Friday, May 9, 2014

A Boy's Nursery

The nursery in our home is my son, Kasen's room. It feels SO weird to me to call it a nursery since he is going to be 2 at the end of the summer. A nursery is such a temporary space. Sure, you could get years of use out of it, but to me, it just seems like little ones outgrow them pretty quickly. Anyone else agree?

I decorated both of my boys' nurseries with pretty straight forward neutral design decisions. I choose mostly primary colors, mixed with maybe one or two accents. I never went with a full on theme of any sort. Why? I guess because I always had the future in mind and would ask myself "what if they aren't 'into' whatever I decorate their room as?" Even as little ones I feel your personal space should be a reflection of your personality and interests.

So, thus brings me to the topic of the... nursery.

I've really loved the room so far. It has had all of the function necessary for raising up a little babe, and it has also transitioned nicely to the toddler stage. But now. Now it's just not a very good reflection of my little man.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things he loves in the space that ARE a reflection of him such as anything SPORTS you would find in there.

And puzzles, he LOVES puzzles.

And dogs, he's a huge fan.

Needless to say, my wheels are turning for an update in the next little while. Since I've never really shared the space as is, I thought I'd better do that now before I changed it up again!

I've always LOVED the subtle stripes on the one wall. If I didn't contain myself I'd have stripes all over my home. And how cliche, but we did his name above the crib. It might be cliche, but it's still sweet and definitely personal. Plus, it's super affordable art. I just purchased thin letters from Hobby Lobby and attached them to the wall with velcro command strips. 

This dresser is vintage, so it needed a paint job. We went with a bright yellowish green color which we also painted on the letters of his name. 
Kasen means pure, by the way... which is the same meaning as Catherine which is my middle name. And his middle name is Joseph, after my Father's middle name. 
I love those special details, so I thought I'd share. :)

Oh and this thing? Well, around 9 months or so we thought we had a beaver instead of a baby. He would not stop biting on the rails of the crib. We had this felt on hand, so I made a quick rail guard by just cutting thin strips and tying them like you would to make a felt blanket. I made sure to knot them so that Kasen couldn't get it off. It took a while to tie them all up, but other than that they have held up nicely. I've just spot cleaned them a few times. 

I found this small table at Goodwill for a couple of dollars and when paired with the little white chair from my Dad, it functions as a nice little activity table for puzzles and other playing. 

I only keep a few select toys in the nursery which are all stored on the wall opposite of the crib. They are stored on this little wooden shelf or in the green tub. 

All of which are super easy for little man to get things out of and clean up. My little one is quite the helper when it comes to clean up time. He love it! And I love that. :)

These pictures are how it looks now, at it's transitional toddler stage. I did scrounge up some photos from instagram when the nursery was more in it's baby stage. I actually loved how it looked way more during that stage. Probably because there were a lot less toys lying around... Ha!

See him in there? Aww, my little boy is growing up so FAST!


  1. I love this room...the colors are great!! What a great use of space and its something he can grow into too!

    1. Aww, thanks! It's done us right so far! :)