October 22, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
Happy Monday, everyone! Well, I have baby on the brain. In the past week, I have been honored to be included in the joyous news that two of my friends are expecting!
I love decorating nurseries! Since I don’t plan to have any more children of my own, I thought I would throw together a little nursery moodboard. Of course, I need to abide by my own self-imposed rules: only paint, free items, and items found on my local Craigslist are permitted in the design for the moodboard. So let’s get started!
One of my friends, whom shall remain anonymous, is a bit of a country girl. She drives a truck, knows how to handle a gun, loves her country, hunting, fishing, and the like. So, I started to wonder what her child’s nursery might look like. In my mind’s eye, I see a woodland landscape during autumn, with little creatures: squirrels, chipmunks, owls and the like. Here is what I conjured up:
So, let me start by saying that I had a vision and unfortunately, the Gods of Craigslist were not cooperating. I found a crib, changing table, and dresser in the perfect warm, wood tone that was a great jumping off point. The problem? The item was deleted before I could even download the image of the items. (whomp, whomp) 😦 Oh well. The good news, things started to turn around when I found this very rug:
What I love about it, well, what don’t I love about it? The curvy, autumnal hues just speak to me. The pattern is very reminiscent of tree rings (or fingerprints – it’s all the beauty of nature). Obviously, it isn’t a real wood grain, so this pattern is ‘faux bois’ or false wood. There are just so many neutral and autumnal colors in that rug that the color scheme just jumped out at me. Since I do not yet know if my friend will be having a boy or girl, I am going to keep this nursery gender neutral.
After the rug, it started to really come together when I found this bedding set:
I love the cozy neutrals paired with the organic theme and the subtle tones of turquoise and orange thrown in. The possibilities just expanded after seeing this set. The nursery really started to come together after finding these two pieces. I really started to have a serene, peaceful feeling, as though I were standing among the tree canopy in the forest.
Next, I layered in a grayish, green paint color by Behr named ‘Sage Gray’:
Picking up on the grayish/green of the paint, I would use this fabric to make curtains. Not only is the fabric neutral-toned and the shapes reminiscent of leaves, also the patterns of the leaves themselves almost look like the tails of woodland creatures. I don’t know, I sort of dig the theme working on several levels at once. Maybe I am the only one that sees the pattern here. As in nature, there are large and small patterns all buried within one another.
I would hang the diy curtains on a tree branch (free) found in the yard to further the woodsy, organic element. The finished product would look something like this:
Of course, this is a baby’s nursery, so light control is a major issue. To help darken the room and further the wood pieces in the room, I would layer the window treatment with wooden blinds:
Of course, with such a cozy, light-controlled room, the baby needs a place to sleep. A word of caution here, if you plan to purchase a used crib, please be sure to check the style and model against any/all recall bulletins. Often times, the quickest and surest thing to do is to call the manufacture directly, provide the crib’s model number and ask for any recall information. The crib I currently use for my son is six years old, but is in excellent condition. Prior to having my child, I was sure to call the manufacturer, whom then provided hardware to disable the ‘drop-side’ feature of my crib. I can’t state enough that safety is first. However, for the purposes of this moodboard, I found a crib that is more in line with my room’s style and colorings. If you do plan to buy a used crib – do your homework, but I do recommend that you buy a new, quality mattress for your little one. (off soap box now). Here is the crib that I think would work best in the room.
I also found these, vintage, solid wood furniture pieces to accommodate all things baby and to house the changing pad:
And of course we need all of the linens and things associated with baby:
changing pad w/ cover – $12
And Mama and Papa need a place to sit:
or in the alternative,
Of course, the chair needs a lamp and table:
The table, I would take a less traditional, but completely organic approach, with a free tree stump/log. I have a few in my backyard right now! Click here to visit the Curbly website for a tutorial of how to prepare a found tree log/stump for your home!
And for those bedtime stories, a bookcase is a necessity. I actually had one just like this when I was a child. I loved that it was both a bookcase and a toy box. Mine had chalkboard doors on the toy box portion. So, I would paint the doors with chalkboard paint and then paint the alphabet at the top and numbers 1-20 at the bottom using whatever light-colored paint you have.
I’d also add these baskets to help corral the smaller toys and books.
In the accessories department, I’d add these items:
And two diy art projects:
An entire free, online tutorial for making a cardboard moose head is available here.
And, a little tree art made with the same cardboard boxes and covered with the reverse side of the leftover curtain fabric. The tree and leaves would be made using scraps of fabric from fabric sample books offered at just $1 each!
Lastly, I would add this vintage, tree stump clock. Corny, I know, but oh so woodsy.
Woodland Nursery Budge Breakdown:
- Multi-colored faux bois rug – $50
- Crib bedding – $40
- Wall paint – $35
- Chalkboard spray-paint – $5
- Aqua/turquoise spray-paint – $5
- 13 yards of fabric for drapes and other projects – $25
- Wood blinds – $20
- Wooden crib – $250
- Wooden, four piece furniture set – $275
- Changing pad, cover, and sheets – $53
- Glider – $40
- Reading lamp – $15
- Bookcase/toy box – $25
- Storage bins – $25
- Table lamps – $25
- Owl figurine – $4
- Wood stump clock – $20
Woodland Nursery $912.00 (Now, the original crib, changing table, and dresser that I found, but lost before I had a chance, was a total of $250! This room could have been accomplished for $637.00, had I been able to incorporate my initial choice. Just another example of needing to act fast with Craigslist.)
Well, there you have it. I am just so excited for my friends that I can’t contain myself. I like the mix of textures, materials, and of course, patterns – like a well-worn, country quilt. I just had to explore the nursery options for at least one of my friends. 🙂 Maybe my other friend will be next? (wink, wink). So, until next time…, happy Craigslisting!