A New Egg is in Our Nest!

Today's post is a more personal one. (Those of you who follow us on Twitter may have already heard the news!)

We are expecting our second child in January! We are so excited for what is to come- Paloma (age 4.5) is so thrilled to be a big sister. Since the holiday season is a busy one here at Paloma's Nest, I've already set to work on designing the new nursery for the little one. I thought I'd share my plans for the room with you.

This is my inspiration board that I've been collecting ideas on over the past few months. Our home is small, so the space will also function as a guest room for the time being, or until Tiny (as we have nick-named the little one) is ready for a room of his/her own. Since we don't know the gender yet, and probably won't be finding out until the birth (we didn't find out with Paloma, and it was such a wonderful surprise!), I have tried to keep the design soft and baby-ish but gender neutral. The room itself has cream walls, and white wide-plank wood floors and trim.

My main source of inspiration was the deer print from my friend, artist/designer Leah Duncan. I love the combination of the grey, soft pink, and gold in the image. That, combined with some extra yardage of a mustard and white Amy Butler fabric, with which we crafted a padded upholstered headboard, served as the spring board for the rest of the room-in-progress.

The gray & white striped duvet and the linen curtains are from West Elm, and the simple crib from Ikea. The wall lamp is vintage. Some of my favorite details include the Marching Menagerie animals from our Baby & Child Collection that we will display on a piece of molding/picture ledge on the wall, along with some simple unfinished wooden peg dolls, all lined up in a row. The fabrics, shown above right, (my guilty pleasure- I would incorporate dozens, if I could!) are (from top to bottom): Berry Bush by Cloud 9 Fabrics, Sailboats by Aunt June, August Fields by Amy Butler, For the Birds by Jay McCarroll, and Avenue by Cloud 9 Fabrics.

I'm hoping that its a design that will grow with the child, being easy to update and refresh as they get older. I think it is also "elegant" enough to make our guests feel comfortable and not like they are sleeping in the middle of Babies 'R Us. I also hope it's  adaptable enough that I can make it more "boyish" if that's what Tiny ends up being. What are your favorite items or colors to use in a gender neutral space? Any tips or pointers to share?