We were about a month from our second son arriving when our 2.5 year old was growing quickly out of his crib. So, having to prepare a nursery in addition to a toddler room, we needed to consider cost in addition to design. It was also important to maintain some sort of "nursery" to his room; incorporating pieces that would keep the room still feeling like it was his (pieces like the black and white canvases that used to be above his crib). With a little creativity and a lot of build up to our toddler, we were able to come up with a successful and cost-efficient design we love!
Our inspiration came from searching blogs and recognizing likes and dislikes of our son; airplanes, cars and animals. We wanted to design a room that enticed him to sleep and rest.
A twist on modern meets traditional. I'm not afraid to mix old heirloom pieces with a modern-sleek style.
Not having to repaint the room and change the curtains, we were able to budget the money toward new bedding and artwork. The twin bed was a family heirloom that merely got a coat of Old English. I wanted to preserve a consistent color with the woods in the nursery so in order to keep the train table, we stayed with a honey toned wood. The winged-backed chair was mine from my room as a kid and the ticking stripe fabric went well for a boy's room. My son adores airplanes. So, grandpa donated his RC Warbird to the room which we hung from cup hooks and monofilament line from the ceiling. Resources:
- quilt, car pillow: Dwellstudio.com
- multi-colored accent pillow: jonathanadler.com
- "abc.." decal: etsy.com; TastySuite
- letterpress 8x10: etsy.com; KZukowski
- racecar photo: etsy.com; lemonadeprints
- white shelves above nightstand: ikea.com; Ekby
- white book shelves: ikea.com; Ribba
- shag rug: ikea.com; Flokati
I'm really loving the "ABC.." decal and the shag rug. Nash loves to roll around on the rug and read books; gives his room a very warm, cozy feel.
One of the things I had to keep reminding my Mom, who was very instrumental is helping us finish the room, was that things don't have to be symmetrical, they don't have to match perfectly, and to not avoid mixing patterns.