I started collecting ideas for a travel-themed nursery well before I found out that I was pregnant. My husband and I both love to travel and can't wait to share our adventures with our children someday. We had a great time selecting the items for the room and putting everything together. Hopefully, this room will inspire our little girl to go out and see the world!
When we first started looking for decor ideas for the nursery, the illustrations from Etsy seller Loxly Hollow were among our first finds. We loved their whimsical quality and the soft colors. We chose six of them for a gallery wall on one side of the room and planned the color scheme for the room around them.
Most of the rooms in our home have fairly contemporary furnishings and are decorated mostly in earth tones. But, we wanted the nursery to be a very girly space, with a vintage look and feel. I try to incorporate handmade/DIY items into decor whenever possible. I like the stories that are often behind these objects and feel that they help make a space unique.
Paint: Valspar's "Hello Dolly," purchased at Lowes
Crib: Delta S Series Convertible Crib, Target
Dresser: Delta 6 Drawer Children's Dresser, Sears; Drawer pulls: Semi-DIY. I used the knobs that came with dresser and jazzed them up with Mod Podge and Cavallini & Co. Ephemra Stickers, purchased from Paper Source
Bookcase: Sauder Pogo Bookcase, Wayfair
Rug: Cotton Dhurrie Border Mat, Pottery Barn Kids
(Note: The linens are from the “With a Flourish” Collection. It looks like the pink is no longer available, but there is a lovely shade of green.)
Curtains: Simply Shabby Chic, Target
(Note: These are a sheer cotton, so I also purchased blackout curtains from Target to go with them.)
City plaques: DIY. I spray painted wooden plaques from the craft store and covered the with scrapbook paper. The city cut-outs are illustrations from the Rifle Paper Company 2014 "Around the World" calendar, purchased at Paper Source
Mobile: Flying the Skies Mobile, Hanging Mobile Gallery
(Note: Primary color palette also available)
Rocking chair: Gift from a family member; refinished and repainted by my husband
Rocking chair pad: Heavenly Soft Rocking Chair Cushion, aBaby
Paris chair: Home Goods
The hot-air balloon mobile is one of my favorite items in the room. It was a bit of a splurge, but since it’s a little bit more sophisticated than a traditional crib mobile, I figured that it could be used as room decor for at least the next few years. I also love the rocking chair. It was given to us by my grandfather and my husband refinished and repainted it over the summer. I love that he put such time and attention to detail into this project so that it would be perfect for our little girl's room.
Start early in planning your nursery so that you have plenty of time to find decor items that you really love, instead of just settling for things to fill the space. Request color swatches and test a couple of paint samples before buying (Land of Nod, for example, will provide up to three free fabric swatches for bedding, curtains, etc.) Consider spending a bit more for an item or two, if it can grow with your child. Most importantly, have fun!