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Abram’s Blue and Gray Nursery

I’m not gonna lie- maybe my favorite thing about having a baby (besides getting the baby, obviously) is decorating that sweet baby’s new room. Is it necessary for an eight pound person to have a space of their own? Of course not. But when you’re a creative person, there’s something magical about prepping for your baby by getting a space ready that’s just for them.  When Abram was born, we knew he’d be sharing a space with our guest room (and my crafting space- yeah, there was a lot going on in there), so we decided to go for a feel that wasn’t too “babyish.” We chose to make a blue and gray nursery for him that used lots of letters and sweet, homemade touches.  We finished the space just in time for his newborn photo shoot, and were lucky to have Biancca Wallace Photography capture them for us.


Blue and Gray Nursery

Since we live in Earthquake-prone Southern California, I am careful not to hang anything too heavy above any of the beds. If it would give you a cut or concussion when it falls, it’s not going there.  But I still wanted something cutesy as the focal point, so I covered a piece of foam board with navy blue fabric and used my Cricut to cut out Abram’s name in gray cardstock. I glued it on with plain old Elmer’s glue and was done- easy peasy!

Blue and Gray NurseryAbe’s room is at the end of the hallway, so his mini crib is the first thing you see when you walk down the hallway.  I wanted it to set the tone for the rest of the room. I made all of Abe’s bedding to match the blue and gray nursery theme, mixing patterns to create interest. When I was done, I made this pennant with scraps from my other projects to tie it all together, and attached it with command strips. (We took it down as soon as he was big enough to reach out and grab it for safety reasons.) 

We needed a large piece of art above the guest bed, but I struggled a bit to come up with a frugal, DIY version.  After stumbling upon this pin on Pinterest, I knew we had found it. Lila and I had a super fun afternoon getting ready for her little brother by painting several sheets of cardstock in varying shades of blue and gray (I think we ended up using six letter-size sheets). When they were dry, I used my Cricut to cut them into circles and glued them onto a large, 24×36 inch canvas. The whole thing cost less than $10 to make.

Blue and Gray Nursery

Books are very important to our family, so I wanted to give my littlest one a place for books, too.  It also turned out to be the sweetest space for Lila to connect with her brother- we’d place him in his bouncer or rock and play, and Lila would sit in the little armchair and read to him.  We didn’t have space for a full bookshelf, so we used these Ikea spice racks that attach directly the wall.

DIY Nursery Wall Art

This room also doubles as my craft room, since I have a ScrapBox from (Have you guys seen these? They are seriously amazing and worth a post on their own! They don’t make mine anymore, but this one comes the closest. It looks just like a cabinet until you open it and then…whoa.) To create this wall décor and stay on our blue and gray nursery theme, I painted a canvas navy blue and cut out letters on the Cricut, highlighting certain letters in white.  So easy and inexpensive!

We have a small house with small bedrooms, but are fortunate to have big closets. So we save wall space by putting our dressers into the closets. We topped the dresser/changing table with this sweet button initial art from a friend. She gave it to me as a shower gift with no idea of our nursery theme, and it simply could not have been more perfect.

My mom and I made this growth ruler to place on a long, skinny wallspace.  It is a fence board from Lowe’s that we stained and placed vinyl stickers to mark the length.  We measure the kids on their birthdays and half birthdays, and my favorite thing about it is that if we ever move, we’ll be able to take it along with us.


This week, we’re switching the kids’ rooms and saying goodbye to Abe’s original blue and gray nursery design. It’s bittersweet to say the least, but I’m excited to document Lila’s new Pink and Gray big girl room, and Abram’s sports-themed toddler room. Look for pictures to come in the next few weeks!

Did your little ones have nurseries? What was the theme?

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8 thoughts on “Abram’s Blue and Gray Nursery”

  1. Oh man, you made all that!!?? Totally jealous of that decorating gene you’ve got there. I loved setting up my littles’ rooms too but the theme was more like “yay, you’re a baby!” Yours wins.

  2. I love it!! I’m a big fan of inexpensive DIY projects and babies, so this is all of my favorites in one room! Lol, my poor second child’s nursery wasn’t really decorated until he was like 9 months old.

    1. We *barely* squeaked it in under the wire. There were a couple false-start labors that definitely got a bee in my bonnet to get it done, or it probably wouldn’t have happened for us either.

  3. Connor had an under-the-sea themed nursery, a Cars themed room from1-3yrs old, and now has a construction truck theme.
    The blue and gray is so cute Jaymi, but i’m sure the sports theme will be cute too!

    1. Sounds so cute! I bet he loved them all. And I’m the same way- Lila’s had a few themes already. I think us “creative types” need to change it up every once in a while!

      And I’ll definitely show you pics of the new room. Sports is definitely more his speed!

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