Nursery Inspiration (& a Little Sneak Peak)

This whole being pregnant thing has felt incredibly surreal – even though we are under two months away from meeting this little bundle of joy. In fact, it still doesn’t feel real! Decorating the nursery has for sure started to make this sink in a little bit, and has definitely been fun!

Our whole house has taken on a neutral palette, sticking with blues, grays, neutral tones, whites and lots of texture. I knew I wanted the same for baby’s nursery, especially since we don’t know the gender and won’t until he or she arrives (my money is on he!).

Styled Snapshots’ nursery was one of the first I pinned that really captured the whole vibe we wanted to run with. I can’t wait to share the finished room in the next few weeks! I just love the combo of colors and textures – it feels sophisticated enough to go with the rest of our house but not to sweet.

I started off with a safari theme, because I keep seeing these adorable safari prints all over Pinterest! It’s since morphed into a textured-safari-alphabet theme. Shall we call it jungle book? Not quite. If you come up with something, LMK.

Here are some of the things we’ve purchased for the nursery so far and a few we are wishing for:

  • Nubby rug. I can’t find the exact one my mom gifted us for Christmas, it was from the Restoration Hardware outlet nearby. But check out this, this, this and this for alternatives. Wool rugs are durable, so that’s something we knew had to take priority in the nursery.
  • A light fixture, which I really wanted to be a chandelier, but our ceilings are too low (hey, 1924 house!) and my husband is too tall to have a chandy in the nursery. We opted for this fixture, which we also have in our hallway – I’m loving how all the lights upstairs now actually flow together. You can also find the fixture on Amazon, here.
  • Safari prints! These really started it all. We got all six of these and hung them on one wall (bless my mother and her patience for hanging them) with these frames from Target. Love the larger mat! (PS – we used a laser level to help align the frames, which was pretty helpful. This one sticks to the wall!)
  • A neutral crib. Loved this one from Pottery Barn, and ended up going with this set from Bambi Baby thanks to my amazing in laws. If you are in the Paramus, NJ area, I can’t recommend Bambi enough! The store itself is an experience – you can pull your car in to test how a stroller fits in the trunk, a car seat in the car, etc. And the owner is incredibly hands on, knowledgeable and so, so helpful. We were worried a dresser wouldn’t fit up our stairs (#oldhouseproblems) and he helped us get to a size that would work and helped with a back up plan.
  • A rattan rocking horse. I mean, hello texture! This one is on our wish list for baby.
  • A safari themed mobile, also on our wishlist! I loved this particular one from Pottery Barn because of the zebra. It’s the little things.
  • I scooped up a wooden rattle, I just love the classic toy vibe. Wooden blocks. Light colored play mats. You get it.
  • All things Burt’s Bees Baby make me die. I just can’t handle the cuteness. I am in love with the alphabet theme, which has taken this safari theme into that whole jungle book thing (help me with a better description of the theme!) I mentioned earlier. This alphabet sleep sack is just. I can’t.
  • Wooden alphabet, which is the very first thing I purchased for the nursery almost as soon as I found out we were pregnant. I’ve had this in my head forever as something that needed to be in the nursery! Found this gem on Etsy, here, which you’ll see in this tiny sneak peak of the nursery below!

I just love this little nook in the nursery – it’s so special! The alphabet, as I shared before, is the first thing I purchased for baby’s room, and something I’ve had in my head as 100% necessary for what feels like forever.

The second piece is from an animated short film my uncle had created before he passed away. A bunch of us have a slide from the animation – the last one is the baby throwing up! I’m so happy to have an appropriate room to hang this sentimental piece. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces of art in our home.

For the walls, we did Lily White by Benjamin Moore – it looks like a pale grey but definitely reads blue in person in daylight. The trim is Benjamin Moore Dove White.

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