A Travel-Themed Nursery

Last October I posted an updated design board for a friend’s nursery I’ve been working on since she announced she was pregnant last August. Her precious baby boy was born in January, but due to home construction, we finished his nursery last weekend. Before I show the latest design board and nursery before & after photos, I wanted to share a little more about the process and the very sweet story behind this nursery's design.

As I mentioned in my first post on their nursery design, my friends wanted something sweet but not too baby-ish so the room could grow with him. I went to their house a few weeks after finding out they were expecting and took photos of their furniture and décor as inspiration. Their preference for dark woods, simple styling and unique accents stood out to me, and I tried to insure that the nursery design had a similar feeling as the rest of their house. They have a collection of statues and art on their living room bookshelves that her parents had brought back from their travels, which was a key factor in why we carried over a travel theme into the nursery. Her parents are both avid travelers and her dad’s photographs from their travels have been featured in photography magazines and published in The World I See. My friend’s father passed away in May 2013, and though he didn’t get to meet his grandson, I know this sweet baby not only inherited his grandfather’s middle name but also hopefully a similar love for travel and photography inspired by his first bedroom.

You can view the process the room design and boards went through in my inspiration section (the top nursery board is where it all started) and read more about the beginning stages if you click on the links below each board. After months of window and online shopping, brainstorming various ideas and visiting a few baby stores with my friend, we narrowed down all our ideas and the final design inspiration for the room was created.

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The first weekend of April, I met my friend at her newly renovated house and tried out my new camera (birthday gift to myself) for before images. They aren’t great but fortunately my friend’s husband is also a photographer and he has promised me high quality before & after images for a design portfolio I’m starting to put together. I’ve been looking forward to getting this post up so I hope you all will excuse my “getting to know my camera” images.

The next day, Keith and I gathered all our tools, all the décor and art I’d been collecting in my office the past six months and met our friend’s at their house. By this point, the dresser / changing table, crib and side table were set-up and in the room. We spent a few hours hanging a mirror, a few pieces of art and installing wiring over the crib for a special display. Then I spent the next week, designing another piece of art and collecting a few more items for the space. Their rocking chair arrived that week as well and the room got set-up for changing and sleeping. Last weekend, Keith joined me again and the four of us hung the rest of the art, arranged the room, and agreed on a future rug purchase. My friend hand-picked the postcards over the crib, from a collection I bought at Room Service Vintage, based on places she and her family had traveled. 

Close-up of the vintage postcards

Close-up of the vintage postcards

Airplane hooks by the entry door

Airplane hooks by the entry door

They are planning to add a soft jute rug to the floor, hang one of her father’s photographs on the wall near the mirror and I might swap out one of the square art pieces in the near future, but even so, we’re all very happy with how this travel-themed nursery turned out. I can’t wait to visit and see him staring up at those vintage postcards while lying in his crib or, in the future, crawling across the floor and pulling that wooden car behind him.

Sources: Glider from Baby Earth. Crib from Pottery Barn Kids. Bedding, diaper genie and changing pad cover from Babies R Us. Curtains from Interior Fabrics. Lamp and shade from Target. World map from ikea. Airplane hooks and 'W' from Urban Outfitters. Square framed prints from Etsy and homemade. Side table and dresser from Four Hands. Wooden toys from Etsy.