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?

Boy Green's 1st Birthday Party

Now that he’s officially a year old, I guess I can’t refer to him as “Baby Boy Green” anymore. (All photos in this post by Beth Furgurson Photography)

boy green

While this is not my typical design post, throwing any party certainly has its own design elements involved, so I wanted to share a few pictures from Boy Green’s 1st birthday party.  Between Pinterest and Etsy, there are so many options for creating adorable children’s parties.  Since he is only 1, I tried to restrain myself and not go too over the top, but I found a few cute things that I couldn’t resist.  We chose to do a woodland theme for the party and it all started with this adorable invitation from Tiny Fox Print Shop on Etsy.

woodland invitation

I loved the hipster woodland animals!

I created this Welcome sign for our front door.  The cross-section of wood is from Michael’s, I painted the letters, and the adorable owls are from the same shop (The Happy Star on Etsy) where we purchased the animals for his mobile.  (Kristen was once again great to work with and was happy to accommodate my custom order!)

woodland welcome sign

The chest by our front door held a framed copy of the invitation, the picture below, an owl stuffed animal that was a baby shower gift, owl birthday glasses, and the goodie bags.

woodland welcome table

I wanted to recreate one of his newborn pictures that Beth did for us.  Our hydrangeas didn’t bloom nearly as beautifully as they did last year, but we were still able to get some fun pictures.

newborn to 1 year

The goodie bags were a last minute detail.  I used brown paper lunch bags, decorated them with woodland stickers and stamps, and closed them with fox and owl mini clothespins from Michael’s.  Inside the goodie bags was a laminated picture of Boy Green on the trunk along with two woodland magnets from Cherry Cute on Etsy.

woodland gift bags

woodland magnets

From the mantel, using the same fox and owl mini clothespins, I hung each of his month pictures.  Everyone enjoyed looking at those and seeing the progression from month to month.  I also included a few other pictures and his name sign that is on the door to his room.  Do you see the sign that my sister and brother-in-law’s little boy made for Boy Green?  He is 5, and is such a great big “cousin-brother,” as he calls them!

birthday mantel

month pictures

We had the party in the afternoon, so we didn’t need a big spread of food, but we did want to have a few snacks for our guests.  Not all of the food followed the theme, but I picked a few things I thought were cute.  We had two trail mix options (I loved those mini easels – from Michael’s!).

woodland birthday snacks

Chocolate peanut butter acorns…these were super easy to make and really yummy! (mini Nutter Butters, Hershey’s Kisses, mini chocolate chips, and melted chocolate chips to ‘glue’ each piece together)

chocolate peanut butter acorns

We also made these owl crackers (big round crackers, cream cheese, slivered almonds, Ritz Bits, and craisins).

owl crackers

And last but certainly not least…the cake, from Shyndigz!  The cake toppers are from Mia Sophias on Etsy, and the gnome and mushrooms are again from Kristen at The Happy Star.

woodland birthday cake

The big cake was for the guests, and we baked a small smash cake just for Boy Green.

1st birthday smash cake

I‘d say he loved it :)!

eating cake

We had a great day celebrating with friends and family.  It is hard to believe that he is 1 already!

Green family

(Boy Green’s adorable owl shirt is from Isaac Original Designs on Etsy.)

Why don’t we reveal Boy Green’s name?  I read many blogs where the bloggers use their children’s names on the blog.  While I personally know many of you who read my blog, the internet is vast and there are many new people who visit my site.  Most of my visitors are friendly and are truly interested in a design or project I have done; however, others are not.  For the sake of his privacy and protection, Andrew and I have decided to keep his name off of the blog for now.

Cathy Green Interiors monogram