The Nursery Switch Part II: A New Rug and Bedding


Now that I know what I need for the new nursery, I can get to the exciting part, picking out all the new stuff:) I've done several boy nursery mood boards before, but I've realized when it comes to realistically working on my own home, I'm more of an impulse decorator. I can never seem to decide on everything all at once and then go and buy it. I find I'll continue to get inspired by things I see in person or in a catalog, or I'll run across a great deal while out shopping at Target/Home Goods and grab it. So for this room, I just decided to see what happens. I mean, I had in mind a color palette, a general overall vibe I wanted, but nothing concrete. And then, in one weekend, two great sources were having sales and the little guy's room was officially underway!!


I started looking around on line for both crib bedding and rugs simultaneously. These are always good jumping off points or dictators of what should happen in the rest of the room. One day on my Facebook news feed I saw that West Elm was having a sale on rugs, so I clicked over to check them out. I stumbled across this Nomad Printed Cotton Dhurrie in Straw. The 5' x 8' (the room already has cream wall to wall carpet but I like putting an area rug on top for more color and to kinda designate the floor play space) was on sale for $75, where as every other 5' x 8' rug I had been looking at was at least $200! Was it exactly the rug I had been looking for? No. Was it the right size? In the right color family? Did it have a funky pattern? All yes. It fit the bill enough that the money I could save and put towards something else in the room was worth any qualms I might have about it being "perfect". Sold!

Then it came in the mail and I was totally happy with my spur of the moment purchase. It's a little more on the brown side of things in person (below) than the taupe/grey of the online product shot (above), but I'm ok with it.


That same weekend, I found out that Serena & Lily was having a 25% off nursery sale. I've always looked at them for inspiration and used them a lot in mood boards, but that's because I wasn't really worrying about price. Now that this is for real though, I just assumed that they were slightly too expensive and high end for me to actually consider using. However, with this sale, I quickly did the math and these "out of my reach" lovelies were now just slightly cheaper than counterparts from Pottery Barn Kids, which is where I was going to probably buy my bedding from. Score!!

Like I mentioned before, the walls in this room are already a soft blue and I've always envisioned bringing in some green for a boy. Browsing around the S&L site (once I knew I could afford it!), I fell in love with the simple, diagonal, watercolorie stripes in this Sprout Candy Stripe Crib Skirt from the new for spring Sprout Kite Collection. (Didn't get the crib sheet though, I knew I could find decent patterned sheets elsewhere for a way better price.) Then I purchased the Sprout Basics Crib Bumper , all white with the sprout green piping along the top of the bumper and sprout green ribbon ties, to coordinate with it. 

Here's the crib bumper and skirt at home on top of my rug. Loving them!

Ok, so then I went on the hunt for crib sheets. I was looking for more pattern and to bring in some light blue from the walls and perhaps even some of the warm tones from the rug. Oh, and I'd like to add some navy to the space too (not too much to ask, right?). In my brick and mortar store shopping, I stumbled on two more great finds - the star sheet from Babies R Us ($12.99) and the polka dots (bonus, it even has green in it!) from Target ($9.99).

And here it all is with the wall color (BM Heaven on Earth), which is the second swatch from the top.

Sometimes, even when you don't have a plan, things can come together:) Next I'll share some of the random art, accessories, etc. I've collected so far, and then maybe you guys can help me with my biggest snag so far - window treatments!

PS. Can you stick to a mood board and actually bring it to fruition? Or are you a bit more play-it-by-ear like me?


  1. We have this star fitted sheets, too! Looks great & can't wait to see more!

  2. Very modern and fresh perspective on a nursery

  3. That rug is awesome Sarah and you'll be able to move that around in the future too if you want. I snagged a small rug for our front door during the West Elm sale too - can't beat those sales for a good deal. We have that polka dot sheet from Target that we use for Sheila's crib in the warmer weather and have been very happy with it. Good for you - this is coming together really well! I'm a fly by the seat of my pants too when it comes to my own home. You know that mood board you saw today that I posted for Sheila's room? I'd like to stick by it but I'm sure there will be some changes. Fun update!!

  4. Thanks for sharing your opinion too new nursery wait to see more!
    Boys Bedding

  5. Crib bedding is very important for the baby. It's going to be the baby's personal space, where the infant spends most of the time

  6. This is such a great start to the nursery! I love all the patterns and textures so far - and such a great deal for that gorgeous rug - wow!

  7. I love the patterns and colours so far Sarah! That rug is a perfect pattern and looks lovely with the soft green bedding. Can't wait to see more xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  8. Whoa. You totally scored! Love all the textures and colors and patterns. Usually when I shop on a whim I end up spending way more than if I'd planned ahead. But maybe it is more about being patient until you come across the perfect items at a good price?


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