I have been a little bit behind in featuring some of the baby nursery inspiration lately and I am getting back into the swing of it! I am so excited to feature this beautiful neutral, Earth inspired nursery by LUCY with you today! Here is what she had to say about this space……
What is the theme of your baby’s nursery?
People asked me this all the time throughout my pregnancy, and I never knew quite how to respond! My answer almost always included a rambling description of raw light wood tones, cozy neutral beiges and creams, and pops of green tones mixed in using succulents and cacti. When it really came down to it, all I knew is that I wanted it to feel light and airy, and cozy and snuggly, and the words “raw,” “natural,” “neutral” and “earthy” continued to roll around in my head as I picked out each piece for this room.
What inspired you to create this space?
I am a huge lover of all things neutral tones, and I love natural wood grains and succulents in terra cotta pots as well, so every time I saw a picture of a nursery that incorporated these elements I would swoon! Once I knew I was having a boy, I decided to make a mood board on Pinterest of all of the nurseries and color palettes that I was drawn to. By doing that it allowed me to start to see the consistent patterns develop of what I was most drawn to, and what kinds of pieces/looks most inspired me. The more I pinned, the more I was able to see what I really loved! This was especially helpful to me in the early stages when I was really trying to hone in on the kind of “theme” I wanted the nursery to have—and it was absolutely essential when it came down to the actual purchase or creation of items for the room.
Did you do any DIY’s for this space? How did you do it?
My husband is a champ and not only assembled every piece of furniture and hung every shelf and photo that went into this nursery, but he also made me the beautiful honeycomb shelves that I was pining for. Fortunately he works for a company that does woodworking projects, so he was able to simply look at the pictures of honeycomb shelves that I found online, and use my approximate dimension descriptions to make my honeycomb-shelf-visions come to life. (There are a lot of DIY’s for honeycomb shelves on Pinterest, so if you’re curious about how to make them yourself, I would definitely look there!)
Another DIY is the golden crown pennant banner that my friend sewed for me that is hanging above the dresser, which I absolutely adore. I love how it is reminiscent of the “Where the Wild Things Are” book, and also fits perfectly with the nickname “little prince” that my husband and I found ourselves calling our son after he was born.
The “Lucas” name banner which is also hanging above the dresser was made by another friend using paper and string. It was a decor piece from one of my baby showers, and I kept it afterwards as a memento, knowing I would find the perfect place to incorporate it into the nursery decor as well!
And the small “You are so loved” chipboard pennant inside the honeycomb shelves I made myself using a pennant from a Target banner kit, and hand-lettering the words onto it. This was obviously a super simple DIY, and I like that I can easily change out this banner for a different one if I decide to hand-letter a different word or phrase later on.
Lastly (this isn’t so much a DIY as an IKEA hack), the wall bookshelves are IKEA spice racks that we repurposed to be used as bookshelves. I love that these are both a functional as well as decorative way to display Lucas’s fast-growing book collection.
What is your favorite thing about this nursery?
One of my favorite things about this nursery is how calm and peaceful it is. The mix of neutral tones is so relaxing, and I love that I can close the curtains and have filtered light come through, or I can shut the blackout blinds and have it be completely dark when I need it to be.
The glider/recliner (that Lynzy featured in her son Miles’ nursery) is another favorite thing in this room, and as soon as I saw Lynzy feature it in her Instagram stories I knew I had to have it! It’s such a cozy glider to nurse and rock the baby to sleep in, and I absolutely love the recline feature as well. This cream color was out of stock for a long time while I was pregnant and trying to finish up the nursery, but it was definitely worth the wait once it finally came back in stock! I really love it, and use it all the time.
And one of my final favorite things in the nursery is the embroidered “Precious Moments” picture on the shelf above the dresser. This was handmade by my husband’s great-grandmother for her son Johnny, my husband’s grandfather, who passed away when my husband was in his early twenties, and it has a handwritten inscription to him in the corner of the frame matting. We feel very lucky that several generations later, our son Lucas gets to have this special piece in his room.
Links for items:
Stuffed animals inside crib: Slumberkins slumber sloth
Moroccan pillow: Home Goods (similar here)
Pom Pom ivory mini blanket: Home Goods
Prints above crib: Sisi and Seb on Etsy; Cactus
Curtains: World Market
Set of Baskets & Diaper Table Basket: Home Goods
Dresser: IKEA Tarva 6-drawer Dresser
Shelves above dresser: IKEA EKBY ÖSTEN / EKBY VALTER Shelf & Brackets
“You are our greatest adventure” wood sign: by Prindle Mountain
Bookshelves: IKEA Bekväm Spice Rack
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