I love the theme of our little guy’s nursery: Where the Wild Things Are. (It happens to be my favorite children’s book.) However, I never felt like it fully captured the sense of fantasy in the book. It needed some “sprucing up”, but it had to be simple and easy. I’m not as crafty as DNH Mom Alli and I certainly don’t have the design vision of DNH Mom Amanda.
While I was pregnant, I’d painted some frames and filled them with scenes from the book. I also added photos from our maternity and newborn photo shoots. Other than an adorable display of our kiddo’s name created by a friend and a couple wooden signs, that’s about it for decor. I tried to add to it with painted furniture, but you can see from the photos below that it was just a bit “blah”.
So a few months ago I set out on an Etsy search (Don’t you just LOVE Etsy?? I could spend hours.) to fill the void in the nursery decor when inspiration finally struck….Wall Decals! I knew I could do wall decals because I put up this sign in our kitchen.
I also knew I did NOT want the decals to include a quote because that kitchen sign took hours and hours of labor to transfer each individual letter. It was worth it because I love it and get tons of compliments on it, but I certainly didn’t want to do it again. Anyway…I called up inspiration from the setting of Where the Wild Things Are and decided a forest of trees would be perfect and reasonably easy to apply. I quickly fell in love with these birch trees and birds from NatureStyle. I picked out my colors, ordered, and my decals arrived a few weeks later.
Well…that was July. That neat package of tree decals has been sitting in my bedroom for many months just begging to applied. Well, the other day my sweet hubby offered to take our little guy to the aquarium so that I could get stuff done and I knew just what I wanted to do! I pulled the furniture away from the walls, rolled out my lovely trees, got out the few tools I needed: scissors, a step ladder, and a credit card, and got to work.
In no time at all, I knew that I’d made the right choice. The decals went up quickly and were easy to reset if they weren’t quite straight. They came in pieces (2 or 3 per trunk with separate branches and leaves), which allowed me to add my own creative touch and to apply the branches in positions that matched up with the decorations I already had hanging. (No new nail holes! Hooray!) The whole project took about 2 hours, but I’m nearly 7 months pregnant and took a few breaks, so it definitely could have been done faster.
I’m absolutely THRILLED with the end result and my sweet little man ADORES his trees and birds. He had the biggest smile on his face when I showed him his spruced up (or maybe “birched up”–get it?) room and he immediately began saying “tee” (tree) when he woke up the next morning. The best part is that it will only take a few tweeks to transition his decor into boyhood.
Now I need ideas to make our little girl-to-be’s room just as special. I know we have some creative readers out there and I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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