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The Baby’s Room

June 4, 2013
by thenestinggame

6 days until my due date. It’s been a really short and a really long 39 weeks all at the same time. But the nursery is pretty much done until the baby gets here. Wanna check it out?

Navy Nursery Rocker Crib

So, yeah. The Moody Glam room is not really either of those things anymore.

Just to remind you, we are Team Green and don’t know if it’s a little boy or girl camping out in my belly right now. So, I tried to stay pretty neutral for now, with the possible exception of the throw pillow fabric, which, that’s for me, I suppose.

Let’s chat about the crib! It’s the Baby Mod Olivia crib, well-loved on Pinterest. I wasn’t crazy about the wood base, so I painted it white.

Crib and Skirt

The crib skirt was a sewing project(!) that I made following this tutorial, more or less. I’ll do another post where I break down my method for ya. The crib sheet is from The Land of Nod and the beautiful handmade blanket was a shower gift.

Rocker and ottoman

The Ballard Designs rocker is so ridiculously comfortable. And here are two more sewing projects(!)—the pillow in the chair using Waverly Santa Maria Desert fabric and the ottoman slipcover using a fabric called Doodle from Lewis & Sheron. I have SINCE noticed that The Land of Nod is featuring both these fabrics in their new collection, but you saw it here first, folks!

Bed and sconces

(Do me a favor and pretend that pillow is scooted over to the left about 3 inches.) I really wanted to keep a double bed in the house. And considering we spent so freaking long stripping this one, it had to stay. So, we worked out a furniture arrangement that could accommodate all the elements we wanted in the room and we’ll see how it goes.

One caveat to the new arrangement was that there was no room for bedside lamps. Hence, sconces! I picked out the (now discontinued?) Weston Arc sconces from Pottery Barn but I got ‘em for $100 less on ebay, believe it or not! One of the shades has a little ding in it that is noticeable when the light is on, but I am trying to ignore that in exchange for $100.

Full Room

The white star was the last thing I bought for the room. I knew I needed something for over the bed that wasn’t a rectangle and I wanted to keep it white. I went to Kudzu Antiques over Memorial Day weekend and there it was.

As for the other side of the bed, I borrowed a page from Jenny’s amazing playbook. We left a little walking room on the right side of the bed so that if 2 people did sleep in the bed, the wall person would not have to climb in and out over the other person. And since I like both sides of the bed to have some sort of nightstand, we painted 2 inexpensive corbels from Home Depot and a pre-made wooden plaque from Michael’s the same color as the wall (BM Hale Navy) and installed them.

Side table Full

Across from the bed and behind the door was just enough space for a shallow bookshelf. I have gotten so many fun books from friends, however Taylor wants no part in the pre-reading since there will be MANY readings and re-readings and re-readings in the future.

Bookshelf McDowell Print

Above the bookcase I hung a print from the fantastic artist Emily McDowell that says, “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.” It’s attributed to Joan of Arc and I thought it was such a sweet and powerful inspiration for the little guy or gal as he or she starts off.


The last big project we took on was a new closet. The old one had just a rod and a single shelf, plus sliding doors. We went to The Container Store with our measurements and an hour later left with all the parts and pieces for an Elfa masterpiece. No clothes at the moment, since I’m not sure if I’m going to be buying dresses or jon-jons, but I am in awe of all the room and storage and now we cannot wait to do the same to our closet

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. We picked out a turquoise paint for the inside of the closet. It’s a little intense, but thankfully we also picked out new doors.

Yellow Closet Bins

And while at The Container Store, it’s pretty much a law that you have to buy some cute containers.

Like the nightstand ledge, the dresser is another piece that we painted the same color as the walls. Because there’s a lot of furniture in the small space we just wanted it to fade back as much as possible. I do like the matte turquoise handles, though—I couldn’t have everything disappear. We kept the maple top of the dresser as-is and I bought the changing table topper in a similar shade. It’s also a Pottery Barn find via ebay. You can see the spiffy new, turquoise-paint-obscuring closet doors in the mirror.

Dresser and Mirror

A few more details for ya…

Dresser Changing Pad

Crib and Paint By Numbers

Custom Boppy

I had a custom boppy cover made from this etsy store. This was one sewing project I decided to outsource. The owner, Holly, was so nice and dealt with my fabric indecisiveness. And of course the little woodland creatures will vamoose once baby gets here.

Side tabletop


My eagle eyed co-workers threw a sweet shower for me and decorated with these vases that match perfectly! (It was no accident, let me tell you.)


Red Side Table


So that’s it! I mean, until it all begins… Baby that came with the frame, your days are numbered.

P.S. You can see the original nursery moodboard and some progress pics.


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28 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    June 4, 2013 11:25 pm

    Adorable! Can’t wait to see it!

  2. Tessa permalink
    June 5, 2013 9:35 am

    LOVE this room! So unique. The paint by numbers are too cute. I like how sophisticated it is yet playful. I usually have to rely on a theme to organize my decorating thoughts and I like how eclectic your decor is!!

    Hope the waiting doesn’t get too consuming. I’m doing it as well right now and looking forward for it all to go down.

  3. Sara permalink
    June 5, 2013 2:16 pm

    I love it! As someone with a guestroom painted the same color (inspired by this very room), who also wants to keep the double bed in there and not find out the gender of a future kiddo this is such great inspiration. I recently ordered a swatch of the Santa Maria Dessert fabric. It is beautiful. Can’t wait to see your little one.

  4. Krista permalink
    June 5, 2013 2:45 pm

    What if your baby looks JUST like frame baby? Frame baby might be the prophecy! (Also, LOVE the room and am dying to find out what the little munchkin will be named. :)

    • Taylor permalink
      June 5, 2013 4:20 pm

      Not even we know what the little tyke’s names gonna be yet. Poor kid.

  5. June 5, 2013 5:22 pm

    Well done! Just right for little baby girl or boy to come! Now keep those feet up and rest while you can.

  6. Leigh Ann Morabito permalink
    June 5, 2013 5:50 pm

    Love, love, love!!! It looks absolutely gorgeous, Molly. Can’t wait for the little one to arrive!

  7. Karen Burke permalink
    June 11, 2013 5:25 pm

    Amazing. Love it. I am so happy for you both and glad you are not finding out. Soon you will. Good luck and can’t wait to see pictures of little baby Crawford.

  8. June 24, 2013 1:18 pm

    I saw you mentioned you were due on the 10th. I hope you and baby are doing well! Your nursery looks amazing, and I really like the Benjamin Moore Hale Navy in here. It’s a great neutral color! I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      June 24, 2013 1:31 pm

      That’d be great, Jena. Thanks! And yes, the baby is here and we’re doing great!

  9. June 27, 2013 8:40 am

    Hi there! Found your blog through Involving Color and I just wanted to say that I love your nursery! I have been debating on going with navy walls for our guest room and this has all but made up my mind! Thank you! And congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

  10. Britta permalink
    June 27, 2013 10:40 am

    I am in LOVE with this room! So adorable! All the colors and details are so cute and perfect. And congratulations!

  11. July 13, 2013 6:26 pm

    Congratulations on Townes! He is gorgeous!! Hope you guys are doing well.

    I love, love your nursery! And thank you SO much for mentioning that I did your Boppy cover; it was seriously a pleasure working with you on it–love all the fabrics you have used for your nursery. :)

    Congratulations again, and try to get as much rest as you can!!

  12. July 26, 2013 1:25 pm

    I love how you turned a sconce into a bed side table in a small space! Such a good idea! Where can I find the fabric you used on the bed and chair throw pillows?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      July 26, 2013 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Devin! I can’t take credit for the nightstand idea—that’s all Jenny from Little Green Notebook. The fabric is Waverly Santa Maria Desert. I got it at lewis and sheron— I’ve also seen it on and on etsy.

  13. Mandy permalink
    September 14, 2013 3:36 pm

    Thanks for posting! Love your colors. Followed your link to Rugs USA and found the perfect rug at 60% off. Thank you so much! Saved me a trip around town in an all day search.

  14. January 30, 2014 12:28 am

    I found your blog thru a Pinterest search for Lewis and Sheron’s doodle fabric. I love how you used it on your ottoman. Coincidentally, I have also ordered that Ballard glider…can’t wait for it to arrive as my baby girl sure would like to be rocked :)

  15. September 29, 2014 7:17 am

    I really love how this baby room is youthful without being over the top. Perfect! May I post the picture of this room with your credit on my blog? I’m looking for inspiring gender neutral nurseries, because they are hard to find! I’d like to wait to find out the sex of my baby and this inspiration will help!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      September 29, 2014 10:39 am

      Thanks, Sally! Happy for you to share. Congrats on your little one! It was really fun waiting to find out the gender until the big day.

  16. Katie permalink
    November 18, 2014 9:17 pm


    Beautiful nursery!! We have the same crib and I’d like to alps paint the base white as it doesn’t match our dresser. Did you sand first or use any specific white color? Thanks!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 17, 2015 11:19 am

      I took a piece of the crib to Home Depot and had the white color-matched. I also lightly sanded the base before applying the primer/paint. Thanks for the compliments! Congrats on your little one!


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