I’m so excited to share this nursery tour with you! I am the first to admit that I’m not much of a decorator but I’m really pleased with how the nursery turned out. I texted photos to my mom a few nights ago and she responded, “I think it will be a cozy, calm place for you and baby.” And this is exactly what I’m hoping!
My inspiration was to keep the nursery as clean, white and bright as possible. I kept it neutral with pops of color. I didn’t want to go overkill with a theme but I did lean towards wild animals and adventure.
BABY BOY NURSERY TOUR
The room is very small and has one window. This is the view looking in when you stand at the doorway. The crib and closet are on the left and the dresser/changing table is on the right.
How about a before picture? This room was a hot mess. We never did anything with it after moving in because the hope was that it would become a nursery so it was one of those “shove everything random and close the door” kind of spaces.
The first thing that I did was have the walls painted. I knew I wanted white and bright because the room is so small and I just love white walls. The issue was that we are in a rental and the carpet and trim are far from “white and bright.” I painted the walls Sherwin-Williams Dover White. It’s one of their creamiest whites with yellow undertones but I was shocked to discover that once it was on the walls it didn’t look the slightest bit creamy and actually looked cool because of the trim and carpet.
I thought about changing the trim and even bought paint and hired my painter to do it but then decided to leave it. I knew it would drive me crazy to have the trim and doors a different color in one room and again…it’s a rental. At least the walls weren’t that terrible yellow color anymore!
Here’s a view of the right side of the room.
- The glider was a gift from one of my yoga students who so kindly handed it down to me since her littles are out of the rocking stage. It’s a a great chair and so comfortable! I have no doubt we will spend a lot of time sitting here!
- My great grandmother crocheted the afghan. It’s one of the things I took with me when my grandmother moved out of her house.
- I love how this lamp hangs over the chair. It provides the most perfect warm light for reading.
- Babyletto 3-Drawer Changer Dresser. I went back and forth between doing white furniture or dark brown and I’m so glad I went dark. It would have been a bit much to have all those different shades of white in the nursery. The changing table is removable for when you no longer need it.
- Ikea Raskog Utility Cart for diaper organization. I have one downstairs in the den too. I also loved this one from Target but it didn’t come in black.
- The wall decal is from Etsy. This company has tons of options and can also make custom decals!
- The clothespin collage photo frame is from Marshall’s but I can’t find an exact link. Here is something similar and there are tons of options on Etsy. Can’t wait to hang some photos of a cute baby on there!
- I found the side table on Wafair. I wanted somewhere to place our salt lamp and drinks and wanted two levels so that I would also have somewhere to put the white noise machine. (We are just using an Echo Dot for that.)
- The throw rug is another Wayfair find.
Books and the sweetest little elephant chair/seat next to the glider. The elephant chair was a shower gift and ended up matching the decor of the room perfectly!
Since the room is so small I wanted to do floating shelves instead of a bookcase. I found these shelves on Amazon and filled them up with book that I received at my shower as well as some stuffed animals and plants from Ikea. The giraffe was a gift from a friend. She brought it back from Bali!
This is the Etsy corner of the room! 🙂
- The crib is Babyletto Modo and I love the clean and simple lines! It’s a 3-in-one and converts to a toddler bed. (I know the stuffed animals can’t stay in there…just decoration for now.)
- My mom gifted me this organic crib mattress.
- The elephant mobile is an Etsy find and made it Thailand. I’m obsessed.
- The colorful elephant crib sheet is another Etsy find. I got the minky fabric and while it was a splurge, it’s incredibly soft!
- The black and white prints are also from Etsy.
- The “Keep it Wild” banner…Etsy!
- And finally, the welcome baby boy frame was a gift and matched perfectly with the photo collage frame on the other side of the room.
For being such a small room, the closet actually has plenty of space.
- I did an over the door shoe organizer for blankets, burp cloths, wash cloths and bibs.
- Inside the closet, the two bars for hanging clothes didn’t make sense for our needs so we installed some cheap shelving from Home Depot. We were going to install something a little more sturdy/permanent/custom from The Container Store but it was crazy expensive…and again…it’s just a rental so it didn’t make sense.
A few final notes…
- The room had an awful chandelier style light fixture. We switched that out for a small 42-inch three-blade fan with a light. I read a lot of things that said it was good to have a fan in the nursery for air circulation.
- The entire house has these awesome shutters. They’re great because you can open them wide to let a lot of light in or just open the slats. Also, if you flip the slats up instead of down, they almost blackout the entire room, no matter the time of day. I think that because of this I can avoid blackout curtains!
- The fiddle fig is not real and an Ikea special. 😉 I really wanted some green in the room but without a baby playing in the dirt or me having the responsibility of keeping up with it.
That wraps it up! I hope you enjoyed my little nursery tour. I’m not sure how much we’ll use the nursery in the early days as I’m planning on having the little guy sleep in the same room as me in a bassinet but I’m sure I’ll use the glider and changing table a good bit!
Oh and a related question about sleeping…so newborns nap a lot. Where do they nap? Do you put them in the bassinet? Or in the crib even if you’re using a bassinet? Or just anywhere around the house? I also have a Rock n’ Play downstairs. Help!
Can’t wait to share more nursery photos in the weeks to come…with a cute little babe in there!