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This day seems like a long time coming. It’s the first time I’ve completed a nursery AFTER the baby was born. Ha! (If you missed my baby announcement, you can see it here) Doing this reveal today- October 1st- is sort of ironic, since this is the day I was due! I’m so happy I took my time to finish it because I’m really happy with it! It’s not perfect- is any room ever really perfect??-, but it makes me smile and will be a great space for Bennett…. when I can part from him. 😉 I hope you’re ready for a whole slew of pictures. Sit back and enjoy!


Come on in!
This room is nothing like I originally envisioned, but one thing that stuck is the color scheme: orange, mint and gray. It’s so fresh, bright and a little quirky.
Isn’t that little Bennett burp cloth adorable? My friend Karen from Thread Blossoms made it and I never want to actually use it- it’s too cute!
Free printables are a great way to dress the walls in a nursery- (you can see my round up of fun printables here.) I added the printable on the far left from The Handmade Home, and I love it! The rocking chair has been in my family for years, but I just recently decided to make it work in the space by painting it in Annie Sloan’s Graphite chalk paint. The abstract art was custom-made by my cute kids (more on that later!)
These cube shelves are from Ikea- Monica actually hung them during our first Nate’s Crate challenge on The Nate Berkus Show. They totally look like built-ins and fit that little nook perfectly.
This room doesn’t have a closet that we can use, so we purchased an armoire from Ikea to hang some of Bennett’s clothes. When you sit in the rocking chair, you kind of stare right at the side of the armoire, so I hung an old print that was in my nursery as a baby, after painting the wood frame in the same graphite as the chair.
I’ve had the coffee sign for several years, but I moved it in the nursery because I thought it was kind of funny…if you’ve ever had a newborn, you know how much caffeine you need! 🙂
Oh, the dresser. This dresser is fabulous, isn’t it? It was my grandparents and I totally wasn’t sold on it at first, but we were trying to do this room on a budget and it was free. Done deal, folks. Now, I am in love with it! I’ll share the details in another post, but with some paint and wax and a pop of orange paint on the legs, it was turned into the best part of the room!
I thought the “Oh Boy” was so appropriate for two reasons: 1) we were having a boy (duh!) and 2) we were taken so by surprise with this pregnancy. It makes such a statement and adds a whole lot of personality to the room!
I added some washi tape to the plain black lamp shade to add a little interest. Man, I love washi- is there no end to it’s many uses?
Bennett isn’t spending too much time in this room yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s excited about it!
I hope you love it as much as I do! Tell me…what’s your favorite part?


Sheets: Target
Rug: Ikea
Changing Pad Cover: Babys R Us
Dresser Paint: Annie Sloan Graphite & Paris Gray, Dark Wax
Giant Letters: Hobby Lobby
Dresser light: Target
Color-blocked baskets: Target
Copper Light on bookshelf: Local antique shop
Armoire: Ikea
Bookshelf cubes: Ikea
Rocking Chair: Hand-me-down
Mirror: Walmart
Coffee sign: Vintage sign store in OCNJ


The comments +

  1. Teri says:

    I love the room! 🙂 I especially love the “OH BOY” … since it has a double meaning 🙂 If I had to choose, my fave picture would be Bennett #fromwhereistand <3

  2. gina says:

    Looks amazing!! I am loving the pops of orange!!!

  3. Emily says:

    This is a lovely blend of quirky/trendy and classic vintage and “baby”.:-) What a unique room . . . don’t think I’ve ever seen a nursery like it. I love the grown-up colors that come together to make such a cozy baby room. My favorite part is the blend of trendy and classic.


  4. I love how you used that little nook.

  5. The dresser really is awesome. Makes me want to go paint all of our dressers.

  6. Kim Conner says:

    JESS!!!! That dresser is to die for! Love the whole she-bang. Great job as usual!

  7. I love the room!! The “Oh Boy” sign is so cute! (But your little man is the cutest of all!)

  8. Awesome room. I LOVE the dresser with the “Oh Boy” above it. Fabulous nursery. CONGRATS on your new little guy!


  9. Grandma says:

    I love seeing the family hand-me-downs dressed up and used for the next generation!

  10. Tiffany says:

    I love the dresser with the orange feet.

  11. Emily says:

    Just stumbled across your blog today searching for other related decor ideas and saw this post. Cute nursery! Love the coffee sign…as a mom of 14-month-old twin boys I am ALL about the bottomless coffee! not sure if that was your thinking too but i thought that was really cute. Looking forward to following the blog. Congrats on your baby boy 😉

  12. Anika says:

    I love your nursery and color scheme! I’m having a boy next March and I’d love to give my nursery a similar look. Do you by any chance remember the color you used for the mint walls? I bought some samples but I can’t seem to get it right. Thanks so much and congrats on your baby boy!

  13. Kiri says:

    The fact that a strip of washi tape can seriously update the look of a lampshade and tie it in with the rest of the room. Plus when you re-decorate you can just rip it off and apply a different color. Genius!

  14. […] that reminds me so much of two people I loved so much. I knew it would be the perfect addition to Bennett’s nursery .  Lots of people may cringe at the fact that I made changes to it, but Mo and I are huge fans of […]

  15. Beth says:

    I love so many things about this room! Great job and congrats 🙂 I am looking for ideas for my baby boy’s nursery, and came across this! I am sold! But I wanted to know–what kind/color of paint is on the walls?

  16. Melanie says:

    Love, love, love the nursery! Do you happen to know the paint color on the walls? I seem to be terrible at matching shades of paint. Thanks so much and congrats!

  17. Nick says:

    Please tell us the color of the wall paint!!!! Adorable

  18. Faye says:

    Does anyone know what paint color this is??

    • Raejean Klopfenstein says:

      Fay….I went back up in the article, & it says she used Mint, Grey & Orange for her colors….assuming that the Mint is on the wall….I thought maybe it was….looks like a Mint color I have on my Sunroom walls….

  19. Susan says:

    This room is awesome. I love the color scheme! It looks like this is a basement room. If so, please make sure you test for Radon. If you live in Bucks County you probably have Radon in your basement.

  20. Paul Sroka says:

    My wife and I are expecting our third. We love the colour scheme of the room. What colour of mint is that?

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