Leighton’s nursery tour

Our baby’s nursery has been something I’ve been dreaming about off and on for years. Way before we were ready to start a family, I’d find myself “pinning” ideas for baby nurseries and fun things to do with our kids one day. It’s hard to believe that time is finally here! I’ve had the best time planning out each detail of her room to make it somewhere special, both for her and for us as her parents.

We started by painting the walls a very neutral color (light grey) because I had fallen for this gorgeous Land of Nod crib in a bright emerald green, and I wanted it to be the star of the room. I loved the idea of flanking the crib with bookcases for lots of open storage, and I found inspiration photos of black metal and glass bookcases that had been spray painted gold, which is exactly what we (or really Craig) did. Although risky with a big black dog who loves rugs, we went with a white faux sheepskin run to add some plushness and lighten up the darker carpeted floor. It was a steal of a deal, so I figure that if it has to be replaced sooner than later, it won’t be the end of the world.

The gallery wall is filled with a mix of prints and photos (or soon-to-be printed photos from our maternity session and later, from her newborn session). I found this “Bushel and a Peck” print on Etsy and couldn’t resist, as that’s something my dad’s mom Nannie has said to all of us grand kids our entire lives… so Miss Leighton will now have a piece of her great-grandmother in her room with her. The watercolor of the Rottweiler was another lucky find, and it just so happens to look exactly like Coco! It’s not pictured in a close-up, but I also framed a letterpress printed coaster featuring a map of downtown Nashville, which is a nod to Craig’s hometown and the place we met.

I searched high and low for a white dresser that was long enough to accommodate a changing pad and had lots of storage, but not so long that it looked overbearing in this small room… and I wanted something fun. This one fit the bill exactly — I just love the brass detailing of campaign style furniture, and this is something that can grow with her for years to come. I think the gold geometric lamp pairs perfectly on top, too! Also, how gorgeous is that painting? My sister-in-law’s dad is a very talented self-taught artist and was gracious enough to gift us with a custom painting for the nursery. This is the second piece of Craig Griffin art that we own, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. I love that the design is somewhat simple, but it ties in the colors from the room and also incorporates different textural elements with wood and sand for a really unique look.


To bring some more gold accents into the room, we added a starburst mirror and small side table. The floating book shelves (which Craig almost threw out the window during the tedious hanging process) house an assortment of fun books that I plan to change out with the seasons.


I had a lot of fun styling the bookcases flanking the crib. I wanted to include functional items like the video monitor, but I also wanted to showcase the adorable giraffe cross-stitch that my mom made for her, framed photos, my mom’s childhood doll rocking chair, books, decor from my baby showers, and other pretty things.


Is this not the cutest laundry hamper you’ve ever seen? Just a little fun surprise that might make doing endless loads of laundry a tiny bit more enjoyable. Our friend also had this sweet hair bow and headband organizer made for us, complete with Leighton’s name, and of course it matches the nursery colors!


And because I always love when a blogger provides a list of source links in their posts, here are links to almost everything in the nursery that you could want to know about. Enjoy!

Crib: The Land of Nod
Bookcases: IKEA
Rug: Home Decorators Collection
Dresser: Pottery Barn Kids
Painting: Craig Griffin of Atlanta, GA (gift)
Geometric lamp: The Land of Nod
Glider: GA Baby & Kids
Pouf: The Land of Nod
Side table: Target (no longer available)
Owl lamp: Target (no longer available)
Blackout curtains: Pottery Barn Kids
Floating bookshelves: The Land of Nod
Toy baskets: Pottery Barn Kids (gift)
Mirror: Target (sold out – similar style here)
White shelving unit: Target  (similar here)
Crane cool mist humidifier: Amazon (gift)
Hamper: Home Decorators Collection (gift)
Frames on gallery wall: IKEA
Rottweiler watercolor print: Dog Art Studio
“Sprinkles on top” print: Brigette Turner
“Bushel & a Peck” print: Lori Danielle
Bird line drawing: IKEA
Nashville map coaster: Natty Michelle Paperie
Wooden L: Anthropologie 
Watercolor crib sheet: New Mom Designs
Scalloped crib skirt: Project Nursery
Glitter “hello” pillow: Hello Apparel
Large bunny stuffed animal: Jellycat at Seed Factory in Atlanta
Changing pad cover: ModFox
Dresser drawer organizers: IKEA
Personalized door sign: Miss Tweedle Crafts

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