Project Nursery

It’s hard to believe how quickly pregnancy has flown by…just seven weeks to go! I started on our little girl’s nursery in June, giving you guys a first peek at the starting point of my inspiration—a vintage Moroccan Boucherouite rug. Since then, the room has really started to evolve, as I’ve been hard at work choosing and ordering furniture, slowly pulling together accessories, and creating a perfect haven for baby.

Last week was pretty exciting when the crib arrived—it made our third bedroom officially feel like a nursery—so I thought it would be fun to give you a peek at the progress and share my decorating plan. Read a little more below about my process and click through the images above to see how it’s coming together…can’t wait to share the finished product and full resources with you once all the finishing touches are done!

The look:
Modern bohemian.

The challenge:
Keeping a consistent aesthetic so our daughter’s room is cohesive with the rest of our home. Also creating a soft, feminine space that’s fun but not overly girly and childish.

Starting point:
A vintage Moroccan rug, that perfectly fit my personal style—modern with a slightly bohemian vibe. I loved the neutral base and bold, colorful design and selected it to be the signature element in the room.

Decorating approach:
I made a list of some specific things I wanted from the get-go—a Moroccan rug, a modern white crib, a vintage dresser in warm walnut. For everything else, I’ve just waited to find pieces that speak to me to incorporate.

Color palette:
A neutral color palette has been my primary requirement so the room will have a calm, peaceful feel—we’re painting the walls an off-white and most of the furniture is pure white. The furniture is modern, and a bit mid-century feeling. This base has allowed me to mix in prints, textures, and colors in small doses as well as vintage elements—like the dresser and lamp.

Pink was off limits until I fell in love with the idea of adding just one bold pop of it, in the form of a blanket, to the crib. I toyed with the idea of this striped J.Crew option, but cashmere seemed entirely impractical. Then I found the blanket of my dreams at K. Colette while we were recently in Portland, Maine—an uber soft, mini kantha quilt that imparts a global vibe and is washable (a huge plus!). The color is coming across more coral in the photos, but it’s definitely pink.

Personal touches:
My husband’s sock monkey, our favorite books from childhood, a suzani pillow we purchased in Istanbul, and a playful LOVE pillow I picked up on a trip to New York City a few years back but have never found a good place for.

Save vs. splurge:
The rug, glider, and crib were important pieces to me as they’ll be the most used. They have been splurges. So far I’ve saved by re-purposing a trio of leaning bookshelves we’ve had for years, finding the dresser on Craigslist and pouf at Restoration Hardware’s outlet, and picking up a little mirror from Anthropologie’s sale room.

What’s next:
We’re painting the room, waiting for the glider to arrive, picking out some fun art, replacing the blinds, gathering storage baskets, and adding little details to accessorize the bookshelves. Oh, and a mattress and sheets. Almost there!

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  • Exciting! I’m putting the final touches on our nursery now too. We must have due dates within days of each other. Can’t wait to see how all of your pieces come together! I love what you’ve shown us so far!

  • Jaime Lopez

    I would love to know where your crib is from… I love its clean lines and minimalism! Such a beautiful nursery!

    – Jaime

  • The room looks like it is coming along fabulously! I love the mirror and pink blanket.
    I love K. Colette in Portland, I am actually planning on heading there tomorrow to look for some new bedding. 🙂
    Cant wait to see the nursery’s final layout!
    xo Nan
    Simply Elegant Blog

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thanks, Laura! Such an exciting & momentous time! I’m due Oct. 2 – when are you?

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thanks, Jaime! That’s exactly why I fell in love with this crib, too. It’s the Sparrow crib by Oeuf. They recently had a recall on older models, but any new production & you’re good to go.

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thanks, Nan! Can’t wait to share more. And thank YOU for the recommendation on Instagram for K. Colette! We absolutely loved the store…they’re shipping us another thing or two we couldn’t pack 🙂

  • October 3rd! It’s starting to go very quickly, can’t wait. Congratulations again and best wishes!