Gender Neutral Nursery Reveal

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By Jess
7 Oct 2019
Jess Ann Kirby reveals her gender neutral nursery, designed with Modsy.

I have to admit the thought of designing a nursery was a daunting task. When I found out I was pregnant I was so sick for the following 2.5-3 months I couldn’t do anything at all let alone think about designing a room. I also had no idea where to start. I’ve toyed with the idea of using online design services before and actually discovered Modsy through Instagram, so when they reached out to see if there was a room I needed help with, I knew this was the perfect opportunity. It has been such a great experience, so much so that I already bought a package to use for other rooms in the house (including the master bedroom addition-more to come on that). Modsy also gave me a special discount code for you guys as well, use JESSKIRBY20 for 20% off any design package (except luxe) valid through 3/31/20.

I started by taking photos of the room (my old office) and uploading them to my Modsy profile along with measurements of the space. I filled out a Modsy design quiz that helped give the designer an idea of my style. I was a little worried it might box me into one specific genre, so it was a pleasant surprise when the results described my style as modern and minimal, rustic and warm, and nordic/boho, because our house has a little bit of each.

The designer came back with two initial designs which you can see below (they were also able to show how the walls would look in the paint color we chose, Wimborne White). Craig and I both immediately gravitated towards Design #2, but there were elements of Design #1 we really liked, so through some revisions and feedback with our designer we landed on our final design, and I couldn’t possibly love it anymore. It was also pretty awesome how I was able to communicate that I wanted to focus on (where possible) sustainable/non-toxic/eco-friendly decor options, and the designer really took note of that.

Modsy Design One

Modsy Design Two

As you can see from the final design, we took elements from the first two, both layout and decor, to come up with something that felt just right for the space. What’s cool about Modsy is there’s a lot of different ways to use it. For the nursery we were starting from scratch, with the exception of the CB2 shelving I had in my office and wanted to use. You can have your designer create a layout using pieces you already have, you can start fresh or you can land somewhere in the middle (and you can provide a budget for decor so they find pieces within that range). There’s also tools that allow you to swap out furniture on your own, so you can see how something else might look in the space (I could have spent wayyyyy too much time doing this, it’s addictive).

Final Design

Gender Neutral Nursery Reveal

You may have noticed the room doesn’t have a ton of decor going on right now, and that was intentional. I didn’t want to fill the space with things just for the sake of making it look “done.” Our goal was to get the main pieces and layout in place and take our time with the rest. I do love the decor elements Modsy added and will definitely use them for inspiration.

It probably sounds corny, but I want to get to know our baby before I put a bunch of toys, artwork and decor in his or her room. I’m sure there will also be special gifts from friends and family so for now I’m happy to have the space as it is. Aside from round the clock kicks (seriously this kid is Craig’s child-it never stops) putting this room together has made us very excited to meet this baby.

Jess Ann Kirby's gender neutral nursery has sweet details, like a brass mirror and illustrations, for her baby.
DRESSER | mirror

Thank you to Modsy for sponsoring this post. Use code JESSKIRBY20 for 20% off any design package valid through 3/31/20.

Room Details

Babyletto Lolly 3 in 1 Crib in Natural – Made with sustainable New Zealand Pine, non-toxic finish, GREENGUARD Gold Certified
Organic Crib Sheet
Crate & Kids Joya Rocking Chair – Handcrafted in Canada,  Made with flame retardant free-foams, water-based glues and lead-free and low solvent-based paints and finishes. Monte suppliers re-plant an average of 3-4 trees for each one harvested.
Pehr Two Tier Mobile in Cream
Roller Rabbit Cotton Moby Quilt
Design Dua Bassinet (10% off w/ code JessAnnKirby)
Crate & Kids Paxson Dresser, Honest Baby Body Products
Anthropologie Josephine Mirror
CB2 Wall Mount Shelves
CB2 Jute Pouf
Rattan Nightstand – Handmade, child safe finish
Plant Stand
Flushmount Light
Linen Blackout Curtains & Brass Curtain Rod
Antique Ladder – Similar Here, Cotton Cable Knit Throw, Chappy Wrap
Taupe Sheepskin & White Sheepskin
Prints: Monsterra Watercolor, Whale Print, Away Linocut Print (Artifact Uprising Frames)

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  1. Rach wrote:

    I LOVE this gender neutral nursery room. This is exactly how I would love mine to be … in the future.

    10.7.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thanks so much Rach!

      10.7.19 | Reply
  2. Looks absolutely gorgeous! So happy for you and Craig!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    10.7.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      You’re so sweet thank you Cathy xx

      10.7.19 | Reply
  3. Christine wrote:

    This is perfection!

    10.7.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thank you so much!

      10.7.19 | Reply
  4. Rachel wrote:

    Oh my gosh, this space is absolutely gorgeous! I love how neutral and cozy it is.


    10.7.19 | Reply
  5. Caitlin wrote:

    I love this room! So perfect! I would love to know your thoughts on the jute pouf. I’ve been thinking about getting the same one but have wondered if it sheds and if it’s actually comfortable to rest your feet on. Thank you!

    10.7.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thank you so much. Honestly I haven’t used it a ton so it’s tough to say but I definitely haven’t noticed any shedding. I’ve put my feet up on it while sitting in the chair and it’s comfy but need to report back after some solid use.

      10.8.19 | Reply
  6. Lynn wrote:

    This is gorgeous Jess! It is perfect for you! I’m so excited for you both! Fantastic job! I just love it!

    10.7.19 | Reply
  7. Lynn wrote:

    I really love the neutral colors and the Simistic gorgeous design! So exciting❤️

    10.12.19 | Reply
  8. Taryne wrote:

    Love the room! What mattress did you choose and why? I’m looking at organic options and overwhelmed by the options.

    10.19.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Ugh I know the feeling. It’s ridiculous. I ended up getting the Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress – 2-Stage – Lightweight It’s expensive but I have a convertible crib so I’m hoping this will last us a while since you can flip to use as a toddler mattress. I noticed Nook Sleep makes crib mattresses too. I didn’t research them a ton but I think the brand looks good

      10.20.19 | Reply
  9. Sarah wrote:

    Hi Jess! I love the look of your nursery. It looks like the plant stand/planter is sold out on Etsy – do you mind sharing the name of the shop? Would love to check out their other planters if possible. Thank you!

    4.1.20 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thanks Sarah. The shop is called East Pine but I noticed they’re not on Etsy anymore. They’ve gone off before and then they come back.

      4.4.20 | Reply
  10. Caroline wrote:

    Hello! Love all of the details of this nursery so much! Curious your opinion on the rocking chair after using it for a few months? I love the look of it but won’t have the chance to try it out in person so would love to know what you think of it. Thanks! 🙂

    1.30.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Hi Caroline. It was definitely too small! We ended up getting a swivel/glider from Pottery Barn that was WAY better (didn’t fit in the nursery so we put it in our living room and it worked for us).

      1.31.21 | Reply
      • Caroline Savon wrote:

        Good to know! Thanks for the link, love the glider you ended up with too! 🙂

        2.1.21 | Reply
  11. Emily W wrote:

    This is gorgeous!! What paint color are the walls? Working on our nursery now and trying to find a color just like this! 🙂

    7.4.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Hi Emily, It’s Wimborne White from Farrow & Ball. A VERY similar color that’s easier to get and I think less expensive is Clare Paint in Timeless, it’s what I used in her nursery in Vermont.

      7.13.21 | Reply
  12. Lori wrote:

    Beautiful!! Are you able to link the rug?

    4.11.23 | Reply

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