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Whimsy Neutral Boy Nursery | If I Had a Boy

I definitely think I’ve found my passion, my sweet spot.

Nurseries and Kid’s Rooms

Designing Olive’s nursery was my favorite room I’ve ever done. I loved that I could add pops of color and quirky elements without it being too weird. (Not that I’m opposed to weird in any room.) I saw it as an opportunity to create a space for my child to not only explore, learn, and grow, but to also feel safe and comfortable.

After taking a few weeks off to take care of my family and myself, I had time to reflect on the direction I want to take this blog. Though I’ll still be doing several DIYs, round-ups, and renovations, I want to focus a lot more on spaces for babies and kids. So, today I want to share my design board for if I had a sweet baby boy instead of a girl.

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It was almost a year ago when we first learned that we were having a girl. I went into the ultrasound with a gut feeling that it was a boy. I had dreams that I was having a boy, and I was nearly convinced that I was going to be a boy mom. But I was wrong! The fact that we were having a girl scared both of us at first, but I wouldn’t have it any other way now. God truly knew what He was doing when He blessed us with a sweet baby girl.

You can read about my husband’s feelings on having a girl here. 


Design Features
Wallpaper and Art

Wallpaper  |  Art

Yes, wallpaper. It’s a trend here to stay a while, so jump on board! If you can’t commit to paper glued on your wall like me, then Walls Need Love is perfect for you! They have removable wallpaper that’s easy to apply and removes clean. There are so many designs to choose from. You can go bold or subtle. Either way, it adds color and texture to a room in a beautiful way.

I would apply this rabbit print on the crib wall and paint the rest of the walls an off white like Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore.

To stick with the natural theme, this print from Minted adds a pop of color and will grow with the baby or can be used in many other rooms. Think versatility when choosing art for a nursery.


Semi-Flushmount Light  Lamp

I see so many people skipping on lighting, but it adds so much dimension to a room. This light from House of Antique Hardware is perfect for bringing the brass element from the dresser all the way up to the ceiling.

Every nursery needs a good lamp. The last thing you want to do is turn on the bright overhead light in the middle of the night to feed your baby. This lamp from Urban Outfitters is a little out of my price range for lamps (check out where I buy my lamps here), but I absolutely love it. There are so many rooms I’d like to use that lamp in my home now.

Windows and Floors

Curtains  |  Rug

Curtains and rugs are the areas you can really add a pop of color and pattern. They can be the focal point of a room or the grounding feature.

For a nursery, you will either want blackout curtains or a blackout shade. I wanted my baby to be able to sleep anywhere at first, so sun shining in the room wasn’t a concern. I promise that a baby naps so much better in the dark. It’s like she knows that it’s time to sleep since it’s dark in her room.

These curtains from Urban Outfitters are not only stylish but are blackout as well! Right now, you can take $50 off your order of $150 or more. Such a great deal for these (plus, you can throw in the lamp from above!).

I believe the rust color is currently sold out :(, but the blue ones are a great option as well!

via – Target

Have you checked out Target’s new Project 62 line? There are seriously some hidden gems in that collection, like this rug! It’s the perfect neutral for so many rooms, and it’s also nice and soft for the baby to roll around on. The 5×7 is less than $200!


CribDresser  |  Nesting Tables

For the furniture, don’t worry so much about getting a matching set. You want each piece to stand alone. This rule of thumb is true for any room. I wanted to tie in the natural wood, brass, and navy elements throughout the space, so each piece coordinates but showcases each element by itself.

Check out how I refinished a thrifted dresser for Olive’s room here.


Basket  |  Shoes  |  Stuffed Animals


All of the “extra” elements in the room is where you can let your personality shine and get personal. Every nursery needs a good basket…or three, all the sweet baby shoes, and shelves of unbreakable accessories. I have a pair of Sweet n’ Swag’s Moxfords for Olive, and I adore them. It’s so sweet to showcase personal baby items throughout the space such as shoes, newborn gown, or unique rattle or stuffed animal (photo above).


I’m looking forward to showcasing many more nursery and kid’s room design boards around here. If you have any questions or would like some help on your nursery or big kid’s room, I would absolutely love to help! Reach out to me any time. I love hearing from you guys!



See Olive’s nursery reveal here!


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  • Kayla
    October 23, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Give me all the tips you want 😍 I love asking for your help! You’re so talented!

    • Diana
      October 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Thanks! It’s so fun. Your nursery is going to turn out so beautifully. I can’t wait to see it…especially when it’s occupied!! 😉

  • Kristen
    October 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Adorable! I have three boys (sadly none young enough to be in a nursery anymore) but would have loved your design for any one of them!

    • Diana
      October 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much!! 😉

  • Ola
    October 27, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I love the mood board, and that your selections are so UN-traditional. Great job on the choices.

    • Diana
      October 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Ola!!

  • Black Friday Sales
    November 1, 2017 at 3:45 am

    It’s amazing. Thanks for sharing this post.

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