Lincoln’s Modern Woodland Nursery
Awww, it’s baby Lincoln. Gosh I miss that baby. (For the record, two-year-old Lincoln’s pretty rad, too. But geez louise, look at that blue steel!)
This was our first “real” photo shoot we did with Lincoln, back when he was only 3 months old. Along with getting pictures of all of us as a little family, Chris also made sure to capture all the details of Lincoln’s first room. We’re pretty proud of how his little nursery came together in the end. Our visions were not quite so in tune at first (I wanted a Neverland/Lost Boys vibe, while Chris was more on an overall adventure-themed kick), but through much conversation, compromise, and the always-helpful Pinterest group board feature, we managed to settle on this modern woodland look.
We originally published this story and photos on our photography website, which I’m linking to here, just in case anyone wants to see more of the pictures featuring that cutie patootie up there. For this post, I’m going to focus more on the room itself.
Written April 6, 2016
Lincoln’s nursery is pretty much my favorite room in the house these days. When I envisioned the room, I knew I wanted it to be very bright and airy feeling, mostly grays and whites with pops of orange here and there. Originally, the theme I was going for was a sort of “Lost Boys” (from Peter Pan) idea. I pictured tipis and quotes about bravery. I found an adorable mobile of viking ships that resembled Hook’s pirate ship. I wanted foxes and raccoons and all those little animals that the Lost Boys dress up as. And while we definitely have those elements, over time the ideas merged into more of a “woodland adventure” theme.
And we LOVE how it turned out!
It was Chris’ idea to add in a ton of greenery. We found succulents and cacti and air plants to tuck into these awesome geometric pots. Thanks to one of our favorite vendors and friend Marisa from Seven Stems, for the hook up on where to find them!
Those arrows on the right side of the wall (and in the glass jar on the shelves, pictured above) were made by Chris’ sister Sarah for our baby shower. They were perfect for displaying in Lincoln’s room as a memento of that special day.
She also put together the little tipis that sit on the low bookshelf, underneath the lamp, AND found us the string art of the fox and the raccoon. Seriously, Sarah took my Lost Boys theme and nailed it.
The quilt in the picture above is so special to us. Our dear friend Melody sewed that for us and gave it to us at our baby shower. When I showed Mel the pattern I thought was cute, I had no idea how difficult it would be to sew! But Mel was amazing with it and now we have just the perfect blanket to snuggle our babe in.
Here’s that amazing mobile I mentioned earlier. We love it to pieces, and unfortunately so does our cat Jack! His mission in life for the first week or so was to get those ships down, but luckily that ended quickly and he found a new mission in the room. (More on that at the end of the post!)
We spent forever finding the perfect wall art, and in the end we ended up making some of it ourselves. The three feathers and Where the Wild Things Are monster quote were prints we found on Etsy. The framed compass was a random find at Target one day. The portrait of us in the middle is from our maternity shoot with our friends Gantes.co, about three weeks before Lincoln was born. The triangle cutouts are actually the negative space from the papers I used to make the garland; after I set those papers aside, I thought they looked a bit like tipis and went with it. (Yay for recycling crafts!) My favorite on the wall is the Peter Pan quote. That was a joint project between Chris and I (my writing, his production skills) and I adore how it came out.
Here is the garland I mentioned earlier. I saw something similar while browsing Pinterest one day and fell in love with the concept. A quick trip to Michaels and a couple nights with my die cut and sewing machines, was all it took to make the hanging strings. Chris’ parents brought us a branch from their yard for us to hang the strings from.
Can you believe Chris made those bookends? One night I watched him sketch out a hexagonal prism and do some calculations, and the next night he was pouring concrete in our garage. They perfectly hold up Lincoln’s full collection of first edition (in America) Harry Potter books.
I had bought Chris those orange and black blocks for Christmas several years ago. They’re from House Industries, which creates a lot of his favorite fonts, including the font featured on these blocks: Neutraface. Perfect blocks for the kid of a designer, right?
Also notable: those little woodland creatures. They were my exact vision for decor for Lincoln’s nursery, and I was so psyched to find them on Amazon. They’re actually ornaments! (See the string on the little squirrel guy above?) At Christmas we move them to the tree with the rest of the ornaments, then they return to Lincoln’s room for January through November.
If you made it this far, thanks so much for looking through our photos! We’re so thrilled with Lincoln’s nursery, and so excited for him to start discovering everything in there. So far he loves his book collection, his ship mobile, and the pictures of mama and daddy that hang near the changing pad. And, of course, his cat that likes to hang out in there with him. 😉
Links for Products: Crib: Babyletto Scoot // White Dresser, Bookshelf, and Wall Shelves: IKEA // Kacy Collection – Madison Rocking Chair & Ottoman: Babies R Us // Tripod Lamp: Overstock // Viking Ships Mobile: Flensted Mobiles (on Amazon) // Neutraface Slab Blocks: House Industries // White Geometric Pots: Amazon // Creature String Art, Etsy: Raccoon & Fox // NWSE & Arrows Framed String Art: Target // Arrows, Tipis, Paper & Feather Wall Hanging Garland, Geometric Concrete Book Ends, and Peter Pan Handwritten Quote: Created with love by us and family members.
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