It is no secret that I love elephants and it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I chose them as the theme for my son’s room. Have you ever seen a baby elephant at play? It has to be one of the purest expressions of joy out there in the world. When I found out I was pregnant, all I could picture was a little elephant rolling around in my belly. As my belly grew, I imagined him tickling me with his trunk, pushing on my bladder with his chubby legs… ah, it was all sweet and happy thoughts and I knew I had to remember this feeling forever.
As I searched for inspiration for his room, I came across this blanket on Etsy and instantly fell in love with the vibrant colors and patterns. The backing is a brown goose down velour and the front is a soft organic cotton. It is a cornucopia of happy colors… navy, yellow, burnt orange, red and teal… all of which is reflected in the room.
Then came the crib… I wanted something inexpensive and classic. This Fisher Price crib was under $200, including the mattress and just the right size. As it was tradition, my in-laws bought us this beauty and helped set it up too. It is an added bonus that this converts to a toddler bed and then a full-size bed if we ever need it to.
The rest of the items are a mix-match of items found on craigslist, eBay, discount shopping bins and hand-me-downs. The entire budget for this nursery came in under $500. The cotton rug was given to me by my sister a few years ago and anchors the room nicely. The window treatments were an eBay bargain @ $12 and the dresser (which is really an oversize nightstand and part of our bedroom set) and shelves were painted with General Finishes Persimmon milk paint and distressed to match. The rocker chair was a bargain at $100 on Craigslist and it fits perfectly in the reading nook and the plush elephant throw, a gift from my mother in law, adds some much needed warmth to an otherwise dark corner. The inspiration for the wall paint treatment came from Pinterest and you can read all about it here. With a little washi tape and a whole lot of imagination, you can make your walls come alive. And, the best news is it’s temporary.
So, without further ado here’s the big nursery reveal…
I simply adore this room… and honestly, it wouldn’t have been possible without my partner’s assistance. He really pushed me to finish the room on Sunday by jumping in and doing all the heavy lifting. There is a great sense of accomplishment when something comes together better than you had imagined… and we are so ready to enjoy this room with our son for years to come!