James’ Nursery: Little Forest
Living in a town surrounded by forest, it was only natural for Danica to incorporate it into her son’s nursery. Pulling the natural elements from outside and bringing them in was a fun challenge, and as you’ll see and read, it turned out absolutely stunning.
When you found out you were having a boy, how did you decide what “theme” you wanted to go with for his nursery?
I am not a fan of the typical Winnie the Pooh, animals, cars or doll themes. I wanted something simple, cute and that would last for years. I didn’t know that we were having a boy when I chose the theme. I love blue-grey, it’s such a soft stated color and could work for a boy or girl. Where we live, our forests are made up of mostly poplar trees. I love the look of them and thought they would look so cute stenciled on the wall. I can look out the nursery and see our trees in our yard.
How did you make it all come together? Inspiration boards, all in your head…?
I’m really bad at inspiration boards. I had a few ideas saved online but it was largely in my head.
What were your main colors?
Blue-grey with black accents.
Where did you find most of the items in the room?
I found the crib at Sears and the glider at Walmart. The shelves and dresser are all from Ikea — I love that place! I made the bedding set, valance and changing pad cover myself. I also made the book holder after seeing it on Pinterest.
Were you on a budget?
Yes I was! I budgeted $1,100.
I was able to keep to that by purchasing all the fabric items in the U.S. while on holidays.
I also registered at Sears and put the crib on it. You get 10% off any items on your registry. I had my in-laws bring me the dresser from down south, that saved me $300 in shipping!
Look online for ideas and then challenge yourself to create them versus paying someone to do it for you. I wanted those birch trees but wasn’t willing to pay the over-inflated price of the template I found online; I freehanded it by looking at the picture online. It really was so easy! Trees are not perfect so you don’t have to draw them that way!
Any tips for mamas on how to make their dream nursery come to reality?
Think hard about what you really need and the space you have.
Of course I wanted a night stand, change table and book shelf, but did I have the space? No. I had to look at what I had and work with it.
I was still able to make it my dream working with far less space than desired.
Also, be realistic with your budget. I knew I wanted custom bedding but couldn’t afford it. I found a pattern and did it myself over a weekend; it saved me hundreds and still allowed me to achieve the look I was going for.
What does James (or you) love most about his room?
My favorite part is the hand-painted growth chart. I love being able to look at it and see how much he has grown over the past year!
Did anyone else give any “input” on the room?
My husband wanted race cars… he lost!