Today on the blog I’m sharing a sneak peek into our little guy’s travel themed nursery! We went slow and steady throughout the pregnancy making changes to our spare room to turn it into the nursery. Thankfully, that helped me enjoy the process rather than get overwhelmed with all the decorating decision making. After scrolling through endless ideas on Pinterest, we decided on a neutral travel theme nursery. Clearly, traveling the world is near and dear to our hearts and we can keep the design if a little girl is in our future.
Our first step was painting the room. We ultimately selected a light/mint green to cover the walls and repainted the ceiling and closet bright white. It’s amazing how big of a transformation happens with just a coat or two of paint! The next large project involved an intricate world map wall decal that I found on Etsy. I loved the idea of some sort of map and waffled between cheaper options such as a large poster or wall hanging. I kept coming back to this wall decal though, so I decided to splurge and go for it.
We were able to customize the decal with bright colors and I asked if the seller would extend her 15% discount, which she did! We spent Christmas break putting up the countries and then I added each individual label and animal over the next month. It was honestly a huge amount of work (and a bit of stress) but I am thrilled with the result!
As for furniture, we picked natural wood colors for the crib and changing table. I also eventually decided to add a glider after reading lots of recommendations online. I’m particularly excited about our red metal rolling cart too, since it adds a ton of storage and easy access to diapers/wipes near the changing table. Plus, Jay and I are quite tall so I was happy to find one that meets our height needs! I’ll admit nothing here fits particularly in our travel theme, but it does all look quite nice together 🙂
To keep with the nursery travel theme, I also turned to Etsy to search for curtains. There aren’t exactly a lot of options, so I snagged these vintage airplane/map curtains as soon as I found them. I tried to find that pattern elsewhere in the hopes of making them myself, but none of my local craft stores had anything even remotely similar. Once again at least, I was able to customize the sizing and bring down the price a bit.
A few other accessories we’ve added are travel themed totes, a mini bookcase for obvious reasons, and a touch of Harry Potter charm. I spent the past two years on and off finishing a Harry Potter cross stitch and I couldn’t resist the Lumos/Nox light switch cover when I came across the idea on Etsy! I also fell in love with a mobile featuring world landmarks, but couldn’t justify the price. So, I made it myself! My mom would be so proud those crafty genes finally appeared…
I’ve got to show off a picture of the handmade travel mobile that is now hanging above the changing table.
If you’re a regular blog visitor, you obviously know that reading is a vital part of my life. Naturally, that means I’m filling the nursery with plenty of kids books! I’m grateful for all the friends and family that are contributing to Baby Kamery’s collection. He’s already off to quite a good start. I’m hoping he’ll enjoy a few of my favorites such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Rainbow Fish, and Brown Bear Brown Bear. I can’t wait to start reading from the Children’s Bible Stories books that we’ve received as well!
While we have the vast majority of our travel theme nursery finished, there are still a few final touches I want to add to the walls:
Hanging Shelves – I asked Jay to make hanging shelves similar to these to store books and stuffed animals.
Signpost – Also on Jay’s list is a signpost featuring various places from children’s books and fantasy books!
Thanks for joining me on our travel themed nursery tour!