Eli's Nursery: Details & Sources

Thanks for all your sweet comments on Eli's nursery! I've had quite a few questions on where we sourced items from and how and what we DIY'd. So today I thought I'd give you all a quick run-through of where everything is from.

Alright, here we go:

Baby Boy Green Nursery
The curtains were DIY'd. I'll go into details soon, but basically I dyed plain white curtains to get the color I wanted since apparently kelly green curtains are not very popular. The stool is a Target clearance find that used to be green and was in our living room for a while. I gave it new life with some light blue paint we had leftover from another project. 
The rug is the Olin rug from Crate & Barrel. The pouf is from the Etsy shop, aletafae. The glider is the Little Castle Charleston Swivel Glider from Target.com and the pillow is handmade with sweat, tears and blood, love by me. 
The light fixture is a mash-up of sorts. The main fixture came with the house (an old flush-light mount) - we just removed the cover and added the shade from the Eden Pendant Lamp from CB2 that I used to have in the living room. It comes with one bulb light and is actually a fixture that plugs into the wall (you could just cut the cord and hardwire it I suppose), but I chose to use the main fixture and just throw the shade over it because it has three bulbs and gives off more light.  
Baby Boy Toms
On to the shelf! The shelf itself is from Ikea - I just painted the brackets and screws gold - they were originally silver. The shoes are a gift - baby TOMS that are adorbs. I've written before about Mike's crazy-love of shoes, and if he has anything to say about Eli's interests, I'm sure sweet kicks will be one of them ... so I figured I'd throw them up on the shelf as a nod to Dad. 
Sophie The Giraffe
Many of you will recognize Sophie the Giraffe - this was a gift from Eli's grandma and I'm curious to see if it will live up to all the hype around it apparently being the BEST TEETHER IN THE UNIVERSE. At least, that's what I hear - if nothing else, it sure does look cute on display. 
The fox is another adorable teether gift from a friend. I'm not sure I'll want to let Eli chew this up, it's so pretty!
Baby Boy Green Nursery
The bird is left over from the mobile creation - I wasn't sure how many felt animals I'd need, turned out - five. So the bird was relegated to the shelf. 
The giraffe cross stitch was a gift from Eli's great-grandma. I painted the bare wood frame with a custom-mixed red-orange acrlyic paint and sealed it in high-gloss to help it to pop off the shelf. 
Baby Boy Green Nursery Owl
The owl is another Target clearance find. It was a white and I painted it light-blue - the same color as the stool. 
Baby Boy Green Nursery
Oh and I didn't get a close up pic of it, but the fox art print is from Etsy.
Baby Boy Green Nursery
The moose head is a garage sale find. I pried off the head from the mount to paint the wood, then glued it all back together. The chamaleon print is from Etsy and the tree art is actually a card I received at a baby shower. Frames are Ikea.
Baby Boy Green Nursery Animal Art Prints

The crib is the Babyletto Hudson Crib in white from Target, the sheet from Serena & Lilly - since I didn't go all out on crib bedding, I decided to go for some super cute sheets - they were a gift from Eli's grandma.  The pillow is from my living room (it'll come out once Eli starts sleeping in there of course) the giraffe sound machine was a gift from Mike's cousin. 

Nursery Animal Art Prints 
The prints are from The Animal Print Shop, nabbed on a black Friday sale. The frames from Ikea. I DIY'd the garland by stringing felt balls (sent all the way from Nepal from this Etsy shop) on white yarn. We hung it on nails that I painted the same color as the wall.

Ikea Hemnes Dresser Hack Woodland Dresser Knobs 

Ikea Hemnes Dresser Hack Woodland Dresser Knobs

As I've mentioned before, the dresser is an Ikea hack - I'll walk you all through that in another post, but it's pretty simple to make Ikea dressers look custom!

Chronicles of Narnia Aslan Quote

For the life of me I couldn't get a good pic of the artwork without getting a massive glare or seeing my face clear as day reflected off the glass, so this was the best I could do for you all. I made the artwork on InDesign (I'm sure you could do something similar in Microsoft Word) and had it printed at a local print shop.

The quote is from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. If you still can't quite read it, here's what it says:

"Aslan," said Lucy. "You're bigger."
"That is because you are older little one," answered he.
 "Not because you are?"
 "I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger."
-C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

I've always loved the books and when I stumbled across this quote I fell in love with the symbolism - I've found it so true in my life and I pray it will be the same for Eli. (And it didn't hurt that it had a lion in it - another nod to the animal theme.)

DIY Animal and Felt Ball Mobile
The mobile was made by me. I used some leftover felt balls from the garland and the felt animals are Christmas ornaments from West Elm and Crate & Barrel that I picked up on clearance.

Dog Door Stop

The watchdog doorstop is from Anthropology and was a gift from Eli's auntie. It's not just for looks, it's actually highly necessary. The door doesn't stay open on its own. Thank you house-built-in-1923.

Clear Bookshelves Green Nursery Ikea Step Stool Hack

The clear bookshelves are these 16" shelves from Clear Solutions. We swapped out the tiny little screws they came with for more heavy duty ones so they could hold the weight of the all the books Eli received. (Believe it or not, I didn't buy him a single one!)

The stool is another Ikea hack, detailed out here.

Open Closet Design
Our closet doesn't have a door - at one point it must have, but when we bought the house it wasn't there. I thought about adding a curtain, but then the entire wall started to feel a bit heavy and the room seemed even smaller than it already is. So I set out to leave it open and try to make the closet as "beautiful" as I could.

You can't see it well in this photo but we added gold polka dot wall decals from WallsNeedLove.com to the inside of the closet. The white drawers are part of the Algot storage system from Ikea, the striped bins, grey bins and raccoon bin are all from the Container Store. The closet dividers were made by me, and you can find a tutorial here. 

Whew! I think that's it! Please let me know if I missed anything or you have any other questions!


  1. So adorable! Love all the little touches… from the sweet cross stitch to the pompom garland :)

    And, congrats on baby Eli! He's adorable!

    I've been a reader for awhile, but have never commented :) Not sure how I found your blog, but hi!

    1. Hi Erin! Thanks for your sweet comment! I just checked out your blog and feel very inspired! I subscribed and am excited to follow your races!

  2. This is such a BEAUTIFUL space! We love the way you styled your Babyletto Hudson! We encourage you to share your nursery on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/babyletto); our Babyletto parents LOVE to see how other families have styled their nurseries! xo, The Babyletto Team