Baby Boy Nursery Design Concept

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Planning the nursery for our little guy has been one of the harder design projects that I’ve ever tackled. I think every designer struggles with her own home because we love all the things. It’s always been so hard to narrow down everything I like in order to focus on one direction. This nursery was no exception.

Since moving into our new house (see the before photos here), we’ve painted all of the main areas, trim and walls, in Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17). I love this particular white because it has a creamy undertone with just a touch of gray. We’ll be painting the nursery White Dove as well to create a bright neutral background.

I am fully aware that I am designing this nursery more for me than for the baby, and it’s important to me that the room flows with the rest of the house. I decided to start the design concept by finding bedding that I loved to use as a jumping off point. I created several themes around adorable bedding combos, none of which felt perfect to me. Then I stumbled upon this quilt from the Ace and Jig line at Land of Nod.

Land of Nod Ace & Jig Quilt

I loved the combination of black and white with the bright blue and red and the tribal/boho/vintage print combos. I’ve been really attracted to Ace and Jig’s women’s fashion lately, so finding this bedding seemed like kismet.

While I was still debating the color palette and design concept, I drafted the floor plan. The room we’re using for the nursery is on the first floor next to the master bedroom. It has a south facing bay window which lets in lovely warm light throughout the day, hardwood floors, and an extra-large closet.

I knew right away that I wanted to remove the closet doors and put the dresser/changing table inside the closet. The current closet setup is the basic shelf/bar, which is totally impractical for little people clothes. Since the closet is 3′ deep, I’m planning to add a custom storage solution with two rods and a few shelves, probably from Container Store, along the exterior wall. If we had more room in the budget, I would demo this closet completely and replace it with a PAX system from IKEA. Maybe for the next baby.

By placing the dresser inside the closet, I was also able to make room for a daybed. I wanted to have a place within the nursery for visitors and Keegan to sit and relax. I found a reasonably priced option from Urban Outfitters and am planning to have a custom cushion made for it.

Once I was committed to the Ace and Jig quilt, the rest of the scheme came together pretty quickly. I found a large wicker mirror at CB2 to anchor the main wall and a modern mobile for over the crib. The vintage arrow print is one of my favorites. I had it framed in natural birch with a linen background to coordinate with the other light wood finishes in the room and contrast with the white walls.

Baby Boy Nursery Design Concept

I tried to select furniture that was reminiscent of mid-century modern design since we have several mid-century pieces in our living room. The Babyletto crib is a popular option that’s all over Pinterest. For the rocker, I knew I didn’t want a typical nursery style glider so that we’d feel comfortable reusing it in another room of our house at some point. Keegan requested one with a high back, though I loved this option. The dresser pictured is a vintage find on Chairish, but it’s a little over budget. Hopefully, I’ll find something locally that is just as perfect.

So far, I only have the bedding, rug, and arrow print on hand. The rest needs to be ordered or purchased locally within the next few months. I’m definitely starting to feel the pressure! Stay tuned for process photos of the room as we start working on it over the next few weeks.


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Mobile | Mirror | Arrows Print |Quilt | Crib Skirt | Crib Sheet | Crib | Table Lamp | Print Set | Dresser | Daybed | Pillow 1 (similar) | Pillow 2 | Pillow 3 (similar) | Basket | Rug | Side TableTable Lamp | Rocking Chair | Bookshelf

Etsy Favorites - Ceramic Bangle Bracele

Etsy Favorites – July Edition

Since it’s a brand new month, I thought it was a good time for another round up of my Etsy favorites. I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s impossible to find anything good on Etsy these days. Why did they take away the old front page? The recommendations in my favorites are just different versions of the same thing over and over. Yes, Etsy, I like mud cloth pillows and brass light fixtures. Show me something I haven’t seen!

That being said, the discovery of these items was completely serendipitous…

I came oh so close to using these lucite and brass robe hooks in my master bathroom remodel last summer. Unfortunately, I needed them yesterday, and while the shop was incredibly accommodating, the expedited shipping drove the price higher than I wanted to pay for a simple robe hook. I still love them and want to use them somewhere. Maybe for a lucky client?

Etsy Favorites - Lucite and Brass Robe Hook

Lucite and Brass Robe Hook

I’ve been trying to subscribe to the principle that the items we use every day should be functional and beautiful. I definitely need to throw out our $.99 cent bottle opener from the grocery store and pick up one of these pretty brass ones instead.

Etsy Favorites - Geometric Brass Bottle Opener

I first spotted this oversized agate print on the HomePolish blog and immediately thought how perfect it would be for over my sofa. It’s available in several sizes. Even better, you can order it framed in black or white.

Etsy Favorites - Agate Slice Print

Blue Agate Slice Print

These white stoneware and copper glazed bangle bracelets are perfect for summer. Also available in blue, you can collect the whole set or select a single favorite.

Etsy Favorites - Ceramic Bangle Bracele

White Stoneware Arrow Bangle

I discovered these great patent prints while searching for artwork for my client’s son’s room. The price for the set of four is incredible, and the shop features patent prints of just about anything you can think of. These would make a great gift for the impossible-to-buy-for guy in your life.

Etsy Favorites - Patent Print Sets

What do you think of Etsy these days? I keep hoping someone is going to come up with a new site that curates really great artisan and handmade items and artwork without all of the clutter while making it easy for the artists to sell and make a living.

Banana Leaf Art Print

Etsy Finds and Favorites

I used to be an avid Etsy shopper back when I had my own jewelry shop on the site, and I used to post pretty frequently about my favorite items. A few years ago, I closed my jewelry business and stepped away from all things Etsy for a little while. When I tried to go back, I found it incredibly difficult to find anything I liked in the millions of listings, and so I gave up. But, recently, I’ve wandered back to Etsy again and I’ve been able to discover new items and sellers that I love, so I’m reviving my Etsy Finds and Favorites posts, which I’m hoping to publish on a regular basis.

Today I’ve rounded up some great items that are perfect for the warm weather months and anyone who likes a little bit of Boho style in their life.

Etsy Finds - Nature Photography, Large Print of Palm Trees

Palm Tree Photo Print

Etsy Finds - Large Black and White Chevron Planter

Black and  White Chevron Planter

Etsy Finds - Pom Pom Seagrass Belly Basket

Pom-Pom Seagrass Basket

Etsy Finds - Copper and Cement Plant Stand

Copper & Cement Planter

Etsy Finds - Vintage Batik Hmong Pillow Cover

Vintage Batik Hmong Pillow Cover

Etsy Finds - Banana Leaf Art Print

Banana Leaf Art Print

Etsy Finds - Marble Copper Table Light

Marble & Copper Table Light

Emerald cut Clear Quartz and Turquoise sterling silver and gold vintage style ring

Clear Quartz & Turquoise Ring

Chairish Shabby Chic Challenge Living Room Design

Mixing it up in the Living Room

Chairish Shabby Chic Challenge Living Room Design

Deer Head | Art Print | Book End | Table | Chair | Lamp | Pillow | Bin | Desk | Side Chair

Lately I’ve been dreaming about redecorating our living room to create a lighter feel. Somehow we’ve managed to collect two brown leather sofas, and three black and wood mid-century chairs. It’s a lot of brown and black, especially since I tend to gravitate towards white and light.

The leather sofas have to stay for now. We love our dogs and let them sit on the furniture, and I wouldn’t sacrifice cuddling with them just so I could have a light colored sofa. My plan is to replace some of the accent pieces around the room with some vintage or vintage feeling pieces in lighter colors. We also have a lot of mid-century modern items or new items with mid-century lines, and I think we need to mix it up a little. I really love vintage farmhouse style, and while I would never decorate our 60s ranch entirely in that manner, I think I can strategically add a little shabby chic here and there.

I always go straight to Chairish when I’m looking for vintage inspiration because it’s so easy to find amazing pieces. I would never hang a real deer head in my home, but I love this chippy white ceramic one for over our dark gray fireplace.

The faux bamboo desk, also a Chairish find, would replace my oversized big brown desk in our front window, which will really brighten that corner. I love the lines of the modern cane back chair from CB2 with the desk.

I have been really into blue lately, and it features pretty prominently throughout our house. I would mix this oversize pillow from Furbish with a couple linen ones on the sofa. And, I’ve been dying to bring a Teil Duncan print into my home. This one would work perfectly over the sofa.

In front of our other big window, I’m planning to create a cozy reading nook with the slipcovered chair, mid-century floor lamp and glossy blue side table. The bin will be perfect for holding magazines and dog toys.

I have so many other ideas floating around for this room, but this is the direction I’m planning to head over the course of the next year.

My Favorite Picks from the Minted Art Marketplace

Creating an Art Wall Behind the Sofa

Last Spring, I wrote about how our friend Mike painted a wonderful painting for us as a wedding gift, and we hung it over our fireplace. Since then, I’ve been trying to bring more of the colors in the painting into the living room and making tweaks here and there. After switching out the rug and buying some new throw pillows, I’m turning my attention to the art over the sofa.

When we first moved in, we purchased some concert posters and stuck them in some super cheap frames from Hobby Lobby, hung them up to fill the space, and forgot about them. They were fine before, but their color palette doesn’t really work anymore. I’d like to create an art wall with a combination of prints and photographs that pull the color palette from the painting over to the other side of the room to create more balance in the space.

I’m working with a color palette of yellow-greens, blues ranging from indigo to cobalt to turquoise, purples and paler yellows. I also want to bring in some rosier pinks-purples to keep it from feeling too cool. I’ve experimented with this before by buying some deep pink orchids at Trader Joe’s and putting them on the mantel, and I really like the mix.

I started shopping for artwork online at in Minted’s Art Marketplace. I really love how I can try out the artwork in different frame styles and even see what the frame looks like if I change the size of the print. I think it’s really important to understand how the scale of the frame looks with the art.

I was especially drawn to the French farmhouse style frames in both natural and white washed, as well as the white washed herringbone frame. I think a combination of these three frames would be beautiful. I had a difficult time narrowing down my favorite prints, but these are some of my top picks. I am a huge fan of all Emily Jeffords’ work and would love to purchase a large landscape oriented print to hang over our bed as well.

My Favorite Picks from the Minted Art Marketplace

  1. Desert and Mountains by Katherine Moynagh
  2. Warm Rain by Laura Bolter Design
  3. Arm in Arm by Jennifer Bailey
  4. London Skyline by Kelsey McNatt
  5. Lunar Eclipse by Amber Barkley
  6. Subway by Lindsay Megahed
  7. Prettier in Pink by Emily Jeffords

I also noticed that Minted started carrying fabrics, which are available in a cotton weight ($32/yard) and a linen blend ($34/yard). While not inexpensive, they carry some unique designs, and one yard is more than enough to make a couple of throw pillow covers.

This post was sponsored by but all of the opinions are my own.