Jamie’s Sweet Nest Nursery

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My little man's nursery has been the perfect little nest to cuddle, sleep and play in! It's aqua walls with grass green and brown accents provided us with a soothing, warm yet airy environment in a very small space. Most of the pieces were DIY'd by my husband or me!

Now, my little man is not so little and we've transitioned him to a bigger room with a camping theme. (Hence, the toddler bed instead of a crib. I added back the changing pad to show what it was like back when he was little). This room will get a gentle makeover soon for baby boy #2.

Finally getting the pics posted here is my way of saying goodbye to this lovely little room!

Design Inspiration

After spending many hours on Project Nursery, Pinterest and the web, months had gone by and I still hadn't decided on a theme. I played around with a ton of different ideas: little man suiting, travel, library, etc. My design inspiration came from the bird's house that I found at World Market one day. From there, I found Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow fabric collection and the pieces of the nursery puzzle came together quickly after that!

Decorating Style

Our home has a much more traditional feel (think Restoration Hardware, not Crate and Barrel) and I wanted my little man's room to continue on with that style. I also wanted to...

- avoid the more modern aspects (chevron, oeuf)  that are very popular right now - it's just not us!
- be sure the room had a cozy and warm feeling, while avoiding darker colors.
- ensure the room was playful and for a child, without being baby-ish or had traditional baby elements (zoo animals, etc)

Project Details

Crib & Dressers: Baby's Dream Legendary Collection (Note: I would not buy from this company again! The pieces held up very poorly over the last three years.)

Chair: Concerto from Dutalier (I love this chair so much! It glides so gently or locks in place. Plus, it fully reclines while the leg extension is out! It fits both me and my extra tall husband perfectly)

White Shelves: Constructed and painted by my husband

Picture Frames: Michaels - on huge sale! All were originally the brown color. I painted them green, blue and white.

Mirror: A 16x20 picture frame from Michaels. I took out the glass and had a mirror cut from a local company. It was so cheap!

Vintage Dictionary Art Print (Bird Nest Illustration): Little BlueBird Studio

Other Frame Fillers: Simply coordinating fabric cut as needed

Bird's Nest Lamp:  Bed Bath & Beyond

Bird House: World Market

Drawer Labels: These are wine bottle labels from World Market. So cute!

Alphabet Letters and Wood Wire: from Michaels. The letters were painted white and then I tied them with fishing wire to the wooden wire!

Quick and Easy DIY Sewing:

  • Window Treatment
  • Pillow
  • Diaper changing pad cover
  • Birds

Finally, the tree was collected from a nearby park after a storm. My husband just screwed it in, right the wall, in several places.

A couple of things we didn't get around to doing before my guy came but I wish we would have done: spice rack book shelves from Ikea behind the door, the quilt that I started and didn't finish in Joel Dewberry's fabrics (sigh), wood circles cut from the tree branch but never applied to the face of the shelves, and a mobile with more birds hanging from cut branches.

Favorite Items

So much of this room was made my us with love and care! I think I love the birds in the real tree best of all though... It represents the work that both my husband and I did for our new arrival!


Find pieces that appeal to you! Since you'll be spending lots of time in the nursery, make sure you like it all. If you are crafty or like to sew, there are so many wonderful and fun things you can do!

Paint color is so, so important! Really take your time with the decision and choose something that will be soothing and calming for both you and baby!

I'd also suggest finding the right lighting. In the wee hours of those early months, a gentle glow makes it easier to get things done (diaper changes) and get back to sleep fast!

Good luck and have fun!

One comment

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    What is your paint color? It is very pretty! We are expecting #2 (a boy!) and want to do our nursery blue!

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