My baby Leo is going to be a BIG BROTHER!

I have been going through a very strong nesting phase in my third trimester of pregnancy. I’ve been super productive in getting stuff around the house done and prepared for baby. I’m loving this newfound burst of energy and motivation and I will miss it when it goes away after baby! Decorating a new baby nursery is always one of the most fun things to do in pregnancy. So now that our nursery is complete I wanted to share it with you! I hope you enjoy our Baby Boy Nursery Reveal!

This sweet little room has quickly become my favorite room in the house. I often rock in the glider and imagine my baby in this space. Our glider and ottoman just so happen to be the most comfortable glider ever. I often take naps in there on a lazy day when my kids are watching TV or playing.

Making room for three kids

Before we could start working on the nursery we had to do some room swapping with the kids. We have a ranch style home with three bedrooms on top and two in the basement. So we ended up moving my 7 year old daughter downstairs and giving the baby her room. At first this made me sad and I didn’t think she would want to be in the basement. But it’s an open staircase off the living room, it’s not closed off to the main floor. Her room is bigger, she has a walk in closet, and a larger window, so she definitely upgraded! She’s been downstairs for a month now and she loves her new room. It helps that we painted it blush pink and she got new furniture!

A more grown up nursery

My vision for the nursery was a little more stylish this time around, less baby-ish. I didn’t want to do any kind of baby-ish theme, like where you purchase a bed in a bag with matching lamps and wall decor. I wanted something a little more masculine and mature, where it flowed with the rest of the house, decor-wise.

After looking up baby boy nurseries on Pinterest (see my nursery inspiration board here) I knew that black and white would by my primary colors. I played around with various textures like wood accent pieces, baskets, and mixing in gold and black hardware. My heart was set on a black and white wallpaper accent wall with three walls white. But after being quoted about $650-700 for hanging ONE wallpaper wall we were like: NO THANKS! We ended up going with Benjamin Moore Classic Gray 1548, almost like a whitish grey. I was a little worried that it was too bland when it was first painted it. However, it really came to life once I started decorating the space. It’s a great neutral color, I love it!

black and white baby boy nursery

I did a TON of research on cribs and dressers because I’ve had a couple bad experiences buying inexpensive kid furniture. I couldn’t handle another dresser with sticky drawers that don’t open/close easily! I’m in love with the modern look of Babyletto cribs and the price was right at under $400. Thankfully I could order it from Amazon for fast and free Prime shipping, which was great. It was a huge bonus knowing that higher end retailers like Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel carried the brand as well. It reassured me that I was getting a solid product.

animal canves and Babyletto crib

I really wanted this IKEA Hemnes 8-drawer dresser that seemed to be in EVERY baby nursery on Pinterest. But of course it was sold out! So back to researching I went. I ended up going with this Darlene 6 drawer dresser from Birch Lane, which is the same company as The reviews were stellar and it had free and fast 2-3 day shipping! To make it resemble the IKEA dresser I changed out the white knobs for black. It now has that masculine white/black look I wanted.

nursery changing table

Adding accents with character & meaning

Now for the decorative accent pieces! Also seen all over Pinterest was this brass round mirror from Target. I knew I wanted to mix gold and black metals, so the mirror was perfect. There was this adventure style look I was seeing a lot in Pinterest nurseries that I was drawn to. The nurseries had these over-sized animal prints or canvases on walls that were so cute. I felt like they would grow with little man as he ages. Or I could reuse them in another room, like an office or basement down the road. I had looked on for framed animal art but prices were super expensive. Even instant download images from Etsy were a little pricey when you wanted a larger size. Plus you need to go buy frames. It adds up! I felt like I hit the jack pot when I found these over sized matching Alpaca and elephant framed canvases for $40 each. Another Home Goods score!

Alpeca and elephant framed canvas
nursery dresser and round mirror

The room had a lot of black and white and mixed metals so I needed to infuse a bit of color. I thought a really cute way to add pops of color was to display children’s books on book ledges. To break up the black and white colors I really wanted natural wood colored book ledges. I was adamant about them being ledges and not floating shelves. Ledges have a lip on the front to hold the books propped up and facing outward. Floating shelves wouldn’t be as ideal for displaying lots of books. I wanted them to be functional, not just decorative.

I had a hard time finding the look I was going for online, not even on Amazon! But I did find a perfect DIY natural wood book ledge tutorial on Pinterest that I loved. I sent it to my dad and asked if he’d be able to make these for me. Thankfully he was able to whip these up for me in a few days. I LOVE how they turned out! They add nice texture to the room, color from books, and there’s sentimental value knowing my dad made them.

sleep tight blanket from target
baby nursery_book ledges
baby boy nursery

I wanted a cute word art to frame on a smaller wall. While searching on Etsy, I came across the lullaby lyrics from my son Leo’s favorite book “I’ll Love You Forever”. It was perfect! I did a $4 instant downloaded, grabbed a $20 wood frame from Target, and have a wall piece with meaning!

I'll love you forever art

The last thing I added are these scrabble letters of his name hanging vertically on a small wall. I wanted a cute way to display his name vs. just hanging three big initial letters. I hung initials in my other kid’s nurseries so I wanted a change. When the letter blocks arrived they didn’t have hangers on the back so my husband had to add them. It was quick and easy since he already had hangers in his toolbox. This post will be updated with an image of my little man’s name in scrabble letters once he’s born!


I hope you like the new nursery! I’ve linked to the products I used below in case you’re interested in looking at anything more closely. Some are affiliate links, meaning I may get a small commission should you purchase anything, at no additional cost to you. All opinions and decor ideas are my own. 🙂

I can’t wait to see my new baby boy in this room any day now!!


Crib // Dresser // Round Mirror // Alpaca Canvas // Elephant Canvas // Rug // Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree // Faux plant basket // Scrabble letters // Book ledge tutorial // Curtains // Similar side table (TJ Maxx) // Sleep Tight blanket // Crib sheet // Crib bed skirt // Dream Catcher // Glider & Ottoman (older)

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