Nursery Prep [alternate title: STOP THE PINK]

All this time I’ve had a boy I have complained that stores contain aisles and aisles of girl things and little to no boy things to speak of.  I still maintain that is true, but I’m realizing there is something I didn’t notice before.  I like the boy things so much better.  I don’t mind pink, really I don’t.  And I know she will be girly and wear pink and all of those things, and I’m not opposed to it.  But does it have to be head-to-toe pink?  And covered in rosebuds?  And adorned with ribbons?  Because that is pretty much all I see.  And I feel like the only thing worse than the abundant ruffles and head straps (What the hell are those things?) would be the animal prints and rhinestones and “glamour girl princess” labels all over everything.  I’ll drown her in ruffles before I’ll dress her in something that only the tackiest twenty-year-old should ever wear.

And nursery decorating?  I’m finding it’s much the same.  I browse bedding in a store or online, and I see mountains and mountains of pink and that’s about it.  Again, I want it to be feminine, but something a little more moderate would be nice.  Enter Pinterest.  Where did we start on a task like this before the internet?

Our walls are green, so we’ve decided that much.  And Design Seeds helped me land on this color palette since we have wood trim and some darker wood furniture she’ll be using.

The walls are pretty close to that green on the left, and we have some pink in there, but it’s that soothing mauve sort-of-pink that is hard to find yet much more to my liking than rosebuds and cupcakes I see in every store.  I don’t even know how I’ll do this except maybe bring this pallette to the store with me every time I shop for the nursery and hope I find some good matches.  The slate / dark purple in the middle won’t be too hard, I hope.  And at least the blue is everywhere, so there’s that.  I really don’t know at all where I’m going with this actually.  We’ll see.  I just want a room that doesn’t overwhelm me every time I walk in.

Other Pinterest finds I hope to copy be inspired by:

This awesome wall I tried to link here, but the photo won’t insert directly.  It’s simple but such a lovely way to get some color in a room.  I love it.

And this great book sling would go really well with a kid-sized rocking chair I thrifted a while back.  It would make a cute little reading corner, and it looks simple enough that I could do it.

And Etsy has some adorable bird mobiles I love. Like this one.

And this one.

It would be much easier to find a bed in a bag somewhere and go with it, but really I have not seen anything that didn’t induce nausea.  Does this happen to anyone else when looking at baby girl things?

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8 thoughts on “Nursery Prep [alternate title: STOP THE PINK]

  1. I hate the explosion of pink on baby girl decor and clothing (to me the clothing has way too many frills and bows and poofy things). Hope wore quite a few boy items and I didn’t really have a nursery with her, but my grandmother bought a looney tunes bed-in-the-bag and we went with that. With Atticus I found that everything was pale blue and boring or super-testosterone infused; we ended up going with owls and thrifty-finds for our theme (we already had quite a few owlish things around).

    I love the colors you chose!

  2. YEP! I was actually really relieved we were having a boy because I COULD NOT deal with the rhinestone-encrusted pink phenomenon I see going on. Sickening. Truly. I’ve always gotteng good ideas from Dooce.com, too. Her girls’ nurseries were thrifty, shabby chic, awesome.

  3. Barrie

    Katie, figuring out Mary Rollins’ bedding was sooo frustrating!!! I scoured baby stores, the internet, and fabric stores trying to find the perfect balance of feminine but not princess pink. I feel your pain.

    1. So glad I’m not the only one! I wasn’t prepared for this since I’d never really looked at girl stuff so closely. I am having much better luck on fabric than ready-made, so I’m going that route, I think. MR’s turned out so cute, but you had to get that made as well. Someone needs to start a not-so-frilly girls’ line.

  4. Mary E

    Ahhhhhhh! I found myself in the same quandary, but waited until I became bed ridden, naturally. I became OBSESSED with an apparently nonexistent shade of “antique-y, dusty, ballet pink,” ha ha. My mom and I ended up finding fabrics and using a simple McCall’s pattern to make a crib skirt, bumpers (holy hell) and a quilt. Love your palette and decor! So soothing!

    1. hahaha. So funny that you say that. See that pink in the palette in this post? Sort of a mauve-ey, dusty pink kind of thing and I was set on finding it. But you are right: NONEXISTENT.

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