Fern’s Modern Montessori Inspired Nursery

A close-up of Fern’s nursery

When I created Fern’s nursery, I was inspired by the Montessori principles of creating an environment that is child-centric and created for exploration. Right now the room is more of a loosely based Montessori room, since not everything is child-friendly yet, but as Fern grows I will make changes to make the room more geared toward her (think art work hung at her eye level, shelves with materials she can easily access, etc…).

Long before I ever got pregnant I day dreamed about decorating a nursery. But, selling a house, moving to a new one and being in the midst of remodeling has been a bit overwhelming and consequently it’s taken awhile to get Fern’s nursery finished. Finally though, it feels complete…complete enough to share photos anyway.

Check out Fern’s nursery tour after the jump!


  • Getting started 1 of 8
    Getting started
    When I started planning Fern's nursery, I wanted to choose a color scheme that was gender neutral and that would grow with her or be used for our next baby whether that was a boy or a girl. It sort of came together organically and the final colors I went with were shades of green, orange, yellow and grey.
  • Sleeping area 2 of 8
    Sleeping area
    This is the area where Fern sleeps. As I'm sure you noticed, she sleeps on a floor bed, which is a Montessori idea. She's been sleeping on a floor bed since she was a month and a half old and we've had a wonderful experience with this. The mirror next to the bed is an area for self-exploration as she becomes more mobile. Currently there aren't many items on her level aside from the mirror and some books, but I will gradually be changing the room to suit her needs as they change and she shows more interest in exploring her environment.
  • Details 3 of 8
    I slowly accumulated nursery items throughout my pregnancy and tried to fill the room with items that were meaningful. The dresser and mirrors were thrifted, the yarn art was made by friends at my baby shower and all of the other items were collected over time. I wanted the room to feel lived in and not like I ordered it out of a catalog.
  • Mobile 4 of 8
    Perhaps one of my favorite elements in the room is this hanging mobile. It just-so-happened to have all the colors in the room palette and I love that the leather brings another textural element to the space.
    Mobile from The Little Tiny on Etsy
  • Art Wall 5 of 8
    Art Wall
    The art in Fern's nursery was the inspiration for the entire color pallet and I absolutely love it. Most of the art in the room is from local artist Ashley Goldberg and in my opinion her prints make the room.
    Prints from Ashley G on Etsy
  • Our favorite corner 6 of 8
    Our favorite corner
    This corner is cozy and Fern and I spend a lot of time in it while I rock her to sleep. The night stand is there for now so I can easily access things while I'm nursing, but will be moved out when Fern is a little older to make room for low book shelves where she can easily reach toys and books and explore on her own (part of the Montessori approach).
  • Great Grandma Fern’s rocker 7 of 8
    Great Grandma Fern's rocker
    This rocking chair is my most favorite thing in the entire room. It belonged to Fern's namesake - her Great Grandmother Fern. It was covered in an ugly orange velvet, but my grandma recovered it for me and I love it!
  • A little vignette 8 of 8
    A little vignette
    I had planned to use this area as a changing table, but have opted to do diaper changes on the floor since it's more convenient, so for now it's filled with a little vignette of acquired items.

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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