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A Nest for Nori Michelle

gray baby nursery

I’ve been meaning to write this blog since I was pregnant and decorating the nursery for my baby girl. Well life happened and my baby girl is now 6 months and I’m just getting to write this blog. There are several little things I still need to add but here goes.

Inspiration for the room: I wanted bold colors because I’m not a fan of pastels.  My Babe didn’t want a “pink princess palace” (my favorite color is hot pink). We both wanted a modern nursery that could easily be a toddler’s room as well. I didn’t want something all matchy-matchy and I wanted to utilize different prints and bring them all together. With those things in mind I set out to create the ideal world for our little girl.  I finally decided I wanted the colors to be grey white and yellow with splashes of hot pink.

Favorite Items:

1. Belly picture of Mom & Dad in black & white hanging over the crib.
2. The lights in the bookshelf
3. Wooden Rocking chair was a gift to me in 1988 from my grandmother.

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Nursery Decorating Tips:  Google was my best friend if I had an idea I would search for inspiration all over the interwebs. I bounced my ideas off of my significant other and he would offer suggestions to make that idea come together.  The other thing I did was give myself plenty of time to let the magic happen. I started the nursery in October, baby girl wasn’t due until January but I wanted the bulk of the work done before she arrived, before the holidays and before I got so big and tired.

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The big cream Teddy Bear is Nori’s gift from big brother

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Random shelf items: Wooden Letters (JoAnn Fabrics), Wooden Button (Left over Baby-shower decor made by Mom & Dad), Wooden Elephant came on a bouquet of flowers I received when she arrived Wire Bodice (Michael’s), Pink Vase & Flower (Ikea), Puppy on her first bouquet of flowers from Daddy on Valentine’s Day. Ballet Box filled with beautiful socks from Nell, a stuffed ballet doll gift picked out by cousin Kameryn.
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 I used the short dresser as a changing station. As she gets older this won’t be needed and I can decorate it.
gray baby nursery 5 Wicker Baskets (Ikea)

My Babe did such a great job installing the LEDs.

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This is the shelf when the lights are on, we use this as a night light too.
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Closet customized by Dad (Home Depot) filled by gifts from Family & Friends
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A girl can never have enough styling options.

Room Resources:
Crib: Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible crib $150 at Wal-Mart
Crib skirt: Maya Crib Skirt by Glenna Jean $46 at Baby Super Mall Decorative pillow: Maya Pillow-key $38 at Baby Super Mall Crib sheet: Carter’s Safar Brights $16 at Carter’s
Dresser: Malm 3 drawer $70 at Ikea
Chair: Poang $70 at Ikea
Bookshelf: Expedit shelf $70 at Ikea
Wall Decall: Slatthult Decorative Stickers $10 at Ikea
Flowered Artwork: Pjatteryd Picture set of 3 $40 at Ikea
Lamp: Orgel Vreten Floor Lamp $20 at Ikea

What does your dream nursery look like?

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  1. Bitz

    Cute!! I’m going with gray, pale pink, and splashes of black, white, and citrus green…well atleast that’s what’s in my head! I have just about 9 weeks to go and haven’t even started :

    Who did your maternity shoot?

  2. Mimicutelips

    Bitz we had pics done at Portrait Innovations.

  3. Kisa Johnson

    I’ve never really prepped a nursery before, just never something I could do. Part of being a renter and all that means not being allowed to paint. Anyway, I have to say I love this simple but beautiful nursery you’ve made! I love that it’s not over the top one way or another.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Kisa, I lived in an apt with son and wasn’t able to decorate much. I thought I would be so over the top but I took the less is more approach and I love it.

  4. Briton

    Awe, what a sweet room for your little girl! I like the idea of putting soft lighting in the bookshelf. It looks great at night!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Briton at 3 years old she still uses the bookshelf lights and her night light. Only no she tells us what color she wants it on. lol

  5. Gretchen

    Super cute! I especially love the big button on the shelf!

  6. Laila (@FrontRowMama)

    What a sweet space for your baby girl! As a boy mom I have to live through you with all the pink!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Laila I totally fill you. My son is 10 but we lived in an apt when he was born. I missed out on decorating a nursery for him.

  7. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)

    Love the teddy bears.
    If I HAD to do it all over again, I’d decorate a black & white polka dot nursery. I saw one in a magazine and thought it was adorbs!

  8. Kara

    How precious! Love your baby girl’s space & the belly picture is so cute!

  9. Christine @MomsNCharge

    I absolutely love the lighting in the bookshelf! The nursery is adorable! I had fun getting my kids’ rooms together and picking out paint colors. For the girls’ room we added thick white chair railing to divide the room in half and used two different paint colors (a soft purple and green). With my son’s room, we painted it teal and yellow and used chair railing again. I love the extra storage we created inside each of their closets (similar to what you did, which I love).

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks hun, I think the lighting will always be cool. Even when she gets a little older. I love the idea of two different paint colors. You get to represent both of their personalities.I swear by a customized closet, I couldn’t function without it.

  10. MJ

    love her room! I am finally going to dish up my toddler’s room and I have a new nursery to decorate. Looking forward to it. It’s so special to add your touches plus things they love as they get older to their rooms.

  11. Jaye@Curvatude

    How adorable is this? I love the color scheme and that tricked out cabinet, ii will definitely last your wee one for years and that grey is so soothing and calming.

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