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10 Aug

our palm zen nursery reveal



even in the week since these photos were taken, I’ve already added so many little things to the nursery. I’m in total nest mode (and I thought that wasn’t supposed to happen until the very end!) — everything I see online I want for the nursery. I blame Facebook’s genius ad targeting – every time I scroll, I buy something!

so even though there are a few extras in the nursery since these photos (like the perfect lamp for my space), I’m calling this the reveal, because I haven’t yet shared finished photos of the nursery yet on this blog or even on Instagram – just sneak peeks!

and the dress I’m wearing in all of these photos is this one by Ingrid and Isabel.

every day when I wake up, the first thing I do is walk into the nursery. it brings me such a peace. I love the room so much, and I can’t wait for our baby boy to spend his first night there.

I have to say, it was definitely difficult to pick a nursery theme. I didn’t want anything too themed (i.e. “safari animals”) and I didn’t want anything overly “boyish.” I was trying to avoid baby blue, but it has popped up in the room – I guess I am more traditional than I thought I was, I couldn’t fight it in the end!

I just really wanted the space to be peaceful.

if I had to give it a theme, I’d name this nursery “palm zen.” the wallpaper is, of course, the focal point of the room. when you sit down in the rocking chair (I found the comfiest one EVER) and look up at the crib/wallpaper, you feel zen. a palm-y kinda zen.

so without further ado, let’s get into the nursery, shall we?

the crib and wallpaper

I wanted lots of neutrals and whites in the room, so I went with a light wood crib to complement the rug and contrast the bedding and wallpaper.

wallpaper // crib // crib sheet // crib skirt // blanket

the baby’s library

I was most excited about decorating this bookshelf, which I had in my office. I wanted it to be another focal point of the room – colorful, inviting, and garnished with toys and odds and ends. as a voracious reader growing up, I was excited to curate this bookshelf.

bookshelf // pom pom basket // blanket // rug

the daybed

since my mom is most likely going to stay with us for a couple of weeks in the beginning and will be visiting a lot in the first few months (before the baby starts sleeping in the crib), I needed a place for her – and Lu’s mom  – to crash. once the baby starts sleeping full-time in the nursery, the daybed will be nice for when I need to crash in there on sleepless nights to give Lu a break. and, it’ll just be a nice area to rest with the baby, read books, and admire this view we’re so grateful for.

daybed // quilt // throw pillow (west elm, sold out)

the rocking chair nook

I don’t know if all/many women dream of the day they’ll have their own little rocking chair nook for nursing/feeding their babies and reading to their babies in the middle of the night, but I definitely have dreamt about it for my whole life. I found a beautiful rocking chair (scored it on sale during Memorial Day Weekend), a mini pouf, and a nightstand to hold feeding accessories like burp cloths and nipple cream, toys, and other odds and ends.

rocking chair // pouf // nightstand // lamp // lamp shade // letter folk // round rug

changing table and dresser

stokke was kind enough to gift me this changing table and dresser, which is beautifully made of sturdy white wood. I can’t believe how perfectly it fit into the nursery – and it’s currently stocked with LOTS of baby clothes, diapers, and all the essentials. the changing table goes on top of the dresser and then can be removed when the baby’s older and out of diapers! I hung a simple wall hanging above the table – Lu was afraid of putting anything heavy up there (like a picture frame), because he’s nervous everything is going to fall on the baby, so I respectfully found a sweet little wall hanging that worked perfectly. and the mirror is for mommy to take plenty of selfies and let the sweet baby look at his reflection!

changing table and dresser // wall hanging // mirror


so this isn’t going to be in the nursery, it’s actually going to be in our bedroom, but currently, it’s living in the nursery, so I figured I’d share it! this was also gifted by stokke and we get so many complements on it from friends visiting. it’s again made of gorgeous wood, so sturdy, and we’re currently hanging a mobile on it, but that’s going to be moved to either above the crib or hang about the changing table/dresser. it’s just for looks right now! we plan on having the baby sleep in our room for the first few months and he’ll sleep in this bassinet!

bassinet // mobile // blanket

still left to do in the nursery

  • I’m thinking of adding decals to the closet doors, because it’s a lot of white space right now. any recommendations?
  • we ordered a sign in the baby’s name that’s coming soon! can’t wait to hang it on the wall, above the mirror (or wherever it ends up looking best.)
  • consolidate the closet. right now, all of the baby stuff is in the closet, neatly in bins – but on the top and on the sides, is a lot of our storage, and I’d like to consolidate it to make more room for baby stuff!

thanks for tuning in for the nursery reveal. I can’t wait to hear what you think! next week, I’ll be sharing all of my favorite baby products, in collaboration with Gugu Guru!

so, what do you think?!



all photos by Erin Dwyer Photography.

  • Krysten @FreshFitKitchen

    Absolutely gorgeous . My sister is pregnant and she is due in Dec. I sent her this post because she too was staying away from themes and loves the clean classy nursery look. You captured it well. Congratulations!

    Thu August 10 at 1:43 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Thank you so much! And congrats to your sister!

      Thu August 10 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Anindya B

    Very nice and very neatly done. Zen is the word to describe this "baby’s den". It looks classy and peaceful. Awsome work.

    Thu August 10 at 3:14 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Thank you so much!

      Thu August 10 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Erin

    Beautiful! Will you be using any blackout curtains? If so, found any you love?!

    Thu August 10 at 4:13 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      The room has black out shades already, thankfully!

      Thu August 10 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Meg

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! You’ve perfected every tiny detail of the nursery. I love the rocking chair and the bookcase the most. Of course the wallpaper is a favorite too as it brings the entire room together! Can’t wait for your baby boy to arrive!

    Thu August 10 at 5:14 pm Reply
  • Liz Alterman

    Amazing job! Love that you have Shel Silverstein’s "The Giving Tree" — this is one lucky little guy.

    Thu August 10 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Aida

    It’s so nice! I love how traditional yet nontraditional you made it. I love the simple yet nursery feeling it has. I’ve been a reader for about a year now and it’s so crazy how fast time has gone by..I remember when you posted y’all were having a baby! Thank you for sharing part of your story with your readers. I get many ideas and inspired by what you share health wise as well! I love my Inspiralizer!!

    Thu August 10 at 5:34 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Thank you so much for following along and all the kindness! <3

      Thu August 10 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Allison Clayton

    GORGEOUS! Honestly, a few things I’d like for MY bedroom. Ha! That woven wall hanging from Target is lovely. 😀

    Thu August 10 at 5:42 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Haha trust me, I almost took a few items and put them in our bedroom, haha!

      Thu August 10 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Debora Hefman

    Music Ali, how about a little system in the baby’s room – beautiful music to put baby to sleep. I have a friend that turns on white noise, but music is so much calmer.

    Thu August 10 at 5:50 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      We have a music machine! We just haven’t unwrapped it yet from the registry gifts 🙂

      Thu August 10 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    Everything is picture perfect! Just curious, why do you feel the need to say that things were gifts from companies? Do they sponsor you? Do you feel that people need to know that?
    Can’t wait for your new cookbook! When will it be out?

    Thu August 10 at 8:18 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      They don’t sponsor me – if they did, you’d see a disclaimer at the bottom that says it was sponsored! I just want to be 100% honest and transparent all the time, if I was gifted something – and that may explain why I’m showing a bit more love to that brand over others. Thanks for asking!

      Thu August 10 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Julia Fairchild

    I don’t know about the room, but one suggestion I have for loving family and friends is For a very nominal lifetime membership, you can sign up and give the log-in info to friends and relatives who can record themselves reading books to your little one, which can then be read on your iPad over and over. The person reading the story is in a window in the corner, while the pages turn as they’re read. They simply mail the link, and you can read the story on your computer or other device.
    My children also recorded books for Grandma, with their children before they could read and they are all safely ensconced on our own ‘bookshelf’ on the site, which never goes away. We have about 84 recorded books there. Aunts and uncles read books for cousins, back and forth.
    Even though my grandchildren are in school now, I still treasure watching them read stories with mom and dad before they could talk.
    The first time my firstborn granddaughter, Lily, saw me on Skype (she lived in New York, I live in Hawaii), she said, "Ooooooh, a STORY!?" She already recognized me as the story grandma, though she had never seen me otherwise.
    Definitely the thing to have for far-away relatives, or even for your own sanity, so you can let kids read books from Grandma in the backseat while you drive.
    Loving aloha,

    Julia Fairchild

    Thu August 10 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Julie Bever

    I love your nursery Ali

    Thu August 10 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Caroline


    Love the room! Building a nursery is such a sweet experience and you have done a wonderful job. Do you have your diaper pail yet? We love our Diaper Dekor!

    Thu August 10 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Randi

    You have done such an amazing job…most of all I love seeing you enjoy all you’re efforts…it is a wonderful time in you and you’re families lives enjoy every minute????
    Randi from Jupiter Florida

    Thu August 10 at 11:50 pm Reply
  • Jessie

    Love your nursery! I think stay away from decals personally. What about animal head wall mounts whether on closer doors or wall space next to them? Have seen cute white ones on overstock. Others at Etsy.

    I also got a super cute ceramic white owl lamp (really cheap too) on a Wayfair that looks great in my boys’ (1 and 3) nursery! There were other animals too if I remember correctly.

    Another idea for closet door is one of those growth charts. They’re long and narrow. Land of nod makes nice ones you can monogram.

    Last idea – my friend has a sweet long narrow poster of Central Park. Maybe you could do a similar one of the state of New Jersey or something…

    Fri August 11 at 2:51 am Reply
  • Carolina

    Love it!!! Everything looks peaceful and inviting! I can tell everything was thought out with care. Congratulations to both of you and enjoy your precious bundle!! My oldest is in his last year of high school and time flies, so enjoy every minute and milestone of your baby!

    Fri August 11 at 3:14 am Reply
  • Heather

    I see that you photoshopped Shel’s face out of one of the pictures :). Beautiful nursery!

    Fri August 11 at 5:00 am Reply
  • Tracy

    You look utterly, blissfully happy. And radiant as well. You’re wearing your pregnancy well. Enjoy every day of it.

    Tue August 15 at 5:14 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Thank you so, so much!

      Tue August 15 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Mary

    While the bassinet is lovely, wouldn’t it be hard on the lower back as it is so deep? Just curious.

    Tue August 15 at 6:19 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      I haven’t found it difficult/uncomfortable to lean down to reach into the bassinet – I tested it out!

      Tue August 15 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • Mary Seltzer

    Lovely nursery!!

    Tue August 15 at 6:22 pm Reply
  • Bex

    I love it! we are due in september as well and love following along with your journey! I felt the same about not wanting an overly boy nursery or too "babyish" love how yours turned out! We did a mix of boho/nuetrals with navy accents 🙂 Have been hunting for a nice rocker – do you and lu both fit well in it? Hubby and I are tall so just curious if its a good size for a taller couple. Also, where did you get the hamper? Thanks! xx

    Thu August 17 at 7:04 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Yes 100% it is (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it!) And hamper is from Pottery Barn Kids as well.

      Thu August 24 at 5:47 pm Reply
  • Kim Leister

    Where did you get the baskets that are on the rocking chair side table?

    Thu August 24 at 5:45 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      The Container Store!

      Thu August 24 at 5:47 pm Reply
  • Taylor

    Gorgeous!! My friend did decals of her favorite children book quotes (like from Dr. Seuss quotes) and it turned out so sweet and cute, plus a learning opportunity as he grows! I think she customized them from an Etsy artist. Love following you and always appreciate your honesty and transparency!

    Thu August 24 at 5:54 pm Reply
  • Tara
    Sun September 3 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Holli

    Love love love!! I was wondering if that was the master bedroom. It’s so large! I have always heard space in New York is small. Again, unique and beautiful space.

    Sun September 3 at 3:57 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      Thank you! We don’t live in NY, we live in Jersey City !

      Sun September 3 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Alyssa

    Hi Ali!

    Love the room! Do you know the name of the fabric for the rocker? I love it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Wed September 6 at 3:27 pm Reply
    • Holly

      I was just about to ask that too 🙂 I love the rocker! What is the fabric called? It looks so soft and perfect for our nursery!

      Fri September 22 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Britt

    Beautiful space!! So well done. Do you mind me asking what color are your walls?

    Wed November 8 at 3:34 pm Reply
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    Sun September 23 at 7:55 am Reply
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