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?

Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray has been a popular color for interior spaces for a little while now. What I have noticed recently though, is a new batch of colors that are being paired with gray.

colors to pair with gray

Soft, ‘sherbet-like’ colors and gray are a popular combination right now both for interiors and in fashion.

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Gray & Mint Green

For years, the popular greens have had a lot of yellow in them.  This year though, mint green has hit the scene in a big way.  It is crisp and cool, and paired with gray it feels fresh and modern.

gray and mint green dining room

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gray and mint green living room

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gray and mint green bedroom

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A few ways to use mint green in a room:

-          Paint a piece of furniture -          Use it as the accent color for a stencil -          Upholster one or two pieces of furniture in a solid fabric or a fun pattern

Mint greens to try:

gray and mint green paint colors

Gray & Coral

Coral is a fun color and can have pink undertones or orange undertones.  It is a softer alternative to Pantone’s 2012 color of the year ‘Tangerine Tango’.  Paired with gray, coral really pops and adds a sense of vibrancy to the room.

gray and coral living room

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coral-and-gray-bedroom

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gray and coral nursery

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A few ways to use coral in a room:

-Accent pillows, artwork, and an area rug -As an alternative to pink for a baby girl’s nursery -Fun window treatments

Corals to try:

gray and coral paint colors

Gray & Yellow

The combination of gray and yellow has been popular for a while, but it is still current and I do not see it fading away any time soon.  Adding yellow to any room instantly makes it feel brighter and happier.  It can be overpowering, however, so pairing it with gray is a good way to balance yellow’s intensity.

gray and yellow eat in kitchen

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gray and yellow dining room

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gray and yellow bookcase

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A few ways to use yellow in a room:

-Paint the back of a bookshelf -Paint your kitchen walls yellow -Upholster dining room chairs or seat cushions in a fun gray and yellow fabric

Yellows to try:

gray and yellow paint colors

Gray & Purple

In my opinion, purple looks great with anything ;)!  Try pairing different shades of purple with gray – light lavenders will blend with gray, while deep, rich purples will really stand out and make a statement.

gray and purple dining room

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gray and purple hallway

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gray and purple living room

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This is probably one of my favorite rooms that I’ve seen recently!  I think it was made for me ;): a lavender chaise and lamp, a grey chevron rug, and turquoise chair!  So soft and feminine, yet comfortable and livable ~ I love it!

A few ways to use purple in your home:

-Paint your front door purple – a grey house with black shutters, white trim, and a purple door = wow! -Paint a ceiling purple -Upholster a headboard in a soft, purple velvet

Purples to try:

gray and purple paint colors

Gray is a modern neutral that pairs well with so many colors.  Beiges and tans can still feel fresh, but if you are ready for a change, go with gray.

A few grays to try:

gray paint colors

º What color do you like to pair with gray?

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