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Fern’s Modern Montessori Inspired Nursery

By Lauren Hartmann |

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!


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Modern Montessori Inspired Nursery

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.

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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Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “Fern’s Modern Montessori Inspired Nursery

  1. Meagan says:

    I’d really like to hear more about the bed. I read about the idea after we already had our crib, but I’ve considered doing this with our second, and I’d love to know how it works as they start crawling/walking/resisting bedtime…

  2. Heather says:

    I love it, thanks so much for sharing! We just decided to go with a Montessori approach ourselves and have been working on explaining to our families why we aren’t buying a crib. :) It really appealed to me to make the nursery a place centered around the baby and what he will need/enjoy. Do you have any thoughts on secure anchors for the dresser and artwork as Fern becomes mobile?

  3. Melanie says:

    You did such a great job with her room. I took the same approach with my daughters room. All her toys, books and blankets are in baskets on the floor so she can reach them whenever she would like. She sleeps in a crib now, but we will change to a floor bed When she gets a little older. I am also curious as to how it works for her being so young? Does she roll off?
    PS. I love her name! I actually have a potbellied pig named fern. Hope that doesn’t sound insulting, I love my sweet piggie. Would have used the name on my child if I didn’t already use it for my pig :)

  4. Fallon says:

    I love sweet Fern’s room – especially the colors! Can’t wait to see the progress as Fern gets older.

  5. austie eckley says:

    Yay Lauren I am so glad I know where you blog now!!! I am so excited to start following your stuff!! You are amazing!

  6. Katie says:

    So pretty and hip. And so fun that I’ve been in there! :)

  7. tahira says:

    I love fern’s room. Thank u for sharing.

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