This is one of my favorite nurseries to date. I love the rustic feel to it and all the unique products that Kate featured within it! Keep reading to find out her inspiration behind the room and the sources! Kate is the photography producer for the Kohler company and took all of these images herself.
What was your inspiration for this nursery design?
The inspiration behind the design of the nursery was influenced by my own childhood. My family had a cabin in northern Wisconsin (also known as the northwoods or up north), and I spent most of my summers as a child exploring those woods, gazing at stars, or hanging out on the lake. When I think about spending this summer with my first born, I imagine bringing him “up north”. I know reality is I’ll probably be living in this room, so why not turn it into a cozy lodge.
Describe the process of putting the nursery together. Did you renovate/paint beforehand? Were there any DIY projects involved?
We live in a house that was built in 1998. I’m a sucker for vintage things and old architecture, and the newer house lack a lot of character. We painted the oak woodwork white, replaced the dated ceiling fan with a simple drum pendant, and painted the walls a neutral “grayeige” (beige and gray). I knew regardless of boy or girl, I wanted an outdoors kind of team. I did however wait until our 20 week ultrasounds to find out if the accent color would be green or peach.
Dresser – Found at a local antique store. Was already in great shape, with dovetail cornered drawers, and nice little front details. I lined the drawers with a fun black and white wall paper, and cut sheets of ¼ inch MDF down and made adjustable drawer dividers to fit baby clothes and accessories. The close are only going to get bigger, and I didn’t want to permanently glue in dividers and ruin the dresser.
Shelves – Planed down rough cut black walnut lumber pieces (a friend of mine did this step). I polyurethaned them and used brackets I found at ikea for dirt cheap to hold them up. Note: if installing while 8 months pregnant, use a ladder, the swivel chair is very unsafe… LOL)
Blanket Crate – Found an old bottle crate (again at my favorite antique shop), polyurethaned heavily, then added a piece of old fire house for handle. (found the firehouse at an estate sale years ago for $5, and it’s been in my garage for a while).
Please list out the sources for the nursery
Crib – Graco Lauren Crib
Chair // Inspiration – Pottery Barn Comfort Swivel Rocker Cost Savings Alternative – $360 Costco (seriously, total fluke)
Ottoman – Target Ottoman
Sheep Skin Rug – Pottery Barn Sheep Skin Rug
Stripped Throw – is actually a Zara Scarf (bought it the weekend before I found out I was pregnant last fall, it’s super large and soft) Zara Scarf – not the exact, but similar
Pillow – Have Both Land of Nod Pillow – Raccoon
Blanket in crate – Land of Nod – Animal Acres Blanket
Goose Night Light – Was mine as a child (similar here)
Change table under window – Old Doctor’s office chart, Dresser, Umbrella holder (stand that goose night light sits on), Workshop bench – All found at my favorite local Antique shop – The Red Rooster – Plymouth Wisconsin
Handmade receiving blanket, wool animal head collections (similar here)– Gifts from friends
Art work – Photograph of the North Woods sky, and an old outhouse we had at our cabin. Frame on shelf with dancing bears reminds me one of my favorite childhood books, the teddy bear’s picnic.