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Top-Ten Tuesday: Nursery Themes + $50 PETITE LEMON GIVEAWAY

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For most moms (and dads), decorating their baby’s nursery before the child is born is one of our first acts of love. We put such thought and effort into preparing a space for this tiny little person who will make such a grand impact on our lives. We imagine the type of room our child would want to be welcomed into, and grow into.

While I was pregnant with J, we slowly transitioned A into her “big-girl furniture” and began reassembling a nursery in the next room over. Because we were having another girl, we were able to reuse pretty much all the furniture, bedding, and decorations, but there were a few little “extras” that I knew I wanted to throw into the nursery the second time around:

1. A glider chair for all those hours I knew I’d spend nursing the baby in the middle of the night


2. A pretty chandelier to replace the floor lamp that A was constantly almost knocking over onto herself

chandelier Collage

3. Some beautiful, artistic newborn photography to encapsulate those early days of the baby’s life (keep an eye out for more on this topic, later)

4. And a personalized growth chart to help document just how quickly my tiny little baby will grow into a big kid


When I was looking for personalized growth charts, I started on Petite Lemon‘s site, since I fell in love with the design of so many of their products when I was compiling my list of the Best Big-Brother & Big-Sister Gifts. The company was generous enough to send me a gorgeous growth chart that I customized with pictures of my beautiful girls and their names!

The chart is good-sized at 12″ x 42″; it’s printed on heavy-weight canvas with vivid colors and crystal clear photos; and it includes sturdy metal grommets in each corner for hanging. But here’s what I love most: the professionals at Petite Lemon allowed me to personalize our growth chart with photos and text, AND they got the order right!!

Growth chart Collage

(Want to hear a sad story on that topic? Right before J was born, A received a big-sister shirt that had been personalized with her name. Cute, right? What was not so cute was that the vendor misspelled her name! The order was placed with the correct spelling, but this very popular Etsy vendor just didn’t take the time to check her work. So annoying!)

Anyway…we’re loving the look of J’s nursery now, with all the “extras” we’ve accumulated to make the space personal, functional, and fun! If you’re looking for some nursery inspiration of your own, you’ll love our list of the Top Ten Nursery Themes, below.

And if you’re looking for personalized growth charts (or personalized alphabet charts, or photo posters, or clothing, or cards…), don’t forget to check out Petite Lemon, who is generously offering one merelymothers reader a $50 gift card!! Interested? Read on…

1. Chevron Chic

Chevron Collage

Photo sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


2. The Charmed Life

Elegant CollagePhoto sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4


3. The Great Outdoors

Great Outdoors Collage

Photo sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


4. Killer Color Schemes

Color Collage

Photo sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


5. Words to Live By

Quotations Collage

Photo source (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


6. Beautiful Baby Photos

Baby Photos Collage

Photo sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4


7. Super Trendy Owls

Owl Collage

Photo sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


8. Rustic Rooms

Rustic Collage

Photo sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


9. Vintage Vibe

Vintage Collage

Photo sources (clockwise): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


10. Into the Wild

Into the Wild Collage

Photo sources: (column 1: 1, 2) (column 2: 1, 2, 3) (column 3: 1, 2)

If you’re looking for even more inspiration for your nursery, check out our Nurseries Pinterest board!

Hoping to snag something personalized from Petite Lemon for your kids?

Petite Lemon Collage

Be sure to Like merelymothers on Facebook and leave us a comment below telling us the theme in your child’s room, and how you chose it. The winner will be announced on Friday, June 14. Good luck!

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13 comments… add one
  • Maureen June 10, 2013, 8:21 pm

    The personalized growth chart is great! It would make a nice gift, too.

    • Evanthia Evanthia June 10, 2013, 8:31 pm

      You’re so right. A great gift, indeed!

  • Jacqueline June 10, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I love this! What a nice post about the special journey of welcoming a new little love into your home! I’ve been watching the Pinterest feed of these lovely nurseries & falling in love with so many of them! Just wish I had a budget to create such a whimsical space!
    Although bargain shopping often leads to very special finds! It’s just so much fun envisioning that little bundle exploring their personalized space!
    Beautiful post ladies of Merely Mothers!!

  • Jacqueline June 10, 2013, 9:29 pm

    Ava Sophia’s nursery was a lovely modern and organic set with a baby and Mama deer. It’s made by Kidsline. I fell in love with a few of their sets ;). So easy to fall in love with anything for baby!!! Here’s a look at the set ;) just incase anyones looking for something like this! http://weedecor.com/2009/10/organic-nature-themed-nursery/
    transforming Ava Sophia’s nursery into a big girl room was an easy thing for me I’ve always loved the Shabby Chic theme. I bought lovely bedding at on clearance at Target and I’m still in love with it 4 years later! My favorite details are her balloon shades, her accent pillows and the tissue paper flowers I kept from her baby shower!!! They adorn her armoire!

  • Brooke June 10, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Our daughter’s nursery is a neutral animal (mostly monkey) theme, so we will be able to use the room for our next baby! I am excited to make my daughter a girlie room for her big girl room!

  • Michelle June 11, 2013, 10:09 am

    Our daughter’s nursery is ocean themed! Light blue, green, and pink! I keep meaning to do a growth chart, can’t believe I haven’t yet :(, so thank you for the suggestion! I will check our Petite Lemon for sure!

  • Mary G. June 11, 2013, 2:03 pm

    Our nursery decor has always been a gray and yellow “bumble bee” theme. We chose this because we never found out the genders of our babies, so we had to stick with something neutral. However, now that our newest addition is a little girl, I have been thinking I may want to add a little feminine flair :)

  • Sara June 11, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Boys room was painted pale yellow with a jungle theme. The girls room is painted light blue with Happi Tree bedding and decorations. One of my favorite gifts was a custom birth announcement from Etsy. I love the custom growth chart idea too. There are so many creative mama’s out there.

  • Liz Rogers June 12, 2013, 10:21 am

    The nursery is blue and brown polka dots. I wanted something kind of plain and I love polka dots! But I’m excited to transition the boys’ room into a baseball themed room.
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  • Leah June 13, 2013, 1:08 pm

    When I was pregnant with my first, we didn’t find out the sex, so the nursery was a pale lime and chocolate color scheme. He turned out to be a boy, and then when I was pregnant with my second, we did find out that we were having a girl. We are planning on them sharing a room once my daughter’s ready to move out of our room, so we moved them to a bigger room that I did in a gray and orange color scheme. I based it off of a huge canvas print of the solar system that I found at a thrift store for $5. :)

    I have a personalized growth chart for my son, but none for my daughter, so this would be perfect!

  • Victoria July 31, 2015, 8:16 am

    For the purple nursery, do you have any idea where they found the personalized people and black name sign? Looked on etsy but couldn’t find it.

    • Evanthia Evanthia August 2, 2015, 4:14 pm

      I don’t. Sorry!

  • Andrew December 6, 2015, 1:42 am

    Also, don’t be so preoccupied about the appearance of the chair. It has a job to do and purpose, to provide coziness and comfort. Just like singing, even if you are the world’s second worst, (I am the worst) sing and stimulate your baby’s verbal development and enjoy the closeness. One day your child will tell you when to stop singing, so enjoy it while you can. Every stage goes by incredibly fast.

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