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Topic: Gender Neutral Nursery (that isn't green and yellow!)  (Read 5670 times)
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« on: August 25, 2009 08:00:42 PM »

It seems like I've been working on the nursery for eternity but last month I finally got it DONE (well, its still missing the baby, but other than that minor detail...). Back in Feburary when we first found out we were expecting, I found this set of drawings called "The Red Coat Series" on industrialfairytale.etsy.com and after lusting over them for 7 months and choosing which prints we wanted in the series, I bit the bullet and ordered them. We literally tried to decorate the entire nursery around these illustrations of that says how much we loved them. They are colorful, whimsical, and convey a sense of adventure and independance which are qualities we hope our kiddo has! Enough with the jabbering, onto the pics:



 The pictures that started it all, now matted and framed!



The view from the front door as soon as you walk in.



 Better view of the crib and the diaper genie, apparently a must have.



 This mobile started out blue and brown but those colors didn't fit so I busted out the fabric paint and made it red, chocolate brown, and butterscotch.



 My nursing nook with the recliner that used to live downstairs.



Close up of the vinyl decals I cut out to give the baby something to look at while eating.



Standing behind the crib (thats the changing table in the SE corner) facing the book shelf and closed closet door and open bedroom door.



 Sock monkey paraphenelia.


Overall we are thrilled with how it turned out. The colors are very relaxing and even though the main colors are shades of red and brown, lots of different colors like green/orange/blue compliment the room well. We thought about making it a green or yellow nursery to be gender neutral but we just aren't into pastels in the least, so why should this room stick out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the house? So after seeing the prints we loved so much, we drew from the artists pallate and plopped it in the room. Brad and I both find ourselves migrating into the recliner just to enjoy the chill vibe the room gives off. Hopefully the baby will enjoy the room as much as we are!
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2009 08:13:36 PM »

It's a beautiful room!  Very soothing, yet fun and I really like the decals! 
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009 08:20:37 PM »

It looks great.  What a lucky baby.  I love the decals. A really relaxing take on a neutral nursery.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009 08:21:16 PM »

I love it! It is sooo very relaxing.... Maybe I should move in there?!?!?
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009 08:47:37 PM »

BEST. NURSERY. EVER! If I had a different life that included children, this would totally be my ideal nursery! I love, love, LOVE the lack of silly gender-coded pastels and overly cartoony decor -it's so sophisticated, comfy, and just plain wonderful! Congrats all around! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2009 09:21:01 PM »

Very sweet! And you may or may not know already, but you'll love the Sleep Sheep when baby comes. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009 05:04:23 AM »

Can you make a close up picture to the prints? i would love to see what inspired you to make this beautiful room. My favorite parts are the mobile and the decals, it all comes together so well!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009 10:12:34 AM »

i love it. its very warm, inviting, and polished. the blimp/baloon/adventure thing works really well with all the wood in the room.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2009 10:43:39 AM »

Thanks for all the great compliments everyone! If you follow the link under the teaser picture below you go to the artists website and the prints I got:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28386629

I'm a very full 8 months pregnant right now and my ability to physically move and get comfortable diminishes ten fold daily so this week I've been sleeping exclusively in the recliner in the nursery. I fall asleep almost immeaditely and I simply love it in there! We tried to get enough contrast the the baby can easily see stuff but we didn't want the colors to be too stimulating, and the room needs to grow with the kid as it does so I really didn't want to have anything too baby-ish. My husband and I also really love steampunk so we had to throw a few zepplins in for good measure Wink
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2009 12:44:20 PM »

I knew it! i could sense the steampunk influence.  Grin
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