We’re Having a Baby! The Nursery: Part 1


This afternoon I’m excited to share a first look into the planning of our little girl’s nursery! Of course, I’ve been having lots of fun gathering ideas for her room (you can see lots of my ideas over on Pinterest on my baby and nursery inspiration boards).

To kick off our planning process, I came up with three different design directions I loved. I don’t want her room to be too girly or too over the top baby. Something pretty + fun, with cute touches, that she’ll be able to grow into. Here are the three directions I came up with…


Board One keeps it clean + minimal with pops of bright pink, red, yellow and blue. Also love the use of graphic shapes.

Board Two features shades of coral with white, navy + gold. Loving Sharon Montrose‘s baby animals for the walls!

Board Three is also clean + minimal with a muted palette + vintage touches from the prints + decor.

Since Jason and I are so busy with GWS, we decided to enlist the help of the design + baby experts of Serena & Lily to help us with the room style and layout. Serena & Lily have some really gorgeous baby pieces and are pretty much experts when it comes to designing baby rooms – they even wrote the book Nursery Style to help new parents with this exciting task! I love that they’re proponents of great + functional design and work to incorporate their customer’s personalities into the rooms on which they consult – exactly what we love about the weddings we share on GWS!

After talking with Alex, one of S&L’s design consultants, about our goals for our nursery and personal style, she asked me to share my initial ideas, so I sent her the three boards above along with my two Pinterest boards (baby board and nursery inspiration). I know I want white furniture for her room – I really like this white crib and dresser from Giggle (a great baby store that does the homework for you by only providing the best + safest for your baby). One of the main reasons we’re leaning toward this crib is that, as our newborn becomes a toddler, we’ll be able to convert this crib into a toddler bed – really love that detail! Do any of you have recommendations on cribs?

While we have a nice start to planning our nursery for our baby girl, we still have a lot to do and the clock is ticking on how much time we have to get everything done. It’s clear we need some help selecting our furniture and decor for the room, as well as learning the do’s and don’ts + baby safety best practices for nursery design. So, over the next few weeks we’ll be working with the design experts of Serena & Lily to make design + product decisions and create a functional nursery. Once the decisions are all made, Jason + I will roll up our sleeves and put the nursery together. It feels like a lot of work right now, but we couldn’t be more happy to be doing it :)

So, I’d love to hear from all you lovely readers! What are your thoughts on the initial directions from the mood boards above? Do you have a favorite?

I’d also love to hear from other mamas out there where you found your nursery inspiration! Any great stores I should check out for bedding or furnishings?  Thoughts/recommendations on strollers?  I’d love any advice you have!

As we go through this process that is so new to us, we’ll be reaching out to our lovely readers for recommendations and wisdom for first time parents.  We look forward to your thoughtful recommendations and stories.

board credits: board #1: triangles print // Gold Lamp // print //  room photo // dresser with blocks // mobile board #2: I Love You Beyond Measure Decal // wall pattern idea // tassel garland // Sharon Montrose Animal Prints // room photo board #3: room photo // animal prints // stuffed fox // animal bookends // canvas bean bag