Neutral Nursery

Neutral Nursery Reveal

 Vintage, Beach Nursery

If you have been following Blue Eye Life, you know that Mr. Blue Eyes and I didn’t know the sex of Baby Blue Eyes until “game day.”  That is why I worked to design a gender-neutral nursery that could easily be converted to a more masculine or feminine look depending on the babe.  You can read about my original thoughts on the nursery here.

Mr. Blue Eyes and I ended up going with a vintage beach nursery theme.  When discussing the nursery Mr. Blue Eyes made it clear that boy or girl he wanted some hints of ocean life.  I, however didn’t want a full blown nautical theme.  The nursery we created is a mix of new and used pieces, with some splurge and steal items.  The room’s color base is navy and gold with hints of coral and cream.  It has easily become my favorite room in our house.

Let the tour begin…

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The nursery one very sunny morning!

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Some sweet treasures including an adorable picture of my two blue eyed boys.

The whale pillow from Joss and Main started it all.  This pillow was a bit of a splurge as far as pillows are concerned.  I believe it was around $50.00.  I only purchased one that is why I was comfortable paying a higher in price.  The beautiful, knit chevron blanket was made with love for Baby Blue Eyes by his grandma.

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Baby Blue Eyes loves his Etsy sheets.

Moving onto the crib.  If you are in the market for a crib let me break it down for you … Cribs are expensive, oh-my-word.  When I began looking I quickly decided that I could find a used crib that would be just as nice as a new one.  This would also leave money in the budget for more exciting purchases.  I knew I wanted a white crib, which I ended up finding at a rummage sale for $80.00 {no joke}! When we got home from picking the crib up Mr. Blue Eyes checked the retail price online to see how much we saved.  The crib we bought retails for a whopping $800.00 so I think we did pretty well.  😉  Mr. Blue Eyes was very proud of my shopping skills.

If you are looking to save some money on your nursery furniture make sure to check out places like Craigslist, Amazon and Overstock.  You might also find that your area has a local second hand Facebook page where people can post items for sale {this is actually how I found the rummage sale with our crib}.  Don’t be afraid of a little work, you can find some awesome pieces at yard sales and thrift shops and with a little creativity and elbow grease you can totally customize your room!

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My rummage sale find…Score!

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The amazing vintage beach prints were found on Etsy {Here}.  I fell in love with these and they became another key part of the design.  These prints were priced very reasonably and I purchased the four matching frames from Target.

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The vintage ocean creature prints.

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Close-up

The crib sheets were another splurge.  I knew I wanted something unique, not cookie cutter baby sheets.  The sheets I ended up getting were from two different Etsy shops.  They were around $40.00 each {I know a little extravagant, but seriously they are so soft and worth every penny}.

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Baby Blue Eyes loves his Etsy sheets.

The nightstand {$40.00} was purchased when we first moved to Florida from one of our local beach shops.  The gold lamp {$13.00} was on clearance at Target along with the navy and white floor rug {$30.00, seriously!}.

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Don’t be afraid to mix textures! I love the look of wood and metal together.

Our rocker {my favorite for nighttime snuggles} came used from my aunt.  The color works so well in the room and it is so unbelievably comfortable.  I treasure those late night moments rocking with Baby Blue Eyes in it. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family for some awesome baby pieces they are no longer using. Anytime you can reuse something is a major win.  The little stand with the toys and books was a steal from Kirkland’s it was on sale for $30.00 marked down from $80.00.

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Wire basket used for toy storage.

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Warning: Cute baby alert on the rug!

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The dresser/changing table was another big purchase from Homegoods.  When I originally got the dresser the top three slots were empty so I purchased baskets at Target for extra storage.  These are perfect for all my diaper changing accessories.  The changing pad was from Target and the cover was purchased from Etsy.  I highly suggest purchasing a custom cover to help make your nursery unique. However, when purchasing the cover, make sure that you ask for slits put in the sides so that the safety straps can fit through the cover.  I didn’t do this and it drives me nuts.  I know that when Baby Blue Eyes gets bigger and begins moving around more I am going to have to cut my own slits in order to make it safe. 🙂 The adorable burlap seahorse was {FREE} from my auntie.  She bought it for her house and then broke the frame so I got it and all I had to do was get it reframed.

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I love the custom changing pad cover.

In a previous post {Here} I took a vote for the curtains I would purchase for Baby Blue Eyes room.  It was a tight vote and I was the tiebreaker. 🙂

And the curtains I chose are {drumroll}…

The Gold!

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Theses curtains are from West Elm and I got them on clearance.  I felt that the gold curtains help to keep the room light and bright especially with all the navy accents.

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Finally lets check out the desk area.  This past summer we moved into a two-bedroom place and when we moved we were going to either put this desk in storage or use it in the nursery.  Before Baby Blue Eyes was born we were really watching our spending and that is why the desk ended up in the nursery.  I didn’t think I would like it but it has quickly become my favorite spot.  When I am sitting in the rocker, snuggling Baby Blue Eyes I get to look at all the precious treasures that are on placed on it.  Most of the treasures were gifts at my showers and then a few pieces I picked up on clearance at Kirklands and Michaels.  My favorite treasures on the desk are all the sweet newborn shots of Baby Blue Eyes.  Five days after Baby Blue Eyes was born we had our newborn photo session.  Then when I received the disc with all the images from the photographer I had them printed and shipped to my doorstep from Shutterfly.  Thank goodness Shutterfly ships your pictures quickly, because I was dying to get the photos in frames and placed in the nursery and around the house! They have so many unique home decor options that I can’t wait to create more items for our home and the nursery.

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My sweet treasures…I love looking at this desk during late night snuggles.

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Love the sweet Weimaraner artwork and of course one of the first pictures of Baby Blue Eyes.

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My attempt at chalkboard art. 🙂 Can you handle those sweet little feet!

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I loved creating this precious space for sweet Baby Blue Eyes.  If you have any questions about any of the items I didn’t mention in the post feel free to leave a comment and I would love to tell you more!

~C

Celia

About Celia

I am a blue eyed gal living with my blue eyed hubby and our blue eyed Weimaraner in Wisconsin. Teaching is my day job and I just love it! There is nothing that I would rather be doing for my profession. In my free time I love designing and crafting our little apartment. I also have a love of all things water like swimming and boating. Take a minute or two to get to know my blue eyed family.

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