Today’s tour takes us to the nursery. This is my favorite room in the house right now, so I’m really excited to share it with you! Oh and so is baby Don. He’s usually napping while I do my blogging, but since I was focusing on his room, he got to be awake to join in on the action. One of my favorite parts of the nursery is the wallpaper. It’s where the design for the whole room started. I wanted to do a safari/elephant themed room and when I found this wallpaper, I knew it was the one. (If you want tips on finding wallpaper on a budget, read here)
Years ago, I bought the Jenny Lind crib off of Utah’s local Craigslist (ksl.com) for $35 and refinished it the mint color. I figured it would work for a boy or a girl and I am glad I hoarded it! Babies are expensive so it was nice to have one less thing to buy. I love that it adds a subtle pop of color.
I wanted to hang items on this wall, but the light switch is in the worst spot! So I figured a gallery wall would help with that. I love that it adds personality without taking up valuable square footage in this tiny room. Probably the only thing I would change in this room is I am thinking about adding some chalk paint to the nursery doors. Something like this. Oh and speaking of changes (I almost forgot this one), I should bring up that I need to install a light. We bought a cheap fan for the room and loved it, but it caught on fire one night (!!!) and we still haven’t replaced it. Confession- we use a flashlight for middle of the night feedings/diaper changes. These closet doors lead to his closet on the left (here is a tutorial on the best way to organize a baby’s closet) and the remains of our office on the right.
For the nursery, we bought two big pieces of furniture. The dresser and the rocker. The dresser might be too big, but I love the functionality of the top. The rocker is my most used piece of furniture. I love that it is comfortable and pretty. The ticking on the fabric is so classic and works with the room. The only problem is that the fabric is such a light color. My baby has had a few blowouts on that chair (sorry, so gross) and it was not fun to clean up.
This little reading corner is another favorite of mine. I love collecting books for us to read together. And how perfect is that giraffe head?!
When I first found out I was expecting (but before I knew the sex), I bought this ABC embroidery sampler and embroidered it. It might be a little girly, but it is so sentimental that I don’t really care. The painted elephant is from a humanitarian trip I took to Guatemala and the “Oh the places you’ll go” quote is from a day by day calendar (with the date cut off).
One of the things I was most excited about when I found out I was pregnant was that I got to finally decorate a nursery!!! I had dreamed about this moment for years! I immediately knew I wanted it grey and mint and with elephants. When I saw this elephant rocker I was obsessed with it. Haha, it was a totally unpractical purchase, but I figure he will love it when he is older.
I recently made this mobile and here is a tutorial so you can make your own too. Mobiles are so expensive and I found it hard to find one that I loved. The materials for this is less than $5! I wanted a marquee light for his room, but couldn’t find one that was affordable. So I got a cardboard D from Joanns and spray painted it black. I actually love that it is cardboard because it is super light (even though I don’t think it would fall off since I used command strips to secure it).
Behind the door is a growth measuring chart. Growing up, my grandma would mark our measurements against the wall. I loved seeing how much I had grown! The problem with doing it on the wall is that if you move, you can’t take it with you. So I made this ruler and mark Don’s growth every six months. I followed this tutorial to make it.
Here is a video so you can better understand the layout:
Changing Table- Down East Home (via Pottery Barn Kids). For those of you who have never been to a Down East Home- they get Pottery Barn returns and sell them at a discount. Because of this you can get great deals, but there is never a guarantee that you will be able to find the same item twice. So that’s why I’ve provided the source from Pottery Barn if you want the exact same item.
Rocking Chair- Down East Home(via Pottery Barn Kids)
Elephant Rocker- Down East Home (via Pottery Barn Kids)
Grey Striped Drapes- Wayfair
Ledges for Books- Ikea
Giraffe Head- Down East Home
ABC Sampler- Pine Needles at Gardner Village
Printable Closet Dividers- Here (free printable and tutorial!)
Be Brave Little One Printable- Here (free printable!)
Mint Arrow Pillow Cover- Etsy
White Art Ledges- Target
Mini Globe- Target
Mint picture frames- Vintage Fern
Crib Skirt- Down East Home (via Pottery Barn Kids)
ABC Blocks- Amazon*
World Map- Amazon*
Diaper Genie- Amazon*
Changing Pad- Amazon*
Changing Pad Cover- Target
Elephant Hook- Anthropologie
Sound Machine- Amazon*
Cardboard D- Joanns
Growth Ruler- DIY from this tutorial
*denotes an affiliate link