As Southerners who had recently relocated to Northern Maine, we knew we had to make our soon to be son a special room to honor his home state. We wanted a modern take on a northern, rustic room with bright pops of color and nods to Maine.
I wanted a space that would reflect a masculine energy in pattern and color as well as add texture to keep our babe warm through the (very) long winter months. I actually started with the accessories - the rocking moose, rug and mobile were my first purchases and projects - the rest fell into place to balance the pattern and layer in the texture. I also knew I wanted a book wall but not one that had visually heavy bookshelves. My favorite find for the nursery was most definitely the lucite bookshelves - I love how they turned the long skinny wall space into a focal point.
My decorating style is a combination of a clean, classic look with modern pops for interest. I love combining the unexpected, like our handmade 8 foot long wood farm table with clear acrylic ghost chairs.
Photography by Danielle Brady Photography
Torres Wool Kilim - Iron Rug: West Elm
Photos: DIY, except our amazing maternity photos
Rocker Tutorial: Interiors by Kenz (used all sources in the tutorial except we spray painted the legs instead of staining)
Pouf: Pottery Barn Kids
Large Print: DIY (a sharpie marker + the insert in the frame flipped over)
Crib: Pottery Barn Kids
Crib Sheet: Pottery Barn Kids
Striped Throw Blanket: Amazon
Rocking Moose: Amazon
Book Shelves: Clear Solutions Displays
My favorite item in the room is the red Rocking Moose from Ikea. I actually bought it before we conceived and hid it in the closet, hoping that I would be fortunate enough to put it together for our babe's room one day. The moose was the inspiration for the pops of red that can be found in the room - the curtains have a red pom pom trim that I added by hand and the mobile has a dash of red as well. I also have a soft spot for the photos on the wall - they were all taken in Maine and include a photo of the first moose we ever spotted in person, the classic lobster pot buoys in Bar Harbor and our pup in the snow.
You can hand make more than you think you can! I sourced many of the items in our nursery on Etsy and while so there are so many talented artists out there, I decided to tackle some of the projects myself. I still take so much pride in how many of my hand made elements add to the room. I found tutorials online for the mobile, made the large art piece with a marker and glued pom pom trim to curtains and am in love with the results. My other advice would be to remember that a nursery really is a room that must be lived in - it has to be one that you love to look at as well as spend time in. I love that we have a pouf for additional seating for an adult and a rug that can handle a dog and a baby!