design, DIY, interior design, pregnancy

{The Nursery}

I feel like we pulled this nursery together in record time. I had known for a long time certain elements I wanted for the nursery (like the Sharon Montrose animal prints), and we actually bought our crib really early on (like back in September), but getting past that was difficult. I waffled back and forth on the crib, we took forever to purchase the dresser, I could not for the life of me figure out what to do about a rocker/glider. We were just stumped. So we didn’t do much of anything with the nursery until I got really sick with the norovirus at 32 weeks. 

So what does the norovirus have to do with our nursery? Well, this virus was nasty. I ended up in the hospital severely dehydrated and with a high fever. These things kicked my body into preterm labor. Luckily, once they got my hydration and fever under control my body stopped trying to have this baby and all was well (as well as can be when in recover mode, right?!). But the whole preterm labor scare really kicked us into high gear. After I was healthy again I just started ordering things, making decisions and getting stuff done. The whole thing went from a room full of all our wonderful baby shower gifts to a real-life nursery in the matter of a week or so. 

A little bit about the room… I knew I wanted the room to incorporate elements of travel (we hope to share our love and passion for travel with her from the very start) and animals (I am a HUGE animal lover and I hope I can teach her to love and care for animals, too!). I didn’t want the room to feel overly girly/frilly/pink, but definitely wanted it to be bright and feminine. Of course, I wanted the room to be practical and we needed to do it all on a budget (we’ve pretty much had to furnish our entire house from the ground up since buying it in August!). And here’s where we landed (sources for most everything listed after the photos):
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

Rocker: IKEA Strandmon Chair hacked and made into a rocker (Thanks, hubby!). We used this post to guide the way.
Changing Pad: Keekaroo Peanut Changer 
Animal Prints: Sharon Montrose
Frames for Animal Prints: Pottery Barn
Shelves: IKEA Ekby Jarpen Shelves in White & Ekby Valter brackets in Birch, spray painted gold
Gold Animal Statues: Dwell Studio via Horchow
Wooden Toy Camera: Twig (this color combo sold out now)
And Then There Were Three Zebra Print: SS Print Shop
Diagonal Stripe Frame: Nate Berkus for Target (now sold out)
Gold Glitter Shoes: Juicy Couture via HomeGoods
Teal Vase: Target (can’t find online)
Wooden Giraffe and Plush Owl: Gifts
White/Wicker basket: Nate Berkus for Target (now sold out)
Pink Pattern Basket: Gift
Watercolor Map Print & Frame: Clover via Society6
Elephant Crib Bedding: Pottery Barn Baby
Faux Sheepskin Rug: IKEA

32 thoughts on “{The Nursery}”

  1. SOOOO impressed with that ikea hack. amazing! the whole room looks great. nursery's pre-baby are like the greatest places to just linger and take it all in. i used to do it by the hour in parker's!

  2. Love it! It all goes so perfect together. We got the same crib and dresser for our baby due in July. I guess great minds think alike! But how the heck did you get all the warning stickers off the inside of your crib. I'm having the toughest time!

  3. GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE the rocker. Seriously… I want to steal this. 🙂 If my husband can get some free time, I might have to have him do this. Or maybe I can convince my dad… The wheels are turning! Those animal prints are so precious. And you will love that dresser. We have one and we bought one for Henry's nursery and I love it. Perfect changing table height.

  4. Hi! Beautiful nursery! I just came across your blog looking more at the rocker hack. Did you happen to use a normal drill for this? Hubby is trying to see more detail on how to do this with just a normal drill. Thought it was worth asking. Again, what a beautiful space for your baby girl!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous nursery, I love how your incorporated your passions for travel and animals in there – this is so touching, so personal. I am a big fan of neutral colours (greyish walls, white furniture etc) and colourful accents. You can definitely be proud of yourself for putting it all together in such short time, well done!

  6. The nursery is amazing!!! Such a beautiful and special space!! Can't wait to see pictures of the little lady in her room very soon 🙂

  7. Hi there! I just bought the Strandmon to turn into the rocker! I have a question… I just got home with mine, and the back is creaky. Like it creaks when you sit back, lean your neck back, and really just shift your weight on the back of the chair. I'm wondering if this is normal, or if I got a dud? Does yours do this? I'm 3 hours from Ikea, so I can't just run down and check 🙂 Thanks!

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