I had so much fun planningΒ Oliver’s nursery.Β I chose to go with a clean, modern scheme with lots of gray, taupe, black, and white andΒ touches of natural wood, faux fur, stars, and stripes.
I’m really happy with how it turned out and think it will be appropriate for both boys and girls in years to come. And let’s be honest – this is totally my “mom cave” so the calming palette is 100% intended for me! I do like how the book covers in the bookcase add a little splash of color though.
I also adore zoo animals and think they are so fun for baby so I threw in some elephant, giraffe, zebra, and lion accents, plus a few deer heads in there for good measure because Β every kid’s room deserves a little bit of whimsy and who doesn’t love a good deer head? ;)
Like the rest of my house (which I share bits and pieces of on Instagram), the nursery is a mix of pieces I already owned, gifts from family and friends, DIY projects, secondhand Craigslist items, IKEA and Target bargains, and a few name-brand items. I tried not to buy anything at full retail price because that’s just against my religion but I also wanted to stay focused on my scheme. To do this, I organized my ideas onto aΒ PinterestΒ board, woke up every morning and scoured Chicago-area Craigslist, shopped sales and collected coupons whenever they popped up, and used gift cards,Β Pottery Barn rewards certificates, and Chase credit card points to buy things like the bookcase and books. And I have to credit my amazing husband for installing and mounting everything you see here!
And before we did any of this, we painted the walls a fresh coat of white (the walls are Benjamin Moore “Cloud White” and the ceiling is Benjamin Moore “Simply White”) which really brightened up the room because it has limited natural light.
I just love spending time with Oliver in the nursery and can’t wait to have storytime and playtime in there in the years to come.
Thank you Danielle for taking such beautiful pictures of Oliver and the room!
RH Baby and Child Paper Mache Elephant HeadΒ /Β West ElmΒ Ceiling Drum PendantΒ via Craigslist (similar here) with this bulbΒ /Β Lulu and GeorgiaΒ “Oh My Deer” PrintΒ by Stephanie Sterjovski /Β Target Threshold Grommet Window PanelsΒ (with blackout liners attached to the back) /Β Target Curtain Rod, Sharon Montrose Baby Zebra PrintΒ /Β Sharon Montrose Baby Giraffe PrintΒ /Β West Elm 16″ x 20″ White Gallery FramesΒ /Β Weegoamigo Knitted Elephant Blanket from Diapers.comΒ /Β Pottery Barn Kids Madison 3-Shelf BookrackΒ /Β Land of Nod Carousel CribΒ /Β Land of Nod MattressΒ /Β Land of Nod Mattress PadΒ /Β aden + anais Star Muslin Crib SheetΒ /Β Serena & Lilly Nantucket Storage BinsΒ /Β Jellycat Giraffe Toy, Lion Toy, and Puppy Toy /Β Cloud b On the Go Sleep SheepΒ /Β Land of Nod Llama Animal ShakerΒ /Β RH Baby & Child Chambray Lion Pull ToyΒ /Β Manny & Simon for Honest Zebra Wood ToyΒ /Β Land of Nod Rattan Changer BasketΒ /Β IKEA RENS SheepskinΒ /Β Anthropologie Forest Critter KnobsΒ /Β Changing Dresser via Craigslist /Β Summer Infant Changing Table PadΒ /Β aden + anais Star Changing Pad CoverΒ /Β Amerock Birch Wood Cabinet Knobs via Lowe’s / Land of Nod Faux Sheep Pillow (similar here) /Β Land of Nod Gumball LampΒ /Β Land of Nod Grey Variegated PoufΒ /Β Land of Nod Mod Nod Swivel GliderΒ /Β Target Threshold X-base Table / Target Threshold Colorblock Woven Basket /Β Land of Nod Ceramic Deer Head Wall DecorΒ /Β Crate & Barrel Olin Grey Striped RugΒ /Β DIY Gray and White Striped Canvas / DIY Gray Elephant Painting / Target Threshold Reclaimed Wood Mirror
P.S. I am completely 100% aware that you’re not supposed to leave stuffed animals and blankets in the crib. They are just props for the photograph and I remove them when he’s napping in there! :)