scandinavian style crib plus the warmth the wooden legs add!

2. The Side Table

Again, a white or a light wood side table next to the glider is your safest bet! I’d avoid metal only because of sharp edges.

3. The Glider or Rocker

Greys, whites, and beiges. Linen fabrics are really lovely. Make sure the chair is easy to get in and out of, and offers good support for long stretches of holding, nursing, and staying up with a sick babe. Rocking is always a nice bonus for story time! A few favorite designs: this, this, and this.

4. The Rug

I love this neutral stripe. Also this and this. From what I’ve heard, a flatweave, cotton blend, indoor/outdoor material (to prevent staining!), or soft wool is your best bet. I’m personally trying to avoid a scratchy wool or rug that sheds a lot since baby is likely to put shedding fuzzies in their mouth…

5. The Dresser

Again – white works great for any kid, any age… a campaign style is a classic that will grow with them and transition as their room does throughout their childhood.


Add in the Accessories

Use beige, black, or grey colors if you want to keep it gender neutral. You could also do soft yellow or green.


Make them blue, grey, green, etc. for a traditional boy nursery:


And add in blushy hues for a traditional girl nursery:



And that’s that! 🙂


I can’t wait for the final nursery reveal which will be on The Everymom next month!


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