The Shelf That Makes My Inner #joannagaines Smile

I have been a longtime and loyal customer of Minted – from their beautiful artistic cards and announcements to their colorful prints. When I saw that they were expanding to include their newest and long awaited art shelves I just had to get my hands on one for Greyson’s nursery. I personally love the concept of wall shelving because, as many of you know, my husband and I are still in a one bedroom apartment with a new baby. It’s important that we continue to live minimally while in this home and wall shelving helps us create purposeful and multi-use space on our walls. So, which one stole my little heart?

The Little Artist Shelf is a piece that Greyson can grow into as it not only serves as a shelf for frames to display, it is also designed to showcase your child’s art with an assortment of art clips that hang below. For our 4” shelf we have 14 clips in which to hang his future artwork. At the moment I have my Instagram prints of Philip and I hanging since Greyson loves to look at them while we change his diaper. Once this boy can put crayons to paper you’ll bet to see them up and hanging!

The other great thing about wall shelves is that you can use them for many things: to display art, books, or simply utilitarian by getting items off a counter space. I love using mine to display our favorite baby books and to keep his most used products within reach such as his baby lotion, diaper cream, and Orajel. Also, the white wash was a perfect color shelf for his nursery since we went with a woodland theme as it has a great earthy-white tone. I am also very happy with the quality of the shelf; it’s made of sturdy premium wood, is durable, and the white wash finish looked homemade. So if you’re looking for a rustic piece for your nursery or kids room I couldn’t recommend this shelf enough!

Although the Little Artist Shelf is my personal favorite, this shelf is one of many that Minted has just released. There are five other art shelves, The Artful Shelf series, that come in premium wood, herringbone or French farmhouse details, and even copper!

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Are you just in love with the Little Artist Shelf that includes art clips as much as I am? Which art shelf is your favorite?

For more nursery inspiration be sure to check out Minted’s children’s art prints for the perfect print to add to any of these wall shelves. I mean…my heart just skipped a beat with this one…

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and affiliate links are used. I was provided the Little Artist Shelf by Minted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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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.

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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

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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!

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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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A Woodland Nursery Inspiration

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 inspiration

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Showing off the goodies from our storybook baby shower! I love how one party can generate an entire children’s library and memories that will last a lifetime. Here’s a sneak peek into our nursery and the goodies we’ve received.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Want 15% off your very own Lost My Name book? Use my referral link to get your copy or gift one to a friend or family member!

Personalizing a book is the perfect gift for your own child or for a dear friend or family member. I loved creating my son’s book and Lost My Name made it easy and affordable to create a keepsake that will last a lifetime!

Personalizing a book is the perfect gift for your own child or for a dear friend or family member. I loved creating my son’s book and Lost My Name made it easy and affordable to create a keepsake that will last a lifetime!

Personalizing a book is the perfect gift for your own child or for a dear friend or family member. I loved creating my son’s book and Lost My Name made it easy and affordable to create a keepsake that will last a lifetime!

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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!

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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