Grady’s Nursery

I am so excited to share Grady’s nursery with my friends and family!  We have spent weeks turning the space into a special and magical place for Grady’s first memories.  It has fast become our favorite room in the house and we couldn’t be more excited for the special times we will share as a family here.

I first started by surfing the net for inspiration — looking at lots of blogs and idea boards.  I knew I wanted something clean, fresh and sophisticated while still being whimsical, fun and baby-friendly. It was also very important to us to create an environment that inspires some of our most important values – travel and culture, reading and knowledge, and, of course, inspiration and history. We chose to focus on antiques, world maps, books, adorable animals, and lots of positive quotes (all in a very neutral and rustic setting).

When we moved into our house, there was always an extra room that we knew would one day be for our first baby.  Four years later, we have finally put this room to use other than a storage closet! The many hours John and I have spent prepping this room over the past several weeks have brought us so much joy and so many amazing memories.  It of course started with clearing all of the storage from the space and painting it to the right color.  We knew we wanted grey colors, but we never realized how difficult choosing a grey paint could be!  I highly recommend buying and ordering as many samples as possible to choose the right color palatte — from bedding to furniture to paint, it really does make a difference.  Once you have your color palatte and theme, it’s all gravy from there. John will be quick to tell you that he and his father painted the nursery not only once, but twice :).  Even though we did all of the swatches on the walls, the hue changed once the entire room was painted.  Thank God I have an amazing husband!


RH Baby and Child was a huge resource for me.  Though they are pricey, I did purchase some key items to set the tempo of the decor and also used their ideas as resources for finding more affordable options (mainly the furniture itself).  The great thing about RH is you can order swatches and samples of virtually everything.  This really helps in pulling all of your colors and ideas into one place.

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Once the room was painted, colors were chosen, and furniture was purchased, the real fun began!  It took many weeks of searching for the right pieces and thinking of all the details that could work together. Luckily, I have amazingly talented parents who helped my vision come to life.  They helped to find some perfect antiques and even created and handcrafted much of the custom furniture in the room. Here’s a look at how it all came together!

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My mom created the custom wood palette “G” and my dad built the bookshelf and the wall shelves.  They are amazing to say the least!

And here’s a look at all of the details:

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Lastly, I did a lot of research on how best to organize baby clothes.  It is more difficult than it sounds!  But I found some good tips and decided to arrange by size and type by using drawer dividers from The Container Store:

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We cannot wait for Grady to arrive!  5 weeks and counting!


White Table:

French White Furniture:

Elephant Skin Paint Color:

Ice Blue Organizing Tray:

Plush Area Rug (a favorite of the room!):

White Curtain Rods:

Explore Wooden Map Sign:

Wool felt Animal Heads:

Wool Felt Animal Bookends:

Large Wool Felt Giraffe:

Sheets in Mist:

Crib Skirt in Mist:

Decorative Pillows in Ocean and Mist:

Cotton Poufs:

Custom Chair in ‘Burlap’ (Item 5N125):

Hello There Handsome Pillow:

Elephant Hamper: