Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO


It’s not always easy finding nursery décor and furniture that is cute, comfortable AND classy. Oftentimes, retail shops focus solely on the “cute factor,” and pile on the colors, patterns, and images of baby farm animals. That’s all fine, in small doses, but what if you want to outfit your nursery from head to toe? The multitude of bright colors and patterns can get overwhelming.

You will, after all, be spending quite a bit of time in the nursery (feeding your little one, soothing temper tantrums, and showing off your “mini” to visitors). With that in mind, you’ll want to create a comfortable space for yourself and your child, with soothing colors and practical storage solutions.

I encourage you to select timeless, well-made pieces in classic colors. Look for quality, comfort, and a sophisticated color palate that will go well with any theme you choose for your nursery (from nautical to jungle!)

We’ve combed the Twin Cities for stand-out furniture and décor pieces for creating a classy, comfortable nursery. For us, three shops really rose to the top of our search: Oh Baby!, Baby Grand, and Pacifier. Below, we feature a few exceptional pieces from each shop, as well as some recommendations on how to match them to your new nursery.


Gaga for Gray

We’re finding a lot of grays in modern nurseries, and with good reason. This color is subtle and sophisticated and can be paired with a pop of any color (we’ve been seeing a lot of grays and pinks for little girls!)

This beautiful crib and dresser set is by Romina and can be found at Baby Grand in multiple finishes.

Baby Grand.crib2

Create a comfortable nursing area with a charcoal gray glider and a Luca ottoman by Monte Design, found at Pacifier.

pacifier glider

Add some warmth to your room with a hand tufted Kathline shag rug, found at Baby Grand.


Accessorize your space with these finds from Pacifier! (From left to right) Cloud pillow by Blabla, chenille blanket by Little Giraffe, and two-piece head support by Little Unicorn.

cloud pillow by blabla
gray chenille blanket by little giraffe
Pacifier two piece head support

Mom needs a space too! For those nights that you want to sleep near baby, think about setting up a bed in the nursery, just for you. This one is from the Baby Grand Romina collection.

Baby Grand. bed

Classic Style

There’s a reason why they’re called classics. These timeless looks will add elegance and style to your nursery.

This is a collection of gorgeous furnishings from Brixy Haven, found at Baby Grand. From left to right: chest/bookcase, four drawer dresser, and convertible crib.

Brixy haven collection

From the shop Oh Baby!, these furniture pieces are from the Celine line: changer dresser and nightstand. Many finishes available.

celine changer dresser
celine nightstand

Fill an elegant bookcase with books and supplies for your little one. This Eco Bookcase is from Oh Baby!eco bookcase

Tasteful light fixtures from Oh Baby! Left to right: Ivory 5-arm leaves and flowers chandelier, ivory table lamp, tall ivory table lamp

ivory 3 glass ball med base

This beautiful Romina 4-in-1 crib can be adjusted to three different mattress settings. Made of solid beechwood with non-toxic, water based finishes. Found at Baby Grand.

romina imperio solid panel convertible crib

Urban Jungle

With modern lines, pops of colors, and a few adorable animals, you can create a jungle theme that is fun, but not over-the-top.

Your crib is usually the room’s centerpiece. Make a statement with these cribs’ modern lines and fun colors. Top: Cody crib from Oh Baby! Bottom Left: Leander crib (in walnut) from Baby Grand. Bottom Right: Elephant crib (by designers Carlos Tiscar and Oeuf) from Oh Baby!

cody crib




Jungle accessories with an elegant touch. Left to right: Hamper by Home Decorators (online), elephant clock by Modern Moose (from Pacifier), Oilo double cylinder lights (from Baby Grand)

elephant hamper
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Choose a bookcase with clean lines and a burst of color, like this Devon Bookcase from Oh Baby!

Get snuggly! These jungle-themed blankets from Aden + Anais are four-layer cotton muslin and get softer with every wash. Found at Pacifier.

giraffe dream blanket
monkey jam baby blanket

Jungle prints don’t have to be tacky! These lovely prints can be found at Baby Grand: Bambino elephant print, circus lion, and Ep-po hippo print.

lion print

A day bed for mom! Make a space for yourself in the corner of the nursery. This bed frame and nightstand are both by Devon, found at Oh Baby!




Decorating your nursery can seem like a daunting task, but Oh Baby!, Baby Grand, and Pacifier can help make it easy and enjoyable. Have fun creating a space for you and your little one. Make it comfortable, soothing, and above all, make it YOU.

Have nursery pictures you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you!

Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

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Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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