Safari Nursery Reveal
It's done, it's done! The time has finally come to reveal our sweet boy's nursery! We are currently 6 days out from my due date, however my doctor thinks he may make his appearance this week. Eeeep!
As soon as we found out we were expecting a little boy, I knew exactly what theme I wanted for his nursery. There is just something so precious about jungle animals & I couldn't wait to get started. My vision for the nursery was soft and airy neutral tones with little pops of greenery to make the room feel fresh, inviting, and comforting. I searched for decor that could grow with him and/or could easily be used down the road if a future child were to be a girl.
My biggest struggle was how small of a space we were working with. The room is about 10' x 10', give or take. I knew we would be limited with the amount of furniture & wall space, but it was a challenge that I very much enjoyed! Small spaces are so cozy!
Ready for the big reveal? Here we go! All available products shown or those similar are linked in the photos below each picture.
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TIP: Try to picture your ideal layout of the room before buying anything! Do you want your baby's crib to be the first thing you see when you open the door? Can you easily access the closet if 'x' item goes here? Where are the electrical outlets and how will they be used? Answering these questions beforehand will help deciding what to purchase much easier in the long run. If you have to, sketch it out!
Before purchasing any furniture, we measured out the room dimensions and jotted down the maximum sizes we could fit for each piece. We knew that our recliner was oversized and would likely take up a lot of space, therefore other furniture items needed to be relatively small. This 3-drawer dresser is the perfect size for babies & toddlers and can also be used as a changing table with this top added. I felt like it fit snug in the space without being too cramped.
You'll notice that I have wicker baskets EVERYWHERE. I was starting to think I bought way too many of them, but I was wrong. They're definitely all being used! Such a cute way to store blankets, toys, diapers, etc.
The mirror you see pictured above the dresser was something I just stumbled upon. I ended up spray painting it gold and love how it turned out.
Are you a fan of rugs on top of carpet? I didn't know how I felt about it originally, however after seeing so many ideas on Pinterest, I decided I loved the idea. This shag rug is a nice little touch to cozy up the room a bit & add some texture. In hindsight, I would have purchased the 5' rug instead of the 3' for this space!
Little man sure does have a TON of books already. This little bookshelf was perfect for the small space we had. It was relatively easy to assemble & I did it by myself in about an hour and a half. It feels pretty sturdy for what I need it for. If you plan to place any heavier items on top or inside, it does come with hardware to anchor it to the wall. The middle shelf can be placed at different heights to accommodate whatever you need.
I could not be more in love with his crib! It is part of a set with the dresser, which all together was under $600. Score! My husband was able to put the crib & dresser together in just under 2 hours (he works a lot quicker than me!) It is placed on the far & longest wall of the room so that it is the first thing I see when walking into the door.
As you can see, I tried to incorporate some greenery into this corner with the faux tree & felt garland on the name sign on the wall. I love the neutral color scheme with pops of green as I feel like it makes the room feel fresh & calming.
I am OBSESSED with the custom name sign we had made on Etsy. I went for the 24" plaque stained with "Special Walnut" with the fonts "Lucille" & "Savannah" in white. The felt garland was purchased separately and attached with a staple gun!
Can you tell I love giraffes? This massive stuffed one was gifted to us. Unfortunately, I could not find the exact one to link it, but some other options are linked below.
This diaper cart is a LIFE SAVER! It's on wheels and can therefore be easily moved anywhere. I have it organized as follows:
Top Shelf: diapers & wipes
Middle Shelf: burp rags, pacifiers, grooming & bath supplies (which will likely be moved to our bathroom eventually)
Bottom Shelf: nursing essentials & pumping supplies
I am so thrilled with how this nursery turned out, despite the space challenge. It just goes to show that small spaces can be transformed into something great when utilizing proper organization! We are so excited to bring Callahan home in the next week or so! How did you decorate your nursery?