Our Baby’s Serene + Neutral Nursery Tour


It feels SO surreal that we are just over two weeks away from our due date! I’m so excited to finally share our full nursery tour today captured by the incredible Ruth Eileen. Even though baby boy won’t be sleeping in here for the first few months, I’m really glad we completed it before his arrival. Having an early baby shower helped too so we could feel prepared (find our registry faves here!). I knew I wanted a very neutral design from the start, before we even knew the gender—something soft and soothing with layers of white, cream, sand and grey. 

The piece that really kicked things off was the oyster print above his crib. We originally purchased it at Eventide on a trip to Portland, Maine over the summer when I was six weeks pregnant, thinking we’d put it in our kitchen. We love oysters (and I also used to work at an oyster bar in Boston!). When we got it home, it didn’t feel quite right to me in our kitchen so I set it aside to think on it for a while. Once we found out we were having a boy, I instantly knew I wanted the oyster print to be the kicking off point for his space. I like that it has a slightly masculine feel without screaming boy! Oysters have also been one of the off-limits pregnancy foods that I’ve been missing like crazy, so I’ll be indulging in a HUGE plate once this little guy is born. With a glass of bubbly, of course.

From there, I started brainstorming furniture. We chose this crib for it’s simple, clean white design. The little stuffed animals shown above (and bumper) are from RH Baby & Child. We picked these cuties up a week before Christmas at the Boston store while in the city to watch The Nutcracker! I wanted to get him something for Christmas and they will always remind me of our fun holiday date night with the bump.

This sweet receiving blanket is one we plan to take baby home in. It’s so soft and I love the little detailing. I’m also going to link a couple other favorite blankets we got below as well!

We both wanted a super comfy rocking chair that didn’t scream rocking chair. We found ours on Overstock (similar here and here). We’ll be spending plenty of time snuggling him here, so comfort was definitely a priority! I topped it off with a big soft knit pillow (similar here) and cozy white throw.

Since we have recessed lighting in the room, I was unable to incorporate a statement pendant (I really loved this one!) so I opted for this wooden floor lamp instead. Our recessed lighting is on a dimmer, but there’s something a little more cozy feeling about a single lamp next to the rocking chair. The rope basket to the left holds some of his stuff toys and rattles. I love the subtle coastal nod!

We got the drapery here. We actually have the same drapery in our master and guest bedrooms as well! I absolutely love it. The panels are like a faux linen with grommets at the top and they don’t break the bank. They’re currently on sale right now for $14 a panel! You can’t beat that.

I love the Jellycat brand stuffed animals. They are sooo soft. One of my best friends gifted us this adorable bunny and his Peter Rabbit book from our registry. I can’t wait to read to him and watch his little eyes light up.

One of my favorite pieces in the room and one that we bought last was the dresser/changing table. I didn’t want to go completely white but I also didn’t want a colored dresser. I found this one and replaced the knobs with these marble ones. I love the grasscloth type of material on the front of the drawers. It creates such a fun contrast without being too plain white!

I decided against a mobile in the room and instead, put this round brass mirror above the changing table. I also loved this one, but didn’t want to do everything in white. 

I wanted to include a bit of greenery and picked up this baby fiddle leaf fig at our local garden center. We already had this basket, which was the perfect fit.

How cute is this little outfit?! Shawn and his two brothers all wore it for their baptisms and we plan to dress our guy up in it too when he’s baptized. 

We already had this shelf from IKEA, which we topped off with this print that tied into the other oyster print above the crib. The hamper to the right is part of the same collection as the toy basket.

How cute is this baby fedora?! We got it here—they don’t have the same one available right now but a couple of other adorable options. I also HAD to get these sunglasses for him, not that he’ll actually keep them on his head, but for our pure entertainment!

This maternity dress was so comfy and fun to play around in for our shoot (if you sign up for the newsletter you can get 20% off!).

This little whale pull toy is also from RH Baby & Child. Isn’t he a cutie?

We have our bassinet in the bedroom for baby’s first bed and have this sleep sheep sound machine ready to go. I’ve actually put it on for a few of my restless nights and it really does help! 

These bears were also Shawn’s when he was a baby. He got so emotional when his parents dropped them off for us—it was so sweet! I love having some items from our childhood to pass down.

Below is one of my favorite gifts we received at our baby shower. My sister (who will also be baby’s Godmother) handmade this gorgeous dream catcher without even knowing my inspiration, ideas or colors for the nursery. How incredible is she?! I love that it has a bit of a hunter nod to it since Shawn loves to hunt.

You can find all of our nursery items below. If there’s something I left off that you’re curious about, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know! You can shop all of our nursery items on this page as well or by hovering over SHOP in the header and selecting ‘shop the nursery’.

Photography: Ruth Eileen

Blaise Cooper : 01:19 April 24, 2017 Reply
I love your posts, they are so helpful. I am due in June. Where did you get the baby blocks that are on the bookcase in your nursery? I love how cute and neutral they are. Thank you, Blaise
    Melissa Baran : 14:12 April 26, 2017 Reply
    Hi Blaise! Thanks so much for reading and congrats on your upcoming arrival! The blocks are so fun for a neutral nursery, you can find them here: http://www.liveandlearn.com/shop/blocks/alphablank-uppercase-blocks/?gclid=COG6sKPcwtMCFVtWDQod1wUA3Q XO