There are so many wonderful things that come with parenthood. Welcoming a new human into the world is so much fun, but the waiting time can leave you antsy. There are so many things to do before bringing your bundle into their new home. Creating their very own space is personal.

If you’re like me, you are obsessed with modern nurseries (is that too revealing?). I don’t spend a lot of time wondering why I love them so much, but I’m pretty sure it’s because it’s personal for mom.

How do you design a room for a person who won’t even know they’re there for several months? You don’t! The only alternative is to design it for Mom. But you do have a definite deadline and an idea of how much you’re planning to spend. The pressure is on, so how are you going to get it right for your new favorite person?

THINK: Long-term Investment

One of my favorite pieces of kid-decorating advice is to only invest in long-term pieces they can grow into. Let’s be honest, the prettiest nurseries look mature. We love our babies, but I do not love coming home to what looks like a Toys’R’Us liquidation sale in my living room (or any room). Those early days before the opinions start flying, this is your chance to enjoy them.

After all, “they grow up so fast!” Consider it a headstart on their big kid bedroom!

When I designed our nursery, I had so many ideas. Themes, wish lists, registries. It is so easy to go overboard, and the last thing I wanted to do was host a garage sale. In anticipation, I couldn’t help but promise myself I would never buy unnecessary baby furniture. And I’ve kept my word! The frugal side of me is very convincing.

 

from Apartment Therapy

from Apartment Therapy. Nothing but the crib reminds me of a baby. Everything else is beautifully curated in the form of easily repurposed furniture.

Baby Minimalism

My unintentional minimal nursery approach worked out very well. It translated into the accessories aspect, and my original theme had evolved entirely. After meeting our daughter and getting to know her, the bare bedroom was just waiting for her imprint. The one we couldn’t catch on the ultrasound.

Little to no money wasted. And we all know kids are expensive. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go bold. By all means paint a hot pink accent wall! But Don’t bother with stickers and a single-service changing table. You can put diapers ANYWHERE and you’re going to need a changing pad anyway.

With a minimal bedroom mentality, sophisticated but playful items blend right in and add the charm a nursery needs. Because, if you’re like me, you don’t want the bedroom to look like it jumped out of a Dr. Seuss book. I love the idea of keeping all of the rooms in my house cohesive, with only accents of plastic toys. 

Kate Harmer's maternity style from Mother Mag

Kate Harmer’s maternity style from Mother Mag. The rug, lamp, planter, and ottoman are timeless additions to this clean and bright space. Built-ins are probably my favorite way to leave room for personality without wasting floorspace.

 

Baby furniture & decor *might* be ridiculous

Not just for it’s price or Dr. Seuss-looking quality, but it’s sooooo temporary. And yeah, shopping is fun and all, but it isn’t that easy. Mostly because you have an overgrown baby going King Kong crazy all over their living spaces. Containing them gets tricky and is short-lived.

 

But the time for wall to wall toys will come, and you’re going to make sure you have space for it.

beautiful traditional meets boho nursery

From Kitzel at Project Nursery. A very sophisticated take on baby crap. I absolutely love the contrasting rug. There is so much space for all things baby, but for now it’s a mostly unused sanctuary.

 

Let’s just keep this going…

Levi’s nursery from AveStyles

 

Bold Gold Heart from DecorFacil

Bold Gold Heart from DecorFacil

 

Marlowe's Southern California Roots on Apartment Therapy

Marlowe’s Southern California Roots on Apartment Therapy

 

This traditionally gray nursery would suit absolutely any home and age. From meganburgesgilliam.com

This traditionally gray nursery would suit absolutely any home and age. From meganburgesgilliam.com

 

nursery from calivintage on instagram

nursery from calivintage on instagram

 

The sniglar crib from ikea and Aubrey Kinch

The ikea sniglar crib from ikea and Aubrey Kinch

 

The sniglar crib from ikea and Aubrey Kinch

The ikea sniglar crib from ikea and Aubrey Kinch

 

Sadly I don't have the source for this neutral beauty. But that banana palm print'll knock my socks off for years to come.

Sadly I don’t have the source for this neutral beauty. But that banana palm print’ll knock my socks off for years to come.

 

via Decor Pad. Green + Gold is my tried and true, too. Plus, that chair omg.

via Decor Pad. Green + Gold is my tried and true, too. Plus, that chair omg.

 

this one is a twofer, because I would use any of those items again.

also, I think the walls might be revere pewter

via ProjectNursery.com

via ProjectNursery.com

via ProjectNursery.com

via ProjectNursery.com

 

this luxurious banana palm moment is poorly researched (but at least I'm honest)

this luxurious banana palm moment is poorly researched (but at least I’m honest) It’s gorgeous, all the same.

 

A warm mid-century modern nursery via StyleMePretty

A warm mid-century modern nursery via StyleMePretty

 

Another source I can't find! Sorry to have failed you. Regardless, that rug and those frames are awesome additions to a modern OR traditional space

Another source I can’t find! Sorry to have failed you. Regardless, that rug and those frames are awesome additions to a modern OR traditional space

 

A large wreath is always a good choice. And if you don't have a massive mirror yet, this is a perfect excuse!

A large wreath is always a good choice. And if you don’t have a massive mirror yet, this is a perfect excuse! via Bloglovin’

 

Via Apartment Therapy. This is one of my favorites, with some low key #shiplap and a banana palm!

Via Apartment Therapy. This is one of my favorites, with some low key #shiplap and a banana palm! Isn’t it perfect?

 

This Beachy Blue baby room is undeniably neutral and serene. The pine doesn't hurt.

This Beachy Blue baby room from KidsRoomIdeas.net is undeniably neutral and serene. The pine doesn’t hurt.

 

Last but not least, my favorite from 100LayerCakelet. This southwestern nursery nails everything, even without an Ikea Sniglar Crib.

Last but not least, my favorite from 100LayerCakelet. This southwestern nursery nails everything, even without an Ikea Sniglar Crib.

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