A baby boy’s nursery.

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A good friend of mine is having a baby boy in September and I jumped on the chance to help with their nursery design. Here’s what I came up with.

It’s camping theme, and by THEME I mean the super-cool side of themes, not the 21-piece-matching-set side of themes. Theme has become such a dirty word in the interior design world, hasn’t it? I don’t care what you call it… this room makes me super happy. I’ve shared it with them and they love it too. THANK GOD because all nursery decor browsing is giving me baby fever. 🙂

Now, I am not a baby expert so if I sound super naive in the plans below, it’s because I am. Capisce?


1.) This is the crib set from their registry (called TreeTop friends by Skip Hop). I used the blues, greens, oranges, browns and reds from the pattern as my starting point. – $15

2.) PROJECT: The inspiration is a residual idea from wedding planning—using branches (with long ribbons in the rooms colors attached!) as a type of mobile above the changing pad. The branches would attach to the ceiling with illusion wire. – $40 (for supplies)

3.) This is the beautiful IKEA HEMNES 8-drawer dresser. I helped her assemble it and I wanted to haul it off in my car when she wasn’t looking! The finish is so, so pretty. – $299

4.) I love this ceramic lantern table light. It’s an ambient-type light, so just bright enough to guide the way during the night. – $50

5.) PROJECT: Instead of curtains, I like the idea of a roman shade in a bright green-striped fabric with black-out liner so the room will stay dark when needed. I like this no-sew tutorial. – $50 (for fabric and supplies)

6.) The room has a perfect nook for a vertical shelving unit and I love this wire cube shelf from Urban Outfitters. It’s a small room, so the wire design helps to keep things looking more open and less crowded than a solid piece of furniture. Fabric cubes like these would slide into each space easily. – $179

7.) It wouldn’t be camping without a wooden side table, am I right? I’m just realizing the $250 shown in the plan is now sold out, but I think this one is a nice alternative. – $150 

8.) The heart pillow is via Etsy and the Fox pillow is from the Fauna collection. (Oh, and the rocker, which they already own (the fabric is amazing!) is this IKEA POANG.) – $53 for both pillows

9.) I wanted some small, soft storage for on top of the dresser (where the changing pad will reside) and the size of this Land of Nod fabric cube is dead on. – $25

10.) OK, so I might be going a little overboard here, but how fun would it be to use a cooler (via eBay) as a toy box? Plus, uhm, you could use it as a cooler when needed. 🙂 – $50

11.) This is another soft storage piece from Land of Nod, this time for the floor next to the HEMNES for blankets and other items. I love these pieces because the handles tie into the wood on the crib and chair. – $39

12.) This is a chindi (or “rag”) rug from Land of Nod and it’s pricey at $299, so I would buy a four of the $40 nearly identical rugs from World Market and sew them together a la Vintage Revivals. – $160 (DIY version)

13.) I haven’t seen a nursery design these days without a sheepskin (the RENS from IKEA), so I’m not about to go against the grain there. I’m 29 years older than a baby and I enjoy laying on a sheepskin rug as well. – $30

14.) This is not their crib, but I picked it because the wood tone is nearly identical to the crib they own.

15.) I found this knit blanket on Etsy in perfect colors (and hello… STRIPES!) so I had to include it. – $38

16.) PROJECT: I picked this wall art because it’s great inspiration for something DIY-able, but actual prints are from here (bear art) and here (camping prints). For example, for the bear print, we’ll set up my projector, trace our bear shape and color it in. We’ll use both nails and Command strips around the edges to ensure it won’t budge. – $50 (for supplies)

17.) This green floor lamp is another Land of Nod item, and I’m including it as-is in the plan because it’s so SO good and can live on way past the nursery. At $150, it’s not exactly cheap but the great news is that it’s totally DIYable using a Goodwill find. Some spray paint is fancy these days with promises of no VOCs, and with enough cure time (1 month) the painted finish should be totally baby safe. The shade can be covered with green fabric. – $149 (Land of Nod price)

Total: $1,377

Not chump change, that’s for sure, but as far as taking a room from completely blank (seriously, it started as just carpet and paint on the walls) to fully furnished, a little under $1,500 sure ain’t bad. The good thing about this room design is that you could lose some of the more frivolous items (the log side table, the blanket, etc.) to cut cost without losing the design of the space.

I’m hoping to get after photos and I, of course, will share them here.



p/s: I’m realizing now there is a LOT of Land of Nod in these posts. In no way is this a sponsored post and those are not affiliate links. No one is getting anything for free. I just really like Land of Nod and am still on the high of the Nod lamps in my office!