3 Modern Neutral Nursery Must-Haves . . . and A Huge Make-Me-Smile Giraffe

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My husband and I wanted to create a bright and modern nursery for our son. Since our home is small, we wanted to keep things simple and even use some furniture we already had. We also wanted to make our nursery cozy and give the room a unique personality.

Here’s how we created the look:

Safavieh California Shag Collection

This rug is a soft base for our room. It’s great to catch our son as he learns to walk and it muffles our footsteps when we check in on him late at night. We think the round rug is playful and a little unexpected. We didn’t want to spend huge amounts on a rug since we know spills are inevitable, but wanted something safe from a reliable brand.  We chose the dark gray rug to coordinate with walls painted a traditional nursery color: Blue Ground by Farrow & Ball. I’m sure you have your own color scheme - this rug is available in many color and size options on Amazon.

Stokke Sleepi System

Some might say daddies may have gone a little overboard with the Stokke Sleepi, but our son is now nearly a year old and we still love the Stokke Sleepi. We’re tucking our son into a little bit of classic modern design every night. The oval shape makes the crib space efficient. The crib was easy to lower as our son grew and learned how to stand on his own and someday the crib can be turned into his toddler bed too. Keep in mind that the unique oval shape means you will have to buy crib sheets made for this special shape. We chose the sweet stars on the Night Sky sheets from Aden + Anais.

Kartell Masters Chair 

While an Eames rocker is a nursery classic at this point, we didn’t have room for a rocker in our son’s nursery. We pulled one of our white Kartell Masters Chairs from our dining room and put it in the nursery. The design nerds who flock to your nursery will tell you that the back of the chair is inspired by three classic modern designs, including, yes, that über-popular Eames Molded Plastic Rocker.

Authentic iconic pieces hold their value well should you want to re-sell them. There’s something special about growing up with a couple of these “real thing” design pieces – at least that’s what my husband and I think.

Melissa & Doug Giraffe Plush

Ok, with the cool modern basics covered, it’s time to bring the fabulous! We wanted to welcome our son home into a space that was clearly just for him. This stuffed giraffe is over four feet tall and it comes with a pedigree — it was on the cover of Martha Stewart Living! The giraffe is a symbol of long vision and stretching yourself. Many gay dads have had a long journey to dad hood, so this tall and silly giraffe seems like a great way to celebrate when you bring your little one home!

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Posted by Chris Phillips

Chris is a new dad living in Brooklyn with his husband and infant son. Chris became a dad through an amazing and strong open adoption. After bath time and bedtime, Chris likes to read novels by gay authors and perfect his banana bread game. Chris's favorite hashtag is #lovewins.

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