A Gender Neutral Nursery…

Yep, you read that right!  To answer what you’ve been wondering since last week – Chris and I have decided to not find out BB’s gender until he or she makes an appearance in December!  We’re so excited for the surprise, and I really think we’ve made the right choice.  It definitely wasn’t he easiest decision to come to, but we’re finally there and hopefully won’t change our minds!  We went back and forth for a while, but what sealed the deal for me was when we saw my parents last weekend and we were about 98% sure we weren’t finding out.  I told my Dad, and he thought it was a great decision and said he was glad that I was a surprise when I was born.  That really sealed it for me – there’s something about your Dad’s approval, no matter how old you are!

On that note, I’ve now turned my attention to the colors for the nursery.  Since we’re in an apartment right now and will likely be moving when our lease is up in February (more on that another time), we won’t be painting the room or attaching anything permanent to the walls – it all has to be able to be taken down pretty easily for the move and put back up wherever we end up.  Once we move, I’ll get to paint and really add a lot more detail.

I’ve started looking at colors, and I fell in love with this color combination, found here:

Lime Solar Flair Crib Bedding | Blue and Green Gender Neutral Crib Bedding | Carousel Designs 500x500 image

I love it because it’s bright and will go well with the dark wood furniture I’ve chosen.  If you follow the link, you’ll notice that this set is not cheap, and it’s definitely more than I wanted to spend.  Here’s the great part about all of it though – my mother-in-law, Ann, has offered to MAKE it all!

Ann is really talented and sews and quilts all the time (she did our wedding guestbook quilt, and we have another 2 or 3 quilts she’s made), and I’m THRILLED she’s offered to do this for us.  It’ll be an amazing keepsake and one of a kind since I’ll be able to pick out the fabric for it.  I’m going to start scouring fabric stores soon, and she can even make matching curtains and a throw pillow for whatever rocker we decide on.  I love that my BB (and future ones if there are any) will have something unique and gender neutral, and I’ll be able to use it for years.  I think I’m going to go with plain white crib sheets and have everything else be color – that way I can buy crib sheets with no worries (Ann said they’re more trouble than it’s worth to make, so we’ll be buying them).  I’m so excited to see how everything turns out!

As for the rest of the furniture and the nursery, here’s what I’m thinking so far.  Chris and I both tend to gravitate toward darker furniture, so I have this crib on my registry.  I’m only 5’3” 1/2 (on a good day, haha) so it was really important to me to have a low-profile crib.

Babyletto Modo 3 in 1 Crib with Toddler Rail

The dresser I’ve chosen matches:

 

Babyletto Modo 3-Drawer Changer

 

The rest of the nursery is still up in the air.  I want to put up some fun artwork and find some sturdy shelves, but some of it will depend on our move timeline.  Some ideas so far (all from pinterest, click the picture for my pin):

 

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What do you all think?  Any suggestions on what I need for the nursery and how to make sure it’ll be bright and gender neutral?  What do you think of the colors?

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6 Responses

  1. We know the sex but we wanted a gender neutral nursery too. I just picked a color (sage green) and went with it! That’s the “theme” I guess — with dark wood furniture. I have some jungle animals in there too but nothing crazy. 🙂 Love your ideas.

  2. The crib in the second to last picture is the one that we picked out (but in all white) and we’re seriously considering the dresser that you like I actually considered that crib too, but wanted one that had storage below it. How funny! Guess we have good taste 🙂

    I love the colors you’re thinking about, I’m a huge fan of green.

  3. I love this idea!!! 🙂 And the idea of having your bedding made by a loved one is SO SPECIAL!!! I love love love that! Here’s a tip… I made one of those yarn letters for a Christmas decoration… it’s a beast! Choose your baby’s name carefully. HAHA Hint: R’s are hard!!! 🙂

    I can’t wait to see what you do!!!!!!!!!! I love your inspiration photos!

  4. I love the colors! Have y’all looked at doing a decorating theme? Pretty much all the gender neutral ones I’ve seen are jungle animals, haha.

  5. I LOVE the colors together!!! I like simple, color based themes like this. So classy and timeless and fun!! I can’t believe you guys aren’t going to know!!! How exciting!

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