Shared in partnership with buybuy BABY.

As soon as we got home from the hospital after preterm labor, the nesting urge kicked into high gear. At that point, the nursery was still my office, and we didn’t even have a crib. Logically, it didn’t really matter if we did go into labor then, since at that point the baby would have likely spent weeks/months in the NICU, but still, I had to get the space ready, so that I could feel mentally prepared to welcome this baby. I think it was compounded with so much being out of my control in the midst of a stressful and chaotic pregnancy, and getting the space prepared was one thing I could control and wrap my mind around. The whole process was really helpful and with each week we checked off, more and more fun.

The space is tiny (and I get how that term is so relative, I’m sure there are New York City parents reading this thinking it looks massive), but what it does have going for it is the light in here is amazing, especially in the morning, which helps the space feel larger. It’s nine feet by nine feet, and the closet doubles as our laundry room (it’s not pictured, but the washer and dryer are tucked into the closet behind two white french doors opposite the dresser). The rocking chair I had with Trey is huge, but I love it so much and wasn’t ready to part with it for a smaller one, so that stayed. Once I knew I had to account for that rocker and with no closet space, I had to get creative elsewhere.

Enter: the Stokke mini crib gifted by buybuy BABY. I considered all the options before deciding on this one, and I absolutely love it. We have the mini size to start, which fits until about six months, and then we have the converter kit to full size crib and then eventual toddler bed. Even when it’s full size, the oval shape is a smaller footprint than standard rectangular cribs, and this mini size (pictured) is similar to a bassinet size. It can be configured with or without the wheels, which lock, for easy mobility. The size and look are perfect for this space and we are so happy with it. (I also feel the need to mention that either we will do without the art about the crib, or pull the crib far enough away from the wall for safety because yes, we are in an earthquake state and have to think about these things.)

We’re using the same dresser we had with Trey (that was originally lime green and we bought it secondhand) and we use the top as the changing table. This changing pad is my favorite because it wipes down and I have never had to wash a changing pad cover.

With minimal floor space available, I had to get some kind of storage on the walls. The shelving brackets are Ikea, and the white shelf is $6 MDF board at Home Depot. The hanging rack is this one.

The storage baskets we used and loved with Trey and will use again are by Pehr. Such beautiful storage that doesn’t scream “nursery” and can grow from baby to adult. I have the hamper, bin, and pint size and love them all.

The curtains are these in “blush,” and I love them. At only $14 a panel, I can get two for each side, creating a fuller, more expensive look. Pro tip: hang them high and wide to make a small space feel bigger, and get the longer size, 95”, to grace the floor with standard 8’ ceilings.

The sound machine is by Dohm, and we’ve used the same style for every sleep time and nap for Trey.

The monitor is by Safety 1st, and is Wi-Fi enabled. I’m excited to try this out.

Love this simple space! Designing the nursery is always one of my favorite parts of baby prep, and this was a fun space challenge and so sweet that I got to design for a girl this time.

Crib gifted and shared in partnership with buybuy BABY. buybuy BABY has a large selection of baby items all in one place, and also provides a registry option. Nursery design, words, and opinions are my own.


Designing this little room was by far, my favorite part of baby prep. I searched Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs for inspiration and created a design board here of a few items I was excited about using. The room needed to be gender neutral which fit perfectly with my color preferences, and I really loved the whole process of pulling together cozy textures, small shop products, and all the whites, creams, and greys. Thrilled to share the finished result today.

Sources: Crib: Babyletto, Bins: Petit Pehr, Rocker: Similar, Rug: similar, Crib Mattress: Naturalmat, Sheepskin: Hides of Excellence, Crib Sheet and Changing Pad Cover: Burt's Bees Baby, Quilt: Petit Pehr, Dresser: DIY via Craigslist, Organic Changing Pad, Pouf, and Grey Pillow: The Land of Nod, Diaper Pail and Wipes Dispenser: Ubbi, Moccasins: Freshly Picked, Wood Rattle: Bannor Toys, Teethers: Otherware, Throw: Saranoni, Mud Cloth Pillows: Mae Woven, Bear: Tane Organics, Baby Animal Prints: Fox Hollow Design Co, Calligraphy Artwork: Allie Seidel, Frames: Framebridge, Bouncer: Nuna, Photos: Kate Marie Photography and Allie Seidel.

Shared in partnership with all brands listed. Product choices and opinions are my own.


I designed and lettered this alphabet print for our nursery, and wanted to make it available to purchase as a download.

I love this print, I feel like it's perfect in a nursery without being too "babyish" and can easily grow with our child into a future toddler's room. Gender neutral and sophisticated, while still being playful and whimsical. 

Details: once purchased, the downloadable file will be immediately emailed to your inbox. File is formatted to print at 8.5 x 11" at 300 dpi. If you'd like a larger size (16 x 20" pictured here) just note that in the comments. You can print on any type of paper, or send to be printed at your local print shop.

Perfect in a nursery, child's room, or gift for your favorite teacher. Available here. Enjoy!