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How We Flipped Our Nursery from Boy to Girl

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Today we thought it would be fun to share how we flipped our nursery from boy to girl for our second baby.  As we shared in our podcast episode on Emily’s birth story, since we already had a gender neutral nursery that we created for our firstborn son Beckett, throughout our pregnancy with Emily, we didn’t plan on changing the nursery at all. But as we got closer to (and eventually past!) Emily’s due date, a strong nesting urge came over Amy and, suddenly she had a strong desire to make the nursery feel “girlie.” The nursery transformation became a really fun project we could do together (you know how much we love HomeGoods runs!) and helped us keep our mind off the fact that Emily was past her due date!

As we explained in this post on how we created Beckett’s nursery, we always hoped for more than one baby, so when we were choosing the biggest, most expensive pieces for our nursery (the crib, the changing table, the furniture) we chose very gender neutral colors and styles. That way, we could make the heavier investment one time and do these five smaller affordable things and feel like we had an entirely new nursery.

1. Change the Rug

We actually saw this rug in our friend’s nursery for her little girl and Amy immediately fell in love with it. Jordan’s parents sweetly gifted it to us and it’s probably our favorite addition to the “new” nursery. It really changes the whole space and makes it feel so pretty and girlie.

2. Swap the Throw Pillows & Blankets

We LOVE throw pillows! We might’ve gone a little overboard in the pink pillow department, but all together they make such a big difference! We tried to mix lots of different textures to make it more visually interesting and extra cozy feeling. The two pillows on the couch are from At Home and the rest we found at HomeGoods.

3. Change the Prints

The prints above the crib used to be super cute neutral baby animals, but to achieve Amy’s goal of making the room feel “girlier” we swapped those for these floral prints that we took when we were traveling Europe. We actually make these prints available for anybody to have in their home at a super affordable price in our print shop! You can click here if you want them for you or for a shower gift for a friend!

The other prints we found at HomeGoods (the pink flower print we’ve had since our days in the condo!) and the abstract pink paint print is from Hobby Lobby

4. Add Flowers

We love adding flowers all throughout our home, so it’s no surprise we got a few for Emily’s nursery! We’re normally pretty picky about what kinds of faux floral we choose because the wrong color tones screams “fake plants” to us, so we hunt specifically for soft green color tones in the leaves and flowers that have multiple shades of soft pink. We’ve found the best time to find the really good ones that are already in vases at HomeGoods is usually between January and May (spring season) and we normally have to do some digging to find ones that look like real flowers. Hobby Lobby has such a great selection on loose flowers that you can always buy your vase separately (like we did in the photo on the right).

5. Incorporate Pink Accents

We added that small white desk, which was something we’ve had since our condo days  (we found it on Overstock like five years ago!) and the gray bench was one we had in a spare room. We found a few small accents to finish off the girl nursery like that little pink jar from HomeGoods, the ballerina, which was a shower gift and that pink fuzzy stool from At Home! When we put it all together, we just loved how it turned out!

If you’re looking for more information on some of the larger pieces, like the changing table, crib, couch etc. you can find all those sources listed in our original blog post on Beckett’s nursery! We hope these posts are helpful to anyone planning on flipping the nursery from boy to girl!

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  1. Sarah says:

    GORGEOUS nursery!! Love all of the pink details and the bright atmosphere! I can see why it’s your favorite room! Would love to know where the rug is from and also curious how much discount you can get from RH on those big pieces by shopping outlet sales?! Those pieces are fantastic!

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