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A Woodland Nursery In A Small Space

If you’ve been following me a while, especially during this pregnancy and my many preparations for baby, then you’ll already know that my husband and I are currently dwelling in a one bedroom apartment. Where we are blessed with square footage we lack in storage space, so when we found out we were expecting, creating a space for baby presented itself with quite a few considerations.

Adding a baby into the mix required us to not only be practical, but minimal when it came to acquiring the nursery essentials and although I’ve had my spurts of serious nesting, I’ve had to reign it in a bit so that we didn’t clutter our home with the unnecessary baby stuff…and we all know what those things are. However, even though I had to get creative within our home, I am pretty happy with how well Greyson’s woodland nursery came out.

Here’s my grand reveal of our nursery in a small space!

Adding a baby into the mix required us to not only be practical, but minimal when it came to acquiring the nursery essentials and although I’ve had my spurts of serious nesting, I’ve had to reign it in a bit so that we didn’t clutter our home with the unnecessary baby stuff...and we all know what those things are. However, even though I had to get creative within our home, I am pretty happy with how well Greyson’s woodland nursery came out.

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minimalistic decorating

To create a warm and inviting space for baby Greyson I had to first really take a look at the unused space we did have and somehow create useful storage where we didn’t. We are blessed with wall space and my first thought was hanging shelves to maximize that available space, but one safety aspect to placing things on walls is that you essentially can’t above where the baby will be sleeping. So, that ruled out any shelving I had planned on placing on one of the larger walls. Also, this fact is reinforced by mother nature and the true possibility of earthquakes here in CA.

Creating the perfect woodland nursery was easy with the help of simple decorations including birch tree wall decals, wooden baby name letters, and a bird house night light! See how I achieved this look and more on the blog!

Bird House Night Light | Initial Wooden Letters | Birch Tree Wall Decals

So, instead of shelving I opted for the woodland theme with the decorations. I scoured the internet for a while before I was able to find these great birch tree wall decals from Amazon. I needed them in white, I only wanted to spend about $50 tops for the decals (surprisingly wall decals can be quite expensive), and I wanted them made in the USA. Luckily these decals were not only affordable, but they applied perfectly to my textured walls and took maybe about 20 minutes or so to put up. No tears and no frustration – win! I am so happy with how well they turned out and it just gave Greyson’s little corner the perfect woodland touch I was looking to achieve.

*I didn’t use all of the decals that came with my purchase. There are quite a few branches and birds that I chose to not use.

Another fun accent to Greyson’s wall above his crib are his name letters. Again, this was a surprisingly tough item to find, but I am thankful to Etsy shop GoingGaga for these custom made wooden letters. She placed holes in the backs of them so I could hang them with nails, but to save me time and effort I simply used about 2-3 Command poster strips to place them on the walls. So far they’ve been holding up perfectly and I have yet to have an issue with them falling or losing their adhesiveness to the walls.

Creating the perfect woodland nursery was easy with the help of simple decorations including this wooden bird house night light! See how I achieved this look and more on the blog!

sleeping space

Where will baby sleep? We opted for a Graco Pack ’n Play that is equipped with all of the essentials of a nursery included in one product. Our Pack ’n Play has a built in, but removable, changing table as well as infant napper where Greyson will most likely spend the most of his time sleeping/lounging besides the 4Moms Rockaroo swing. If we, or he, doesn’t like it, we always have the option of taking it out and he can sleep on the pad that can be lowered once he’s older.

And P.S…how adorable is this bird house night light? Another great Etsy find!

Why not a crib? Well, this comes under the minimalist category and being able to own a product that has multiple uses. Opt for simple furniture pieces that can be easily transported throughout the house or if you ever move. This infant Pack ’n Play is equipped with all of our baby needs all in one product!

Pack ’n Play | Side Table (similar) | Crane Humidifier | Diaper Genie | Owlet Baby Monitor

Why not a crib? Well, this comes under the minimalist category and being able to own a product that has multiple uses. Cribs also take up a lot of space and considering that we may be moving within the year, I wanted to wait to invest in actual nursery furniture like a crib/changing table set until we’re settled and Greyson has his own room.

Until then, I’ve set up a little command center for all of his diaper changing needs. We had an old Ikea side table that we once used in our bathroom in our previous apartment to hold our toiletries like extra towels and toilet paper. I have been struggling to find a use for it since moving and so for now it will be an extra storage piece next to Greyson’s crib. It’s perfect for placing the humidifier and all those extra diapers, wipes, etc.

Why not a crib? Well, this comes under the minimalist category and being able to own a product that has multiple uses. Cribs also take up a lot of space and considering that we may be moving within the year, I wanted to wait to invest in actual nursery furniture like a crib/changing table set until we’re settled and Greyson has his own room.

Bobby Nursing Pillow | Woodland Pillow Cover | Graco Changing Pad | Mattress Pad | Mattress Sheets

for fun…

This rustic card holder is staying up year round in our home and it has been perfect for holding all those baby cards we’ve been receiving. I love how adorable baby cards can be so I’ve really enjoyed displaying them in our home.

This rustic card holder is staying up year round in our home and it has been perfect for holding all those baby cards we’ve been receiving. I love how adorable baby cards can be so I’ve really enjoyed displaying them in our home.

Rustic Frame Card Holder | Wreath | Mini Clothespins

Remember my Holiday Home Tour post? Well, this rustic card holder is staying up year round in our home and it has been perfect for holding all those baby cards we’ve been receiving. I love how adorable baby cards can be so I’ve really enjoyed displaying them in our home. All I did was swap out the Christmas mini clothespins and used painters tape to attach the wreath!

organizing baby

Reuse decorations from your baby shower like I did to create an inviting and personalized space for baby!

Sharing a space with baby has never been easier by using smart organizing solutions like this cube storage organizer from Target. Keep things tucked away and out of sight (and reach!) by using cube bins or display what you want by leaving the cubes open!

Cube Storage Organizer | 4Moms Rockaroo Swing + Infant Insert | 4Moms Infant Tub

I shared a little sneak peek into my library/all things baby organizer in my previous nursery inspiration post, but the only real change here are the letters we kept from our woodland baby shower. They were used as decorations and, again, I used the Command poster strips to place them on the wall.

I love this cube storage organizer because it has provided us with so much storage space where we lacked in closet space. I just know that we’re going to acquire more baby/toddler things as Greyson grows up and it’s nice to have the storage to place it and keep it out of sight (and reach for that matter!) – especially since we’re sharing Greyson’s space with our living/dining room.

Being practical and minimal with our baby essentials has really helped my husband and I manage our space well, but make it welcoming for our little guy when he comes home for the first time.

Being practical and minimal with our baby essentials has really helped my husband and I manage our space well, but make it welcoming for our little guy when he comes home for the first time.

Here is a broader look of our apartment and you can see just where everything goes. Again, I am so thankful that we have square footage for a one bedroom apartment because I know this feat would be a lot more challenging in a smaller space. Also, being practical and minimal with our baby essentials has really helped my husband and I manage our space well, but make it welcoming for our little guy when he comes home for the first time.

living minimally & purposefully with baby

Being first-time parents doesn’t mean we have to overrun our homes with baby stuff – and I think it’s vital to separate those spaces even if you DO have a room for a nursery/child’s room. In my reading of Bringing Up Bébé, it’s only solidified the importance I feel in maintaining our living spaces and not allowing our living rooms to be taken over with toys, teepees, and other baby/child things. We are able to maintain a clean apartment and managing the amount that comes in with donations or things we can purge helps keep the balance. Living minimally, but with the essentials, has really given us the ability to have a place and purpose for everything…including baby.

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  • it’s beautiful!!! love. so excited for you… and the mama roo is amazing. i LOVE bringing home bebe

    • Thanks, Nelle! I am so excited to have him swing in it (fingers crossed he loves it as much as I do, haha). It was one of my favorite registry items!

    • Thanks, Nelle! I am so excited to have him swing in it (fingers crossed he loves it as much as I do, haha). It was one of my favorite registry items!

  • ps: the chicken wire art is aMaZinG.

    • I thought about making one myself since it’s really just a wooden frame with chicken wire stapled to it…but I thought, yeah right, so I just purchased mine. But, I love it! And I love how I can have it up year round <3

    • I thought about making one myself since it’s really just a wooden frame with chicken wire stapled to it…but I thought, yeah right, so I just purchased mine. But, I love it! And I love how I can have it up year round <3

  • I absolutely love those decals and birdhouse! Beautiful. And I love how simple it is. So excited for you guys- now he just needs to get here! 🙂

    • Tell me about it! <3 And thank you…I got the inspiration from Pinterest (go figure) but I am happy that my husband actually came up with the woodland theme for baby. So it was nice having his input along the way. Simplicity is what we were going for and although our ‘nursery’ is quite simple, it fits our needs right now. One day I’ll have the adorable nursery like you 😉

      • Our is really simple right now too!! I think it will be fun to put it together once the babe is here.. plus- you’ll know more of his personality! 🙂

    • Tell me about it! <3 And thank you…I got the inspiration from Pinterest (go figure) but I am happy that my husband actually came up with the woodland theme for baby. So it was nice having his input along the way. Simplicity is what we were going for and although our ‘nursery’ is quite simple, it fits our needs right now. One day I’ll have the adorable nursery like you 😉

  • I love the theme! So cute!

    • Thank you! I just fell in love with the bird house night light and the wall decals were the easiest, but cutest, addition to bring it all together. 🙂

    • Thank you! I just fell in love with the bird house night light and the wall decals were the easiest, but cutest, addition to bring it all together. 🙂

  • Very cute – that chicken wire frame is SUCH a good idea!

  • so so cute! I LOVE the chicken wire frame. I don’t have kids yet, so I think I might just have to make myself that frame 🙂

  • so so cute! I LOVE the chicken wire frame. I don’t have kids yet, so I think I might just have to make myself that frame 🙂

  • I love everything, but especially the card holder! What an awesome idea. — Lisa | Naptime Chai

  • I love everything, but especially the card holder! What an awesome idea. — Lisa | Naptime Chai

  • What a smart setup!! Well done, guys. The humidifier was a great idea, too. We just bought one for Violet a few weeks ago, but I wish we had thought of it sooner!

    • Thanks! We’re making the most of the space we have…one day we’ll adult a little more and actually have a home with more than one bedroom, haha. But until then, we are living with what we have and making the best of it 🙂

      And I had always heard to have a humidifier for the baby so it was amongst the things we got…if not for the baby, it’s been great for me and my allergies! 😉

  • I love the letters spelling Greyson! Such a cute idea!!! I may have to do that for our little guy 🙂

    • Thank you! It took me forever to find the right kind, font, etc. The shop owner is based in Canada and it takes quite a while for them to be shipped out, but it was so worth the wait! So happy with them 🙂

  • Lisa Wilkinson

    I’m not expecting any more bebes, but I do have a small space. You did an amazing job with this. It incorporates so well, and is both whimsical and sophisticated!

    • Thanks so much, Lisa! It was a challenge for me at first because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make the ideas in my mind come to life in our apartment. But, luckily everything came together and I’m happy with what we were able to accomplish. Having a small space makes you really think about what you need vs. what you don’t.

  • This nursery is just beautiful! So calm and peaceful! Also, I love the name Greyson.

  • I absolutely love your small space nursery! And those decals ! We have a small house, so when expecting our daughter, we tried to get as many things that had multiple uses. Our favorite was our 4moms Mamaroo! I really love all of their products.

    You really did such a beautiful job decorating! Congrats on your coming bundle of joy!

    Visiting from The Peony Project

  • I absolutely love your small space nursery! And those decals ! We have a small house, so when expecting our daughter, we tried to get as many things that had multiple uses. Our favorite was our 4moms Mamaroo! I really love all of their products.

    You really did such a beautiful job decorating! Congrats on your coming bundle of joy!

    Visiting from The Peony Project

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