Featured Room: Modern Forest-Themed Nursery

It’s always fun to learn how a particular design gets started. Anything can inspire a decorating theme! This featured modern forest-themed nursery was inspired by a pillow mama-to-be found by chance at a local in Colorado. We love all the nature-themed details and how uncluttered — and modern — the room looks due to the furniture choices. Scroll down and check it out…

Child’s Name: River
Child’s Age: 3 Months
Location: Corpus Christi, TX

In mama’s own words…
What I love most about River’s room is all of the unique, hand-crafted items. There is nothing generic or store bought about his room. One of the first items we purchased for River’s room was the squirrel pillow. We got it at a really neat shop in Colorado called Wandering Daisy — from there the forest theme and color scheme continued.

At first, I couldn’t decide between birch tree decals or a decal with a tree and blowing leaves for the wall behind the crib. It was a tough decision but I’m so glad we went with the birch trees. The framed letterpress items hanging above the changing table are all quotes from “Where The Wild Things Are” which was my husband’s favorite book as a child.

The changing table is one of my favorite items in his room. We got the IKEA Expedit storage unit — with drawer inserts, sold separately — and bought legs (they’re in the kitchen department) to make it a little higher. I found cute knobs at Anthropologie for a more sophisticated look. The two shelves on either side are also from IKEA. I have loved having the extra shelf space while changing River. I usually have something in my hands —  like his blanket, pacifier, or a new outfit — and it has been great to have a space to temporarily set those items. Hanging on the left of the changing table is the diaper stacker I made using this pattern — and to the right is the washable diaper pale for the dirty diapers.

One of the challenges with his room were the amazing built-in book shelves. I was so thankful for the space but I didn’t want to fill all of the shelves with books. I filled the lower shelves with toys for easy accessibility when River is older. I sewed curtains in order to hide less visually appealing items, such as a breast pump, my husband’s medical books and our DVDs. I’m so glad I decided to do this because we really needed the storage space for those items but I didn’t want them to be visible in the baby’s room. I mean, most children don’t want to read out of a medical text book for their bedtime story!

Room Resources:

Decals: Birch Trees from Paris Decals on Etsy.com
Crib: Gulliver from Ikea
Crib Bumpers: Made by Me! Fabric from Hobby Lobby
Crib Sheet: Organic Bamboo from The Greener Good
Crib Mattress: Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Crib Mattress
Changing Table: Expedit Shelving Unit,  Expedit Drawer Inserts, Expedit Shelf Insert, Capita Legs 8″, Various Knobs from Anthropologie
Shelves: Lack Wall Shelf
Letter Press Items: Raw Letterpress on Etsy.com
Diaper Stacker: Made by me using this pattern
Diaper Wet Bag: Planet Wise Hanging Wet Bag
Rocker: Hejka Rocking Chair from Ikea
Pillows & Ceramic Whales/Fish: Wandering Daisy, Breckenridge, CO

* Big thanks to Kate Leverenz of Kate Leverenz Photography for sharing her son’s nursery with us!


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Eli’s Orange and Navy Nursery {Real Nursery Spotlight}

A space that both parents and baby can enjoy. That’s what Katie knew she wanted from the very beginning. Staying away from themes and pastels, this interior designer created this orange and navy nursery inspired by some vintage finds.

Child’s Name: Eli
Child’s Age: 1 month
Location: Minnesota

What was your inspiration for the room?
I knew that I wanted a nursery that didn’t have a typical baby theme with pastel colors. I wanted it to be something that my husband and I could enjoy and our boy could grow into. I started by finding vintage globes and knew I wanted to incorporate a map somehow.  Sort of an adventure/travel theme without being too literal.

Describe your decorating style.
As an interior designer, I am inspired by so many different styles and I truly love them all.  I like to mix high with low, add contrast and texture and interesting accessories.  I always try to get the most bang for my buck, DIY as much as I can and look for deals to create an amazing look on a budget!

Favorite Items.
The map decal from Etsy and the large stuffed giraffe are my favorite items in the room.

Any tips or lessons learned to share with us?
Don’t feel stuck using the ‘bed-in-a-bag’ crib bedding sets at baby stores.  Pick a favorite color combo, piece of art or fabric and design the nursery around that.  You want to be able to enjoy the nursery as much as your little one will someday so use things that you like.  After all, you’ll spend a lot of time in there!

I enjoy making things and crafting so I created a lot of DIY art to save money. I painted the alphabet letters with my girlfriends at my baby shower for a personal touch that was a lot of fun. I painted three canvases with silhouettes of a truck, airplane and motorcycle. I also covered a bulletin board in orange burlap with silver nail head trim so we can add new personal mementos and art over the years. The rocking chair was found at a garage sale and we reupholstered and painted it. I saw it online for $500 and we paid $5!

Nursery Resources

Alphabet Letters – JoAnn Fabrics
Rocking Chair – Garage sale find
Fabric on rocking chair – JoAnn Fabrics
Blanket fleece fabric – JoAnn Fabrics
Chair Pillow – IKEA
Bookshelf and orange boxes – IKEA
White Curtains – IKEA
White Blackout Roller Shade – IKEA, Orange rim added from JoAnn Fabrics
Curtain Rod – Linens N Things
Rug – IKEA
Garden Stool – Home Goods
Crib – Graco Lauren Crib
Crib Sheets – DIY, fabric from Hancock Fabrics
Crib Skirt – DIY, fabric from JoAnn Fabrics
Crib Quilt – DIY, fabric from JoAnn Fabrics
Dresser – Malm from IKEA
Dresser Hardware – Pottery Barn {no longer available}
Map Wall Decal – Etsy
Large Stuffed Giraffe – Amazon.com
Lamp – Fillsta from Ikea

* photo credit: Paper Lemon Photography.
* interior design: Katie Raadt at Refresh Design Studio.


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