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Lifestyle: Emily's Nursery Decor Tips

With this baby set to arrive any day now (#38weeks!), we’re putting the finishing touches on the nursery and eagerly anticipating the newest member to our family. It’s true what they say about a mom and her “nesting” as the baby approaches – you want everything to be perfect for this tiny baby. 

I found it a struggle to decorate a nursery – it was a project I had obviously never done before and it was challenging to find our style for a baby. I wanted the nursery to be sweet and playful but still sophisticated. I’m not a cutesy person but I wanted to make sure the room felt like a baby’s room. I spent countless hours pinning boards and gathering ideas. I scoured the internet for design ideas and product sourcing. I wanted the room to be perfect for this little guy (I don’t think the irrational pregnancy hormones helped the process!).

We decided on a forest theme (think bears, deer, foxes and bunnies) in a neutral colour palette. Our grey and white décor theme throughout the house transitioned well into a baby boy nursery. I really wanted to stay away from blue hues but I wanted the room to still be masculine. 

We were careful to mix and match baby items with traditional décor pieces that you might find elsewhere in the house. Why buy a rug from a baby store when you really prefer the Moroccan rug in your living room? We purchased his rug, mirror and curtains from West Elm to keep the room somewhat sophisticated.


Of course we added in baby specific pieces like this woodland creature mobile by Pehr and his furniture by Pottery Barn Kids.


I fell in love with these felt animal heads from Restoration Hardware Kids. I even bought the matching bookends for all his tiny little board books that I can’t wait to read to him!


I found cute baby animal pictures from Indigo and framed them in frames from my old apartment.

We purchased neutral linens from Pehr to keep the room from looking too busy. This way if we add another member to the family we can use them again in the future!


We made sure to include as much storage as possible in the room. Of course this little guy already has a wardrobe enviable by most adults. (The tiny clothes are too cute!).   I wanted to make sure his clothes were organized and easy to find so we purchased the biggest dresser the room would allow! I also wanted to keep all of his toys and things in specific places to try to avoid the child clutter. My OCD is already afraid of the “stuff” that comes along with children. These drums by Pehr are amazing for throwing toys and blankets in. And we purchased a toy basket and matching hamper from Pottery Barn.


My biggest piece of advice from friends was to invest in a rocker or glider. The hours I’ll spend feeding and cuddling him will be much more enjoyable on a comfortable chair! We custom ordered this grey rocker from Pottery Barn. Once we’re out of baby mode we can use it elsewhere in the house!


Somehow it all came together in these last few weeks. Now we’re ready for this little bundle to arrive! Baby watch is officially on!

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