With our due date fast approaching (just six weeks away!), I’m in full nesting mode getting our little guy’s “nursery nook” ready for him. I’ve had many, many ideas spinning around in my head for the past eight months, but I’ve finally landed on a design that is simple, cozy, and modern with just a little bit of a soft edge. I’m excited to share the inspiration and my mood board with you today!
The reason we’re calling it a nursery nook is because it’ll be a shared space with my office. He’ll have one half and I’ll have the other! We live in a small home - just 1200 square feet total - and wanted to keep our guest room intact, so I’ve had to think creatively about utilizing our space well. Thankfully, my office is a nice size and has a good amount of room to work well for this. I’ve been pinning shared nursery spaces and taking notes on what other folks have done to make this work for them, and I’ve definitely found some pretty great ideas.
Let’s talk about some of those ideas and inspiration first and then we’ll talk about the cozy modern nursery design I put together!
My office has a good size double closet on one end, so I spent a lot of time thinking through how I could maximize that space. I knew it would need to have good storage, but could it also be where the baby sleeps? As it turns out, yes! Going with a mini crib or bassinet gives you this option - take a look at the gorgeous examples at the top of this post and in the image below. Both of these spaces showed me that you can basically transform a closet into a nursery - babies don’t need much space when they’re little.
A closet can also be used to house the baby’s dresser and changing table, and store clothes and other miscellaneous items as you can see in Yellow Brick Home’s nursery below. They made an awkward space into a beautiful and functional spot for their little girl, and I love how it turned out. They can always close the doors when they want to, but I’m not sure I’d ever do that with such a pretty setup inside!
Cozy modern nursery nook inspiration
Now let’s talk a little bit about a few of the inspiration images I found for the design, color scheme, and general feel for our nursery nook. Since I’m integrating this design into what I already have going on with the office, it was important that the nursery fit into that look, but also felt like a special place for a little human that didn’t feel too grown up. I want it to have the same clean-lined modern feel, but I’ll be bringing in a little softness with some of the artwork and accessories.
What caught my eye in the nursery below was the muddy blue-green color of the walls, the design of the two-tone crib, and the texture and playfulness of the basket. It also has a touch of blue, which will definitely be a part of this nursery.
via Serena & Lily
The next nursery I found that I loved has a slightly more Scandinavian-meets-boho style. I love the simplicity and neutral color scheme of the furniture and decor, but that it’s grounded by a bold blue rug, which is what I’ve got in my office (and it’ll be staying put!). I’m digging the natural wood tone of the crib and the cute modern mobile above it too.
Finally, the nursery below definitely has a similar overall feel to what I want to have in the nursery nook. Again, it’s simple, and has clean, modern lines mixed with cozy pieces that make it feel warm and inviting. The muted green curtains give it just enough color so that it doesn’t feel too airy. All of the textures she included add to that cozy look as well.
I hope those inspiration images give you a glimpse into the general look and feel I’m going for in this cozy modern nursery nook. Now let’s get to the good stuff - the mood board!
This is what I’m thinking:
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Let’s start at the top with the cradle and that lovely piece of art! I’ve loved this abstract landscape art from Jenny’s Print Shop for a long time, and I’m excited to finally use it. I love the colors and it’s just plain pretty, but isn’t too girly for a boy’s bedroom. It’ll hang above the cradle, which will live in one half of the closet! Yep, we decided to put baby boy in the closet. :) Going with a cradle for the first little bit of his life gives us flexibility on whether we want to have him in our room too. We can always pull it into our bedroom without disturbing the rest of the nursery nook.
I’m also planning on painting the closet a subtle dusty blue-green to add some soft color and contrast. I’m settling on the exact color this week, but it’ll be somewhere in the neighborhood of Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray like the swatch you see in the moodboard. The white cradle and the other white organizational pieces (the ones you see in the bottom right corner) in the other half of the closet will pop beautifully against it as well! We’ll be keeping the rest of the room the same color as it has been (BM Winter White).
I ordered this glider and ottoman in Gray and I’m crossing my fingers that I love it in person! It has great reviews (and lots of them), so I feel pretty good about it. I’ll definitely be reporting back. I imagine I’ll be spending a ton of time in that chair, so finding something comfortable was key. We’re sticking to a pretty tight budget for this space, and this one is a great deal at $499!
I already have the brass and marble side table (here’s one that’s similar), the brass pharmacy floor lamp (again, this one’s similar), and the blue vintage style rug, and I’m loving how they’re looking with the new glider chair.
Over on an adjacent wall will be the dresser (which will have a changing pad on top) with that fun series of abstract art above it, along with a cute Scandinavian-style mobile. That dresser has been on my list since it debuted a few months ago. It’s solid wood, but it’s SUCH a deal! I love the leather pulls that come with it as well. Hopefully we’ll be picking it up later this week!
All in all, I’m really excited about where I landed with the design for the little guy’s nursery nook. I think it works well with the existing look of my office, but it’ll still feel new and special for him!
I’d love to know what you think of my “cozy modern nursery nook.” Chime in in the comments or hop on over to Instagram!
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