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Baby Boom: A Gender Neutral Nursery
July 05, 2013 in Before & After, Installs | one comment

I mentioned awhile ago about the “Baby Boom” happening here in Austin.  Supposedly 150 new people are moving to Austin everyday.  Well,  I think the locals are trying to stand their ground!  I have quite a few ‘expectant’ and ‘new’ moms at the moment.

One expectant client wanted a “surprise” and did not want to know the baby’s gender.  She did, however, want to have the nursery done when the baby arrived.  This was her second child and she had already had a boy before.  She said she felt like this one was a boy, too, but she wasn’t sure.

New Baby’s Room:

gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery heather scott home and design

Obviously, she had thought a lot about her needs and wants for the room (including she didn’t want to deal with bumpers and a lot of baby bedding).

She was interested in using turquoise and lime green and felt that color scheme could go masculine or feminine.  We looked at some Serena and Lily bedding.  They showed this color schemes for boys and girls, which added a level of comfort to the approach.

Mom already had a sleeper chair in lime green she wanted to use and a pouf in turquoise.  I used those colors as the jumping off point.

Room Before:


The room was repainted in a neutral gray to lighten it up.  We had a swivel glider made in a lime zebra print with contrast welt in bright blue and added a gray and white pillow with elephants.  The little end table can hold a bottle if needed.


We did a crib from Newport Cottages which allows you to customize multiple colors on the bed.  We added a darker gray stripe around to bed frame.

custom crib detail

The existing sleeper was punched up with some throw pillows in Thom Filicia fabric which features birds and a graphic design.

gender neutral nursery heather scott home and design

The floor lamp next to it has a custom finial with a little birdie on top.

birdie finial for floor lamp

Artwork for children is a challenge, especially if you don’t want to reveal the baby’s gender!  I found some great Peter Pan prints from the 1960’s and had them framed to go above the crib.  The other wall we hung a relaxing cloud scene that had all the colors of the room in it.

vintage peter pan prints for baby's room

A couple of fun features for the room include:

1) A custom model we ordered from Etsy, where we chose the animals and color scheme

Custom mobile for baby's room

2) A changing pad spot we had custom built into the closet.  The room was pretty tight with the sleeper bed so we went for a tall piece that would offer storage and opted to have a ‘changing table’ built into the closet.  I thought it was a pretty nifty idea if I do pat myself on the back.  You only use it for a limited period of time, anyway.  The cabinet guy did a genius job on it!

pull out diaper changing station

3) The baskets for the storage unit we personalized by purchasing 2 colors of ribbon which we glued onto the liners to add some character.

custom basket detail heather scott

Mom wanted the nursery done before the baby arrived.  We had it booked to install about 2 weeks before the due date.  But, as great as our plan was, baby decided to arrive early.  I received an email over a weekend saying, well, it was no longer a huge rush to get it done, a little boy arrived happy, healthy and early!

gender neutral nursery heather scott home and design

I hope he sleeps peacefully in this light, quiet and airy room!  If you need help designing a nursery or other room, we would love to help.  Check our projects on our website and contact us for more information!