When I was pregnant, I spent tons of timing looking on Pinterest for gender neutral baby bedroom/nursery ideas. My favorites tended to be black-and-white themed rooms with pops of bright color. I also found some very cute Woodland themed nurseries, though those tended to look more boyish. My instincts told me I was having a boy, but we chose not to find out with any tests or imaging.
In the end, I went my own way with Baby A’s nursery design. I used my late great grandmother’s orange sitting chair and a Land of Nod colorful jellybean-esquire wool rug as my starting point and built a colorful play room from there. Another great grandmother left me a needlepoint work of owls that I hung on the wall along with my own needlepoint work I made in high school. My mom and I DIY’d a fun art piece on the wall next to the crib with colorful fabrics in sewing hoops. I’ll add a post about how we made this craft in one day and link to it eventually! I also bought a really cool faux stuffed shark head from Target. Baby A loves that thing.
With all that color, I left the walls white. But something still felt missing. The last and greatest touch was adding chalkboard paint to two of the doors in the room. We started off with our own drawings, but as Baby A grows up it will be fun for him to have free reign on the chalk artwork for the room.
Above is a video room tour I made, just being silly, pre-baby and pre-chalk paint.
And here are some current photos of how the room looks now, lived in and played in!