Styling Baby Boy's Space. Creating a Nursery in the Master Bedroom.
I wanted to give you guys a sneak peak of Baby George's nursery - which is far from finished. I'm only going to show you one little corner but there will be more to come soon. I wanted you to see some of the natural elements that I've brought in to deal with a couple of the styling challenges involved with incorporating a nursery into a master bedroom while still giving the baby the whimsical feel that I wanted his space to have. This is definitely just the beginning but I wanted to show you some of what we've done so far.
So if you remember, the baby's nursery is going to initially be in our master bedroom. We went with a variation of furniture layout #3 that I talked about here. I'll get more into that when I'm ready to show you the whole room! And before everyone gets bent out of shape about the grey body pillow that I have in the crib for the photos - don't - Baby George is actually going to be using a Baby Box for his first few months of slumber. The State of New Jersey offered all families having a baby in 2017 a complimentary Baby Box in an effort to prevent SIDS. We're planning on setting the Baby Box in his crib and using that as his bassinet in the bedroom for a few months. So the pillow is just there for decoration right now.
When I show you the rest of the room/nursery, I'll talk a lot more about storage and practical elements that we've brought in to accommodate the baby. For now, I want to talk about the more fun stuff. Like how we are making Baby George's space whimsical in the middle of our red bedroom.
We wanted to bring in natural and whimsical elements and also to create a whole separate area for Baby George. To start with, let's take about the main piece - the crib. We ended up going with choice #11 from my article about cribs (here). This was one of the top contenders and was the best choice for us once we found out we were having a little boy. While I had initially thought I would go for more of a vintage elegance feel for the nursery area, I ended up feeling more drawn to a rustic, natural feel for Baby George and this crib just fit the bill. It is the gray that we wanted and has a bit of a masculine feel to it. It also converts into a toddler, daybed and full-size bed for when our baby isn't so little anymore. We got our crib from Wayfair and you can find it here (shout out to my mom, because this was actually a gift from her).
I've framed the crib by draping a large piece of sheer green fabric from the ceiling over the crib. Beside the crib is the glider, along with a small ottoman with storage and an old stool that holds a small lamp for when one of us is rocking the baby at night and wants to read to him.
I was not quite sure what I was going to want to do as far as wall décor but the morning after "Big George" had assembled the crib, I felt inspired and ran to Michael's. I wanted the baby to be surrounded by wispy greenery. I didn't really know what I was going to do but I had the idea of attaching greenery to circles and had no idea what that would end up meaning. First stop in the store I found this awesome sprig of artificial evergreen. I knew that I would be able to cut it apart and use it for the whimsical greenery that I wanted. So then I was on the hunt for something round and I came upon the grapevine wreath aisle - PERFECT! I was thinking I was going to have to go with embroidery hoops but this turned out so much better. They already have such a natural rustic feel to them. I came home, cut apart the evergreen sprig in varying lengths and started weaving them into the grapevine wreaths so that the greenery would hang from their bottoms. It was unintentional that these would end up having a sort of dreamcatcher vibe but I completely love that.
While I was at Michael's that morning, I also grabbed the supplies to make the galvanized birdie sign behind the crib and the framed "G" at the crib's end. I wanted something rustic hanging over the crib and I found this perfect piece of galvanized metal which served as a canvas for me to stencil mint green birdies. These will coordinate with the stenciling I did on the baby's armoire doors (you'll see that soon!). At the end of the crib I hung a laser-cut frame and the letter "G" for Baby George's name. The "G" was white as purchased and I spray-painted the frame white before hanging it. I love how the white stands out crisply and also adds a bit of a formal element to the otherwise rustic area but enhances the whimsical feel.
Grays, greenery, rustic woods, foxes and birdies - we are getting there. You can create a theme without buying one - just think outside of the box - what do you want the space to feel like? For us, we wanted woodsy and whimsical.
Thank you for stopping by! I can't wait to show you more of the nursery as we piece it together to get the feel that we want for little George. Remember to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for daily inspiration - until the next time!