Since we don't know the gender of the baby, we decided to keep the room fairly neutral. As usual, I took to Pinterest to help generate ideas, and eventually we settled on a mountain forest theme, mostly because I saw an excellent geometric mountain mural I wanted to attempt. This was our first project: paint the room, and try to become artists. I must say that I am pleased with how it turned out!
|Laura hand carves the stamp from wood, and uses it to print the bear on the fabric..... simply amazing!|
There is also a sheepskin, the knitted leaf blankie I made, and an oh-so-perfect birch swaddler from Little Unicorn.
Next, we have a nice little rocking chair area. The rocking chair was a gift from my dad to my mom from when they were early in their relationship - the same rocking chair that she used to rock me and my sisters when we were babies. I used a nice, thick sheepskin to cover the back, and replaced the floral seat cushion with a new oatmeal coloured one.
|So many great textures in this picture|
I found the most perfect footstool handcarved from a teak tree stump.
Beside the rocking chair is a side table that my dad had made many years ago from my grandparent's old dining room table. On top, a lamp and a polar bear coin bank from my sister.
Above, is a mountain shelf that my dad made with a few woodland knicknacks, including a tiny deer, a pinecone, a potted foraged pine branch, and an owl.
Behind the rocking chair is a growth chart a friend made for the baby: she included a fox and a Charley Harper inspired pair of birds.
On the other side of the rocking chair are the bookshelves.
|I finished the shelf with beeswax.... it leaves the wood looking natural, but with a nice satin seal|
We hung IKEA photo ledges on the wall to show off the covers of the children's books. The illustrations of picture books are so beautiful and engaging, so this is the perfect way to store and display them.
Above the books are the antlers, in a featured place (due to their sheer size!).
Looking up, the wood light fixture. It took a little searching to find lighting that suited the room. I wanted something made from natural materials, as opposed to a typical silver and glass fixture.
Next is the dresser area.
This refinished dresser really reflects the feel of the room. It is modernized vintage, natural materials, and homemade(ish).
Inside, I made drawer dividers to help keep baby's tiny things organized.
Above the dresser I curated a gallery wall featuring art from local artists, myself, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, and some of my favourite artists (Including Dani of Begoodnatured, Jahna Vashti, Helen Ahpornsiri, Charley Harper, Teagan White and more). I selected art that reflected a forest theme, so animals and trees that would be found in a mountain forest.
My vision for the room was a lot about the "feel". I really wanted to focus on bringing together lots of natural elements and textures, like fur, feathers, wood, and wool. I wanted to keep the colour palette pretty neutral as well. I love the whole vibe of the room; it is very cozy and I am very excited to share the room with the baby. I asked my husband if he thinks the baby will like the room, and he says the baby won't notice until he/she is older, and by then they will want a Spiderman or Frozen themed room. I told him that the baby will have to move to a new room then, because I love this one so much!
So baby, we are ready for you! We can't wait to welcome you into this world!
|Including: Charley Harper, local artists, Helen Ahpornsiri. The diamond is a suncatcher I backed with fabric.|
|Including: Jahna Vashti, Teagan White, Marisa Redondo|
|Including: Teagan White, me, local artists, my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, Dani from Begoodnatured|
|The details in Dani from Begoodnatured's work are phenomenal. No photo does her work justice. The texture, the colours, the details. I (and the baby) am so lucky to have one of her pieces on this wall.|
|The nest and birds are part of a decoration from my bridal shower, and the "egg" is a stone that my dad found years ago in a stream that was naturally polished to almost perfectly round. I have had it since childhood, and have always adored it.|
|We splurged and bought an autheticated Charley Harper print. Lucky baby.|
|This fabulous cross stitch owl is the work of my mother-in-law.|
|Bronson loves the room, too, and is very excited about his new baby,|
Other Homemade Nursery baby-related craftiness:
One-of-a-kind Diaper Bag
Baby Hat (with free knit pattern)
Baby Mittens (with another free knit pattern)
Baby quilts: Alternate Universe MALE
Baby quilts: Alternate Universe FEMALE
So much Small Sewing