19 Weeks: Beautiful Nurseries

April 13, 2012

Designing a nursery can be almost as overwhelming as being pregnant. There is so much to consider and so many beautifully designed nurseries out there. I don’t anticipate ours to be designer worthy with hand-stenciled walls (or even freshly painted walls!) or elaborate themes. I just don’t have the energy, patience or money to put into it. That said, I hope it will be a lovely space for Baby KERF to reside 🙂 And I hope the little things will add up to a nice space.

I’m generally not one for themes, and I prefer designs to nouns. Our nursery “theme” is simply: soft colors, chevron patterns, and white + grey. I’ve had fun with the small changes I’ve made so far though!

If you’d like some nurseries to drool over, check out these beauties that I’ve found on the internet with similar colors to ours:

Project Nursery Oliver

I just love how light and bright this is, and that’s my rug!! I would like to paint a piece of furniture yellow like the one on the right.

Apartment Therapy: Zoe’s Room

This room might be my favorite of them all. I just love the colors for a little girl and they have used the space so well. And that’s my rug again!

Project Nursery Ariston

Yellow, grey, white, chevron. That’s the bedding I have my eye on! Similar curtains too.

Project Nursery Domasom

Absolutely love the greys and orange in this nursery. I think that’s my crib!

Project Nursery Modern Koala

I love the flags!! And the light grey wals.

I may not need a corner-to-corner design overhaul, but I do need this!!

Carousel Designs Crib Bedding

And a set of these in yellow!


{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles April 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

What great ideas! ….Nursery planning has been stressful on me because we are going to have to find space to put things that were already in the now nursery! ……LOVE where you are headed with this baby’s room!


2 ashlynn April 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

whoa! too much chevron in the second to last photo. Too much for my eyes this morning. 🙂 I love orange in that one nursery.


3 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

LOOOOVE the one with the bunting and koalas! Soo cute! Gotta agree with Ashlynn on the 2nd to last one. Chevron overload and I feel like that could mess with a kid’s vision development looking at optical illusions! (I only say that because I have an astigmatism and stripes and chevron patterns are hard for me to look at without getting “jumpy” lines.)


4 Jessica April 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

LOVE the second picture, I can see baby having a ton of fun pulling all of those books off shelf on the ground when he is older.
LOVE the koala tree as well.


5 SB April 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

Koalas are very cute. Just out of interest, in the UK is it recommended that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for the first 6 months due to the fact it reduces the risk of SIDs. What does the US recommend on this?


6 KERF April 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

Same recommendation here!


7 SB April 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

We had our daughter sleep in our room for 6 month and I would do it again in a heartbeat, but man, it was great when she went into her own room! Being able to read in bed again……ah the simple pleasures!


8 Ashlee April 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

I’m so in love with chevrons right now as well! Our house though is all tan carpet and a more orange maple wood (not a great starting palette for the grey’s and whites). The walls were also already painted a basic tan rather than white so we’ve left it since we’re working on selling the house. Wall decals have become our best friend. I’m posting a sneak peak of some of the details this weekend and the big reveal hopefully the following week after our glider comes in! Can’t wait!


9 Katharina April 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

Love some of these pics that you posted. I agree with you on the not decorating with “nouns” idea, although it took me a second to figure out what you were talking about! You mean designs like dots, chevrons, stripes over things like dinosaurs, fire trucks, or baseballs, right?

I love this chevron nursery if you’re looking for more pics!


10 KERF April 13, 2012 at 10:12 am



11 Marion April 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’m sure you get tons of “recommendations” but just wanted to let you know that the APA doesn’t recommend the use of crib bumpers. There is some research that it contributes to SIDs. Just wanted to let you know before you buy some! Its a shame because they are so cute! But my sister bought some and they ended up in the closet… and they are expensive!


12 KERF April 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

Yep, I’m not planning on using them. Thanks


13 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

I am actually glad Pinterest didn’t exist when I was planning a nursery…I would have been staring at rooms all day long! So many beautiful choices 🙂


14 Melissa April 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

You probably already know this, but there is no need to waste your money on crib bedding. The only thing we have been able to use from our set is the sheets! Even the crib skirt is somewhat useless at this point, because the crib has to be so low to the ground (since he has been able to stand) that the skirt would just drag on the floor.


15 KERF April 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

Still want one 🙂


16 Allison K April 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I know that eventually the crib skirt just pools on the floor, but with my crib, since it has drawers underneath it, a skirt is imperative, or you can see directly into the drawers! My mom is making one for us, it arrives (with her) today, i can’t wait to put it on and have a finished looking crib!


17 HeatherBakes April 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

We just bought that chevron rug for our nursery, too! In blue, but the grey is GORGEOUS. And I have those Land of Nod baskets on my wish list. Love what you’re doing with the nursery!


18 christina April 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

Don’t you find the dark gray to be dreary if there’s too much? I feel like some of those pics balance it, but some of them remind of a prison…especially the orange one. I guess I’m thinking when its dead of winter and I’m spending 18+ hrs in the nursery, its going to get really dark :/


19 KERF April 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

A little when the walls are dark. That’s why I like our bright green now. And my grey is lighter


20 Kellie April 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

I love your ideas for the nursery. I makes me want to have another baby (not really 3 keeps me busy). I am not sure if I would go with the baskets. If they are the material I am thinking of, they won’t withstand much wear and tear. I am almost wondering if you could buy an extra of whatever crib sheet you are using and make your own boxes by covering boxes from ikea with the matching sheet material. I would just hate to spend money on something that won’t last. I also took some matching material and framed it for the room. It looked really cute and tied things together nicely.


21 Marci April 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

Cute colors–so cheery. We did green, white and grey as a gender neutral one (didn’t find out the sex) and I love it. I am planning a nursery post soon. I am also using bumpers and even have him on his side to sleep (!) and will re-evaluate the bumpers when he becomes more mobile. We also started him in the crib the night we came home from the hospital.


22 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

I absolutely LOVE the grey/yellow! I’m about to start decorating my first apartment and I’m wanting to go with that theme!


23 Sarah April 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

Such cute ideas! I really appreciate that all the nurseries you like are not palatial rooms. Very reasonable! I am the same way…. because my house is small. haha


24 Anna @ On Anna's Plate April 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

I think I spent about 500 hours on project nursery during my pregnancy 🙂 It can definitely be overwhelming, but building the nursery little by little helped us to have fun with it (instead of trying to get it ALL done in one weekend, etc). Now that Lila is here, I love sitting with her in the nursery– it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house! With your sense of style, I know yours is going to be beautiful!


25 Bernie April 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Such cool looking rooms! Aren’t you glad that the trend for furniture right now is clean and cool colors, and neat patterns? Imagine living in the seventies! Your nursery would have had shag carpet and avocado walls and orange furniture because that was what was hip! Your little guy will be very content in that nursery.


26 KERF April 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Haha yes!


27 Allison K April 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I am TOOOOOTTTAAALLLLYYY not a theme person. I actually dislike many baby themes, cause they are too pastel-y and babyish for my taste. But when my husband said to me, “I want to pick a nursery theme for my son,” my heart totally melted. Our nursery is much more little boyish than babyish. It should all be put together this week, I can’t wait to update my blog about it!


28 KERF April 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Awww 🙂


29 Sara April 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

They’re all gorgeous, but the only thing I don’t care for is how they look like they’re more for the parents (in an aesthetic way) than the babies. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s just me, but I always wanted a nursery that didn’t need everything to be in perfect place, or matching – just a comfortable space, full of color and light and warmth. That’s not to say these spaces don’t have those things – the one with the flags and the tree stencil/adhesive thingy is my favorite since it seems to be the one that’s most “for the baby”. They just look a little TOO perfect, like the addition of a new toy would look out of place if it didn’t match the theme. I guess I’d love to see them all on a regular day, once the baby is in residence and stuff is messed up a little! 🙂

I like that you’re keeping the green walls, and not going overboard with the other details – it’s that little bit of mix and match that keeps the room inviting. When your baby is actually here, and the room gets a bit jumbled and lived in, it will still look great!


30 KERF April 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I was gonna say before I finished your comment… These are perfect, before the baby, and for photography. I’m sure they’re well lived in now 🙂


31 Katharina April 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I would assume that these nurseries do have the typical baby gear and plastic toys too. I think people just put everything away for the photos to make them look nicer. And like you said, I think most bloggers do the “nursery post” before they actually have the baby, so either they don’t have all the non-matching stuff yet or it is still put away.


32 Kate April 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I notice that in all the nurseries you love, none of them have minty green walls — are you sure it’s not worth the effort to repaint the room? I think it would really unify the whole look!


33 KERF April 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

No I really like the green now. The room just needed sprucing from the inside out for me to change the color vibe I was going for. I like the light colored nurseries much more than the dark.


34 Unique Baby Gear Ideas April 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

There are several nurseries that moms have entered into our nursery contest similar in style to the ones you’ve posted. I would be honored if you visited and took a look!

All the best,



35 Lauri April 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I saw that you weren’t planning to use a crib bumper… I went back and forth on getting one until I found the ‘breathable bumpers’, and they are about $30 bucks at Babies R Us. I wanted a bumper to prevent any limbs from getting stuck between the slabs, and I like the way they look. Just thought I would throw that out there in case you haven’t seen them yet…

We went with a ‘theme’ (pink, brown, lt green and monkeys!). Its cutesy, but I love it! And I love our little monkey wall mural!


36 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I’ve been pinning nursery ideas like crazy, although I’m the painter in the house and I think I’m signing the hubs up for more than he really wants to do…including a chevron painted wall!


37 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs April 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Ohh I love the colors, I like the one with giraffes they go well with the grays and yellow. The flags would be an easy DIY project!


38 Angel7 April 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I am not big on themes either.

I love the little girl’s room as well! It is so pretty!

But I really like Project Nursery Modern Koala! I think it is sooo cute! I really like the koala tree!



39 Erin April 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm
40 KERF April 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Me too!


41 Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

So gorgeous! We just moved our ‘nursery’ to a bigger room since we have a toddler and baby on the way who will share and I haven’t done much at all. I want to make it pretty but am a little overwhelmed this late in the game.


42 Kate April 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Where did you get your grey/white chevron rug? I love it!


43 KERF April 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

It’s from Urban Outfitters – was only $75!


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