nursery ideas.

by Janetha on April 23, 2014

in oh baby

hi! how was your wednesday? mine was soooo sleepy because we went to the chvrches show last night and concerts+pregnancy+early morning wake up calls for work DO NOT MIX. but it was worth it, the show was super good!

oh, man, i MUST be pregnant. i just titled a blog post “nursery ideas”… yikes. who knew this day would come?!

but, as you know, i always just blog about what ever is on my mind and.. yep.. THAT’S what i am thinking about! probably over-thinking it, but i guess that’s the fun part? getting a whole bunch of ideas and then finally nailing it down.

so, initially i wasn’t even going to go to the trouble of a nursery because, as i had mentioned, we were planning to move before my due date. well, long story short, it makes more sense for us to wait a year to move because we can’t claim marshall’s income until he’s owned his LLC for two years. which happens to be in august. which happens to be the month i am due. haha—NOPE, won’t be moving then. so we are going to stay put for awhile, use the extra money to pay down our car loans, save a little more, and deal with our little house. it’s not a bad house, we love it, we just hate the area. we can grin and bear it for awhile!

so that means either i was giving up my office slash clothes room (haha—i wish i was kidding..a closet and two dressers in there with all my clothes) or marshall was giving up his TV room slash CD room slash hang out room. well, i am in that room of his just as much as he is (that’s where we watch netflix and hbo go and whatnot) and i am rarely in my office—it’s more of a room to store all my stuff—so naturally i am the one to give up my room.

it will take awhile to get all my furniture and STUFF out of there and stored away.. but luckily we have found a place to store everything until we do move. my goal is to get it all out of there by the end of the month so we can get going on the nursery and have it ready by june. seems like a legit timeline.

marshall and i aren’t really into baby-looking stuff.. like feminine decor but just blue–or baby blue decor in general.. and, please, can chevron be a thing of the past already? these two photos are no and no in our book.

This baby #blue #nursery is so sweet!This is opposite of the other one I like- could do accents of pink or lavender instead of blue/teal

what we do love are bears! seriously we call each other bear, we call randy “brother bear”, we call penny “baby bear”.. bears are our jam, haha. so i ordered this bear print. it’s the only thing i have purchased so far for the nursery.. i know, really getting a head start, folks.

Bear family- could be a cool illustration for adoption. They're all bears, even if they look different!

we haven’t selected any furniture, and this was something i have been agonizing over for quite awhile. initially i wanted a black crib because we already have a black book shelf to keep in the nursery. i was then going to get a white dresser/changing table combo with black knobs to tie it all together.

then i found it really hard to find a good crib in black that matched the style i am after—which is all level on all four sides rather than the popular high back (see the photo of the black crib above in the chevron monstrosity.) i did find one or two black cribs in this style, but they didn’t have awesome reviews, and i am not going to buy a crappy crib just because i like the way it looks. SO, then i looked into white cribs. my sister pointed out that once the baby has teeth, there will more than likely be bite marks on the crib (definitely didn’t cross my mind lol) and a white one would not show them as much as a black. my SIL mentioned white is better for dusting purposes. glad i have these veteran moms in my corner!

so i have found a couple white cribs i really like. there’s this pottery barn one, but who is paying a grand for a crib?

Harper Crib, Simply White

then there is this much more affordable babyletto one. it’s practically identical.

i will most likely go with it and then find a dresser/changer combo like this one. except i would prefer to find one with knobs.. gotta keep looking.

the only other furniture we will need is a chair/glider, which i will probably get in gray.

i initially wasn’t planning on any painting, but my super crafty sister just painted some awesome stripes in her living room and i am floored at how great it looks. check it out:


she has graciously offered to help paint a wall in stripes, so i really couldn’t decline that offer! so i will likely paint one wall with horizontal white stripes over the existing beige paint.  it will definitely lighten up the room—which is tiny, so it can’t hurt.

as far as other decor, we will probably have a color scheme of black, white, cream, gray, dusty blue, and forest green.


i want to stick to things like bears, trees, (realistic) owls (i don’t love cartoon owls!) and other birds and things like that. marshall and i love twin peaks (a show from the 90s) and plan to tie in some twin peaks decor somehow.

Welcome to Twin Peaks Poster Art PrintTwin Peaks Characters  - Cooper Art Print

i also think this is pretty dang adorable…

Be Brave Little One - Teepee and Arrows - INSTANT DOWNLOAD - Multiple Sizes for One Low Price

i love the mishmash of artwork hung on the walls like these examples. i will DEFINITELY be printing some photos of penny and randy to hang on the walls. obviously.

Love the mismatched "gallery wall"cute art above dresser  i love these deep muted colors for a boys room.  dark and light grays, blues, navy

i really love the bedding from the etsy shop iviebaby. some of the items that caught my eye…

fitted crib sheet in geometric cream bearfitted crib sheet in charcoal arrowsblack triangles contoured changing pad coverfitted crib sheet in black forest

and i absolutely LOVE this blanket.. but it is not in stock right now.. grrrr.

GRAN CHILD BLANKET, BLACK/GREYFlynn's Modern Toddler Upgrade My Room | Apartment Therapy

so.. that’s what i have going through my head right now. if only i could hire an interior designer to just do it all for me… i am so not the type that is good at this sort of thing! but i am sure we will end up making his space super cute.

mmmk.. i am off to eat (again…) momma b is the sweetest ever and made us scones! we are eating them alongside beef stew. it’s the perfect dinner, since it’s chilly here in utah this week.

hope you are well! check ya later!


1. do you like home decorating/design? are you good at it? (liking it and being good at it are definitely different things, haha, as i like it but suck at it!)

2. what was the last piece of ANYTHING you purchased for the interior of your home?

xo. janetha g.

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Erica April 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

We got everything from wayfair! They have very good prices. We did a full on beach theme. I like it bc it isnt real babyish…ie we wont have to change it too quickly!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

I will have to check Wayfair out! Never heard of it. YES–agree–babyish doesn’t transition into kid room very well.

Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Nope I am horrible at decorating. I love looking at pinterest and seeing other people’s ideas but when it comes to decorating our home it is very simple. Hopefully I will get better at it in time.

Livi April 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I love the easy, artsy, cozy feel of your ideas!!

Melanie April 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I love bears too, and bought a cute polar bear & red panda print from this shop on etsy! I bought it for myself, but figured it would be cute for a nursery down the road!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

That artwork is awesome! Thank you for sharing the link!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I am loving your ideas! Very cute, unique, and seem to fit you guys = perfect! I love to decorate and design … but “being good at it” is debatable. ;) I’ve gotten a lot better, but “being good” is a stretch. Maybe someday…

Pua April 24, 2014 at 1:21 am

I am SO BAD at decorating. Terrible! My poor soon-to-be child. :-( I really love the etsy art… I may have to venture over to their site soon!

Colleen April 24, 2014 at 4:27 am

I would skip the glider and go straight for a Lazy Boy reclining rocking chair. they actually make some more streamlined styles now, and the quality is SO much better than rickety babies r us gliders for not a whole lot more $.

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

Haha you sound like my BFF–she is ANTI CHAIR, it’s so funny how passionate she is about it! We aren’t going for a rickety glider, we are actually getting a super comfy chair (I spent a lot of time in my SIL’s and love it) and its soft and cushy and no wood whatsoever. Lazy Boys are awesome but I am not sure one would fit in the tight space.. I will have to see how small they come!

Lisa B April 24, 2014 at 4:34 am

So the last thing my hubby and I ‘designed’ was a picture frame wall. purchased a few different & unique frames to go on a wall with a light switch. Put everything on the floor and put them down…worked! We’ll keep some as is and some we’ll spray paint red & black (not together) to add colour!! There’s a great designer I love watch on tv…not sure if she’s on in the US (probably HGTV). Here are 2 nursery’s that she did…both are not ‘baby’ like and are meant to transition.

Janetha May 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

love those links!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles April 24, 2014 at 5:26 am

I wish I was good at decorating and interior design! Definitely not my strong suite. I’ll figure it out one day ;-) I love the direction you guys are going in though!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

Thank you! I hope it turns out lol

Kandi April 24, 2014 at 5:56 am

We are trying to come up with ideas for the baby’s room as well. So far we are just thinking about gray and yellow (we don’t know the baby’s sex yet so we are keeping things neutral). I agree with your ‘no-no’ rooms. I’m not into those things either and plan to avoid!
I love that you refer to your dogs with bear names. We call our older Basset hound Delilah Bear or Bear Dog (she’s mostly brown/black with a little white). We call our other Basset Cow Dog because she’s mostly black and white.

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

Awww I love it. Cow Dog made me so happy, especially.

Maryea {happy healthy mama} April 24, 2014 at 5:57 am

Hey, just so you know, any dressing can double as a changing table. Just needs a pad that you put on the top. Then it can be a dresser that works past the baby stage. I love your ideas! Can’t wait to see the final nursery. :)

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

Oh, I know! I have actually been looking at KSL classifieds for dressers that will work/fit. Unfortunately the two we currently have are both nearly as tall as me, so those won’t work. But I feel like buying JUST a changing table is a waste, it needs to have drawers/be a dresser because then it can grow with the child! The crib also converts to a bed so I plan to buy as little furniture as possible lol.

Kim F April 24, 2014 at 6:38 am

I love the bear theme, super cute. I am terrible at decorating, like awful. So bad that I have lived in my house for two years and haven’t put a single picture or piece of art up because I don’t know where to put them lol.

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

I am right there with you! We have so many unframed, unhung art pieces.

Sarah April 24, 2014 at 7:08 am

So excited to see artwork by my good friend – Logan Berard unknowingly featured on your site!! She painted the large dog portrait with the yellow background featured in the example of mishmash artwork! We have a painting by her of our dog hanging in our hallway. It’s actually one of the few items we brought with us overseas since we left our dog with a family member. She’s so talented!
Here’s her website for anyone interested:

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

How cool is that?! Thank you for the link!

LindsayH April 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

Check out the mod cribs at Walmart (seriously!) Like this one:
Or maybe:

I am not a big Walmart fan, but we ended up ordering our crib from there. It was about the same price as Amazon and I figured if there is something wrong with it (damaged) or if we just don’t like it, it’s way easier to just return it to the store we have in our town. We got free shipping from I can’t believe I am plugging Walmart…

Janetha May 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

hahaha.. we ended up finding one at a local baby store. i hate walmart, too.. i can’t even go in there.

Sian April 24, 2014 at 7:16 am

Love your ideas! I never did traditional either. We bought a rocker chair for the nursery but never ever used it. When the baby woke up to feed I either feed back in bed or watched tv. It gets pretty boring breast feeding without anything to do…might want to save some money without the chair!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

hahaha funny you say that. my best friend is SO against getting a chair (she has 4 kids) and you def sound like her. sadly we don’t have anywhere comfy in the house–the bed is like 1 foot off the ground (for the dogs) and it is actually horrible to sit up in, and the couch isn’t anything great, either! and then we have bar stools and kitchen chairs. i am not getting a rocking chair, i am going to get a plush comfy chair that can be used as just a regular chair later on. i am actually so excited to finally have somewhere comfy to sit in the house!

Sian April 24, 2014 at 7:18 am

One more idea is to get a crib that transforms to junior bed that uses same mattress as the crib mattress….super handy as the kid grows!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:44 am

This one does!

Kerri April 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

We have that exact crib and changing table / dresser and we love it :) Our daughter’s room isn’t a typical nursery either – the feature is paintings of our dogs by Rachael Rossman – she’s amazing.

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:46 am

I will have to look her up! I have a lot of artist friends (tattoo artists) and was thinking of doing portraits of our dogs instead of photographs. I would love to see pics of your room if that’s not creepy! Thanks for the feedback on the furniture, nice to hear first-hand!

Kerri April 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

I have zero pictures of our nursery (bad Mom alert! haha) but we have the crib sheet shown in the picture of the Babyletto crib you posted, her walls are painted Meditation by Benjamin Moore, we have the Mariah Multi Rug from Crate and Barrel (the colourful version) and the Babyletto furniture. This is a link to the pet portraits of our actual dogs:

And my vote is for a super comfy chair that has the ability to rock, if possible. My little punk needed a good rocking when she was fighting sleep as a newborn – and when it’s 3 am it’s much easier to rock than walk around the house :) She’s 15 months old now and we rock and read stories together in her chair every night before bed.

janetha April 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

Haha that’s ok, I don’t think you are a bad mom for not having photos. Is your kid alive? You’re good lol. Thanks for the details, though! I love those paintings–so cute!! I have actually picked out the chair and it rocks, glides, spins, and is super comfy.. I definitely am happy to hear your input as that’s what I ended up with!

Jenn @ Mark My Miles April 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

We did our nursery in owls and I love it. “Owl Always love you” is our theme : )

Corrie Anne April 24, 2014 at 7:30 am

haha. I totally agree on the chevron and cartoon owls. love your ideas! that bear print is adorable.

Sara April 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

Nothing to do wit nurseries, but I had to share that we call my basset “buddy bear” or “Guinny bear” and blizzard the albino Great Dane is “blizzy bear” love the bears!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

:) this comment is basically the best one on the post.

LG April 24, 2014 at 8:32 am

We got our glider chair online at Costco…quite good prices and it was delivered to our door. :0)

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

Duh I didn’t think of Costco! Thanks!

LG April 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

PS I think we’re going to do prints from Society 6 on the wall (thanks to you for writing about it on your blog). But I really like the picture collage idea!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

OMG I looove Society 6! And, FML, they HAVE ONESIES.

jessiker April 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

I love your nursery. I can’t wait. Can your sister do my walls when I buy a house? Haha I’ll pay her. There’s no way I wouldn’t botch that paint job. Love the Twin Peaks prints! I love that white crib. I love it all. Can’t wait to meet Poppy.

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

Yes! She said today (as she went to go paint some drawers) that the first step was admitting you have a problem. Lol. She is a painting fool! I love you and can’t wait to meet Taco!

Purelytwins April 24, 2014 at 8:51 am

I have slowly started browsing pinterest for baby room ideas. I have not pinned anything yet since I do not know the sex of the baby…but cannot wait to start planning.

Love your ideas!! Bears are adorable ;)

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

So excited to find out what you are having! Eep!

Michele Tedeschi  April 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

I love how much personality you guys are infusing into your nursery. It’s so unique in the most awesome way.

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

Thank you!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

you should check out my friend, Bonnie’s blog!
She named her son Bear and his nursery is very similar to the ones you like!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

on it!

Ingunn April 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Yay, Twin Peaks! That was my favorite show, it was huge in Norway! One of the reasons I agreed to move to Washington in the first place was because I could visit North Bend (Twin Peaks!) on a regular basis. :D

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

haha i love you for this!!!

Kellie April 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Love love love the “bear” ideas…my grandsons name is “Barrett” which led to me calling him “Gigi’s little care bear” ( ummm yeah, he has his own IG #) and I’m pretty sure the ” bear” part is sticking :)
He has lots of bear things in his nursery and a friend painted a bear for him complete with his name hidden in it…

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

That is an amazing painting!!

Emily S April 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I’ve been wondering who won the spa gift certificate? Finger’s crossed it was me!

Janetha April 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

It was Shayla B, #3–I emailed her! You can still get 15% off services until the end of the month!

ellie @ fit for the soul April 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Awwww omgsh, I’m so sorry this is late as I’ve been clueless lately, apparently! But congratulations on the babbbyyyyy~! This may be a stressful time, but it is so much fun and when you see everything in hindsight you’re like, “mannnn can I re-live that time again?” :) All these ideas look cute. Hmmmm can’t choose just one that I like. But those bears are adorable!!

1 year ago we were doing this for our daughter and Lowe’s was our go-to place for building anything! And a really cute shelf from IKEA. :D

Janetha April 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

thank you :) xoxo

Amy April 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm

So funny about Twin Peaks. We put this print ( in our son’s “playroom.” It’s a little funny for an 18 month old, but they are action figures…

Janetha April 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

LOVE it!

ML Bishop April 25, 2014 at 6:25 am

SO happy you’re keeping it awesome with the nursery ideas- that’s the kind of style I’d be looking for if I was expecting. Haven’t we had enough of the pinterest hell of chevron prints and cheesy quotes? If I was having a baby I’d pick this onesie inspired from The Walking Dead…

Janetha April 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

hahaha love it!

betty April 25, 2014 at 6:58 am

love all the patterns you showed! and that last nursery with the triangles on the wall is probably what Barbara and I are going to try for when we have a little one.

cant wait to see what you come up with!

I don’t know if you read young house love, but when I saw their crib, I knew it was the one I wanted too. its eco friendly and has clean lines. I know that one part is brown, but i’d probably just sand/stain it or paint it white/black

Janetha April 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

Yes that’s super cute! I guess Baby Mod is manufactured by the same company as the one above (Babyletto) and I am soooo into that look. Aw, yay, have a baby lol

Colleen April 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I LOVE home decorating, and not to brag, but I’m pretty dang good at it. Quite a few friends have asked me to help them design their homes, too.

If you like that dresser, you can always install your own knobs on it! that would be a SUPER easy project. I love the crib you chose, even more than the inspiration version!

Annette@FitnessPerks April 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I love the bear ‘theme’–so cute! And yah, I was over chevron like last year (one thing I knew I did not want in my baby’s room).

I LOVE your sister’s living room! Holy smokes that looks awesome.

And no, horrible decorator here….I have things I STILL should hang up in baby L’s room, and she’ll be 6 months on Sunday. Hmmmmm. :/ Maybe I should make myself do it by sunday then??

Krista April 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

HaHa!! I thought the Chevron thing was a southern thing and have said the same thing!! I guess not ; ) Love your attitude towards pregnancy and babies. More realistic than a lot of other blogs I see!!

Madeleine April 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

i’m with you on the more modern, simple decor. The crib you picked is super cute. We got our son’e crib from IKEA. I don’t know if anyone already suggested it but IKEA has really cute (and affordable) furniture and decor for the baby set. Yeah, it can be a pain to put together but sometimes it’s worth it! I didn’t get a glider and totally wish I had! My son loved to be rocked and I realized too late into the game that a rocker would have been perfect. Have fun!

Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change April 26, 2014 at 5:03 am

I love the look you are going for so much!

Linz @ Itz Linz April 26, 2014 at 6:29 am

haha i hate decorating and am terrible at it! which is precisely why my mom and sister designed our entire nursery :) :)

Rose April 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Nothing to do with babies but I just had to comment to say my boyfriend and I have a major bear thing! Haha they are totally our jam as well. I just found it so funny to read that about another couple so I had to share. We like real and stuffed.. we always get bears as souvenirs, have them for each room.. I’ll stop before I horribly embarrass myself ;) Love the idea. I am a horrific decorator, and I hate doing it/spending money on it. I try though. But I live for fashion. Riddle me that, eh?
Are you guys going to see Disney’s Bears??? I really want to lol

KaraHadley April 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I love the idea of a black and white and gray nursery. Aren’t high contrast colors supposed to be easy for babies to see anyway? It’s like your maternal instinct is kicking in already. And I definitely love those bedding prints.
And I generally have more luck with interior decorating if I do it over a long period of time. After I live in a space for a while it’s easier for me to see what is missing (rugs for me, right now) and imagine what styles work best. Unfortunately, you don’t have that luxury (unless you don’t feel pressed to have the nursery done by the time the baby arrives since it’s not like he’ll remember it or complain if it’s not done).

Jenn - Girl Heroes April 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Those photos with the eclectic wall art are very cool. I love decorating. People always tell me I’m good at it but I don’t know. I always said if I had another baby I’d do the nursery on panda bears. Little did I know I’d be living in an RV so no nursery for us this time. My last nursery was so cute. I found fabric with dancing frogs on it. It wasn’t very kid-ish the frogs were more realistic well as realistic as dancing frogs can be. My mom made us bedding and I painted the frogs on the wall as murals and stenciled music notes as a border around top of the room. It was really funky. When/if we settle down I will get an Eames rocking chair…prob a knockoff but still. I’ve wanted one FOR YEARS!

Janetha April 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Umm.. I have been in your (old) RV.. you have THE best taste! I love the way your decorate!

Natalie April 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I love your nursery ideas! We just got the babyletto Hudson crib in Grey from Kohls and got a really good deal. We are still waiting to paint but as soon as we do I am setting it up! I also love the bear print:)

Maren April 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm

The triangles on that wall are so dang cute!! I love interior decorating. I hate that I only have 740 sq. ft. to decorate! lol! and yes…our apt is only 740 sq. ft.


Nicole C April 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

Late to the party on this one but I really like all the ideas you have! I can’t even stomach the idea of a non modern baby/kids room. My brain doesn’t like it. Ps, I just so happen to have a degree in interior design. Just sayin…

Dani May 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

SO far behind in blog reading, so this may be way out of date, sorry! I think Ikea has the black crib style you were looking for. A few years back they had recalls, but have been getting happy mom reviews since. I have a friend who bought this model and loves it!

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