Simple & beautiful neutral nursery decor - inexpensive ways to create a beautiful nursery

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Chris thought he had a few extra days off over the holidays. Was he ever wrong! I had a determined mind & a list of things I wanted to accomplish, & he kindly obliged. We’re still playing seek & find with a lot of our things, but I did manage to locate most of the art for Isla’s room & repurposed some nursery decor from other spaces. As you may recall, this year I’m all about little accomplishments & less focused on completing an entire room at once. Isla’s nursery qualifies for the year of vignettes as there’s still so much to do, but this little glimpse makes me happy, & she seems to love it equally as much.

A nursery vignette - simple ideas to create a beautiful nursery on a budget

In the fall, my mother-in-law & I were shopping at Restoration Hardware Outlet when we came by this adorable little lamb. It’s something I’ve always wanted for our girls’ nurseries, but couldn’t afford. In fact, every time the girls see one, they all want to ride – even Adalyn. My in-laws gifted this pretty little lamb to Isla for Christmas & she couldn’t be happier. I inspired me to start decorating her room.

Simple & beautiful neutral nursery decor - inexpensive ways to create a beautiful nursery

Isla is nearing two, so I reconfigured the arrangement of her Rifle Paper Co card art into a vertical arrangement. I think they stack up beautifully!

Easy & inexpensive ideas for a beautiful nursery

Being a mother of three, I appreciate when the girls sleep well. Blackout curtain panels seem to help significantly with that! I also can’t resist a ruffle…it’s a sweet & subtle detail I love. I found these ruffle trim curtain panels at Pottery Barn Kids, but unfortunately they’re no longer available.

A nursery vignette - simple ideas to create a beautiful nursery on a budget

I learned the hard way with Ani that while cribs can transition into full-size beds, they rarely do – because of teeth beaver marks. I selected a for Isla that was inexpensive, but held up well! She, too has exercised her teeth on the crib. By our third child, I also realized that the 3-5 piece crib bedding set is unnecessary. They can’t use a bumper & quilt until their older, so I had a cable knit blanket embroidered with her name – simple, but sweet.

As the cold forces us to spend more time inside, I look forward to unpacking, organizing & decorating. We’ve made a lot of progress in the last few weeks that I can’t wait to share with you!

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Our original inspiration

We’re just a few weeks away from Baby #3 and since we didn’t find out the sex this time, and I don’t want a gender neutral nursery, I’m planning and designing for both genders and will be ready to place my orders from the hospital bed!

This was inspiration for Aniston’s nursery, that I clearly didn’t use. It’s the only inspiration that I still gravitate to. This is very gender neutral, but I envision bunting for a girl and framed maps and a globe for a boy.

I like how this bunting is used over the window {from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child}

A nursery with a large window and a crib

I’m much more realistic when it comes to bedding the third time around. In lieu of the bedskirt {that only works when the crib is at a certain height}, bumper {which is used intermittently} and quilt {which isn’t used until the age of 1}, I’m opting for an inexpensive, but beautiful cable knit stroller blanket that will be monogrammed. I’ll pair it with Pottery Barn Kid’s chamois fitted crib sheet – my favorite!

A nursery with a large window and a crib
A braided basket will make a great accent and be a convenient place to keep stuffed animals or spare blankets.
If it’s a boy, I may create a series of maps to frame. I used these frames from Pottery Barn Kids, in Aniston’s room.
I’ve also been eyeing this rope mirror for a couple of years. I almost bought it for our guest bedroom, but it exceeded the total that we spent in the room!
A small hanging mirror
If it’s a girl, I can’t resist this ruffled pillow accent from RH Baby and Child. Although nothing will compare to the pillow my friend Lori made Aniston!

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  1. Julie,

    Could you please describe the lovely framing process for these cute Rifle paper pictures in your daughter’s nursery? It appears that there is a light gray mat behind the cards but I can’t tell if that is the wall color behind a floating pice of glass. Is that a linen fabric mat next to the gold frame? It all looks so very pretty! Thanks so much!

    1. The frames are made to float the picture – they’re from Hobby Lobby, but the cards are smaller than the backing on the frames to adhere them to, so I broke that off and used double stick tape.

  2. I know I am asking so many questions but I just LOVE the way you decorate! Neturals with different wood tones is something I want to accomplish but have a hard time doing it without things looking bland. So I love gold but the brass gold look. So where did you get the curtain rod and the picture frames? Thank you again for your help!

    1. Thank you! The picture frames are from Hobby Lobby & I spray painted them gold. The curtain rod is from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

    1. Of course, it’s from Target…there’s a direct link to the updated version of the crib. It appears ever-so-slightly updated.