Another baby, another nursery! It feels wild to me that I’m here sharing another nursery design plan with you guys. It feels like I was planning Emmet’s nursery just yesterday! This time around we’re talking a baby girl nursery, of course, since our little lady will be joining us this summer. It’s also kind of a unique design project to take on since it involves reworking what is now Emmet’s small nursery into a new, slightly more feminine nursery space, repurposing some of his furniture since the space is so specifically small, and still making it feel totally fresh and unique for our gal!
Creating a space that’s full of personality, cottage-cozy as can be yet practical and functional is essential here. I’ve found that marrying those concepts can be a little bit of a tall order when you’re working with a small nursery space and need things to stand up to all of the baby/toddler wear and tear. And since we’re “updating” this space for the new baby and not necessarily completely starting from scratch, the design plan started with finding the right color palette that works with what we’re keeping in here, then moved on to selecting new furniture that would fit the small space as well as Emmet’s furniture does, and now finding decor and accessories that will be special just for our little lady. So let’s get down to the details!
Shop Baby Girl Nursery Decor
For reference, this is what Emmet’s nursery looks like now
Nursery Decor We’re Keeping
- The dresser. We originally got this dresser when we were designing the nursery for Emmet, but it just fits so perfectly in this small space, and we have another slightly bigger dresser in mind for Emmet’s new big boy room, so this dresser will now be baby girl’s. Because of that, we had to make this beautiful green-blue a part of baby girl’s nursery design plan. Which is just fine with me since I absolutely adore this color in any setting.
Baby Girl Nursery Decor I’m Looking For
- Glider/Rocking Chair. We’re on the hunt for another perfectly compact glider/rocker for this space, similar to Emmet’s blue glider. Emmet’s glider will be heading to his new room with him, so that means that we’re yet again on the hunt for a comfy glider that will fit the space. It’s a tall order since so many of the gliders and rockers on the market are larger than this space can handle. So it needs to be small, and it also needs to be upholstered in the perfect comfy, durable, feminine fabric for little lady. Wish me luck on this one! I love this Neva Swivel Glider that Sixpenny just released, in “Sundazed Coral” fabric, and just received the swatch for it, but I’m still iffy on whether the fabric will be durable or show every little stain.
- Crib. Em’s crib is going with him to his new room and will someday be converted to a toddler bed, but because of the space constraints in here and how hard we had to look for a crib that fit on that wall and under the window perfectly, we’ve decided that we might have to buy the same crib for baby girl or at the very least, something really similar. Naturally, Emmet’s exact wood crib in that particular stain is currently sold out so I’m holding out hope it will come back in stock here soon, or I’ll just move on to the crib I’ve shown here on the inspiration board. The only thing I don’t love about that crib is that it doesn’t have storage drawers underneath it, but we have plenty of storage on the closet wall in this room so it should be ok.
- Side Table. Emmet’s clever seagrass side table with accessible book storage is going with him to his new room, so I honestly think I’m just going to buy the exact same one for this room again because it fits our needs so perfectly. I love that it pulls double duty as a side table/book storage, is compact and seems to be durable. Done and done.
- Diaper Caddy. I was considering getting the same diaper caddy/basket that Emmet has to use as little miss’ diaper caddy, but I decided that I really wanted one with a handle since we’re constantly moving it from the floor, where our diaper changing pad is, to the countertop where we store it when we want more space to move around. So I think I’m going to grab this cute metal garden caddy that has all the space we need and separate, organized compartments for diapers, cloths and creams.
- Artwork. This is one of the tougher design plan problems I’m facing for this space, simply because Em’s entire nursery was designed around the beautiful custom oil painting we were gifted by our dear friends when we got married, in hopes that it would end up in a nursery someday. I still get misty eyed when I think about the love poured into this painting by the incredible Debbi Walker, and how much our family will treasure it for many years to come. It’s going with Em to his new room because it’s absolutely, 100% his painting, so we need to find some really fun, beautiful new art that not only sets the tons for little lady’s nursery design, but that fits the wall we’re hanging it on. I’m considering ordering the four framed prints shown in the design plan from Clementine Kids (here, here, here and here), a brand I absolutely love. Some of the prints were created in collaboration with my favorite blogger of all time, The House That Lars Built, which is so exciting. They’re so fun!
- Decor. Last but not least, the fun stuff – decor! Emmet has so many special decor pieces scattered throughout his nursery and I can’t wait to include some really fun, fresh, cottage-cozy decor finds in baby girl’s room, too! Emmet’s decor includes a mix of antique finds, cherished pieces from my own childhood bedroom and some new additions that we love, and I’ll be on the hunt for the same mix of things for baby girl’s room, too. I already have some antique pieces, including some from my grandma’s home and my old bedroom that I’ve had waiting in the wings for the moment a daughter came into our lives, so I’m really excited to be able to include those in the space. So fun!