Baby Trevor’s very first bedroom went through a huge transformation. His nursery now features a bright and airy African safari theme in shades of beige and gray.
If you’ve ever moved into a new place, you know that feeling of complete overwhelm as you try to figure out how you’re going to transform all those new and unfamiliar rooms and make them your own (so it feels like home).
When we moved into our new house one year ago, I struggled to an even greater degree because I was also pregnant and feeling tired and unwell for the most part.
So I made a game plan: tackle one room at a time.
I started with the baby’s nursery, which I knew would be the most fun (and in my mind) one of the most important rooms. My goal was to have it decorated and furnished and feeling complete by the time Trevor was three months old (I knew he’d be sleeping in Chris’ and my bedroom for the first three months).
I did reach the goal of having his room completed before Trevor was ready to “move in” and start sleeping in his crib, and looking at the “Before” photos, it really was a huge transformation…
Before Trevor was born, Chris and I were sleeping in this room while we worked on renovations to our own master bedroom.
The king-sized bed was way too big for the space.
The curtains the prior owners left on the windows looked stained and shabby.
And although I did like the soft blue wall color, I really had my heart set on a nursery with the neutral/gray color scheme that’s trendy now.
Chris and I chose a neutral, pale, grayish-beige for the walls. Then we added gray curtains and bedding, plus a gray rocking chair.
The rug is one of my favorite features. It’s actually made of square 7 x 8-inch “carpet tiles” by Flor. The idea is that if one carpet tile gets stained, you can pull out just that one tile and replace it. I thought it was genius for a child’s room (an easy solution for the guaranteed spills and mess). But even better, I love the design.
One of my favorite things in the nursery is the white “animal hamper” in the shape of an elephant from Home Decorators. If you have a first baby on the way and are trying to figure out what’s worth buying and what you won’t actually need, take it from this new mom: don’t forget the hamper! It will get never-ending daily use for months and months on end!
The plush rocker in the shape of a leopard is from Pottery Barn Kids. At seven months, this is already Trevor’s favorite thing in the room – he is able to sit on it and rock while I support him.
I loved this find from Etsy, it’s a set of 6 safari art prints from original acrylic paintings by artist Nicky Scott at studioQgallery. The African baby animals are in shades of grey with yellow accents.
The adorable ceramic elephant lamp is from Pottery Barn Kids.
The wall hanging features African animals and was stitched by hand by my mother-in-law.
My favorite thing on Trevor’s bookshelf: definitely the wool felt animal bookends in the shape of an elephant and giraffe, from RH Baby and Child.
I take that back. I have two favorites. The silver and gray linen handprint and footprint frame from Pottery Barn Kids, on the top shelf, is also really special to me. At seven months, Trevor has already grown through five sizes. I love having a little memento of his earliest (and tiniest) days. The footprint was easy. The handprint was another story. It was almost impossible to pry open his tiny clenched fist and spread each finger enough to create the handprint without smudging. Luckily, the frame kit came with several sheets of paper!
The wall hangings beside the book shelf are so unique and sweet, aren’t they? They are paper silhouettes featuring mother and baby African animals, available on Easy by artist Lloyd Lewis of LloydLewisStudio.
I chose organic bedding from Pottery Barn Kids for Trevor’s crib. I love the quilt especially, which is embroidered with his name and birthday.
Overall, I think the room feels bright and airy with some cheerful and whimsical touches that I hope Trevor will love as he grows old enough to explore. One room down, and many more to go!