Reclaiming Home just finished a gender neutral nursery for a wonderful couple expecting their first baby. They wanted the sex of their baby to be a surprise, so they wanted a neutral room. All of their pinned boards were monochromatic grey nurseries. The couple are also from South Africa and really wanted some touches of home in the nursery. It was so fun putting together this special room from a blank space.
When I first started finding out what they wanted, the Mama-to-be pulled out all the things she had already bought for the nursery. She really loves elephants and wanted them in the room. They remind her of home.
We wanted the crib wall to have something special on it. These decals were super easy to apply. While I was putting them up, she told me they reminded her of the rains in South Africa.
As we were brainstorming what art to put above the bed, they chose a blessing from the Book of Joshua. We picked the style from an Etsy artist and had it printed at Staples. The frame is from IKEA.
The mobile was a gift from a friend. It is homemade. It's so lovely and personal. It really adds a special touch to the room.
We added a small gallery wall above the change table. I printed out a picture of Cape Town, their hometown, and a picture of the parents to add a personal touch.
To maximize the space and make things feel uncluttered we added a hanging lamp instead of having a table lamp beside her nursing chair. We had to hack the lamp a little bit because it is supposed to be hardwired. We switched out the hardware light kit for a plug in pendant cord. We added a table next to the chair for water bottles/books etc. Mama loved it because it reminded her of an African drum. We added different layers of textures and patterns in the neutral colours to add some interest to the space.
The last pieces in the room were the vintage IKEA hooks I found on a swap page. They have a great shape and feel. They're good places to hang up towels and diaper bags. Nurseries are always such fun spaces to create and this one was no exception. I hope you enjoyed the tour and congrats to the parents-to-be on their new baby boy!