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Modern Gender Neutral Nursery

There’s a slight chance that I’m absolutely squealing right now due to the fact of finally sharing Baby Rishel’s nursery with all of you! I’m so excited to share our gender neutral nursery that we’ve poured so much time and love into. I’m usually an impulse buyer and decorate a space within a week or two. The nursery was a different story.  I was actually hesitant to start because of the neutral, cozy, and perfect space I was envisioning and hoping it would become a reality. We took our time and enjoyed every second of creating this special space for our little one.

Many friends and family members were shocked when they found out we were not finding out the gender. Their first question: How are you going to decorate your nursery?  They were mind boggled especially since Within the Grove revolves around home decor.  Easy answer: regardless if we knew the gender or not, we’ve always wanted a gender neutral nursery.  So here it is! You’ll also be able to see where you can find everything at the end of post.  Enjoy!

Modern gender neutral nursery.

We wanted as much natural light in the nursery as possible especially with the grays, whites, and natural wood colors.  As you walk into the nursery you instantly get a calming feeling.  We kept the curtains sheer to help with this.

Using a mid-century dresser in a nursery

The dresser was a Craigslist find for $50. I searched for about a month for the perfect mid-century dresser that I could flip. After sanding the entire piece we were able to transform it by painting and staining it. Here’s what we started with:

Mid Century Dresser Before

It was a great piece to start with but I’m totally crushing on the makeover.  It also has the perfect amount of space for all of the baby necessities.

Creating an abstract painting for a nursery

DIY Abstract Painting

This canvas pulls at my heartstrings.  Ryan and I wanted to create a large piece of art to hang above the dresser as a statement piece. We had no idea what we were doing, but together we created this abstract painting.  I’ll never forget the rainy afternoon we spent talking about our little one as I painted one half and Ryan painted the other.  Ultimately, we met in the middle.

Create wooden shelving in a nursery.

We continued the neutral colors with the shelving.  Using brackets from Home Depot, Ryan cut wooden shelves to size while I stained.  We also spray painted the brackets a light gold color. The simplicity of them is what I absolutely love.  They’ll soon be filled with more pictures and books.

DIY tee pee

Creating your own tee pee for a nursery

Before anything was done to the nursery, I knew I wanted a tee pee. I know you’ve all seen the beautiful ones on Pinterest.  I stomped my feet for about a day after placing the dresser in the nursery and realizing a tee pee wouldn’t fit.  Then I found an amazing tutorial to create a small one and all was right in the world.  It was the perfect dimensions for this corner of the nursery! I spent an afternoon sewing and I couldn’t be more pleased with the sweetness of this mint colored tee pee.

Gender Neutral Nursery

The chandelier was my one splurge for the nursery.  I looked into making one but I simply couldn’t forget about this beautiful chandelier I found at Pottery Barn Kids.

Nursery decor

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Pouf from Land of Nod

I’ve already spent hours in this part of the nursery rocking in the glider reading, blogging, and wondering what our little one will be.  It’s such a cozy glider, with the softest pillow, and a pouf that I was beyond excited about getting in the mail.  I love the look of this pouf paired with the chair for a more modern look.

Modern nursery furniture

Speaking of modern, I love our crib!  We wanted something very simple with clean lines to go with the dresser. The crib was actually our first purchase for the nursery. The patterned wall was also a last minute decision one weekend.  It was a one day project that made the biggest difference in the nursery. You can see part of the process here on my Instagram.

Mobile by Lavender Kay Designs

Geometric mobile for nursery

The uniqueness of this geometric mobile was custom made to match the colors of the nursery. I love it and catch myself staring at it all the time.

Custom closet in nursery

Use wooden crates in nursery closet

It’s official, Baby Rishel has a better closet than Ryan and I.  Ryan demolished the old closest, custom designed, and built the new one.  He truly impresses me more and more every day.  Here’s what we started with to show you the huge transformation that took place with this closet:

Creating your own closet

The before picture of a closet makeover

And as if it couldn’t get any better, take a look at this before and after of the office turned into the nursery. What in the world was I thinking when I picked green for my office?? I think it’s safe to say my taste has changed over the past two years when it comes to home decor.  But it sure does make for a great before and after.

Before and after of a nursery

I could keep gushing over our little one’s nursery all day long. Instead I’ll leave you with a few more pictures {okay, maybe more than a few} of our modern gender neutral nursery.  Don’t forget you can find all the details on where to buy the items at the end of the post.  Thank you so much for joining me on my blog and allowing me to share such a special moment and room in our home.  We’re waiting on the arrival of our little gal or gent any day now!

Decorating a nursery with modern decor.

DIY Clothes hamper for nursery

Gray nursery decor

Gray and white gender neutral nursery

Gender neutral nursery closet

Nursery Closet

Building your own nursery closet.

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To find out where everything is from please see the links below.

Paint Color: Aria by Olympic
Stenciled Wall Color: Passive by Sherwin Williams
Dresser: Purchased off of Craigslist and flipped
Changing Pad Cover: New Mom Designs
Painting: Handpainted 
Shelving Brackets:
Home Depot – spray painted a light gold
Objects on Shelves:
Hobby Lobby and Target
Tee Pee:
Handmade using the tutorial by Thrifty and Chic
Pottery Barn Kids
Land of Nod
Rugs USA
Bedding and Blanket:
Ollie + Lime
Geometric Mobile:
Lavender Kay Design
Wooden Containers in Closet:
Gold Wire Baskets:
HomeGoods – Then handpainted white at the bottom

  1. Julia Henson says:

    Super cute! Love the neutral tones.

    What size wood did you buy to fit in the brackets?

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      Hi Julia! We used a 1×8 piece of wood for the shelves. We also had to use a router to shave a portion of the wood off on both ends to fit into the brackets. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      • Julia says:

        Thanks! I was having the same problem with the wood not fitting so I was thinking that’s what you did but want to make sure there was not some magical sized wood I was missing. 🙂

        Love the nursery!!!!

  2. Meghan Roth says:

    I love it! So so cute ????

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