Baby Bird and Spring Green Meadow Gender Neutral Nursery

Recently I had the pleasure of designing an inspiration board for a client expecting her first baby this Spring. The whole design process was done virtually {over email}. The mommy-to-be wanted help pulling together a gender neutral nursery room that wasn’t too cutesy or babyish {sorry Winnie-the-Pooh}.

Along with a completed questionnaire, my client emailed a few photos of the room and items that she would like to incorporate in the design. One item was a sweet yellow and green silk pillow with a darling silver bird. She also wanted to include a dark wood armoire, white traditional crib and a vintage chandelier she had bought at an auction. From this starting point, I created a nursery room inspired by nature and a springtime meadow. It has a beautiful shades of green, yellow and hints of gray silver. Here is a look at the main inspiration board and the list of vendors:

1. Oilo Modern Berries Crib Set available at Fawn & Forest and Polka Dot Peacock – $399; 2. Green & White Striped Curtains by Custom House Baby – price varies; 3. Benjamin Moore Celadon Green 2028-60; 4.Reversible Organizer Fabric Bin Basket by Baffin Bags (Sage Green White Damask) – $18 each; 5. Modern Meadow – Wall Pattern Vinyl Decal Sticker Art (silver or olive martini) – $62; 6. Jellybean’s Bird Watching – $15; 7. Love Birds Hand Painted Canvas – Posh Tots (green) / Framed dimensions are 24″ x 28″ – $95; 8. Bird Mobile (felt) by Eleni Creative – $80; 9. West Elm’s Pouf in Dhurrie, Platinum/Ivory Octagon Print – $199; 10. Hand-woven Shag Solo Honey White Rug (4′ x 6′) from – $130.99.

Patterned after the red currant berries that dot the Norwegian highlands, Oilo’s modern berry line was the first crib bedding I was drawn to for the nursery. It’s simplicity, color and modern style were elements my client was looking for.

For the room’s two large windows, I suggested floor length tab curtains in a green & white stripe. This vertical stripe would be a nice repeat of the stripe pattern in the fitted crib sheet and make the room feel taller. For the walls, the mommy-to-be wanted a wall decal. Again, I searched for something not too cutesy and found the “Modern Meadow” wall decal found on Etsy. I recommended the decal be in an accent color of silver or a darker shade of green to allow for a contrast with the suggested wall color: Benjamin Moore’s Celadon Green.

My client also had an over sized upholstered armchair she was going to convert into a gilder {love this idea!}. As a footstool or small ottoman, I suggested West Elm’s pouf in platinum & ivory octagon print. I thought with time too, this would be a fun little seat for when the baby reached toddlerhood.

A sweet felt bird mobile from Etsy store, Eleni Creative adds just a touch of whimsy to the nursery and picks up on silver and yellow accent colors beautifully. It also pulls in the bird and meadow theme without going overboard.

A 4′ X 6′ hand-woven white shag rug was selected to cover the hardwood floors and add texture to the nursery room. It was found on for a great price – $130!

To keep baby’s toys, board books and diapering products organized, I found {also on Etsy at Baffin Bags!} this reversible bin in a chic sage green and white damask pattern.

For the walls, I suggested colorful artwork that again played on the bird and meadow theme. This one from Etsy by Jellybean called “Bird Watching” and thought it was also fun because the homeowners have several cats. I recommended hanging this print with two other prints from the same artist’s collection.

It was a delight to help my client pull together her first nursery. My client loves the bird mobile. What do you love?

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21 Responses to Baby Bird and Spring Green Meadow Gender Neutral Nursery

  1. Things That Inspire March 9, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    I love that Etsy painting! I also love the theme of birds and trees. What a beautiful room this will be!

  2. LesleySW March 8, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    So sweet! I love the bird mobile. And thanks for posting the link at The Design File. I appreciate it!

  3. Natalie Catherine March 8, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    wow love this!! i'm going to follow your for have given me so much inspiration. we're expecting baby #2 right now and i can' wait to check out all of your nursery ideas to figure out what i'll do in the nursery!! 🙂

  4. March 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Wonderful job!! Love the fresh and sophisticated look. I would love for you to do a post on my blog sometime : )

  5. Laura Casey Interiors March 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Love the scheme and patterns. great work.

  6. Elie's Papel March 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    love all those fabrics with great patterns! have a nice sunday!

  7. Cristin March 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    This Photographer's Life – Thanks for the nice comments. No, unfortunately my client lives a plane flight away and I won't be there for the installation. If she is up for sharing her final pics on this blog, I will post them.


  8. This Photographer's Life March 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    I love everything… esp the Celadon paint and the artwork. What a great way to do a room that isn't to cutesy. So, are you going to go to the client's home and put it all together?

  9. Emily A. Clark March 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    This is a beautiful idea board. I really like those modern wall decals you found. Beautiful job.

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  11. Lauren March 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    So beautiful! Now I'm wanting another baby so I can have this nursery! 🙂

  12. Susan March 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm #


  13. Struggler March 4, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    Very lovely room. I can see the Love Birds art working in a variety of settings, too.

  14. My Domicile Style March 4, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    I just saw those poufs in the West Elm catalog. How perfect for a nursery/kids room too. Very sweet and sophisticated.

    BTW – I published my post Friday, and then noticed your giveaway after I did it! Adorable bags!

  15. Ashley March 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Cristin– I love this room– the bedding and pouf in particular. Makes me want a reason to do a nursery…

  16. Kathysue March 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    cristin, this is darling. I am sure your client is thrilled. I am working on my playroom right now and I have about 6 swatches of a green very close to what you have chosen. Mine is a little more citron but close. Like the idea that it is sophisticated but still sweet. Great job,Kathysue

  17. The Zhush March 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Your client must be thrilled! Its perfection!

  18. pk @ Room Remix March 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    You always do such a great job with these! Such a fresh, sophisticated design. Hopefully she'll send you some after photos to share.

  19. Heather March 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    It's so sweet! There are some cute baby things from Amenity Home that might look cute with this theme as well.

  20. LindsB March 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    Such a sweet room for a Spring baby- I love all the green, its very fresh and calm feeling.

  21. Leanne March 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    It's beautiful! I love the whole room. The mobile is so cute. I really love the bedding and the pouf. Great choices. I wish I were having a baby so you could help me. I'm sure your client's thrilled.