Animals are great themes for nurseries and kid’s rooms. It can be gender neutral without ever being “boring”, and at the end of the day, what child doesn’t at one point go through the whole “animal craze”? My one year old is currently obsessed with farm animals and cuddling the neighbour’s dog and cat every chance that she gets.
The best thing about the updated, modern wildlife themed rooms is that they are playful, yet still maintain an overall sophisticated look. No cheesy caricatures here. Take a look below at a few of our favourite rooms from around the web that seamlessly incorporate wildlife motifs.
The Prints- It may be cute as seen on Project Nursery, but not up for painting a giant juggle mural up on that wall? We love the idea of grouping a set of prints together, or even having one blown up and framed for maximum impact.
-The Fur Babies- Most parents will tell you that they cannot, and will not fit, another stuffed animal into their home, but a few, well placed plushies can make for wonderful children’s room decor.
^Project Nursery- That hippo in the corner, and the zebra rug? <3
-Taxidermy- Not everyone appreciates hunting as a hobbie. But when it comes to what we think of the faux taxidermy in nursery trend, you’ll find no resistance here!
^Design Sponge- Those two taxidermy heads and elephant woven basket are just the right touches to incorporate that safari theme without going overboard.
^Vogue France- That’s right. Even Vogue, the iconic magazine, approves of the animal head accessory in a kid’s bedroom.
^The Boo and the Boy- We love that this room incorporates wild animals with all things girly, like the princess dress and doll house.
^Donmino- Safari animal heads, oversized bear, tassel garland and that colourful rug? An unexpected combination that makes for an eclectic and adorable room!
Our new swirl patterned cushions on the Tuscany glider sets are now up on Amazon.com! These three cushion styles (Taupe, Blush Pink and Slate Gray) add just the right amount of playful, yet subtle pattern to the nursery. Pair it with your choice of wooden base!
Take a closer look at the fabric options by clicking on the individual images below.
Whether it’s short of space or simply not having the right system to organize, lack of functional storage is one of those dilemmas that everyone seems to have. When you already have all the dressers and case pieces but still need additional places to get everything in order, here are some storage ideas for reorganizing that nursery or the up-coming back-to-school cleanup.
Cornered- Make use of those corners, no matter how small. They can hold all those picture frames, small collections, and knick knacks that you may want displayed but do not want to take up precious dresser-top space with.
^Image: Project Nursery
Tiered- You’ve probably re-purposed that vintage cake stand into your jewelry console, so why not a Farmer’s Market Epergne/fruit stand into your baby’s accessories caddy?
^Image: Project Nursery
Under Bed Storage- There’s no room for bed-time monsters here! Make use of that space under the crib with a flat storage box. Use a crib skirt to hide anything unsightly, or find some bins that you do not mind displaying. Just make sure that the items inside are either sealed shut or are baby-proofed around any crawling Little Ones.
^Images: A Lovely Lark
^Image: The Bump
DIY Library- There are so many configurations and ways to style a bookshelf wall that there is definitely a variation that will work for just about any space. It’s a must-have for any child’s room as they display all those beautifuly illustrated book covers, and do not take up any floor space that regular bookcases do. Score!
^Image: Mini Style Blog
^Image: The Book and the Boy
How to Stack Those Stuffies?- This is probably the age old question that parents have been asking themselves since mass-produced stuffed animals came into existence (I have a one year old and we are already swarmed with fur babies everywhere, thanks to grandma and grandpa, aunties and uncles, and friends). I have been (and am still) on the hunt for effective, but also aesthetically agreeable ways of corralling these little beings.
^A vintage style wooden crate with wheels. Image: Cozy Cottage Cute
^The basket seems to be the majority’s answer for all general toy clutter. If it’s going to all have to get piled somewhere, it may as well be in a style that can double as some interior design eye-candy. Image: The Glitter Guide
^Make those animals double up as wall art with this DIY branch swing. Just make sure to keep the ropes high enough away from little hands. Image: Garden Therapy
Green and yellow tend to be the default colour choices for “gender neutral” nurseries and baby accessories. But in terms of giving incredible flexibility for mix and match or change down the road, my current favourite combination is gray and white. These shades placed together are calm and soothing, and is perfect for making the addition of colourful accessories pop against a neutral background.
^Bright and airy, this gray and white themed nursery keeps things interesting with textures and accessories. (Image from Lay Baby Lay)
^Mixing up playful patterns with textiles (Image credit here).
^The Hillcrest 3 in 1 Crib in gray. Classic and contemporary, this crib would be fit for a little boy or girl.
^The wonderful worlds of chevron and gray come together in the form of the Hoop Glider & Ottoman set.
A little tidbit of this, and a little tidbit of that on a Tuesday afternoon.
-Did anyone catch the super moon that took place over this past weekend? If you missed this past one, there is another super moon to catch sight of on September 9th!
^My Little One and my husband taking a minute to catch a view of the huge moon in the early evening sky.
-August is the time to fit in those last family road trips before school is back in swing. Loving these 10 Road Trip Activities for Kids from Say Yes.
-We like this Back to School Shopping List that is broken down by grade. It takes the guess work out of figuring out “needs” vs “wants” when at the shopping mall.
-Glider & ottoman sets are a nursery staple and we love the new swirl dot cushion series that has just recently launched. Take a zoomed-in look at the swirl dot pattern. It’s fun and modern, but subtle enough for any of the three colours (oatmeal, slate, or blush pink) to blend seamlessly into any decor.
-You can never do too many crafts with the kids, especially ones like this mismatched sock snake. Now we know what to do with all those lonely socks that lost their partners during laundry.
-Ever wonder what it would be like to raise a child in a different country? A favourite series of mine from A Cup of Jo, Motherhood Around the World, takes us around the world to see how North American mothers are faring in far away lands.
Whenever I hear the term “polka dots” my mind conjures images of Mini Mouse’s red and white dress, the Twister game board and clown outfits. None of them lend to the general feeling of “calm” or “serene” when it comes to decorating for a nursery. But with the help of wall decals and DIY paint projects, there are some pretty amazing and inspirational nurseries that have been able to take the polka dot to a whole new level of creativity and sophistication. Take a look at these lovely spaces that have successfully incorporated and updated the ubiquitous “dot”.
1) The Scatter: Who says that dots have to be placed in neat little rows? These rooms use the “scatter” to create the illusion of movement and infusion of whimsy. Use them to fill an entire wall, or have them trickle down over a select area.
Image: Roxanne Stellmacher
Image: Walls Need Love
Image: Walls Need Love
2) Colour: My Pinterest feed has been flooded with metallics as the finish of choice for wall decal dots, but these rooms show that coloured spots can be just as sophisticated and modern. Use the all the colours of the rainbow, or stick to only a few for a consistent theme.
Image: Momo Design
Image: Outer Towners
Image: Momo Design
3) Black and White: Black and white dots with the right proportion and spacing adds visual interest but stays timeless.
Image: Laura Winslow Photography
Image: Down That Little Lane
4) Size It Down… Or Up: Sizing seems to be one of the keys to getting this dotted look just right. Either blow it way up to create something bold and graphic like the way that Tori Spelling has done with her coral circles, or size it down to keep the the space bright and open.
Image: Red Book Magazine
Image: Interiors Addict
What do you think of the polka dot? Would this be something that you would incorporate into your nursery or kid’s room?
Still depleted from the delivery, sleep deprived, and feeling lost about “what to do” after bringing the baby home, I knew that I still needed to “enjoy the moments” because “they grow up so fast”. But really. When will this get better? This was the phrase that constantly ran through my head. It went on repeat through the struggle with breastfeeding, battling a screaming baby that resisted sleeping training, cleaning up projectile vomit… The list can go on. I never thought that a year later, I would see the day when my Little One could sleep through the night. I can finally claim my evenings back with a good read, a drink out with a girlfriend, or sit back with my husband for a Netflix movie.
Did anything actually “get better” or “any easier”? Some things simply go away because the Little One outgrows them. The days of watching the clock like a hawk for the next feeding, constantly sterilizing bottles, and sleeping for only stretches of 2-3 hours at a time may be over. But with the exit of the newborn stage, my little family has arrived to the new world of toddler tantrums, picky eating, and sessions of screaming bloody murder in the car seat. Right when I find myself thinking “When will this get better?”, my news feed on the mommy forums squash all hope by telling me that the upcoming “terrible twos” are nothing compared to the newly termed “terrible threes” (Here, here and here. Yipes, save me!).
Perhaps it’s Kim Simon’s The Secret Every New Mom Should Remember that says it most succinctly: “I wish I could tell you that it gets easier, but it doesn’t. The secret is that you get better at it.” When I came across this article the other day on Huffington Post Parents, her message really hit home. While we tend to put so much focus on the child and his/her growth- trying to get them healthily and happily from one stage to the next- the other half of parenting is recognizing that I, as a parent, need to grow and adapt healthily and happily too. The key isn’t in hoping that my child can quickly outgrow whatever “terrible phase” that she is going through. The reality is that once one phase is over, there will be another one. Those cries for milk turn into screams over a toy, and soon those “feed and change me” requests will give way to ones for the car. Rather, it is navigating an uncharted road together where my child, my family unit and I will come out stronger and closer as we go along.
If I could go back in time to those early days, I would remind myself that parenthood is not a passive journey of cringing and questioning if the difficult times will “get better” or not. It is a purposeful one of actively learning and being better. I know this is all easier said than done. This is especially true when you are covered in barf, rocking your feverish baby at some God-forsaken hour of the night, or wrestling a screaming child away from the candy section. But one day when my Little One is grown up and it’s time to send her off from under my roof, I hope that that I will be able to say, just like Kim Simon writes, “You thought you’d never make it, mama. And then you did.”
Ever wonder what the difference is between a regular dresser and one that is sold in the nursery section? Are there any actual benefits to a dresser that is being marketed “for children”? Indeed there are! Storkcraft dressers are tested to meet specific safety standards in order to be sold as juvenile furniture. This also includes the use of materials that are made to withstand the wear and tear that only little ones would bring.
1) Sturdy Finishes: While the top of dressers usually become home to books, jewelry and small knick knacks in a master bedroom, dressers for babies tend to be places to balance drippy bottles, wet cloths, and even the odd dirty diaper. Storkcraft dressers do not use paper-based laminates or materials that may “bubble” or melt upon contact with moisture. Rather, the dressers are made of durable finishes that can be cleaned with a damp cloth and can hold up to everyday wear and tear with a baby.
2) Anti-tipping: Did you know that according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that “More than 25,000 of [tip-over] injuries are to children under the age of 18?” Moreover, “falling furniture accounts for more than half (52 percent) of the injury reports” (Source). The difference between a dresser made for juveniles vs a generic piece for the rest of the home is that several anti-tipping measures have been incorporated into each Storkcraft baby dresser. These include
-Wall mounts to attach the furniture to the wall
-Reinforced bases to help distribute weight of the dresser closer to the floor and away from the top of a dresser
-Anti-tipping tests that are performed by placing weights on top drawers, etc. to determine if the overall construction and design of the dresser holds it balance
3) Drawer-stops and locks: The stops prevent drawers from falling out of their tracks even if they are fully pulled open. The locks keep a drawer from unintentionally slamming close into little fingers when a drawer is open and in use.
4) Ergonomic measurements: Anyone who has ever had to change diapers or rummage in a drawer for something while wrestling a baby knows that it can be backbreaking work. This is especially true for mothers who are still recovering from childbirth. Storkcraft 3 drawer dressers, combos and 6 drawer dressers are designed to be at the optimum height of 34”. This allows for easy access to items, and especially for changing diapers should customers choose to use a contoured changing pad on the top.
5) Avoiding choking hazards: Juvenile dresser knobs are selected to be too large to swallow, but yet small enough to not provide any easy climbing foothold.
Beatrice Combo Dresser with Hutch sold separately (Right).
So while it may seem tempting to simply pick up the extra storage for your nursery at the home department, there are definitely many reasons why including a dresser that is compliant to health and safety codes for children’s furnishings is a wise decision. All furniture geared for juveniles are required to be strictly tested and certified, so feel free to ask your nursery retailer for more information on how to select a dresser for your little one’s room.
There was a time when I used to think that I would have a nursery with the grand crib and all its matchy-matchy dressers. I pictured my baby nestled soundly in a bed that would rival something out of a fairytale. But years later, pregnant and armed with ideas from my Pinterest and Etsy accounts, I chose Storkcraft’s Bradford 4 in 1 crib in white for its simplicity and versatility. A far cry from what I had pictured for my future nursery when I was growing up.
When it comes to furnishing a baby’s room, the crib used to be the central focus and the “piece de resistance”. Headboards were ornate and hefty, there were carvings, layers of wooden molding, and colour even included options of “look-at-me” metallic finishes. All other decor in the nursery took its cue from the crib. The past few years, however, have seen a big shift in style to where the crib has become more subtle and streamlined. Rather than dominating a room with a crib’s decorative detailing, the devil-in-the-details now lie in more simple sleep accommodations that can help showcase well-edited and meaningful accessories.
Below are some inspirational, modern rooms. They have simple, white cribs in spaces that are nothing short of a whole lot of personality.
^It’s all in the details with this soft pink, grey and turquoise room, from the paper crafts to the kitchy pillows and wall decal. Image from Chole Fleury.
^There’s nothing boring about a streamlined crib against dark walls and being surrounded by accessories with pops of colour and texture. Image from Housetweeking.
^The perfect combination of simple elegance with splashes of bold colour. The crib acts as part of a canvas for the room’s unique architecture and fun decorations. Image from Carousel Designs.
^Bright, airy and serene, and filled with handmade details. Image from On to Baby.
For a similar look as the above rooms, create your little one’s nursery with the Storkcraft Sheffield 3 in 1 Crib or Mission Ridge 3 in 1 Crib (as shown directly below) and personalize it with unique accessories, Etsy finds, and DIY projects. The Sheffield and Mission Ridge are currently both under $100.00 at Walmart.com and are convertible to accommodate as your little one grows.
It’s a summer full of new products here at Storkcraft! The Sorrento 3-in-1 Crib and its matching change table is one of the newest collections to join the Storkcraft family. We heard our fans’ request for a crib with wider slats for extra sturdiness and visual impact, and combined this with a handsome silhouette. Our favourite features are the swooping sides and the generous wooden mouldings that run along the rails because, after all, the devil is in the details! It is a 3 in 1 crib that will transition into a daybed and full bed so it will also grow with your baby in the years to come. Available in espresso, cherry or white finish, it is already available at Walmart for $249.99.