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An Adventurous Nursery to Inspire a Little Dreamer

I’m so excited to finally reveal the results of our nursery planning! Our little Charlie arrived in early November, and the nursery was ready just in time. I knew when we started designing I wanted a room that wasn’t too “babyish” and could easily grow with him but still be fun. We blended bits of nature and geometric elements with bold pops of color on a neutral backdrop to create a modern adventure-inspired nursery that both the parents and the kids can enjoy.

Neutral Nursery with Pops of ColorCrib

Hello Baby Nursery ArtHello Baby Print

Black, white and gray create the neutral backdrop with bold yellow, navy and mint green making up our unique color palette. The wave hamper adds the perfect pop of color to the space, and it’s great for extra storage!

Gray and White Nursery with Pops of ColorShelving Unit | Brave, Strong & Courageous Canvas | Wave Hamper

Adventure-Inspired Boys Nursery

Bears, and rhinos, and foxes, oh my! Wild animals lurk around every corner and add a bit of playfulness.

Wild Animal Nursery Decor

Some of my favorite parts of the nursery are the handmade items, like these mountain blocks that I painted by hand.

Hand-Painted Wood Mountain Blocks

To stay within a tight budget, we reused the rocker and ottoman that were in our other kids’ nurseries. It doesn’t exactly match our color scheme, so I splurged on an adorable black bear pillow to spruce it up—it’s such a fun illustration that I couldn’t pass him up!

Black Bear Throw PillowBlack Bear Pillow Cover

Rhino Faux Taxidermy and Nursery ArtModern Abstract Rhino Art Print

The adorable cloud mobile is the perfect blend of modern design, nature and adventure that is sure to inspire wonder and imagination in our little dreamer.

Cloud and Stars MobileGray Cloud & Stars Mobile

The kilim crib sheet was one of my very first purchases for the nursery and a big inspiration when it came to the design choices. Even Charlie’s wardrobe has been influenced!

Kilim Crib SheetKilim Crib Sheet

We transformed a TARVA dresser from IKEA by painting it, cutting the feet at an angle and adding new hardware to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. I’m so thrilled with the way it turned out—my husband has mad DIY skills!

IKEA TARVA Dresser HackDresser

Keep the Wild Nursery Art

Plush Fox Nursery Decor

And last but not least, the Keep the Wild print was a big inspiration for our adventurous little nursery. It inspired me to throw out the rules and blend all the different elements I loved into one cozy space.

Keep the Wild Nursery ArtGeometric Table Lamp | Keep the Wild Print

While our budget didn’t allow me to include all the amazing pieces I had on my inspiration board, I am loving what we’ve put together so far and hope our little Charlie loves the room as much as we loved creating it for him!

photography by Hollie Renner Photography


Saturday 19th of May 2018

Oh nevermind😬. I just now noticed someone already asked that question.


Saturday 19th of May 2018

So cute!! Do you happen to remember what color of paint you used for the dresser?

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Hi Katy, we used a spray primer then spray paint: Rustoleim Universal Matte Aerosol Paint 12oz-Robin's Egg. Good luck!