Picnic Under the Tree Framed Art by Alexandra Ball
After designing two little girls’ nursery rooms, I’m proud to say I feel like a bit of an expert on putting together an adorable baby room. I’m also an expert at forgetting one, two, and sometimes three essential items, and returning to the store again and again to complete my design. Hey—I can’t be great at everything!
When welcoming a new baby into your life, you know you need to purchase a crib, a changing table, a diaper pail, and a rocking chair for your sleepy self to sit in during the daily 3 am wake-up calls. But if you’re looking to create a nursery that evokes the whimsy of the forest, you’ll also need a whole other set of decorative items to pull your theme together. Don’t forget the little things! The following 10 decor items will help you create a truly adorable woodland creatures nursery.
This is where all woodland creatures nursery dreams begin. Rather than going to your local big box store and picking up whatever’s trending right now, dig into some really imaginative children’s art online. Whether you’re into foxes, bears, squirrels, or all of the above, a great piece of wall art featuring your favorite critters will immediately set the tone for your nursery. If I were to decorate a woodland nursery, I’d start with Julia Shahin Collard’s The Animals Ball—I love the whimsical lights, the bright sunset colors, and the adorable partnership of the fox and the piglet!
The Animals Ball Art Print by Julia Shahin Collard
This is one absolutely must-have item in both of my girls’ rooms. We have a whole slew of comfortable, soft, and cuddly blankets around the house, but I also love choosing an on-theme blanket to leave in the nursery. It’s perfect for mid-afternoon naptime (for baby or mama), and looks lovely draped over the back of a rocker. For a woodland twist, try the cozy muted colors of the In the Middle of the Forest Sherpa blanket featuring art by Aleksandra Szmidt.
A nursery isn’t a nursery until you add a soothing mobile to catch your little baby’s wandering eye. This is actually my favorite decor item in the entire baby room, and I particularly enjoy dreaming up ways to craft my own nursery mobiles in different themes. In my mind’s eye, a really sweet DIY would involve weaving a circular mobile base out of thin twigs and hanging felted animals down below.
Cute throw pillows are small, simple, and inexpensive decor items that really pack a punch when it comes to crafting a themed room. I keep a throw pillow on my nursery rocker at all times. My oldest daughter likes to stack a couple on her bed for decoration. And, we all love to keep a pile handy on the floor for reading corners or pretend play. The possibilities are endless when it comes to woodland-themed throw pillows … but if I had to choose just one, I’d pick Emma Talbot’s Summer Storytime pillow.
A great floor rug can be an integral part of a nursery design, especially if you’re trying to bring out a specific color scheme. Personally, I love the idea of anchoring your woodland nursery decor with a leaf-green carpet that mimics the look of lush grass in a forest clearing. A perfect rug adds texture and color to a room and feels soft on your feet. It’s a nursery decor must-have.
Raising my first daughter, I made the mistake of making sure she slept in absolute darkness. On my second go-round, I insisted on keeping a soothing nightlight in my second daughter’s room. From the time she was born, my baby girl was a lot less sensitive to light when it came time to sleep—and you better believe that night light was on theme! For the woodland creatures nursery, I’d pick the cutest little hedgehog or fox nightlight I could find. Functional and adorable!
Busy Squirrel Lamp by Paola Zakimi
I love keeping lamps in my children’s rooms. The soft lighting is perfect for pre-bedtime stories and an easy morning routine, and an accent lamp is a great way to play around with your woodland theme. Paola Zakimi’s Busy Squirrel lamp has my heart as far as this theme is concerned! Simple, with just a hint of squirrelly goodness.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I love stocked bookshelves for a child’s room. Our classic stories act as artwork when displayed on floating shelves, with covers openly facing the nursery as a whole. In a woodland-themed nursery, I’d make sure The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Jamberry, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? would be displayed prominently on the top shelf.
A wall clock is one of my personal must-haves in any nursery. Trying to keep track of nap times is so much easier when a clock is always in sight—and as your little one grows, a wall clock in their nursery can really help teach the basics of how time works with their routine. Plus, they’re really sweet places to insert a little bit of forest flavor into your nursery. When Anna Abramskaya makes a woodland wall clock this cute, who could resist?
Last but most definitely not least, no woodland themed nursery would be complete without a few furry friends. Curate an armful of the softest, cuddliest little stuffed animals you can find. I’d be on the lookout for a sweet brown bear, a curious grey squirrel, or a sly red fox—and they would live front and center in my little one’s world.
With these tried-and-true ideas, your little one is guaranteed to love the whimsical nursery you create. Take this list with you when purchasing items, and you’ll be sure to remember all the sweet touches your nursery needs. Whether you take inspiration from one of these items or choose to incorporate all 10, these decor ideas will help you pull together a truly adorable woodland creatures nursery.
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