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Oh Baby! Nursery Plans and Budget

January 8, 2014
Grey, Turquoise, Yellow Nursery

We’re T minus 18 1/2 weeks until our new addition debuts, so we thought we’d better start working on baby’s room (even though our babies don’t tend to use their rooms a whole lot in their early days).

We’ve never designed a gender-neutral room before, so this is a bit different for us (but we’re up for the challenge).  I mentioned before that we’re thinking turquoise and yellow, and that’s still our plan.  Think of those more as accent colors, though.  We want the majority of the nursery to be bright white and a little grey.  Then we’ll do pops of colors … focusing on turquoise and yellow, but not too overboard (did that already with our red and blue nursery that had to go).

We’ve make one purchase so far … a rug.  Here it is:

Baby’s Rug

It was too good of deal to pass up … $204 for an 7.5′ x 9.5′ rug (70% off sale still going on … )

We also have two frames from CB2 for the room (thanks, Mom!):

Here’s the room at the moment:

Nursery 'before'

Nursery ‘before’

I can. not. wait. for that beige to go, and for some nice, bright white to go up all over the walls and ceiling!!!

All the walls will be white, but we’re contemplating a grey striped accent wall behind the dresser.  Here’s some inspiration shots:


Do you love the striped walls as much as I do??  And now for this baby’s nursery inspiration board …

Grey, Turquoise, Yellow Nursery

So … any thoughts?  Too many patterns going on??  I’m especially worried about the stripes on the wall and the rug pattern.  If it’s too much, I have several other places in mind for the rug …

We’re planning on DIY’ing a lot of the nursery (and sharing it here, of course).  I’ve got plenty of sewing ahead (crib sheets, changing pad covers, blankets, pillow covers, curtains, etc), so stay tuned (and wish me luck and motivation …).  I’d also love to find some fab vintage or thrift store items to repurpose and add to the mix (and help keep our budget down).

Speaking of budget (financial-advisor-hubby’s eyes just got wide, and his ears perked up) … here’s where I see the numbers right now:

Baby #3 Nursery Budget:

We already have (from baby 1& 2):

We’ve already purchased for baby 3 (or received as gifts):

And finally … here’s what we still need:

  • Knobs for dresser from Anthropologie;  $6*12 = $72
  • Honeycomb Shelf from Land of Nod $59
  • Side Table $80
  • Lamp $50
  • Paint $135
  • Light Fixture $100
  • Fireplace update $150
  • Storage $100
  • Artwork  $150
  • Accessories  $100
  • Fabric for  the following $150:
    • Changing Pad Cover
    • Crib Sheets
    • Crib Skirt
    • Curtains
    • Blankets
    • Pillow covers
    • Hamper

With my math, that adds up to another $1200 to spend on the room.  Seems like a lot to me, however, so I’m hoping it will come in a little less than $1000 with some ‘good finds’ and some DIY art and decor.

I’m hoping to start in on some of these projects right away, and share about one here each week.  Stay tuned for more to come (and don’t be surprised if the whole design plan changes)!

Comments and suggestions are ALWAYS welcome.  Help me out with designing this nursery!! :)

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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney January 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    First off let me say how much I love that rug!! It’s going to look great in the room. I want one for myself. I think mixing patterns are great, and these would really work well together. Especially since they are all a neutral colors.

    • Reply Katie January 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Courtney! And that rugs is 70% off right now!

  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane January 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    great rug. I thing the accent wall with stripes would look awesome! Can’t wait to see it!

    • Reply Katie January 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks, Bette! I wish I could magically snap my fingers and the room would be painted. Not a huge fan of painting. Love the result, not so much the process. :)

  • Reply Sonnet @ Sohosonnet Creative Living January 9, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Wow! You are really great at planning! This is such a good way to list out everything and it seems like you have a really good vision if the nursery. I absolutely love the inspiration, the colors AND the striped wall. I say yes to that for sure. Can’t wait to see this progress….

  • Reply Carrie This Home January 9, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I absolutely love your colors, textures and inspiration for this baby room! If I had to do another baby room I would be making choices very similar to yours! Have fun completing this fun project!

  • Reply Rachael January 9, 2014 at 4:12 am

    I love your organization!! Designing children’s rooms is what I aspire to do….exactly what you are doing with the thrift store finds and up cycling…I have an entire board of kids room ideas that I have pinned at….feel free to stalk it:) I love where you are going with this. Congratulations on your little one!!

  • Reply natural maker mom at Satsuma Designs January 10, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Wow! Such a great palette and design! Love this inspiration for boys and girls with a modern, sophisticated family. :) I think the wall stripes are GREAT and you can do tons of things to tone them down or play with them as time goes on: the shelves, add decals, large scale art on a canvas or foam core pasted posters. Go for it! Best, jen

  • Reply Stephanie @ Simply Swider January 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I love the color scheme! P.S. We also used the Hemnes Dresser in both of my daughters nurseries. It transitioned perfectly to their big girl rooms.

  • Reply Jenna January 11, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I love, love, love all of the things you’ve chosen for the nursery and adore the color scheme! I used grey as the base for my youngest little one and am still so happy with his nursery. Can’t wait to see the end result!

    • Reply Katie January 11, 2014 at 3:53 am

      Thanks, Jenna! I love grey! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Corey @ Tinysidekick January 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Love the colors! Nurseries are my favorite because there are so many more opportunities to break the rules! Congrats on the baby to be!

  • Reply Antionette Blake January 13, 2014 at 2:34 am

    So much talent, even though I don’t have little ones, I enjoyed the post. Thanks for sharing at #WWDParty.

  • Reply Sarah MSM January 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I have baby fever SO bad!!!! Congratulations are your sweet baby you’re expecting! I love the striped walls!!!

    • Reply Katie January 14, 2014 at 3:18 am

      Awe!!! Thanks, Sarah!

  • Reply Sarah January 14, 2014 at 3:48 am

    What an exciting adventure. I love the colors you chose, and I’m a big fan of combining textures and patterns. Have fun!

  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY January 15, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I love your inspiration board! Everything looks amazing. I wish things like Pinterest, etc. were around when I was pregnant. I could definitely find some great ideas and inspiration like yours. I hope that you will show the finished nursery:) Thanks again for linking up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. link party!

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