My gray and aqua nursery plan

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I have been looking forward to designing a cute little nursery for years.  But now that I actually get to, it is a lot tougher than I thought it would be.

For one thing, I had to accept that I am not going to be able to include every single awesome nursery idea I have. Now that it is actually time to stop dreaming and make it happen, I have to make some tough choices.

It was also tough because I typically do not design a room all at once.  I start with one or two things and then slowly add things and take things away until I have something I love.  I like to let rooms evolve.  It is a long (but fun) process.  I’m talking years people.

That isn’t really going to work with the nursery.  Yes, the room can still evolve with time but finally declaring the nursery ready when my son turns four isn’t ideal.

So I had to try something a little different.  I started out by collecting tons of pictures of things I was really liking on Pinterest.  From pics of rooms I loved, I figured out what things I was really drawn to:

  • neutral walls
  • lots of white and grays
  • a mix of vintage and modern touches
  • simple geometric patterns
  • and of course – pops of aqua

From there I decided to try putting together a design plan or mood board to help me gather my thoughts and see where the room was heading.

gray and aqua nursery

By the way – this is my first mood board ever!  Yes, I was a mood board virgin.  Since I typically decorate slowly and use lots of awesome yard sale finds and DIY projects, I never really saw the point of it.  Especially because most of the mood boards I saw online were full of furniture and décor linked directly to the expensive store you could buy them at.  Not really my style.

I actually had a lot of fun putting this together –  but instead of expensive new stuff, I included stuff I already own or plan to DIY.  And it turned out really fun and doable (and budget-friendly).  So on to my (loosely-formed, somewhat subject to change) plan.

gray curtains

1.  I absolutely love all the striped curtains I have seen lately.  These gray and white ones are some of my favorite.  Definitely DIYable.

crib 1

2.  This is actually a crib I won from Young House Love a couple of years ago.  I am so excited to finally be able to put it to use.

gray ikea rug

3.  The ever popular gray Ikea gislev rug.  I happen to already own this but that is because it is a total steal at $20.fabric

4.  These are some of the fabrics I am planning to use for crib bedding and pillows for the rocker.  Chipper Storm Twill, Simpatico Chevrons in Minty, Simpatico Straws in Minty, Suzani Harmony/Green Twill


5.  Really want to include some cute bookshelves somewhere.  These particular beauties are simply Ikea picture rail.  I love how the books become art on their own.

gray chair

6.  I shared my Craigslist rocking chair earlier this summer.  After much internal debate, I think I have decided to attempt to reupholster it in a nice solid gray.  This was a tough choice but I think it will be both practical and lovely.  And I am currently gearing up for this project – and devising a plan to make it one of the cheapest DIY projects ever.

dream big

7.  Love this sign and this saying.  I’ve got to include a vintage style sign somewhere in the room – it’s becoming kind of a trademark for me.


8.  Have been obsessing over this print for a few years now.  I love a great mix of vintage and modern and art is a great way to achieve it.  I may end up doing a small gallery wall.  Or I may just intersperse some great art with the books on the shelves.

aqua dresser 2

9.  I have a great wood dresser that I am planning to use instead of a changing table.  The dresser was another freebie – the gift of a very generous blog reader and I am so excited to paint it up and make it beautiful.  I’m thinking a nice distressed aqua like this lovely.

So there you have it.  That is my basic plan.  I’m sure some things will change along the way and I definitely will be adding in lots of other fun details.  But this is the direction I am going in.  And I am feeling pretty good about it.  I’ve gotta say that seeing everything together like that makes me really excited to see the finished product!

So what do you think?  Any suggestions or ideas for me?  And what are your thoughts on mood boards – are you a fan?  Have you made any yourself?

Thanks for taking the time to read!  And know that I love reading your comments.  They always put a smile on my face!

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  1. says

    I love the colors that you are using! I am about to decorate a nursery for a good friend of mine. We are loving the gray! Still trying to decide what other color to put with it? This looks great! I am stopping by from Tatertots and Jello!

  2. says

    I love the colors that you are using! I am about to decorate a nursery for a good friend of mine. We are loving the gray! Still trying to decide what other color to put with it? This looks great! I am stopping by from Tatertots and Jello!

  3. says

    Looks great! I love that particular shade of blue, myself. A sunny yellow or rich red would make a great accent pop of color.

    It will be a lucky little boy who gets to sleep in that room!

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