We are expecting baby #2 any day now, so I thought we’d allow a little nostalgia for my first’s nursery — because there wasn’t much nursery decorating this time around since they’ll be sharing a room! It is so much fun to prepare and anticipate a little one. Hope you enjoy!
There’s a whole not-at-all-funny story about how we were up at SIX AM the day of the newborn photo shoot to move the crib back in and how it didn’t fit… but we’ll just not revisit that. Anyway… come along with me!
Photos where you see me and/or Adelina (aka the good ones ha ha) are by Tracey Allred Photography from our newborn shoot, the rest are just pictures I took.
So the goal was a soft, somewhat neutral woodland theme based on a book my grandfather gave me as a child, with a feminine touch. But go figure, the colors I wanted aren’t super common in baby aisles; you’ll find a lot of pink, blue, yellow, jungle colors, and that’s about it. Although lucky for me, woodland themes are really popular right now so you can find a lot of owl stuff, etc. And it was so fun at the baby shower because everybody went nuts with the fox theme and there really were a lot of cute outfits with foxes on them!
And a stinkin’ cute foxy cake! (Check out Frost Me Cakes by Nikki if you’re in the Casper area, she’s amazing!)
A lot of what you see in the room is handmade/DIY — in fact the only thing that isn’t homemade in some way is probably the furniture! It was so much fun preparing all of it, and a great way to prepare for a little one’s arrival 🙂
The vinyl tree you see behind us was made and designed by my sister- and brother-in-law. Pretty talented! We’re still working on putting the other ones up because it’s struggling to adhere to the stupid wall texture (believe me, if I had had a choice to not have orange peel texture, I would have been all over it! But apparently “we don’t do that here”…) Anyway. Doing almost everything myself was also a great way to get a look I wanted for much cheaper. I was able to reuse/swap/get for free a lot of the materials.
The biggest expenses were the fabric (which was a gift from my in-laws) and furniture. The changing table was a gift from my sweet coworkers and the chair we already had as part of our living room set (gliders are EXPENSIVE!), so all that was left to buy was the crib, and I really think IKEA is such a great deal for this. (I found this review helpful, by the way)
That would be virtually the cheapest crib there is out there, and we really like it. (All the sources are at the end of the post)
Here’s the book that inspired it all, and the coordinating blanket I made a while ago — with a dang cute baby inside 🙂
The decor was really fun to make. I couldn’t find just the right colors of yarn (and they photographed a little funny too) but I got as close as I could. The letters are simply cut out from cardboard, then I wrapped them with yarn using a hot glue gun — those curvy ones were pretty dang tricky! And then of course there’s my awesome DIY stag (plastic christmas ornament, wood plaque, hot glue & spray paint: boom!), and a wood slice that I think is pretty nifty.
It says “I am a child of God” in French. I found the wood slice at Hobby Lobby and burned the text in using one of those engraver tools (you can find them at craft stores, I borrowed someone’s). I wrote it in pencil first to make sure I had it where I wanted. Those tools are not easy to do curves with, by the way, but it turned out pretty cute 🙂
I also made the changing pad cover and curtains. We use those cloth diapers/burp cloths on top because “accidents” happen a lot… but it still ends up getting washed frequently! I should probably make a few more.
For the curtains I used that awesome pom pom trim at the bottom of each “stripe” of fabric. I wanted to just buy white curtains and sew strips on, but I couldn’t find some cheap enough, so I ended up buying a dirt-cheap white sheet at Walmart and using it for my fabric. Tadaa!
And then there are animal silhouettes cute glued onto canvasses (I imagine mod podge would work great for these, I’ve just never shelled out for it — although I hear you can make your own for pretty cheap). I copied this little applique fox from Pinterest.
I made this growth marker at a recent church activity (perfect timing!) and I love it. I need to properly attach it to the wall but in the meantime it’s not like she can stand up to it anyway! You can find tons of tutorials online for these, mine is whitewashed and then I stenciled on the numbers.
I kind of like the little imperfections, can’t wait to document a whole family’s growth on here! It’s pretty crazy to think about.
Mama and baby fox. I’ve been using the big one to document Adelina’s growth, it’s been pretty fun to see her from week to week!
I stole that idea from my friend Iris, check it out!
There are still some things I’ll add with time — maybe a floating shelf, a few more wall hangings missing, plus a friend embroidered the most adorable little fox scene, but for now that’s it. Hope you enjoyed the tour, thanks for stopping by!
Crib: IKEA Gulliver crib
Changing Table: Walmart
Quilt, Changing Pad Cover, Crib Skirt, Curtains: handmade, using fabrics via Fabric.com (here and here are the two main ones I used)
Rug: IKEA Tejn Faux Sheepskin
Mama & Baby Fox: IKEA
Book: Le Roman de Renard