Okay guys, it’s go-time: I’m having a baby in just over 2 weeks, and the nursery is officially ready to welcome a boy! It seems surreal that we’re so close, but we’re also so excited about his arrival that I’d honestly be thrilled if I went into labor today. I can’t wait to meet this new little guy who I’m destined to fall madly, deeply in love with. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was thinking of just putting a crib in our upstairs guest room and calling it a day. But the closer I got to my due date, the more I began to want to create a special haven for our new bundle, so I called in the design team at RH Baby & Child to help me bring my vision to life. We may have lost our guest room, but I couldn’t be happier to have a serene hideaway for rocking and nursing our new babe once he’s arrived. In case you missed it, check out the updates we made to turn Phoebe’s nursery into a “big girl” room… now click through these slides to see how Baby H’s nursery came together!

*photos by Molly Winters

I love this quiet corner of the nursery that’s made for rocking, nursing and reading. One thing I learned from Phoebe’s babyhood is that a good glider is a must-have item, and I love the clean modern lines of this slipcovered shelter swivel glider. In the early days, it’s a place where I know I’ll be spending a lot of time, so a little reading light and side table for perching a book and drink will be welcome companions.

nursery design tip #1: Add one monogrammed element to personalize the space before baby arrives. Here this “H” pillow was the perfect subtle touch (there are tons of different monogramming options available.) Any guesses as to what his name will be?! 

I wanted a crib that was clean-lined enough to feel boyish, but had some interesting design details so as not to feel too stark, and this calais spindle crib was the one of my dreams. We hung this seagrass market pendant overhead to bring an earthy element and give a warm glow to this tucked-in alcove of the room.

nursery design tip #2: Look for nursery furniture that’s GREENGUARD Gold Certified. This means products meet stringent chemical emissions standards, resulting in reduced chemical exposure for you and improved indoor air quality. RH Baby & Child offers the largest selection of GREENGUARD Gold Certified residential children’s furniture in the world. 

Although this changing table felt feminine when it was in Phoebe’s baby nursery, I was surprised how easily it adapted to a boy’s space here. This particular style isn’t carried anymore, but there are tons of gorgeous new dressers and changing tables here.

*nursery design tip #3: When choosing larger pieces for the nursery, make the most of your investment by looking for items with enough versatility to be used for many years: either that can grow with your kids as they get older, or that can be adapted for use in future siblings’ nurseries. (See how we transitioned Phoebe’s crib and her bookshelf for her new “big girl room.”) 

Remember when I fell in love with these felt animal heads on my trip to the RH Baby & Child Gallery? Instead of covering an entire wall in them, I embraced a more minimalist look by mounting just one adorable elephant over the changing table, and a rhino head on the wall opposite the doorframe for symmetry.

I still get a little weak in the knees every time I walk in the nursery and lay eyes on this Victorian Roll Arm Upholstered Daybed. I’m obsessed with its classic lines and tufted linen, especially when topped with more modern, bohemian elements like mismatched kilim pillows and an exotic faux fur throw.

The daybed is surprisingly perfect for a kids’ space because of how roomy and low-slung it is. Not only can I crash here for middle-of-the-night nursing sessions, but Phoebe (and Baby H, when he’s a little older) can easily climb up onto it for bedtime stories and cuddles. This braided wool pouf can be moved around the room and does triple duty as a side table, extra seat or place to prop feet.

*nursery design tip #4: Since the main furniture items (crib, changing table, and glider) are all designed specifically for the nursery, consider adding one statement “grown-up” piece that will add a major dose of style to the space and that can be used in other rooms of the house for years to come.

An oversized wool felt giraffe adds a whimsical touch to a corner of the room (much to Phoebe’s dismay, he’s not actually made to be ridden on by a 30+ pound child.I moved one of our fiddle leaf fig trees from downstairs into the room for a pop of green and to increase oxygen levels in the space.

Don’t you just want to cuddle these playful baby lions all day long? The only challenge with the baby animal portraits was narrowing down which ones to get, since every single one is so completely irresistible. Since we’ll be doing lots of nighttime reading and lounging on the daybed, we mounted one of these cool vintage sewing sconces on each side.

*nursery design tip #5: Rather than mounting a bright overhead light in the room, consider using smaller ambient lighting (lamps, sconces, and shaded chandeliers) to cast a warm glow in the places where you need it. This type of lighting feels cozy and calm — which is always a welcome vibe in those early infant days!

I had so much fun mixing and matching different bedding swatches to come up with this combo for the bumper, crib skirt, sheets, blanket, and pillow — we stuck to a neutral palette of grey, taupe, and white, but added character with lots of different textures and some fun pattern.

*nursery design tip #6: For a classic look that can be easily swapped out and updated, choose a bumper, pillowcases, and bed skirt in solid neutrals (these are the washed organic linen) then pair them with a fitted sheet in a cool print that you love, like this ikat. It ties into the subtly exotic, jungle-y vibe we have going on in the rest of the space.

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  1. 1
    Caitlin April 28, 2015 at 7:42 am

    This is beautiful! I’m expecting a baby boy in October, I pinned practically every photo to my nursery inspiration board 🙂 would love to know the wall color! My guess for the name is Harrison (because that’s what our front-runner is!)

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    dianna April 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

    OMG I LOVE this nursery. seriously adorable. That daybed is amazing!!!! one lucky little baby for sure…great job!

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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil April 28, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I love this space! It’s so beautiful and it will be a place you and your new baby boy will enjoy spending lots of time. That day bed and the large stuffed giraffe are perfect additions. Can’t wait to find out his name!


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    Seng April 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    omg!! In love!! I haven’t finished my nursery and we are due in seven weeks!! Oy… Great job!!!

    Seng http://www.sengerson.com

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    Juliette April 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I love the way this room fits so seamlessly with the rest of your beautiful home. If I had to pick a favorite piece, it would be that linen daybed…….made-to-order for greeting the day with your sweet baby boy.

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    Casey April 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Just gorgeous. Can you tell us where the zebra rug is from??

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    Stephanie April 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Wow!! This is one of the best boy nurseries I have seen. I shouldn’t be surprised though every room in your house is to die for. I’m going to guess Henry for the name 🙂

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    Molly April 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    This is everything. I wonder if he’ll let me move in with him? (That’s my dream.)

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    Texas Jak April 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    My guess was Harrison too!

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    Kelly Krause April 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    LOVE IT, Camille! I’m guessing Henry (1st), Hudson (2nd) and Harrison (3rd).

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    Anna Lou April 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    What a beautiful nursery, Camille! You really have a great eye! And I think your Little One will be called Henry. Could it be? Can’t wait for you to reveal his name and a picture of him when he’ll be out!

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    Lauren April 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Such a gorgeous, sophisticated nursery! Would you mind sharing the source information for the kilim pillows? Thanks!

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    Camille Styles April 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks so much for all the sweet comments, ladies! Love all the name guesses!! 🙂

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    Noelle April 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    So so beautiful. That day bed is to die for. Everything is gorgeous. I am guessing Hayes – I have two girls but that is on the top of my list if we ever have a boy!

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    Style Calling (@StyleCalling) April 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    What a darling nursery! Adore the colour scheme you chose.
    I’m guessing his name is Hunter 🙂


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    Malika April 29, 2015 at 2:29 am

    What a chic and serene space! Simply beautiful!

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    Rossana April 29, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Gorgeous as always, Camille! Can you share the exact fabric you chose for the daybed, which I adore and get why you get weak in the knees when you see it?

    • Camille Styles April 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you!! It is the Belgian Linen in Sand!

      • Rossana April 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm

        Sand looks so much darker on their website. Thanks for response!

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    Alessandra Robertson April 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    beautiful nursery – our boy is due this July and his first initial will also be “H” – Harrison Scott. Would you mind sharing your source for the monogrammed pillow?
    Thanks so much and all the best

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    Jane Murray April 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    This is gorgeous — I would totally live in this room! Baby name guesses…. hmmm… Hudson? Although I do like the name Harry Styles 😉

    • Camille Styles April 30, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Haha! What’s funny is — that was my grandfather’s name! He was so ahead of his time… 😉

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    Amanda // FashionableHostess.com April 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Aw this is so sweet but elegant but cool. The warm greys are really nice! Good luck with the baby…You already do such an incredible job of balancing… but two is a game changer! Let me know if you need to chat 🙂

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    Renee May 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Beautiful! May I ask where you found that adorable elephant stuffed animal? (The one with the furry body.) I think my little one would love it!

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    Krissy May 9, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    This gives me so much inspiration, Camille! Everything is beautiful. I am curious about that pendant, it looks a little different from the RH baby site, did you modify any part of it? The cord looks different. Can you share exact details?- I love it so much!

    • Camille Styles May 10, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Thank you so much Krissy! Good eye on the pendant — we just took some simple rope and wrapped it around the cord to match the beachy look of the seagrass. I am in love with that piece too. 🙂

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    Violet May 11, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I love your nursery! We’re currently preparing ours for our little boy. I wanted to ask you, what were the exact bedding items you used as well as the colors *Bumper, pillow covers, actually pillows, skirt*?

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    Laura July 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Love this space! We have a little girl and are now having a boy in September. Hard to go from pink and girlie to then preparing for boy but this was a great inspiration. Where is the grey knit blanket from draped on the crib? Thanks!

    • Camille Styles July 15, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Thanks Laura! The blanket is from Restoration Hardware!

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    Kristin Luce July 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Gorgeous nursery! I have been eyeing those baby animal pics as well, absolutely love them. I was hoping you could share what size you got in each print? Thanks!

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    ButterflyOrbs December 11, 2015 at 10:48 am

    This is amazing…what a great giraffe, nevermind a statement piece for the nursery!

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    Laila Kafi May 24, 2016 at 8:15 am

    May I ask what fabric and color you selected for the window treatments? The combination against the wall color is lovely.

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    Lyndsey June 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Sorry – my last comment sent before I was ready!! What color are the drapes and do you mind sharing where you got both rugs??? Thank you!

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    Amanda Melo August 2, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Camille! I have been using this layout to help design my baby’s room. I am wondering what you use to store Henry’s books and toys? Is there something in the nursery or do you keep these items somewhere else? I was considering a bookshelf but have little space to add piece. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Cheryl Hsu October 31, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Hi what colors were the organic cotton linens, curtains and ikat sheet? I love this design

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    Allison Cornell January 12, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Hi Camille, wondering where your window treatments are from – I have been searching everywhere – I just LOVE them! Thank you!!!!

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    Christina Javers November 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Camille, I recently purchased the same light fixture for my son’s nursery and did not realize it was not a chandelier but a plug in to the wall outlet. Is that how you hung the lighting fixture in your nursery or were you able to convert somehow?

    • Camille Styles November 25, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Hi Christina,
      We actually had our electrician wire it to hang from the ceiling. It’s such a cute chandelier, isn’t it? Hope it works out for you! xo