UPDATE: We had a baby girl! Since I need a little push to complete this space, I’m entering this nursery project into the One Room Challenge as a linking participant. I will have six weeks to finish up and perfect this space for baby Olivia. So here you have Week 1: my plan. The pressure is on!
Well this is a first. I’m blogging about nursery design just one short week before baby is due. Talk about leaving things to last minute!
Truthfully, I’ve been putting off this project for some time. Since being pregnant, I’ve come up with a million and one ideas that I could possibly do for this nursery but committing to any single design has been tough for me.
I guess the challenge arises from the fact that baby’s sex is still unknown. I’ve been anxious to know what has been growing inside me since day one. However, it all took a turn when we went for our ultra sound and we were not able to see the big reveal. I’ve since come to terms that maybe this is life’s way of telling me to take a chill pill and enjoy the very few (amazing) surprises we get during our lifetime.
With that being said, I’ve been planning a gender neutral space. Since baby won’t have a preference in design for quite some time, this space will have more of mommy’s serene aesthetic.
We are using one of our spare bedrooms for the nursery. I always love showing what the space looked like before we moved in #TheModHouseProject because who doesn’t love seeing a dated mid-wall boarder with beige walls and 20-year-old carpet?!
During our big reno last year, we’ve since removed the carpet, replaced the floors and eventually painted the walls.
Creating a nursery that will evolve as the years go on is high on the priority list. I want to incorporate a design scheme that will remain fresh but every bit whimsical yet sophisticated as it should be for a growing child.
For me, there’s something cozy and warm that comes from a nature-inspired setting. Not only is it neutral but it’s fairly easy to transition the room from baby to toddler whether you have a boy or girl.
When I think of nature, I see cute animals, enchanted forests and lots of rustic touches. I find it easier to stick to a claim and soothing colour palette especially when it comes to the larger areas of your space such as the walls. It’s always easier to interchange accessories than it is to repaint a wall later on.
As a starting point, we’ve painted our walls an off-white with a ever so slightly grey tinge. I knew I wanted an accent wall behind the crib, which eventually will be home to a future bed. I’ve searched high and low for the perfect wallpaper and this is what I’ve found. . .
This amazing wallpaper is from Brewster Home Fashions (Anahi Light Grey Forest Fauna). Honestly, I’m obsessed with this pattern!
Up close, it has this wonderful child-like whimsical feel but as a whole, it reads as very sophisticated and chic. It really is the perfect balance I envisioned for this space. This wallpaper does come in five different shades. I chose to go with the most neutral of them all, light grey. I did have my walls painted before I picked out this wallpaper and the best part—I couldn’t have found a better match if I tried.
TIP: The perfect colour match to this wallpaper is Silver Drop (790C-2, Behr Paints)
This wallpaper was fairly simple to install. It’s prepasted which means to activate the glue on the backside all you need to do is submerge the wallpaper into a water tray. Brewster’s website has great step-by-step instructions and video on how to hang wallpaper.
This was our first time installing a wallpaper with an intricate pattern. However, lining up this wallpaper was a lot easier than I imagined. It does require a little more planning time as you need to pre-cut your pieces for the wall and ensure each strip begins at the same pattern repeat.
Once you place it on the wall, you want to make sure all the air bubbles are smoothed out. Even if it looks like you don’t have any air pockets, still work the entire strip with a sponge or plastic scraper. You’d be surprised what you can miss.
My favourite tool to use for trimming the edges or corners is a large 2ft metal ruler. If you want a guaranteed straight edge every time, this is the perfect way to achieve it. It’s literally impossible to mess up for newbies!
Overall, both the hubby and I were ecstatic with the end results. With a little patience and a couple of hours, we had our accent wall in place!
I’m extremely excited to pull this room together and can’t wait to show you guys the end result. Baby will soon be here and it will be a little easier to add some personally touches.
Disclosure: I’m thrilled to have collaborated with Brewster Home Fashions in this nursery project. I was provided with product for this project but all views, opinions, and of course, countless hours spent cruising their awesome wallpaper collections are truly my own.
That wall paper is beautiful! I like that you stayed with more neutral tones for the baby’s room. I find it so much more relaxing.
First, CONGRATS on expecting!!! I am a mama of 2 and I swear motherhood is the best title/role/job ever 🙂 Love what you guys have done with the room and love your picks for the gender neutral pieces. You hubby is amazing for putting up that wallpaper! We tried in one of our rooms and it was a terrible fail.
Love how calm it looks. I’m hoping you have a girl they are so wonderful to have around and dress up this is coming from a mother of two sons and three granddaughters.
I need to update our daughters nursery. She’s not so little anymore and everything is still really babyish. I can’t wait to see your FINALE product. I also am totally in love with that wall paper. <3
I am absolutely in love with that wallpaper !
Love that wallpaper! Perfect choice. And what luck that it perfectly matches your current paint colour. 🙂
I love the mood board you created for your little one. The wall paper is so whimsical and sophisticated at the same time, excellent choice. I love the crib, can’t wait to see the reveal!
I always wanted to decorate the nursery but we never had a two bedroom apartment when I first got pregnant. So I settle for small corner of my bedroom to be all about him. lol
This is really cute!
Congratulations!! I love that gorgeous wallpaper, and your gender neutral design is awesome! I had fun putting together a nursery for my little guy, but I think I would have had a hard time figuring out how to do a gender neutral theme. This looks great!
Congrats! This looks beautiful already. I can’t wait to see the room and your precious baby.
I LOVE the e-design and the wallpaper. Are you doing a feature wall or wallpapering the entire room?!? Always love your designs. Great job. Oh… and you look GREAT!
Keep up the awesome work.
Thanks so much Jackie! We are only did a feature wall with the wallpaper:)
I am in LOVE with that wallpaper!! I so wish I hadn’t spent a month of my pregnancy scraping off wallpaper in my old house before selling it. It turned me off to so many cute design ideas for his room in the new house!
I love that wallpaper and your inspiration is gorgeous!! Will definitely be following along to see how it comes out!! Congrats on your sweet babe!
ooo love the wallpaper! such a great print for a gender neutral space! good luck!
The wallpaper is so perfect!!!! Looking forward to see how the room evolves over the nest 5 weeks.
I love that you are doing a gender neutral nursery!! We almost couldn’t find out the sex of our baby too, but at the last minute, she rolled over and the doctor could tell! I can’t wait to see how your room turns out! Love the wallpaper!
Congrats! I have three kiddos and did a neutral nursery-best decision ever! It’s going to look beautiful! This is my first year doing ORC, so I’m jazzed to check out everyone’s “befores”! 🙂 Best of luck!
What an absolutely stunning plan! I love that wallpaper. It’s the cutest thing since newborn babies.
I am in love with your wall paper. Did you get yours professionally installed? What was the lead time on order? Can you please share brand and model for the crib and rocking chair and where you got them from? This looks really good 🙂