Global, Gender-Neutral Nursery

A globetrotting theme, daring colors and clever built-in storage turn a home office into an imaginative space for a baby boy.

  • Nursery with Map Mural

    Clever Storage Solution

    To maximize storage space in this 12' x 11' nursery, parents Jeff and Torey had custom floor-to-ceiling built-ins constructed that resemble their bungalow's existing architecture. The bookshelf on the left is topped by a genius hidden feature: a tray-style top that can be slid out for use as a changing table now and will function later as a desk for son Wesley.

  • Two Dads Baby and Dog

    Gender-Neutral But Certainly Not Generic

    Adoptive parents Torey and Jeff knew they had a child on the way but the baby's gender was a mystery so they worked with their designer, Erin Benedict, to convert their home office into a gender-neutral nursery with an adventurous theme.

  • Nursery Knit Toys

    Crazy for Color

    Hand-knit stuffed toys, created by a local artist, add a colorful splash to the nursery's window seat, which lifts up for handy toy storage.

  • Gender Neutral Nursery

    Contrast Is Key

    The nursery's pale yellow crib adds to the room's midcentury-modern vibe and really pops against the non-traditional black chalkboard walls.

  • Nursery with Green Dresser

    Thrifty Touches

    This dresser was a vintage store find in desperate need of an overhaul. The homeowners painted the piece and added whimsical owl drawer pulls. The retro-mod lamp, found at an estate sale, was also repainted then topped with a custom-made shade that coordinates with the crib's bedding.

  • Nursery Chalkboard Wall

    Daring Palette

    Black certainly isn't a color you naturally think of for a nursery but balanced with plenty of white and paired with high-contrast colors — like apple green, yellow, orange and red — it works.

  • Nursery Striped Ceiling

    Worldly Inspiration

    The black globe is a vintage find that inspired both the nursery's travel theme and color palette. Asymmetrical stripes painted on the ceiling add a graphic detail.

  • Lion Figurine

    All In the Details

    Designer Erin Benedict continued the nursery's theme all the way down to the smallest accessories. This raku-fired ceramic lion is right at home in the adventurous space.

  • Retro Sconce

    Retro Fixtures

    This midcentury-modern-inspired Jonathon Adler sconce illuminates the window seat, making it a cozy spot for curling up with a good book, day or night.

  • Animal Busts

    Add the Unexpected

    Instead of a traditional mobile, soft-sculpture African animal busts above the crib fit the adventurous theme while adding a touch of masculinity.

  • Aerial View of Nursery

    Animal-Friendly Hide Rug

    Animal-hide rugs are a trendy accessory but not the easiest thing to keep clean. This colorful version is actually green shag carpet which will be soft for little Wesley's knees when he starts crawling and easy to spot-treat for any stains.

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