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Calvin’s Rustic Woodland Nursery & Budget Friendly Decor DIY’s

I’ve been in love with the whole woodland craze for a while now. Long before I even knew I was pregnant for Calvin. So naturally, I gravitated to that right away as the theme for his nursery. I scoured Pinterest and created a board for inspiration very early on in my pregnancy. What can I say, I’m a planner! We didn’t know whether we were having a boy or a girl since we chose to keep Calvin’s gender a surprise until the big day. Therefore, I decided to go with soft, neutral colors. The overall color-scheme is grey, white, and brown, with pops of water-color woodland animals. Our house already has a rustic feel to it with dark trim, floors, and doors, so I wanted that theme to carry through into this room. I also wanted to keep it very bright and minimal because of all the dark accents, and because I can’t stand clutter. Plus, there’s only one small window in this room and it’s always covered with black-out curtains to help Calvin sleep.

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I wanted furniture that would age well with Calvin. Nothing that screamed ‘baby’ that we would have to upgrade when he outgrew it. I also knew that I didn’t want a change table. It was the one piece of furniture that most people told me was not necessary. Instead, they suggested getting a change pad and placing it on a dresser, which is what we did. A classic white rocking chair was a must for me. I feel it ties the whole room together, and again, it’s something we can keep in our home forever. Once I’m finished nursing, it can easily become a great accent piece in any room.

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Another favorite is the wall tapestry above his crib. It’s from Society6 and is a great way to add a little something extra, without it being too permanent. Speaking of the crib, I love that it doesn’t match the furniture exactly, but it all sort of “goes” together, or at least I think so. His crib converts to a toddler and then to a double bed, again carrying on with that whole ‘one and done’ idea with the furniture.

nursery crib

By the way, the dresser, end table, rocking chair, and polar bear foot rest are from Artic Home Furniture, and the crib is the Delta Chloe 4 in 1 convertible and we got it from Sears before they closed, but you can also get it from Babies R Us. The white area rug is from Home Depot, and the fluffy grey rug under the rocking chair is, I believe, from Home Sense.

nursery crawl
In a matter of three short weeks, this little guy crawls, pulls himself up, and cruises along furniture!

As for decor, I again wanted to keep things very simple. Like I mentioned, nothing that couldn’t easily be changed, since I know eventually he might not want a woodland themed room. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money, and this momma likes a good DIY project. These projects actually didn’t take much time at all. I kept seeing framed pictures of forest animals online and when I looked into buying some there was no way I was spending that amount of money. I ended up finding three wooden frames at Dollarama and loved the mixing of the different colored woods. I used my home printer to print three water color animals that I found online and voila, done! They are secured to the wall with little sticky squares that I also found at the dollar store. The other frame is from Dollarama too, and I just found another picture I liked and printed it. It reads “you are my greatest adventure”, and isn’t that the truth.

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The final piece of decor is my favorite. We actually had these two boards already in our home. They are pieces of left over trim. I painted the simple arrow on one and my husband helped me drill the two holes into the other. I found the cording and small clothes pins at, you guessed it, the dollar store! I threaded each end of the cording through one of the holes and just used hot glue to keep it in place. Each month, I take a Polaroid picture of Calvin and attach it to the cord with a clothes pin. Super simple, super cheap, and super cute!

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I couldn’t be happier with the way his room turned out. It’s simple, and bright, and everything I imagined it would be. I love that we can change the theme just by changing a few decor pieces and aren’t stuck with something he’s going to completely hate when he’s older. You’re going to spend a lot of time in your baby’s room, between feeding, changing, playing, reading, and trying to get them to sleep, might as well make it a room you love!

I hope this post gave you some inspiration to create your own dream nursery. Thanks for touring Calvin’s room with us.

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