by Alex Jacob
From the moment I found out we were pregnant (besides the sheer excitement and realization that my husband and I will soon be responsible for a little human), I started imagining baby nursery designs. I thought about sweet baby girl designs full of pinks and neutrals and boy rooms with darker colors but still along the vibe of cool and sweet. A couple short weeks later we found out it was a baby boy and the design process officially came to life!
We started the design process by applying 2” trim laid in a board and batten style on the wall where his crib would sit. To give it a more completed look as a whole, we decided to apply the 2” trim from floor to ceiling for the rest of the three walls. Above the board and batten we chose a gender neutral woodland inspired wallpaper and finished all the walls in Benjamin Moore “October Mist”. This green color was light enough to give us a chance to layer in other colors and patterns to keep things interesting.
We started with a black iron crib that had added dimension to the space and BONUS* it doubles as a toddler bed for future days! Next, we added a black and white boucle glider with a matching ottoman that we felt would transition well once the days of rocking our little guy to sleep are (sadly) behind us. Parents say that one of the most difficult pieces to part with when your babe has grown is the rocker. It holds so many memories that it tugs hard at your heart when it's time to let it go. So we chose one that could potentially make its way to another space in our home (without looking like a typical baby glider) once little L needs that space in his room for playing. We added a black side table with a bouquet of baby’s breath that can also transition as a nightstand or elsewhere in the home as he grows. The deer skin inspired rug continued the woodland theme well and gives the room even more of a cozy, welcoming, grounded vibe. The green dresser and hanging lights were a fun vintage shop find and paired perfectly in his room. The hanging lights give that “into the woods” moment over the glider (and will be helpful for winding down with bedtime books!) and the dark green dresser played off the walls but still gave it a pop of contrast I was searching for.
Playful accessories completed his space, from the antlers holding a few of his outfits greeting you when you walk in, to the bear basket that will hold all his small dirty clothing and a simple wire basket to hold blankets for the chilly nights spent rocking him to sleep. The Anthropologie vase gives an added contrast and texture and pairs with his teddy bears and building blocks perfectly. Lastly, two Etsy prints by @earlybirdprintco truly complete the woodland vibe and give a moment for future learning.
I find myself in his room imagining who he’s going to be one day and what he’s going to accomplish but more than anything I can’t wait to meet him and see him in this space that we created just for him.
Creating that first space for your littlest member of the family is both so exciting and personal, and it’s one of our most favorite spaces to design here at BD+Co! As mothers ourselves, we know the ins and outs of what your space will need to function well (and safely!) for you as a parent, for your baby, and that will transition with them as they grow far faster than you can imagine!