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Baby boy room reveal

Oh my this post is so long overdue! This little guy is over eight months old now and truly the cutest little thing. I was honored to be asked to put together his nursery and had so much fun in the process. You may recall the plans but it's been a while so I'll remind you...

With the wall color already up (Glacier Bay by Behr), I wanted to add accents that fit. This wasn't hard to do since a light blue- green is quickly becoming one of my favorite kid room neutrals. Not only does it blend well with so many other colors but it's something other than gray or a traditional baby blue. Don't get me wrong, I love those, too but in a kid's room it's fun to do something a little more unexpected. To make one of the walls even more fun, I chose the arrow decals (Etsy) – like wallpaper only a fraction of the price and way easier to install. I also like that once the baby phase is over, they're easy to remove for a different look. Although I think these guys can hang out for a while. 

For decor, I started with the black and white Ikea rug. (Side note: I love adding a rug to warm up a space and add some character...yes, even if it's already carpeted –trust me, it helps!) Black and white is a no-brainer in a baby's room (they dig the contrast) and this rug is pretty giant and affordable. It was an easy leap from black and white striped rug to black and white striped animal and so began the safari theme. I love this bedding from Land of Nod, don't you? Who doesn't love a baby animal? I carried that over to the zebra print for above the crib. 

To work with the wood trim in the room and for more texture, I brought in a leather moroccan pouf ottoman and then chose the Target shelf with the wood tone and the wood tone lamp. Unfortunately, the shelf was recalled so my client selected the white bookshelf in it's place. The floor lamp was nixed for safety purposes – totally get it. 

For wall art, I found the idea for the embroidery hoops on Etsy and my client used a local woman to make them –@posey_twine_embroidery on Instagram. They turned out so cute and these are actually embroidered instead of screen printed like the original ones I found. Win-win!

The rest of the furniture and window treatments were already in the space from their now toddler but I helped to pick out the glider. I know a thing or two about gliders from spending hours upon hours in ours so I get the importance of comfort. I love Babyletto for gliders and baby furniture. They're comfy and look so cool but cost far less than the aforementioned higher end store that we all know and love. Target also carries a lot of this line so shipping is usually free. The modern lines of this one help to blend the traditional look of the crib and changing table so the space feels more cohesive with the rest of the decor. 

For the final touches, I styled the bookshelf with existing toys and books and I found those canvas bins on Amazon. You can never have enough baskets and bins in a kids room to quickly give the appearance of clean ;) 

And there you have a cheery baby boy room. Maybe not your traditional baby blue but I love to see how kids rooms are evolving to so much more. This one is playful and bright but also stylish and something he can grow into. Such a fun project for such a fun family ;)

This baby boy is destined for adventure - a nursery project

In true form, I've been plotting another nursery for our home since we moved in. Pinks (maybe?) and creams and natural wood, oh my! I mean what else are we going to do with that fourth room? Welp, folks, this isn't that room but I was super excited to be asked to help a friend put together one for her baby-boy-to-be. Finally, a chance to make some nursery ideas come to life. Others I will save for us (if we're lucky enough for that to happen again and I can start to wrap my brain around how to take care of a baby and a toddler and stay sane...I'm scared).  

Sometimes I'm not really sure how I come up with the rooms that I do. A pillow? A piece of art? Even the littlest thing can set the tone. In this case, it happened that my friend already had a minty green on the walls and an existing crib and changing table in espresso. These were things she wanted to stay. Sometimes that can actually make my job easier. A blank canvas can be exciting but also a little daunting, while fixed objects can at least give a good starting point. 

With those things in place, I wanted a rug that offered a nice contrast to the walls and something that would also work with the dark wood of the furniture. The black and white Ikea rug checked off those boxes. At that point it was sort of a no-brainer to tie in the zebra print and well, why not a whole safari theme? My friends are outdoorsy and I'm willing to bet this kiddo will be on a camping trip by next summer. Maybe not a safari but a hike or a bike down the prairie path for sure. Either way, I think this will suit him just fine. 

Things are moving along nicely. Items are sourced (I'll share when I post after photos), mostly everything is ordered and we're nearing the big day. For me, that's styling day but I think my friend would consider delivery more of her "big day". Fair enough ;) Either way, this baby boy is going to love coming home. I know I'm excited to meet him!