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February 14, 2018

Creating an affordable neutral nursery on a budget

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Decorating Hadley’s nursery is still one of my favorite memories. A lot of my favorite memories seem to involve shopping haha. We moved into our 1984 home six weeks before Hadley was due and it needed some serious updating. It’s totally normal to take on a full home renovation right before having a newborn, right? Needless to say, there wasn’t much “nesting” happening in our home because we were just trying to make it somewhat functional. There was endless amounts of drywall, nails, insulation and exposed sub flooring. As my due date crept in closer I started to panic because I knew our house was nowhere near what I envisioned bringing a baby home to so I had to readjust that expectation. At this point my goal became “just get the nursery ready”.  We chose the room closest to ours for convenience reasons and went from there. When we moved in this room was bright sky blue and was previously utilized as an office. Since the space was so tight I really wanted to paint it a hue of white to help brighten it and give it the illusion that it was bigger than it was. I was able to find the majority of our nursery decor at Target, Ikea and Wayfair which was great because it made it much more affordable. We spent a little more on certain pieces but waited until there was a sale or a valid coupon that could be applied. I’ll link everything at the bottom of this post. Anyways, we were able to get the nursery ready in time and it is still my favorite room to walk into. I love that it is bright, girly and filled with little memories already. We ended up converting the layout of the room when Hadley started walking so she could play more and it would reflect her toddler self at this phase. We removed her hanging mobile (she thought it was fun to to try and pull it out of the ceiling) we also took the chair out that was once used for late night nursing. I am really happy with how the room turned out overall and how it has continued to grow and covert with her now.

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Advice: don’t buy an insanely expensive crib for one reason alone: your child WILL chew on it. Also, make sure it’s convertible so you don’t have to buy a new bed every time you kid grows. We bought this crib on sale at Pottery Barn Kids and purchased her mattress at Target.“Grammy” (aka my mom) got Hadley this little kitchen off of Amazon for her birthday and we absolutely love it. Her dresser use to be where the kitchen is and there was a chair I used for nursing in place of where the dresser is now. We ended up moving the chair into our room as an accent piece, it also opened up Hadley’s room for more play now that she is bigger. Blake cut the feet off her dresser when it arrived so it would be more petite for her. We also threw a portable changing pad on top of it when she was a newborn so we didn’t have to have a completely separate changing table.
Decorating a small nursery on a budget. Small nursery design, white nursery, small nurseries, modern nursery, converting nursery for toddler, white crib, neutral nursery, neutral nursery inspirationI purchased this line art by The Birth Poster and love how it adds a modern touch to her room. The piece is scaled to her size when she was born and has her birth stats on it. Her rocker unicorn was one of the first items I purchased because I couldn’t get over how cute it was. I admittedly spent too much on it and got it at Pottery Barn. I have since seen very similar ones at Home Goods. The fuzzy heart pillow is a new addition that I found on sale at Target, Hadley LOVES it. Our Peter Pan ship is actually a kite that I found online years ago, we ended up not connecting the kite line and hanging it from a hook in the ceiling. Side note: I LOVE Peter Pan so I think this is a fun way to incorporate something from my childhood without getting too cheesy about it.Decorating a small nursery on a budget. Small nursery design, white nursery, small nurseries, modern nursery, converting nursery for toddler, white crib, neutral nursery, neutral nursery inspirationOne of the best investments we made for Hadley’s room was the $70 we spent on this closet organizer from Home Depot. My friend, Lindsay told us all about them and it really helped complete the room. We purchased the storage cubes in the center from Amazon in a pack of six and all the other colorful ones from Target. This room and closet are extremely small so maximizing the space with organization made a huge difference in it’s functionality. The personalized pillow in the left photo is from Etsy and was a gift from Hadley’s Aunt Tirza. I use to use it on the chair and now have it sitting on this Home Goods pouf with these adorable critters that a good friend gifted us from Anthropologie.Decorating a small nursery on a budget. Small nursery design, white nursery, small nurseries, modern nursery, converting nursery for toddler, white crib, neutral nursery, neutral nursery inspirationThis little watercolor with Hadley’s name was created by her Aunt Emily as a baby gift. The frog was from Hobby Lobby and was at my baby shower, anyone who knows us will know how this relates to our family and Hadley 🙂 The mirror was sourced from Target as well as the star nightlight and decorative crown. The Dottera diffuser was from our friend Kaile.Decorating a small nursery on a budget. Small nursery design, white nursery, small nurseries, modern nursery, converting nursery for toddler, white crib, neutral nursery, neutral nursery inspirationMy advice overall is to find pieces that will transition as your child grows. I definitely have way more pink than I ever imagined having but I love it now and it’s reflective of Hadley to us. Make sure to shop around and compare prices, there are some great deals online that will keep your costs down when pulling your nursery together.

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All items can be found at the links below 🙂

Crib: Pottery Barn Kids | Curtains: Ikea and blackout inserts from Bed Bath and Beyond | Mirror: Target | Nightlight: Target | Rug: Target unfortunately it has been discontinued but you can find a similar one here on All Modern | Kite: Uncommon Goods | Closet Organizer (we also bought an extra piece of white wood to put on top of this organizer to create an extra shelf): Home Depot | Storage Cubes: Amazon | Pouf: purchased at Home Goods but linked here | Goodnight Sign: Anthropologie | Handmade Doll: Lavender and Linen  | Diffuser: Kaile Monroe | Poster: The Birth Poster | Frame for poster: Ikea | Stuffed flamingo still available and sloth (discontinued): Anthropologie | Dresser: Wayfair | Unicorn Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids | Play Kitchen: Amazon (my mom did find it on a big sale) Target sells it as well | Heart Pillow: Target 

 

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