Coastal Inspired Nursery Reveal

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Creating this coastal inspired nursery was harder than I thought it was going to be. I went back and forth between aesthetics for this space because truthfully it took me a while before I would let myself imagine anything baby related until after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We struggled for three long years to grow our family and were finally successful through in vitro fertilization. It seemed almost surreal that I was picking out color palettes for what would be our little miracle baby’s room. This is more than a room, it’s a symbol of hope and prayers that came to flourish.

coastal inspired nursery

When I thought about Beckam’s nursery I wanted it to be a calm, serene place. A space that was both simple and functional without seeming too childish. You can view my Pinterest Inspiration Board here! It may have taken me a while to get there, but when I settled in on my true sense of what I wanted for our little miracle babe’s room it only seemed natural that it would be a modern coastal inspired nursery design.

Think Serena and Lily meets Pottery Barn.

modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery

This room is adjacent to our master bedroom, the perfect location for a nursery since it’s just a few steps away. Knowing we want to have another baby in the future, our plan is to move Beckam down the hall into a ‘big boy’ room when the time comes. Freeing up this space for Beckam’s sweet sibling. This meant that the design we created for the nursery had to be somewhat gender neutral or be able to transition easily with just a few adjustments from one gender to another.

I am a sucker for anything rattan and love the coastal vibes it brings to his room.

modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery

This rocker chair and side table were both happy accidents. The side table came as part of a set that coordinates with the coffee table in our living room. I didn’t realize when I was purchasing the coffee table that the set was even an option until it arrived on my door step. I am linking a few similar options I would have opted for had this one not come as part of the set. Honestly, I like these a little better!

My new favorite spot with my new favorite person.

coastal inspired nursery

This Pottery Barn Kids Charleston rocker chair is one of my favorite and most used pieces in our house! Aside from the look and gorgeous fabric, it’s comfortable too. We originally purchased an off white chair from a different retailer but I didn’t love the look. You could tell it wasn’t great quality and it didn’t have a rocking function.

My mom and I planned a girls day about a month before Beckam arrived. Our mission was to pick up some last minute baby items and treat ourselves to a nice afternoon, just the two of us! Pottery Barn Kids was having their Premier Day so I figured we’d pop in the store to see if anything caught our eye. I immediately spotted the whale sheet on his crib and knew I had to have it!

While chatting with the manager about his nursery and my design, she shared with me she had a rocker on MAJOR sale. We both agreed it was such a good price, we thought it may have been a mistake. I said SOLD without even thinking twice because I knew long term it was exactly what I wanted. The best part, it was the same price as the other chair and this one was custom. Luckily, I was able to return the other one (this is why I save all my receipts, hello indecisive pregnant lady). The Charleston was delivered 3 days after we brought Beckam home (perfect timing) and they even placed it in his nursery for us!

I wanted a piece that could be passed down for generations.

modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery
modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery
CRIB: Hand crafted by Beckam’s Grandpa

The crib was built by my dad, Beckam’s grandfather. When I found out I was pregnant with my first baby I couldn’t shake the idea of how special it would be if he or she had a piece that was hand crafted and could be passed down through the family. My dad is an extremely talented craftsman and when I asked him if he could make a crib he was happy to do so. He had me send him two inspiration pictures. From those he created a gorgeous modern piece that adjusts as Beckam grows. We can raise and drop the bed, transition it to a toddler bed and it can even become a headboard! The best part, I know it’s made to last! Below are what inspired the design!

It’s all about the details.

modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery
After every storm is a beautiful rainbow
modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery
A rainbow print for our rainbow baby

The dresser, small wooden shelves and rattan hooks are Ikea finds. Fun fact, the shelves are actually spice racks. However, the small size and natural tone make perfect shelves for small items and books! As for the YEAH and rainbow art prints, I ordered them off of Etsy and had it printed at my local FedEx Kinkos under the poster print section online and placed it in a Target frame. This is the best way to create art for without spending a fortune. Especially if you are planning to switch it out in the near future! The babe flag was also an Etsy find. It couldn’t be more fitting.

When I saw this wallpaper from Serena & Lily I was immediately obsessed [and I don’t use that word lightly].

modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery

I knew I had to have it somewhere in my house. It’s the epitome of modern coastal vibes. Then it hit me, why not the nursery? A few clicks of my mouse and it was on my doorstep. That’s when sh*t got real. It was old fashioned wallpaper, not peal and stick like I had thought. So I waddled my pregnant self down to Home Depot and got the stuff adhere it to the wall. Let’s just say it was a labor of love, aka I won’t be doing that again. [It was later that I read their website clearly says professional installation recommended, opps!]

I knew as soon as I opened the package I knew Beckam would cherish them for years to come.

modern coastal, gender neutral baby nursery

These stuffed animals pictured above are extra special. They are hand sewn by a supportive woman’s organization in Nepal. My brother, John, picked them up when he traveled there for a mission trip last November. It was the first gift Beckam received. They are a visual reminder of the love my brother has for Beckam and symbolize the importance of supporting women’s rights.

Now that our nursery is complete we are on to the next project, my home office makeover. Check out my inspiration board here!

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coastal inspired nursery
Beckam Rush Holmes, a miracle babe

Furniture: Crib (similar)| Chair | Dresser | Side Table (similar) | flush mount light

Decor: Wallpaper | Wooden Frame | YEAH art print |Wooden Shelves | Curtain Rod | Black Out Curtains| Bamboo Shade | Rattan Hooks (similar)

Accessories: Crib Sheet | Dot Pillow|Blue Pillow | Rainbow art print | Babe Flag|Glass Jar| Pacifiers | | faux plant | Blankets | Changing Pad| Changing Pad Cover

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I am Amanda Rush Holmes, a Southern Girl with big-city sensibilities. You likely won't hear me say, "ya'll" but I do believe in Southern hospitality. I love fresh cups of coffee over ice, early mornings when it's still a little quite, real laughs, genuine love, fresh air, and the kind of people that count their blessings daily. If you're into creating a home that is both fun filled and beautiful, with a touch of modern coastal feels, keep scrolling, Maybe you're all about those deals and steals, because hey, I am too! Just popped by to see what all the hype is about, that's okay too, I can't wait to meet you!



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