Here is a new source that I discovered on Twitter for alphabet wall art prints. This is from a Canadian Fellow. Grace Announcements offers a vast selection of design. I like the variety of style that she offers from the typical nursery illustrations up to modern geometric compositions.
As expected, her art prints will fit in the popular IKEA RIBBA. A framed personalized wall art print make an awesome baby shower gift. Simply inform you before buying about the nursery design theme and colors.
+ Personalized Wall Art Prints by Grace Announcements $12 for an 8×10, $25 for a 12×16
Art doesn’t need to hang on the wall to impact your space, and these handcrafted mobiles from Australia’s Puka Puka Design are a perfect example.
Handmade from ethically sourced, high quality materials, each mobile is unique and designed to bring a bit of nature into your space, with designs inspired by the sky and sea.
We love the organic shapes and contemporary color pairings, and that the mobiles add visual interest without adding visual clutter. We can see these in almost any room of the home – from the corner of the living room to an entryway or office – so think beyond the nursery (though they’d look lovely there, too).
+ Puka Puka Modern Mobiles, $80 and up
Any parent knows that you can avoid to keep close by a couple of bins filled with your baby or toddler toys. So, it’s best to look for great looking toy bins. Three friends who lived in New York and Toronto started 3 Sprouts in 2007. They produce cute, fun and practical toy bins and storage caddies that parents and kids would love to use.
You can put on the storage caddy all the essential nursery items – from diapers to lotions, washcloths and onesies – that you need in one spot and ready to go. My son’s nursery is on the second floor. When I have a babysitter, I carry all these essentials on the main floor. Having a tote like this will eliminate some steps. Later, the storage caddy could be repurposed as a magazine holder, a craft tote or a toy tote. I just wish that we could wash them in the machine.
You have a choice of 8 animals for the storage bins and 3 animals for the caddies. You can buy those online at 3 Sprouts (they ship to Canada and the United States) or from these local retailers. These would make wonderful baby shower gifts that would be appreciated by mom and dad.
+ Organic Cotton Nursery Caddy by 3 Sprouts $23.99 USD or CAD
+ Organic Cotton Storage Bin by 3 Sprouts $39.99 USD or CAD
Since I am a mom of a baby boy, I am always on the lookout for fun and original boy design ideas. ChickadeeVinyl on Etsy.com provides several options. I share my top 3 picks. First, the Custom Subway Art is a wall decal alternative to the custom baby birth information prints. It allows you to say more.
From the Nursery to the Toddler Bedroom
The Construction Truck Alphabet Blocks provide another option than the typical animal alphabet. I only wish that the series would expand to tools and construction concept so that they could have a block for each letter of the alphabet. Right now, they only have 6 letters. Nonetheless, the design is fun. You can buy a pack of 4 or 6 blocks in the color of your choice. If you still prefer the jungle alphabet, they are available in a 4 or 6 block series, or as A to Z circles.
Boy or Girl Time Out Wall Decals
As parents, you know the value of a time out when your kid doesn’t properly behave. These cute boy or girl silhouettes help designate your time out spot. I wonder if seeing the wall decal will send a stronger message when you tell your young children that if they don’t stop, a time out will happen. If you put it on your living room or an open living space, I suggest that you don’t install the “Time Out” text to achieve a more stylish look. People will probably compliment you on the nice silhouette decal.
+ Custom Baby Boy Subway Art Font 1 $50 USD at ChickadeeVinyl on Etsy.com
+ Construction Truck Alphabet Blocks $24.99 USD for 4 blocks, $39.99 USD for 6 letter blocks
+ Time Out Wall Decal $30 USD
The Twilight drapery rod by Umbra could help parents who are looking for a solution to keep a nursery or a toddler’s bedroom very dark. The wrap around design allows the drapery panel to lay flat against the wall. It can fit windows from 28 inches to 144 inches.
+ Twilight drapery rod from $30 to $50 CAD at Umbra
I am currently looking for a series of art prints to hang on the short hallway that leads to my son’s nursery. I am leaning towards 3 medium size art prints that would fit into the 20-inch RIBBBA shadow box frames or a 20-inch tall RIBBA frame. But whatever I do, I need at least one frame of this size.
Another solution would be to showcase 2 medium prints and a series of three 5×7 prints. I got this idea after I saw the kids prints realized by San Francisco Bay area designer and illustrator Hillary Bird. If I was going with this plan, I would be together the the Expedition, the Crystal Lake, and the Teatime. I also like the warmth of the Rescue. Then, the question becomes what to put next to those. One reason that I hesitate to commit at this time is that I would prefer that the main character was a boy with the bear.
+ Hillary Bird’s Prints $15 USD for 5×7 on Etsy
This is a wonderful project to do with your kids or to decorate a nursery. The design is by Joel Henriques of MadeByJoel.com. You can learn how to make your own by watching the tutorial video produced by Etsy.
You could use the template to sew the birds or make them with felt if you prefer that to paper birds.
+ How-Tuesday: Kid-Friendly Bird Mobile
I finally started to buy the decorative accessories for my son-to-be nursery. Today, I bought an adorable monster/alien theme wall decal kit by Nouvelles Images. I did not want to stick to one theme: the owl. Like you do with fabric patterns, I coordinate illustrations that share similarities in their forms and colors.
Look at how cute are the Raplapla dolls that I bought for him. They go well next to the Candela Tooli Rechargeable Lights that we received at our baby shower.
Another challenge is to find items that will contrast with the green wall. The next thing on my list is an airy mobile that I can hang from the ceiling. I look for a mobile that shares the aesthetics of the mobiles by Ole Flensted. If you know a modern style mobile that could fit within my design, do not be shy to share it.
+ Monsieur Tsé Tsé $42 CAD at Raplapla
+ Spoque $46 CAD at Raplapla – currently sold out
+ Home Stickers Cute Monsters Decorative Wall Stickers $22.94 USD at Amazon.com
+ Candela Tooli Rechargeable Lights $40.80 at Amazon.com
+ Cute Monsters Wall Decals for Kids $34.99 CAD at Rose ou Bleu
+ Oxo Tooli 2 Lamp Set $59.99 CAD at Rose ou Bleu
Girly without being too sweet, the vibrant yet sophisticated palette of this nursery makes me wish I could go back in time to re-live my toddler years.
One wouldn’t always consider icy grey paint as the backdrop for a nursery, but here it’s warmed up with hits of chartreuse green and bold, honeysuckle pink in the fabrics and room accessories creating a fresh and energetic vibe.
The parents-to-be added plenty of personalized touches with custom bedding and curtains (via Etsy shop Rocky Top Design) and DIY projects. I love their twist on a standard Ikea Expedit bookshelf. By flipping it on it’s side and adding drawers and doors, they’ve created a functional furniture piece that would work just as well in an office or as a sideboard.
A pretty gallery wall is comprised of bold fabrics in ornate, thrifted frames sprayed white.
You can check out more details and find sources used to create this lovely nursery at Cape 27 blog.
+ Nursery Makeover and Sources at Cape 27 Blog
When I spotted those cute vintage school charts on Shelterrific this morning, I immediately thought that they would look sharp on a baby or toddler room. They carry a childish vibe and it will make a change from the usual ABC or 123 posters. The best part is that they can grow with a kid.
Each chart measures approximately 12.5 x 15.5 inches. To unify the look make sure to use identical frames. You could go with white, cream or black frame. You can find those on Etsy from Scottie in a Canoe.
This post closed this month feature on nursery and toddler bedrooms.
+ COMPASS and SPEEDOMETER mid century School Chart $20 USD
+ THE SUN 1960s Science School Chart $20 USD
+ MIGRATION and HIBERNATION vintage mid century Classroom Science Chart $20 USD
Owls have swooped as a major design trend, spotted in fashion, textiles and décor. They’re even proving a popular choice for kids rooms and nurseries (just check out Kim’s preview of her baby boy’s nursery for a peek at how she’s incorporating them) since they’re relatively gender-neutral and cute without being too “baby”.
If you’re weary of using a trend as the main decorating theme for your child’s room – should they or you grow bored of it too soon – you can still add special touches with accessories. But there’s really no need to worry about owls being a passing fad: they’ve symbolized wisdom, mystery and protection for thousands of years.
To add a focal point to an otherwise neutral room, removable vinyl wall decals provide all the whimsicality of a hand-painted mural without the commitment.
It’s the little details that give a room heart and there is no shortage of adorable – and affordable – owl accessories available. Wooden and leather details like those shown below add texture to the room and are sure to become treasured keepsakes.
Inexpensive artwork adds charm to a baby’s room and can be swapped out as the child grows or as your taste changes. Etsy is a goldmine of up-and-coming artists offering clever, affordable prints like the “Owl Love You Forever” shown below in the colour of year, honeysuckle.
Soft toys and furnishings are the only way to go in a nursery and allow you to add a pop of colour. Cushions, mobiles, stuffed bookends or a fleece blanket customized with baby’s name help to personalize the room. They also make wonderful gifts since the parents-to-be will likely be concentrating their budget on furniture and other major purchases for baby.
+ Tree with Two Owls Wall Decal from SimpleShapes, $74
+ Owl on Tree Wall Decal from NouWall, $68
+ Owl Wall Hook from Cocoon Couture, $89
+ Pink Wooden Owl Bookends from Penny Scallan Design, $49.95
+ French Counting Cards (avail. in several other languages) from Children Inspired Design, $22 (set of 10)
+ Owl Love You Forever Art Print from Oh Louise Designs, $12
+ Bamboo Owl Clock from Decoylab, $78
+ Peppermint Owl Mobile ($85) and Frosty Pink Owl Cushion ($65) from Jolie Petite Chose
+ Personalized Baby Blanket from Admiral Road, $59
+ Owl Stuffed Animal ($36) and Aqua Owl Picture Frame ($40) from Dwell Studio
+ Owl Bookends from Pottery Barn Kids, $29