Our Nursery Inspiration Board


It was probably fairly obvious from last Wednesday's post, but we've decided to go the mostly-neutral route for our nursery. Especially since this is our first baby, I want to stick with simple and classic items, so they'll still be "in style" for all our future kids, and will work just as well for a girl. So we're going to start with a nice, neutral backdrop--most of the furniture and major pieces will be white, grey, or taupe. Then, to add some personality and color, we're doing an adventure, outdoorsy theme. I'm collecting pieces with stars, clouds, mountains, trees, water, ocean creatures, and forest animals. All of those things coexist in Washington state (where we live) so hopefully they'll also mesh together well in the room. As for color, I'm mostly using soft shades of blue, green and yellow. I'm sure we'll get some toys with primary colors too, but for the decor I'm sticking with that color palette. When I decorate a new room, I like to start with an inspiration board to help me visualize everything and make purchasing decisions. It's really helpful! I'll often Photoshop in two different options that I'm considering, so I can compare them right there and see what fits better (I've already done this with the glider, artwork, etc.) Here's our nursery inspiration board...

Nursery inspiration board

What do you think? I really like the soft and serene vibe, with a little bit of color thrown in. Hopefully everything will come together well in real life!

Since we're house hunting, I've been waiting to set up our nursery so we don't end up doing it twice...so we have a bunch of boxes in there now, with items waiting to be assembled. At this point, however, it seems pretty likely that we'll be continue to rent our current house. We have to decide whether to renew our lease by the end of May, and since we haven't found a house to buy yet, I'm guessing we'll renew. The plus side is, we should be able to start decorating our nursery by June! That will be fun and exciting, whether it's in a new house or not.

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  1. Posted by Jen Spadaro on Monday, April 25th, 2016

    Love the whole vibe of the room. I did a mountain look on my sons crib wall (like in the above picture). I used washi tape since I wasn't really ready to paint the walls yet, but also didn't want to leave the room boring builders grade cream. I used light blue washi tape from target.It turned out really cute for next to nothing and I completed it in 5 minutes. This could be a great idea since you're renting. I've also had several friends who were in the same position and talked to the landlord and they were more than willing to give them a month to month lease since they were going to purchase a house.
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, April 25th, 2016

      Aww, thank you! I hope it turns out half as good as the inspiration photos. :) I also love the idea of a washi tape mountain wall! I think we might do something with star decals, but if we change our mind that's a great idea.

      On the house...I wish. I've tried to get our landlord to let us go month to month for the last two years, with no luck. :( I'm scared if we tell him we're looking to buy that he'll kick us out. Might be an irrational fear, but we do have a really good deal on our place so I'm afraid to risk it! Whenever I try to do some comparison shopping for rentals in our area, they're at least $500 more per month. But I do want to re-read what happens if we decide to break the lease, in case we find an awesome house in a few months that is too good to pass up!
  2. Posted by Debbie on Monday, April 25th, 2016

    It all looks lovely! Color will arrive with the babe :)! His treasures, his toys, A neutral backdrop will work great. So excited for you and this precious adventure!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, April 25th, 2016

      Thank you, Debbie! That's what we figured--toys and books will add plenty of color.
  3. Posted by Jen Spadaro on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    Sorry your landlord isn't so flexible. It's tough. It's tough when you have a house and want to move too, bc you have to sell first. Maybe you could find a house before then? And he'll give you another month or so before your closing. So stressful!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

      I know, moving is never a smooth and easy process! And I'm totally afraid of settling for a "starter" house, only to find one that we really love a year later and not be able to get it because we're stuck in the okay house we settled for. It's all so uncertain and stressful! Gah. But hopefully it'll all work out. Thanks for the support and sympathy! :)