This nursery is one of the best surprises, but worst-kept secrets, I’ve ever kept. Guess I have some explaining to do…
When my sister, Michelle – you may recognize her and her cute little bump from the Little Farmstead post – was expecting, I thought it’d be such a great surprise to decorate her nursery for her. I plotted and planned out all the details with her husband who did his part and stalled prepping the nursery as long as he could. But, ultimately, the surprise was on all of us: our sweet baby nephew Theo arrived earlier than expected!
In order to keep her calm about the yet-to-be-finished nursery, I spilled the beans about the surprise nursery to my sister. Needless to say, she was thrilled. We got to planning the perfect little boy’s nursery, and we’re sharing it with you today.
We went for a woodland, west coast look with a neutral, soft colour palate. I didn’t want to go with the overt, obvious decor choices, so I tucked in a few animals and subtle nods to our theme here and there. I just love the way it turned out, perfect for a sweet little boy and his loving mama!
Baby Theo’s light-coloured Joss & Main crib provided the perfect backdrop for his neutral bedding, including the buffalo check pillow and striped bumper. I brought in natural textures with the rug and rope detail on the light fixture. The custom roman shades from Q Design Centre are gorgeous and they’re great for blocking out the light. (Here’s hoping they’ll help Theo sleep a little longer!)
Obviously, if you’re going with a woodland theme you need to have some animals. The animal prints from Minted prints are absolutely adorable. As soon as I found them, I knew they needed to be a part of this room. Plus, I love that they can be a great decor piece in Theo’s room long after he outgrows his crib!
To give a more subtle nod to our theme, I picked out some woodland decals – pinecones, acorns and greenery – from Urbanwalls. Rather than splashing them all over a feature wall, we trailed them across a couple of walls. It turned out so well. I’m so grateful to have friends over at Urbanwalls who can always create the perfect touch to any project I dream up!
Ultimately, when it comes to decorating a baby’s nursery, know you can keep it subtle and simple, incorporating natural textures and soft, neutral colours to create a calming space for your baby – and you! It’s highly likely you’ll be spending late nights and early mornings in the nursery, feeding and rocking your little one. White, beiges and greys are my go-to and favourites! Thinking adding a pattern? I always lean towards stripes and buffalo check to accent and add character to a space.
My top-three nursery must-haves? Along with the obvious baby needs, make sure you have a comfortable chair to sit in, blackout window treatments to add coziness and the perfect way to make it dark any time of day, and sweet little details to set the perfect backdrop for all your newborn cuddles – adding books, wooden toys and knit dolls are my favourite.
Photography by Mary Konkin
Crib- Joss & Main
Crib Bumper (white)- Restoration Hardware
Wool Felt Sheep Mobile- Restoration Hardware
Wall Decals- Urbanwalls
Art by Minted- Bear, Deer, Penguin
Buffalo Check Pillow- Studio McGee
Stripe Pillow- Studio McGee
Ceiling Light- Restoration Hardware
Table Lamp- Joss & Main
Jute Rug- Joss & Main
Custom Roman Blinds- Q Design Centre
Dresser- Land of Nod
Baskets- Joss & Main
Side Table- Joss & Main