A Grandmillennial’s Guide to a Baby Boy Nursery

How Two Grandmillennial Gals Tackled a Baby Boy’s Nursery

When I found out I was pregnant with a boy, one of my first calls was to Clary Bosbyshell, my dear friend and interior designer. Can we use florals? Bows? Chintz for a boy?

Her answer was kind, but firm. No. She would come up with just the solution for making a baby boy’s room feel all things Grandmillennial i.e. layered, fabric-heavy and aesthetically pleasing while ensuring it was age appropriate for an infant. Together we tackled phase one, giving us time to settle in to the space and knowing that we can continue to build upon our grandmillennial nursery design as Jennings becomes a big boy.

The strategy: mix prints like gingham and toile and add some wood, to bring in a masculine feel.

For the wood, we approached The CEH to help us with a custom piece. Working on this chest with Diana might have been my favorite part of this whole process. She totally got our vision, is truly lovely to work with and the piece is far more beautiful than I ever could have dreamed. We will pass it down for generations!

If you’re looking for a pre-loved piece, their custom offerings also include sourcing and refinishing vintage pieces, which is something I hope to do with Diana in the future. Also, I want to be her friend as she is as stylish a woman as they come (and can rock a Tish Cox dress with the best of them).

While much of the nursery is custom, there are many ways to get the look for a blue and white boys room! I’ve included some favorites, as well as sources below (you all have been blowing up my DMs for months!) and we’re so honored and flattered that you love the space.

Shop The Grandmillennial Nursery

Our baby monitor is the best! Love that it has a floor stand and you don’t have to mount it to the wall. It’s currently on sale.

The hurricane vase is by Amanda Lindroth. Reading lamp linked below.

Get The Look: Blue + White Gingham and Toile

The dresser is truly the most special piece in the nursery! We customized it to fit our space and color scheme. We use this acrylic topper to ensure it stays protected while we’re in the changing table phase. Toy train. Outfit via Dondolo

Our Design Approach

We knew we wanted the space to be blue and white in nature and punctuating it with various textures along with adding in neutral pieces ensured a dimensional feel.

The glider, which was in Elle’s nursery, was recovered and a pretty tape was added to make it feel fresh. The crib is something I’ve had my eye on for years and transitions to a toddler bed.

Custom fabrics make it feel special and the rug is wool, so it’s super soft for our soon-to-be crawler.

These nesting baskets are a nursery must! We also love this ride-on car. 


Chest: Custom Design by The CEH
Acrylic Chest Topper (Not Pictured): Etsy
Rattan Lamp: Serena and Lily
Glider: Lee Chair Covered in Thibaut Performance Fabric with Blue Tape Trim by Schumacher
Scalloped Side Table: Oomph Home
Gingham Crib Sheet: Serena and Lily
Teddy Bear: De Buci Baby
Drapes: Custom for Room in Schumacher Fabric
Ottoman: Wesley Hall in Schumacher Toile Fabric
Crib Skirt and Throw Pillows: Schumacher Toile Fabric
Rug: Custom-Cut Stark Carpet
Light Fixture: Circa Lighting
Hand Painted Gingham Walls: Brian Carter
Gingham Alphabet Art: Riley Sheehey 
Bamboo Frame: Custom, Similar Here
Ride-On Car: Maisonette
Toy Train: Melissa & Doug

Thanks for taking a look at our space! Stay tuned for a peek at the bathroom…coming soon.

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