Lila’s Finished Nursery – Woodland Themed Nursery

Yesterday I officially hit the 37 week mark, which means my Lila girl is “full-term!” It also means I snapped into must-get-everything-done mode. We installed the carseat, packed hospital bags, finished our birth plan and finally completed her nursery.

If you remember, we decided on a Woodland themed nursery. Mainly because THIS is the view our little girl will have outside her nursery:

To start with, I really wanted to create a tree in her room. But since we are renting (no painting) and the walls are grooved (no decals), we had to get creative. I had an idea to use those paper poms you see as party decoration. Thankfully my incredibly talented sister in law, Emily, visited us this fall and took charge of my vision to make this awesome tree.

She did it by cutting poster board in the shape of the trunk and branches, then glued fabric around the board. Then she hung the poms from clear string to create a 3D tree. I also have to give a major shout out to Lexi from the Etsy shop LadiesWhoLunchPoms for being so helpful in designing the poms with me so they looked just like tree leaves. In total, this tree cost us just $60 and makes a huge impact in the room!

Next, I filled the room with some key pieces of furniture. After doing a lot of research on cribs, I realized that I really didn’t want to spend a fortune. We landed on this crib and changing table from Ikea, which believe it or not was rated very highly on consumer reports for safety. I love the simple, natural wood look without the ornate design.

We spent more on the rocker/lounger from La-Z-Boy. Both my sister and brother got this same chair for their nursery’s and raved about how comfortable it is. It lays all the way flat, rocks and comes in tons of cool fabrics.

To bring through the woodland theme, I got some custom bedding made from the Etsy shop HappyMae. This was more of a splurge, but well worth it. The crib sheet, changing pad cover and crib skirt are so unique and vibrant. They also came pre-washed and in super-soft fabrics.

The other custom order I made was the letters for her name from Etsy shop TheRuggedPearl. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out and the little critters that were added go perfectly! We made these girlie letters a little more “woodsy” by hanging them from a branch we found on a hike near our house.

We rounded out the woodland look with a bunch of fun accessories including these woodland prints from Etsy shop MyZoetrope, an “We love you Deerly” embroidered hoop from Etsy shop RedRedCompletelyRed, family photos and a beautiful honeycomb art print my talented collegauge Margo gave me as a baby shower present!

The last piece to the nursery still to come is a special woodland mobile being hand-made by Grandma Batman – Luke’s mom. She saw my blog post about wanting this mobile off Etsy and volunteered to make us one by hand. I can’t wait to add this special touch to the room.


This was the first room I’ve ever attempted to do any type of decorating on – we’ve always rented furnished apartments, so I am feeling really happy with how it turned out. I need to take my good camera (all these were taken with my phone) into the room and get some wide-angle photos to show it all together.

I am so excited to spend lots of time in this room with my girl. I hope she loves it as much as I do!

Woodland Themed Nursery

My nesting impulse kicked in big time last week and I became slightly obsessed with getting things purchased for little girl’s nursery.

I decided awhile ago to go with a Woodland theme mainly because it made sense with where we live – in the mountains, surrounded by evergreens. That and it would work for any future babes regardless of gender (I don’t plan to redo a nursery with every child).

Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve purchased already:


Wall Art:


There are two more creative, crafty projects I’m going to take on (with the help of my artistic and awesome sister-in-law and maybe a few others):

The first is baby’s hanging letters. This isn’t her name or the colors we’re using, but gives you an idea of the look. I found the idea on Time to go stick hunting!

The other project includes the creation of a “tree.” We have some wall space in a corner to fill and I got a wacky idea to make a tree out of paper poms after seeing some other nursery pictures.

The colors will be a mix of shades of green with pops of yellow, orange and red. We can’t paint or use a decal (grooved walls) so I think we’ll make the trunk out of cardboard wrapped in brown felt.

I have no idea if this will end up looking how I imagine or if it will look like a “giant, multicolored mushroom” as Luke put it, but Luke’s sister thinks we can do it and Lexi, the pom seller on Etsy has been incredibly helpful. So we’ll see!

The last thing I have my eye on for her nursery is this adorable mobile. But at $78 and an already blown budget, I’m on the fence as to if it’s really necessary.

I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! One thing is for sure, I am having a great time preparing for this girl to make her arrival.