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Jacob’s Cheerful DIY Woodland Nursery


In creating a nursery for our new baby boy, I wanted to design a space that was bright, cheerful, neutral, and that would grow with him as he got older. The room is small, about 7' x 9', so space was definitely taken into consideration when choosing furniture. I hope Jacob has as much fun in his nursery as I did making it!

Design Inspiration

I pulled a lot of inspiration for Jacob's nursery from the "great northwest" where we live. My husband and I both love the outdoors and will share that with our son as he grows. I also wanted to make a lot of the items in the nursery myself, so pinterest was a great resource for ideas. You will see many woodland animals represented in the fabrics and throughout the room in an understated way.

Decorating Style

I would best describe my design style as DIY, eclectic, with traditional touches.

Project Details

All of the furniture in the room we purchased from local consignment shops and refinished ourselves for approximately $100.

The fabrics used in the nursery are from Joann's Fabric stores.

The owl lamp, "LOVE" clock, and wall shelves are from Walmart

The quilt, crib skirt, curtains, animal pillows, rocker cushions and bird mobile were handmade with patterns I developed myself or freehand.

The name sign was made with leftover fabric hot-glued to cardboard forms, twine, and a branch from our apple tree.

The rug is from IKEA.


Favorite Items

My favorite item in the nursery is the baby quilt. This was my first attempt at sewing a quilt and it was definitely a labor of love.


My advice would be to start early. Most of my design planning and gathering of furniture was done in the first 2 months of my pregnancy. Many of my projects were completed by month 5. Lastly, do one mini project at a time - it will all come together in the end.


Sunday 20th of July 2014

I'm so pleased to see what you have done with a small room. It's not everyone that has the luxury of a huge nursery. It's more difficult to decorate and include everything necessary for baby in a small space. Great use of consignment shop bargains! I'm sure your baby loves it!