Baby Boy Green #2's Woodland Nursery

Almost a year ago, Andrew I welcomed Baby Boy Green #2 to the world!

(Photos by Beth Furgurson Photography)

It’s hard to believe it has almost been a year, and I am just now getting to posting his nursery pictures…well, his former nursery!  When you own your own business, have two young boys, and tackle renovating a new house and moving, some things (like the blog) get put on hold.  We moved to a new house back in April, so it makes me a little nostalgic to look back at this pictures.  His new room is similar, but a work in progress, with a few boxes still to be unpacked.

In our old house, we had three bedrooms – two very similar in size, and one tiny room that we used for Boy #1’s nursery.  When we found out I was pregnant, we decided to move Boy #1 to the bigger room, and put the baby in the nursery.  You may remember what the nursery used to look like:

It took a little finagling, but I somehow convinced Andrew that we needed to redo this room.  I think there were phrases like “This is going to be our last nursery that I design”, “It won’t be that much more painting for you”, “Boy #1 needs his nautical theme to go with him to his new room.”  So, that’s what we did – moved Boy #1’s décor to the bigger room with him, and I started to gather new ideas for the nursery.  When I started searching for inspiration last January – mint green was nowhere to be seen.  Now you can’t walk into a store without seeing it on every isle!  I guess I was just ahead of the trend ;).

My jumping off point for the room was these adorable photographs of baby animals from The Animal Print Shop.  I pinned them years ago in hopes of using them for a project someday, and decided that there was no better place for them then our own home!

Once the woodland theme was decided on, I needed a color palette to coordinate with it.  We settled on this tree fabric for the window treatments, and pulled the mint green (Olympic Rolling Hills B62-2) for the top half of the walls from there, and kept it soft with light gray accents.

The dresser was a perfect fit for the space between the wall and the radiator, so we kept it in the room and gave it a fresh coat of paint (Sherwin Williams Passive SW 7064), and Boy #1 got a “new dresser for his new room”!

The reclaimed wood owl is from The Cheeky Nest on Etsy. They were so wonderful to work with and created exactly what I had envisioned!  I made the pennant banner from scraps of fabric after Boy #2 was born.  (He was 3 weeks early, so I had expected to have a little more time to finish his room!)  The two pictures on the wall are his birth announcement, and a name sign with all of his birth information.  The changing pad cover is from Land of Nod.

We kept the door to the closet off of the hinges, and we were able to reuse the gray baskets from Boy #1’s nursery to hold baby blankets, sheets, and toys.

Boy #1’s crib converts to a toddler bed, so we decided to let him keep that one, and found this one off of CraigsList (I think it is this one).  It was in great shape, I loved the straight lines of it, and the storage drawer was an added bonus.  We hung 6 of The Animal Print Shop’s photos over the crib (wolf, raccoon, deer, bear, fox, and porcupine a.k.a “porky-pine” as Boy #1 calls it ;)! ), and added the owl near the door.

Two other things we kept from Boy #1’s version of the room were the wall shelves on either side of the crib and the light fixture.

Oh, Etsy…what did I do before you?!  I wanted a similar mobile to the one we made for Boy #1.  I found Sweet Bauer Knits’ shop and loved her little knitted animals.  It was once again, a delightful experience, and she worked with me to create the animals and colors exactly like I wanted (taupe bear, gray fox, lime green owl, brown hedgehog, soft green bird (behind the fox), and a few acorns).  I added the same felt balls I used with Boy #1’s mobile and put it together on an embroidery hoop wrapped in gray ribbon.

I also found his quilt on Etsy, from Kathryn Audrey Quilts.  I liked the modern feeling the stripes on the front have, and I’ve used the back for all of his monthly pictures.  (The top picture reflects the true colors – I’m still working on my photography skills ;)!)  (Hipster woodland animal month stickers from Camera Ready Shop.)

The view I had every time I walked in the door.

And then this sweet face was there to greet me ;).  He was about 4 months old in these pictures.

It was fun to re-do this room and give it a new look.  It was a tiny little room, but I have such sweet memories of our time in there.  I certainly spent many hours in there with both boys.  I really loved the navy and green version (and it is quite popular on Pinterest with over 26,000 repins!!), but this soft and sweet mint green and gray was also special to me.

I’ve been asked, “What is your approach to design?”  It is an always evolving answer that combines trends, my own personal experiences, and the client's needs and wants, but one thing that stays constant is this: I see the world in color.  Everywhere I go, I notice colors, and patterns, and shapes.  The colors I see are used to influence projects and create new room designs.  With my friends and family, in my head, I assign them a color that is ‘their color’.  It represents who they are, their personality, and what makes them unique.  These two versions of the same room have come to reflect each of our boys’ personalities.  Boy #1 will forever be ‘navy blue’ in my head – rich and bold, strong, and full of depth.  Boy #2 will carry the light green and gray – he is more sensitive and observant, soft and cuddly, yet ready to explore the world as his woodland theme suggests.

Which version is your favorite?

Baby Boy Green’s Nursery

For the past two months I have been spending time with this sweet boy!  (My sister is an amazing photographer and we have been spoiled with so many adorable photos of him :)!) baby green

Beth Furgurson Photography

I can hardly believe it’s been two months.  It seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.

Let’s take a tour of his room!

nursery entrance

 (That’s me, just two days before he was born!)

His nursery is at the end of a hallway.  I love the view into his room – the combination of the light fixture, window treatments, rug, and wall color makes me smile every time I look down the hall.

The room is small (about 7’ x 10’), so we had to fit a lot of function into a small space.  (Click here to see my first post on our nursery ideas.)

I knew I wanted to use navy blue as the main color in the space.  With that as the starting point, I searched for fabrics for inspiration.  Andrew and I both really liked this argyle fabric, and I fell in love with the modern blocks pattern.  I decided to use the argyle on the crib skirt and the blocks on the window treatments.

nursery fabrics

argyle fabric / modern blocks fabric

Once the fabrics were chosen, we were able to start pulling the room together.  For the walls, we chose Benjamin Moore Admiral Blue 2065-10 to use above the chair rail.  It’s a really rich navy blue color that is not too dark and not too purple.  Below the chair rail, we used the white out of the can.  Some people think that the white out of the can is too harsh, but I like the crispness of it.  We used an eggshell finish on the walls and a semi-gloss for the trim.

nursery crib

My sister and her husband had saved the crib they used for their little boy and they were nice enough to share it with us.  The crib sheet is from Land of Nod, and I used Young House Love’s tutorial to make a no-sew crib skirt.  The quilt was a special gift from my parents and my sister and brother-in-law.  A local quilt maker custom made it just for us! I love how she used modern fabrics in our color scheme to give a traditional quilt an updated look.

For the artwork above the crib, we framed three different fabrics that coordinate with the colors in the window treatments.

nursery art

animal fabric / stripes fabric / tree fabric

A very special thank you to my friend and super-talented seamstress, Christine of Iron Gate Interiors for making the Roman shades for us!

nursery window treatments

There is not a lot of space for storage in the room, so we hung 6 wall shelves to hold books, stuffed animals, and toys.

nursery shelves

wall shelves

I searched and searched for a mobile for the room, but I just couldn’t find one that I loved.  I found two shops on Etsy that had exactly want I wanted, so I ordered the pieces from them to make a custom mobile.  Andrew and I had fun putting it together – I think it was the last finishing touch we did for the room (4 days before he was born!).

nursery mobile

I used an embroidery hoop for the ring, and wrapped it in navy ribbon.  The crocheted animals are from The Happy Star on Esty.  The owner, Kristen, was as nice as she could be and made a few of the animals as special requests for us.  We used a whale, a penguin, a polar bear, a walrus, a seal, a turtle, and an octopus.  Not all arctic animals, we know, but they are just ones that we liked!  The felt balls are from FELTSUPPLIER, and the owner Michal, was equally as nice.  They are actually located in Poland, and I was a little nervous about the delivery time, but Michal assured me that they would arrive in about a week, and they did!  (What did we do before Etsy?!)

nursery mobile

I love how it turned out and know that we’ll enjoy making up names for and stories about these adorable animals!

nursery mobile

Another important piece to the room was the dresser and changing table.  Andrew and I love to browse antique stores, so we really wanted to find a piece that we could repurpose and paint.  We found this dresser at The MarQet Place and knew that it was the one – it was in good shape and made of solid wood, we liked the lines and the hardware, and it had a good price tag ($189).

dresser before

With the navy and white walls, I wanted to choose a color that would stand out, so we decided on green.  I looked for the perfect green that wasn’t too bright and wasn’t too muddy.  We chose Olympic’s Asparagus B68-5, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

nursery dresser

To create the changing pad top, Andrew used 1”x3” pieces of wood, screwed them together, and painted it the same Asparagus green.

The four animal prints above the dresser are also from Etsy – NikoAndLily.  They’re pretty cute - a whale, a polar bear, a penguin, and a narwhal!

nursery & baby

The light fixture we chose is from Land of Nod.  It is fun and playful, and taking the advice of the reviewers online, we put it on a dimmer switch.  (This is a tip I would recommend to anyone for their nursery!)

nursery light fixture

Because of the position of our stairs, the closet in this room is cut in half.  We decided to take the door off of the closet and use it for storage, instead of for hanging clothes.  We didn’t think this little boy would have too many hanging clothes right now ;)!

nursery closet

The closet already had two shelves and we added one more to increase the storage.  I found the gray baskets at Garden Ridge.  They are the perfect size for the shelves and are great for holding toys, books, extra sheets, and bath supplies.

nursery closet

We are so happy with how the room turned out!  I’ve been spending a lot of time in there lately, and I just love looking at all of the pieces.  I think we picked a color palate and patterns that will grow with him, and I hope he loves it as much as we do!

nursery crib

Thanks so much to Beth Furgurson Photography for all of the wonderful pictures!  I know we'll cherish having these special nursery pictures.

º What is your favorite color combination for a nursery?

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