Published on August 10, 2018 | Last Updated on May 15, 2020
This nursery proves that minimal style can be full of heart. Neutral colors and Scandinavian-style furniture take center stage in this minimal nursery designed with heart.
All photos by: Life Created
The Heart of This Minimal Nursery Design
This minimal nursery project was special for me because my niece was the first grandchild in our family and baby River will be the first great-grandchild (my first great-niece). I’m currently working on Hannah’s teenage room and Noelle’s sunshine suite, but getting to work on a room for a precious baby is such a special treat. I considered it an honor to use my passion for design to create a peaceful, comfortable, and stylish space to welcome this next generation of our family. [Update: Baby River Renee has arrived and is healthy, happy, and loving her new digs!]
Minimal Nursery Design Choices
I knew my niece loved Scandinavian style and preferred a minimal, tone-on-tone aesthetic. That helped me understand what direction to take the design; textural, unique, and minimal. Their budget and timeline for this space were minimal as well, so we utilized my favorite concept of mixing high and low to achieve the dream space my niece desired.
We couldn’t find a new dresser she loved, so we sourced an amazing collector’s edition dresser from Craigslist. It added loads of texture and interest, and it ended up being worth a lot more than what they paid for it!
Minimal Design Elements With Heart
A live tree was a must in this nursery design. My dad (my niece’s grandpa), who passed away five years ago, was a landscaper, and he pretty much raised my niece, so she wanted a nod to him in this space.
My favorite items are the mid-century modern crib and the vintage rattan rocking horse I picked up in Nashville. My niece and I both love antique stores and vintage items, and I hope this little one will grow up to appreciate those things as well.
The rug was the final layer to be added to this minimal nursery with heart, and it pulled the whole design together beautifully. My niece’s pup seemed to love this addition.
Minimal and Meaningful Nursery Design
Everything in this minimal nursery design can be reused for future kids, regardless of gender, and several items can be used throughout the home when they are done being used for babies. This element of re-usability was a must for my niece. The dresser will grow with baby, the crib converts to a toddler bed, and the rug can be used anywhere. While all the accessories work for a nursery, individually they could work in any room.
Designing this minimal nursery was an expression of love for my niece and her daughter. I wanted to give her a haven of rest and a beautiful space to bond and make memories. I also needed to help her stay in budget and make practical design choices. Together, we achieved those goals and so much more, and I’m pleased to report that my niece loves every detail of her baby’s minimal nursery designed with heart.
I have stopped doing design work for clients, but have been blessed to work on two very special projects for family members; this one and my aunt and uncle’s beautiful Brooklyn apartment. Two very different styles from each other and my own, but all full of heart.
So, what do you think of a minimal nursery for a baby? I’d love to hear your opinion below.
Until the next project,
Other Product Sources:
- White Drapes: Ikea Lejongap
- Dresser: Vintage
- Rug: Home Goods (I’ve linked some similar ones)
- Bamboo Blinds: Lowe’s
- Mustard Striped Pom Pom Blanket: Atelier Buffo
- Artwork Above Crib: Chaos and Wonder shop on Etsy
- Pompom and Striped Pillows: Linen and Stripes shop on Etsy
- Blue-Gray Lamp on Dresser: Home Goods
- Acrylic Frame: Highland Hardware shop on Etsy
- Basket for Tree: Home Goods but similar ones are at World Market
- Ottoman: Wayfair
- Rockinghorse: Vintage (Similar One on One Kings Lane)