I absolutely loved decorating Maddox’s nursery so I couldn’t wait to get started on our little girl’s. I quickly realized it is a lot harder to find time (and inspiration) when you are wiped out from chasing a toddler around. I’d search Pinterest for inspiration late at night before bed, but nothing was speaking to me. With a boy nursery I felt there were more limited options on themes so it just seemed easier to decide on a neutral safari design. It was also perfect because the palms were a big part of the design which was an ode back to our wedding (lots of palm decor). This time around I was just overwhelmed with choices. Before figuring out we were having a boy the first time I had so many over the top girl nursery designs picked out. I always figured I’d go back to those if we eventually had a daughter. Well now looking at it from the standpoint of a tired, pregnant, toddler corralling mom who had to actually make the whole thing come to life… oof definitely having a different perspective. I also have seen how we’ve evolved Maddox’s room as he has gotten older. I didn’t want to have to redo the entire room again in two years. Practicality took over and I wanted something that she could grow with.
Finally I decided that even though we didn’t have a theme I really needed to start getting some stuff together for her. People were asking about my registry and gifts so I had to at least make up my mind on something. My husband, Matt, was really into having it be majorly pink. His stance was we are having a girl so let’s make it girly. At first the kind of pink accent wall he was trying to make happen was a hard no for me, but we compromised on a more muddy (but still bright) pink that we both love. We also had a big piece of art from our old house that was pink/gray/gold that we wanted to repurpose in the nursery. Then I just decided we’re leaning into the pink theme. And animal print.
Quick side story, if you have been to our house you know how obsessed we are with Barefoot Dreams blankets. Specifically the “Into the Wild” ones. Matt even loves them despite him telling me they are ridiculous until he tried using one. We have them all over our house and I made sure Maddox had a beige one for his room when he was born. I knew I wanted her to have a matching one in pink.
I started to build off that and we went with leopard crib sheets too. I started adding texture through her ceiling light, lamp, baskets, and mirror. I found a fun rug with lots of texture that adds more character to the room. I was liking how things were coming together, but we still didn’t have a “theme”. It dawned on me one day that we had a lot of safari themed decor left over from swaps in Maddox’s room or even from our baby shower for Maddox. Our goal with this nursery was to keep the cost low, so utilizing some of this decor we already had seemed to just make sense. Matt was reluctant at first, but when I posed the savings thing to him he was on board. The vibe is more jungle than safari. I don’t really know what the true difference is, but in my head it’s different. I found two prints from Etsy that I absolutely love - a flamingo and a toucan. We also got so many cute flamingo items as gifts so they just work perfectly. Maddox has blackout curtains with animal cut outs in his room that we absolutely love. I tried to find them in a neutral color for her room, but could only find pink. We got them anyway, even though I was worried about pink overload, but now I really love them.
I feel so happy when I am sitting in that room though and I can’t help but to smile. That is the same way I felt about Maddox’s nursery and Maddox’s room now as we have evolved it. They just feel right.
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