We are OFFICIALLY done setting up little man's nursery! After a crazy month and a half of packing, moving, unpacking, and preparing for a baby has been NUTS but we are all caught up and ready for him to make his way into our lives! A ton of friends have been asking about the nursery's decor so I thought I'd blog about his cozy room!
I hate hate hate themes more than anything, I just like blending an assortment of things together but what it really comes down to for me personally, is how I feel when I walk into a room. (Yes, I'm all about Feng Shui!) I wanted his room to feel calm and like his own sanctuary. I decided to mix neutrals along with a bit of 70's flare added to the mix- A place where we can envision Neil Young playing softly with the sun setting through his windows. We got our crib from Modern Nursery. We waited for a big holiday sale to get it so it ended up being cheaper! The beads behind the crib are from Amazon; I used them at my baby shower and they're actually meant for a door frame but oh well, it looks cool on the wall too. ;) We almost went without a crib mobile since I couldn't find one that I liked that didn't look too baby-ish but thank you, Etsy! The feathers were a perfect touch!
We have a tiny bookshelf above the rocking chair full of books that we either thrifted ourselves or were given at his shower. We love the idea of him owning more books than toys! We are also passionate about teaching him to be bilingual, since I'm technically an ESL learner. When I was four years old, I was able to fluently communicate in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, without hesitation. Unfortunately, Zach isn't bilingual but he's been pushing me to only speak to Hendrix in Spanish until he's able to switch in between languages. These books will definitely help! Also, Zach built the book shelf, isn't it so cute?!
For our rocking chair, I wanted something old fashioned looking but also comfortable. (Recliner chairs are SO expensive so keep your options open if you're on a budget!) I found this chair at Wayfair, which was surprisingly affordable and good quality. The rocking chair is all wooden except the back and seat, which are leather cushions! I added a $14 fur rug from Ikea to make it even more cozy and guys- its the best. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I have been! Lastly, the cactus pillow was handmade as a birthday gift from one of my best friends but sadly, she does not have an Etsy shop.
I LOVE that this is my view from across the room, when I sit in the rocking chair. There's nothing I love more than aesthetically pleasing spaces. A piece of advice: I've learned that if you look up "baby furniture", it will cost you an arm + leg vs looking up regular furniture and even checking the sale section, like this lovely dresser we got from Living Spaces. We definitely peeked at the sale section there and were pleased with what we found. We decided not to do a changing table because a few moms told me that it wasn't a necessity. I felt the same the more I thought about it and that was extra money I didn't want to spend. I figured I'll change him on the floor or his crib, where babies usually get changed anyway ;) I threw an indigo mudcloth from the flea market as a runner to dress it up a tiny bit more.
The wicker baskets, well, ALL the wicker in our house is all thrifted. I love that wicker is so trendy right now because it's seriously such a stylish way to display storage without it looking too cluttered. Other things that were thrifted were his laundry basket, the vintage radio (it really works too!), the rocking horse, and the wooden bunny. I just love wood decor- I'm not about the bright stuff. The Rolling Stones embroidery hoop was made at this Etsy shop and the "Walk on the Wild Side" sign was also handmade by close friend that we used for his shower. (It's a song by Lou Reed, which is where we got the inspiration for his middle name) I specifically asked her for a funky, psychedelic font for this piece. I like calligraphy and think it's beautiful but I preferred this font, especially because it looks like something you'd see on a Woodstock poster. The teeny ukulele that hangs below was the guestbook at his baby shower! We did the same for our wedding, except with a full sized guitar, so we thought it'd be special to add that to his room! LAST THING: The peace sign wreath was used for his Woodstock baby shower but the flowers dried up so PERFECTLY that I had to hang it up.
That's basically all there is to it, friends! I guess the big secret is not resorting to ONLY looking at baby things but also using decor that might already be in your home already. Thrift as much as you can, you'll be surprised at what you find!