The Furniture And Decor I Chose For Our Nursery
Last week, we kicked off the nursery project. I revealed my inspiration for the space along with the DIY projects we plan to complete in here. I also showed you the biggest change to the room…these sage green built-ins! And while all of that is great, my baby girl still needs a place to sleep! Today, I thought it would be fun to finally reveal all of the nursery furniture and decor I’ve chosen and purchased for her room.
I’m so grateful to be teaming up with my long-standing partner, Crate and Barrel, for some elements of the nursery. Crate and Kids nursery line is full of so many gorgeous pieces and I’ll be using some of their nursery furniture in the space. For the other items in the room, I’ve spent months agonizing over these choices…the rug, the lighting, the accessories. I just want it to all be perfect and I think that led to some design paralysis. Luckily, I finally pulled the trigger on all of these items and now it’s time to start to put this room together.
Crib // Glider // Ottoman // Wood Dresser // Velvet Pouf // Floor Lamp // Marble Side Table // Artwork // Turkish Rug // Green Touch Lamp // Light Fixture // Bow Hooks // Hamper // Bonsai Color Cabinets // Potential Paint Color “Romance” // Pink Quilt
Finding a Vintage Rug
I knew from the start that I wanted a large vintage rug for her room. I haven’t purchased any “real” vintage rugs before (because of the price), but they’re a great option when you want them to last and last. This rug is 50 years old and I’m sure with regular cleaning we can keep it another 50 years. Turkish rugs are a good idea for a kid’s space because they hide dirt incredibly well and they’re super durable. Win and win.
I perused this shop on Etsy, constantly, looking for a large vintage rug with pink undertones. The shop sells so many gorgeous vintage rugs and has stellar reviews (and all the rugs come cleaned and in good condition, plus free returns!), so I knew they had to be legit. I ended up biting the bullet on one! It’s about 7×9, which is the exact size I needed for the nursery. It arrived after a week and I’m in love with it. The color, the soft texture, the pattern…all perfection. I see us sitting on this rug and playing for years to come.
Once I had the rug figured out, I knew I could finalize the rest of the room. Since the built-ins are sage and the rug has blush undertones, I knew neutral nursery furniture would be the way to go in here.
The Big Furniture Items
Photo via Crate & Kids
I want the furniture in this room to grow along with our baby girl. Therefore, I opted for pieces that should transition well as she turns into a toddler and then a kid! The crib is white with brass legs and I love the contemporary vibes it gives off. I ended up buying the toddler rail for it now (just in case it’s not available in the future), so this bed can transition with her as she grows.
Photo via Crate & Kids
There’s no need to buy a “babyish” dresser for your nursery. Instead, any dresser will do. This one is from Crate & Kids, but it can easily work in any space (not just a kid’s room). I liked this one because it has lots of storage and the light wood color matches well with the rest of the decor in our home. It even comes with an anti-tip kit so we can babyproof it immediately. Genius!
Photo via Crate & Kids
I knew I wanted a super comfy glider and this one fits the bill. The fabric is supposed to be very forgiving and wipeable and I love that it has arms (other moms told me that is a must!). I chose this matching ottoman to go with it, so I can put my feet up when rocking baby girl in this glider.
For some reason, lighting was the trickiest category for me. I quickly pulled the trigger on this floor lamp to go near the glider because it’s classic and I can always transition it to another room down the line. This green touch lamp will go on the dresser near her changing pad. I love that it’s “touch” so I can easily turn it on and off for all of those diaper changes!
The chandelier was something I really struggled with. Because this room has vaulted ceilings, I knew I would have to swag the chandelier. That limited my options a bit. Also, I needed this piece to be really big since this is such a large space with high ceilings. A small chandelier could look dinky all the way up there! At first, I really wanted to splurge and buy this light fixture. But ultimately I didn’t pull the trigger because of the price tag. Instead, I opted for this budget-friendly alternative and I’m happy to say I love it! It looks wonderful in here…perfect size and easy to swag!
One other thing to note, I know that the risk of SIDS is reduced when you have a ceiling fan in the room. However, we’re choosing to not do a ceiling fan in the nursery because our daughter will be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for the beginning of her life (when SIDS risk is the highest). When she does transition to her crib, we’ll use this Dyson fan/air purifier in her room to make sure she stays cool at night.
Cute Art & Accessories
Finally, the fun part…the accessories! I’m most excited about this part and I’ll probably be tweaking this until the very end! As of now, I have this wicker basket for some texture (not sure if it will hold clothing or toys yet), a blush velvet pouf, this side table (for next to the glider), a faux fiddle leaf fig (for some greenery), the cutest bow hooks for the walls, and a special piece of art. I’m also having a watercolor that my great-grandmother painted framed for the room. That will be such a special touch.
Overall, I want to be very intentional with the items I bring into this space. I don’t want clutter and I don’t want to buy decor just to buy it. Instead, I want it to be meaningful or practical. Those built-ins will especially be exciting to style up…
Most of the big pieces have arrived and we’ll be getting this space together in the coming weeks. Look for sneak peeks on Instagram stories, but stay tuned for the final reveal hitting the blog in April!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.