Can you tell I have baby on the brain?
Cultivating a theme for your nursery is one of the most satisfying things a new mother can do while patiently (or not so patiently in my case, haha) waiting for their little one to arrive. This feeling of nesting, which is a very real feeling I’ve come to find, is alive and well and I am excited to pull everything together to make Greyson’s first experience in his new home as comfortable as possible – and not to mention adorable for the adults.
Although we are apartment dwelling at the moment, which includes only one bedroom and means Greyson doesn’t yet have an official nursery room to call his own quite yet. However, I have put together my inspiration board for a woodland themed nursery. Eventually we will have a home with more than one bedroom, but I am determined to create a cute, but functional, nursery for my little guy until then. To see more about the themes that have inspired my pregnancy, see my storybook baby shower inspiration board and photos from my shower.
Also, at the very end of this post I have a little goodie giveaway for you all so be sure to read all the way to the end!
Early on in our pregnancy my husband and I were visiting Babies R Us just to look around and get a feel for all the baby stuff we’d need down the road. Me being the super planner and all, I wanted to get my feet wet with all the different baby products so I knew where to start when putting together our registry (because realistically what husband really wants to do that?). While walking around we made it to the nursery section where they showcase all of their cribs and crib accessories such as sheets, blankets, pillows, etc. As we looked through all the different designs from gender neutral to bright colors, I quickly noticed that everything my husband was picking out had a fox somewhere on it…and voila, our nursery theme was born (no pun intended). I am so happy that this theme of ours came about so easily and naturally even if foxes and woodland animals are currently the trend with babies at the moment.
Now on to the goodies I’ve chosen for Greyson’s woodland nursery.
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1: Baby Crib
A baby crib is by far the most important piece of nursery furniture that any parent should have before baby comes home. We currently are using this Pack ’n Play, but I’ve had my eye on this Land of Nod crib for when we eventually move and Greyson has his own bedroom. Another great feature of this crib is the fact that it grows with your baby and that is perfect for us minimalists. The mattress can adjust heights and the toddler rail can be removed to convert it into a toddler bed.
2: Arrow Crib Bedding
To go along with a crib, it’s important that your little one has comfy and cozy crib sheets (and safe goes without saying). I fell in love with this grey arrow bedding set from ThePincushionStore on Etsy, but the price tag is way more than I would ever consider on crib sheets. However, with that said, the shop owner hand makes every set and includes a crib bumper, skirt, blanket, and sheet.
3: Birch Tree Wall Decal + Birdhouse Night Light
An easy way to create the woodland feel but staying on budget are these birch tree wall decals and bird house night light. You can find easily removable wall decals in all kinds of tree designs, but I personally love this simple *tree decal by PopDecals on Amazon and the bird house night light from TheTinyAcornByJLee on Etsy.
4: Wooden Wall Shelving
Wood anything is the perfect accent for any woodland theme and incorporating it into the shelving really brings the woodland theme to life! I’m all about these wall shelves for either displaying photo frames or even children’s books.
5: Baby Woodland Creature Wall Art
A nursery isn’t complete without some cute wall art and these baby woodland creature paintings are just what I was looking for Greyson’s nursery. There are so many options for woodland art, especially for a nursery, but I fell in love with these illustrations from JamesRiverStudios on Etsy (they come in a set of 6). The quality is very storybook-esque and they’re perfect for either boys or girls.
6: Baby Name Letters
I am so excited to get Greyson’s name letters in the mail and hang them above his crib! It’s a small touch that personalizes his little space and ties everything together. I found some difficulty finding the right font, but I was so happy to find these simple and clean letters from GoingGaga on Etsy. She’s a Canadian shop owner and it takes a while for her to handmade your order, but I know these letters will be of high quality and I am really looking forward to adding these to his room.
7: Woodland Crib Mobile
Since we have a Pack ’n Play right now that will serve as Greyson’s crib for the time being, the one other crib accessory that my husband has been ever so picky about (which is hilarious because he doesn’t have too many opinions and lets me do what I want) is the darn mobile! There are a zillion different woodland mobiles out there and this particular mobile featured on the blog Spindle Life caught my eye. I love the handmade quality of the animals and just love the wooden piece they hang from. We were thinking about attaching a wall hook that extends over the Pack ’n Play as a means for hanging it since we can’t hang anything from the ceiling (lease agreement). But, of course when I went looking for the link to buy this mobile I quickly found that it is in fact a handmade item, but made by the bloggers mother for their baby. Super adorable – but such a bummer. Onto Etsy it is…
8: Hand-lettered Wall Art
One of my favorite home decor pieces are hand-lettered canvases and this print from HouseOfBelongingLLC on Etsy stood out to me for hanging in our little guy’s room. I know his arrival will mean the greatest adventure yet for my husband and I and this print expresses exactly that. I love the rustic yet playful aesthetic that makes this print such a fabulous piece for a nursery.
Also seen in…
+ A fellow blogger, Lauren of Sobremesa Stories, features this SAME print in her rustic neutral nursery for her little one.
+ Another great print (that I seriously considered) from this same Etsy shop is featured in Nelle’s nursery from the blog Vintage Simply Love.
9: Glider Chair
During our most recent trip to Babies R Us we test-sat some gliders and rockers to try and narrow down the most comfortable and budget friendly. We practically loved everything we sat in, but the Kersey swivel glider chair and ottoman along with the Madison (not pictured) glider were amongst our top favorites and came in colors that go with our current furniture in the living room. A glider isn’t necessarily a must-have item, but knowing I’ll be nursing often made me want to invest in a comfortable chair where I suspect I’ll be spending plenty of time (not to mention my husband too for feedings).
10: Woodland Themed Accessories
Lastly, finding those final touches and accessories that give your nursery the perfect ending note was the most fun for me. These accessories are moreso for my enjoyment rather than serving a purpose for my little guy – but happy mom happy life, haha. Some accessories I fell in love with are the woodland pillows and this adorable woodland table lamp base from World Market.
Here’s a few snapshots of the goodies I received from our storybook baby shower and a sneak peek into our makeshift nursery…aka our living room! I am so grateful for the wonderful stories we were gifted and I know Greyson will enjoy each and every one of these books.
These older children’s books were actually gifted from my mom to Greyson. They’re in a condition where I probably would only have them as ‘look but don’t touch’ in his nursery, but I just love having the children’s books she had when she was younger as a little piece of my mom here with us since we live so far away.
Has anyone heard of Lucy Darling? It’s such a cute shop and she makes beautiful baby items like monthly stickers, clothing dividers, and these lovely baby books! I ordered mine online, but I was happy to see the baby books stocked at The Paper Source. I love the colorful pages and I can’t wait to fill them out once he arrives. This will definitely be in my hospital bag so I can nab some cute footprints!
One request that I had from my storybook baby shower was that guests not only bring a children’s book with them to share with Greyson, but for them to write a little note to him inside. I loved reading through all the thoughtful words from family and these will last forever as keepsakes after he’s grown. Greyson is so loved and it’s great that he has these little reminders in his storybooks.
By far one of my favorite books we’ve gotten for baby Greyson is this story called The Little Boy Who Lost His Name. It is independently published by a company called Lost My Name and they create personalized storybooks for children and adapt them depending on if you have a boy or girl. All you do is fill in the name of your child, pick a character that most looks like them, and they generate animals and the plot based on the letters in your child’s name. Your child is the main character and goes on an epic adventure to find their missing name all the while meeting and helping various animals along the way. In return they give them a letter that will help them find their missing name.
I absolutely cannot wait to read this to Greyson and to see his face (when he’s older, of course) when he realizes this is a book written just for him. The illustrations and colors are vivid, the story is adorable, and I’m just in love with the overall quality of this product.
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Yay, you’ve made it to the bottom of this post! I promise it was worth it!
In celebration of Greyson’s arrival and all that goes in to making his first experiences at home comfortable, I am offering a $25 Etsy gift card so that you, whether your a new mom, mom-to-be, or just an Etsy lover, can fill your home with all the lovely things from these small business owners I’ve featured or your own favorite shops!
Giveaway runs from 1/25/16-2/1/16 12am PST
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