Room Envy: This Modern Nursery Doesn’t Scream “Baby”

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

When April and Ryan Hayslip were expecting their first child, they decided they weren’t sure if they were having a boy or a girl. As a result, they’ve eschewed the traditional blues and pinks in the nursery, instead creating a modern piece that, except for a few playful touches, doesn’t scream “baby.”

looking up
The whimsical wallpaper on the ceiling kicked off the design, says April, who helps run Ryan’s photography/branding business, SlipVisual. “I loved thinking about our little one looking up at the sky playfully. And it’s a great distraction during diaper changes.

sunny spots
Yellow tassels enhance simple white window treatments.

Mix match
A white ceramic lamp base is brightened by a colorful watercolor-like Anthropologie shade.

Go dotted
The textured ottoman doubles as an ottoman. Later, it’s a soft place for a toddler to crash.

rock on
April searched for months for a comfortable and colorful rocking chair. She finally found this cheap teal glider at during a night of online browsing.

gray matter
The modern-style crib, which the couple purchased from Baby Braithwaite, doesn’t require a dust cover and converts into a toddler bed.

Tip: Beyond Baby
Don’t feel stuck in the kids department. The Hayslips chose a Restoration Hardware dresser for a changing table (equipped with a portable changing pad) and storage chest. “It has plenty of space for a fidgety baby, and we can continue to use it as our needs change,” says April.

This article originally appeared in our May 2016 issue under the title “Sweet dreams.”

Dora W. Clawson