gender neutral nursery design

So when my college friend Ryan posted a shot of their sweet baby’s nursery on Instagram, I kind of totally a little bit freaked out.  Slightly.

modern_crib I immediately turned into a super stalker and asked if they would be gracious enough to share some of these beautiful images with our wonderful readers. He and his super creative wife April put this oh-so-pretty nursery together for their new sweet bundle of joy, Samantha. The kicker? They had no idea if Samantha would be a boy or a girl. Proof that a gender neutral nursery can be absolutely gorgeous, no? Sit back, relax and enjoy the über gorgeous eye candy! {Sources included at the end of this post} gender_neutral_nursery What was your and April’s greatest challenge with creating the space? The design was all April. Typically I have some input but her vision was awesome! April’s greatest challenge was creating something sweet/ cute that was gender neutral and not so cutesy or in your face baby. sweet_baby But here is the cutesy in your face baby. She’s kind of the best accessory. I’m pretty sure her parents wholeheartedly agree. ;} hygge_and_west_wallpaper_ceiling What is your favorite element? Wallpaper for sure. Via Hygge and West chest_of_drawers It feels super personal even though you had no idea ‘what’ Samantha would be. (We did the same with our third, and it was the best ever – his nursery was our fave.) A lot of people shy away from that because they’re too much of a “control freak” I hear this all the time. Your nursery is a perfect example of how beautiful and simple a nursery for a “surprise baby” can be. ;} Did you bring anything from your own childhoods into the space? The tall dresser was refinished by April’s dad and has been in her family for a few generations. It was used by April’s dad and April as well. The Brass owl was something my grandmother had and I received a few years back when she passed. With all the birds in there it fit great. old_furniture_revamped We love “pieces” and don’t feel that anything really needs to match to feel right together. April is really good at gathering these things and putting them together in an eclectic/bohemian feel. Everyone told us we were nuts to not find out – and what were we going to do with the nursery. We aren’t the types to paint a nursery pink or blue even if we knew so this was fun to design it in a way that was sweet regardless of the gender. As a result we really enjoy spending time in the space as well. nursery_art Can you tell us a little about the art in the nursery? The Three art frames above the crib are from one of our favorite artist – Michelle Armas. We have a large piece of hers and wanted to bring some of the color into Samantha’s room. These are from her Calendar and each is signed/numbered. Art above the tall dresser is a screen-print April has had forever. No clue the artist. nursery_curtains blue_tufted_chair Now let’s all pause and oogle again over their beautiful baby girl. Kinda makes me want another (for 3 entire seconds). ;} sweet_baby_samantha Because… you haven’t seen the bathroom yet. Here’s a shot of the bathroom before: bathroom_before And here’s what happened when they worked their magic: bathroom_baby This is another part of Samantha’s nursery – an extension of her space that added a ton of personality! We bought a original ’67 contemp home 2.5 years ago and we are slowly making our way through a 5 year renno. I know… we are out of our minds Um, no…. you’re just like us. ;} Keep those photos comin’ mmmkay? love-chair copy Can you tell us about that awesome chair? It’s a Midcentury “LOVE” Chair. This is a chair that was vintage and recreated by Jonathan Adler at the “Parker Hotel” in Palm Springs where we got engaged. It has become a theme in our lives – our dog is named Parker, we used the “love symbol” as our Wedding theme. We were fortunate enough to find this at an Antique market locally and had to have it.  childrens_bathroom I adore the simple use of a yellow and grey. Those shower curtains doubled up make the shower feel like more of a fun window or stage than an actual (sometimes obligatory) bathtub! It’s so crisp. grey_and_yellow_bathroom Amazing job, guys! bathroom_redo whale_bathroom Sources: Samantha’s Room • Paint – Benjamin Moore White Linen • Changing table/dresser – Restoration Hardware • Crib sheet and changing table cover – land of nod • Lamp – west elm • Lampshade – Anthropologie • Rocker – Target • Side table by rocker -Target • Rug – IKEA • Ottoman – Nordstrom • Crib – Babyletto Hudson (avail at Baby Braithwaite) • Pillow – Blah Blah Bathroom • Color – Sherman Willams– Peppercorn • Shower Curtain – West Elm • Floor Mat – West Elm • Whale kneepad – Skip Hop • Hooded Towels – Carters • Ceramic Fish – Jonathan Adler • Lamps – Home goods • Mirrors – Ballard Design • Whale framed art – This was the mother’s day card I gave her this year and framed. • Countertop – Corian • Faucets – Martha Stewart Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous spaces with us! All photos are by the fabulous Slipvisual, used with permission by The Handmade Home.  gender_neutral_nursery PS. We couldn’t let this fab room be featured without giving a shout out to Ryan’s amazing company. If you love creative work and beautiful photography, you’ll have to check them out. A little about Slipvisual: Slip Visual is an award winning commercial photography and retouching studio on Atlanta’s west side in a creative community called The Goat Farm. They work with companies like Lowe’s Home Improvement, Kimberly Clark, Spanx, Alternative Apparel, Regions Bank, and Hickory Chair just to name a few. You can see their work and more at Prepare to enjoy even more eye candy over there! Have an inspired day, y’all!

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Responses to gender neutral nursery design

  1. Anna says:

    I die. This is gorgeous, and so well done! Love it.

  2. Julie says:

    Love both the nursery & the bath! Gorgeous.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    So lovely! I’m off to stalk that ottoman.

  4. Jenna H. says:

    Perfection! I can’t believe that chair is from target!

  5. Alina says:


  6. Erin says:

    Love, Love, Love. I so want that rocker, but could not find it on the Target web site. Seen the wallpaper over on “The Lettered Cottage” in their bathroom. So beautiful, light and airy.

  7. Wow! Beautiful! I love the bathroom mirrors from Ballard! And this is the second time I’ve come across the sparrow wall paper this week. Love it!

  8. Chaney says:

    Wow, this space is GORGEOUS!! I cannot get over that nursery – thanks for sharing!

  9. sally attard says:

    looks amazing!!

  10. Jill says:

    that is amazing. makes me want to have more babies for more rooms. and those crazy beautiful 6-panel doors in their house. to.die.for.

  11. Love both the room and the bathroom. The striped shower curtains are my fave. Crossing my fingers we can meet up at Haven–I’m speaking, too!! I hope to attend your class!!

  12. Emma says:

    Nice work!! We too are planning a gender neutral baby room. Can you tell me more about this rocker please? Is it the Rockabye Co. Bella Velvet Grand Glider in Teal from Target? It looks similar, but not identical. Thank you!!

  13. Carrie says:

    What an amazing nursery! Love, love, love the ceiling.

  14. Liz Marie says:

    Wow!!! I am in Awe & this post actually made me think twice about finding out what our baby will be when we get pregnant…. This nursery is stunning & that sweet baby is such a beautiful gift from God. I am sweating baby fever over here!! xx Liz Marie

  15. Michelle says:

    Oh my gosh, that is probably the most beautiful nursery/bathroom I have ever seen. Beautiful job!!!

  16. I’m in love with the ceiling in Samantha’s room. Did April paint that, or is that wall paper? If it’s wall paper, where did she source that? thanks :)

  17. Jessica Reese says:

    So totally in love with the wallpaper ceiling. I can settle for nothing other than that for my bedroom. How big is that room, and how many rolls did you need?

  18. Mary says:

    For anyone who is interested in the glider, it is available via Amazon:

    It’s a little more expensive than it was on, but at least it’s available!

  19. Kaydee says:

    Where is the ceiling fan from or what brand is it. I like the look of it.

  20. Leanette says:

    Yes, ceiling fan source please!!