The Gender Neutral Nursery

I am starting to think about how I want to re-design Clay’s room, and it makes me a little sad.  He is starting to have different needs now that he is approaching 2 years old.  It feels like just yesterday I was decorating this nursery for the baby boy/girl that I was waiting on.  That is right, we didn’t find out the gender when I was pregnant.  It still seems kinda crazy, but I think it was the best decision.

I knew that I wanted this baby to be in a room that felt really light and airy.  I really like a mixture of old and new materials with a little handmade thrown in there.

The Old

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I picked up the dresser that we put his changing pad on and the local flea market for $90 and then we painted it and put some new knobs on the drawers.  The only downfall is that the drawers don’t open and close very easily.  You kinda have to put some umph into it.  This has actually been a blessing because my almost 2 year old can’t open the drawers and pull out all of his clothes (win).

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Ty’s cousin handed us down their kids crib which worked out amazing for us.  All I did was assemble it!  The pictures above the bed were definitely the biggest splurge for me.  I will blame it on nesting.  It was actually the very first thing I bought “for the baby”.  They are from The Animal Print Shop and they are pretty pricey.  Like $25 per picture…. and I bought 8 of them.  That is 200 dollars on something that my kid can’t play with and serve virtually no function.   I don’t have any other art in my house that is more expensive than the art in Clay’s room.  What can I say, you like what you like, and I love these.  They still make me happy and Clay seems to really enjoy pointing at them and making their animal sounds (quack, meow, etc.)

The New

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I bought this glider from AllModern and this rug I found at Home Goods.  I was trying really hard to get any color other than white because instinctively I know that white would get dirty in a kids room.  I played around with so many other colors, but in the end, I just loved the feel of all white nursery with gray walls.  The truth… 2 years later and they are both holding up pretty well.  The rug could use a cleaning.

The Handmade

To me, this is my favorite part of designing spaces in my house.  This is when I feel like a room gets its soul.

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Ty made those cute little wooden bookshelves.  I made the feather hanging thing above the changing table.  Ty’s aunt made that beautiful quilt on the back of the glider, and my great aunt made the little blue and white blanket (years before I was pregnant but that is a different story).  That little wooden horse my dad made for my brother (40 years ago) and it has been passed down through all his kids to mine.  Finally, that yellow and white blanket I knitted for Clay when I was pregnant.  For some reason, I was convinced that I wouldn’t go into labor until that blanket was finished.  You better believe that 75% if that blanket was knitted in 37-40th week of my pregnancy.

This is kinda a long post to be talking about one room but I am having such mixed emotions about it turning into more of a big kid room.  Honestly, for the last 2 years his room has been my favorite in the house.  It is the most complete, where I feel like the other rooms are still evolving.