Next up is Leo’s nursery/big boy room. His is actually the smallest room in the house but he likes his cozy room, he says.
His nursery had a subtle woodland theme. It is a very light grey with a deep navy feature wall around the window. The paint colours are Gentleman’s Gray and Calm (50% strength) by Benjamin Moore. This room used to be our guest room and we painted it this way hoping it would be a nursery one day.
For the nursery, we decorated it with white, light grey, light turquoise and gold. I recently added some sunshine yellow at Leo’s request. The crib and rocking chair that were in Leo’s nursery are now in Kira’s room.
We selected the IKEA convertible daybed so it could grow with him, and allow for sleepovers down the road. I liked the idea of three “walls” around him since he was only about 20 months old when we moved him into this bed to get his sister’s nursery ready, and he was still in the phase where he rolled around all night to all corners of the bed! We placed a safety guard on the open side and he stayed in bed without falling out. I also think it helped with the transition to a bed because he felt secure.
As a daybed, this is a twin size, and it can extend out up to a king size for sleepovers and for later on. That would be HUGE in this room, but I was thinking about the future as well. We could extend it just enough for a double or queen mattress, too. I also love the 3 large drawers underneath for tons of additional storage.
The cute little forest path rug is from H&M. They have really cute kids’ decor. Leo sometimes brings his trains and cars in here to play on the little rug.
The sunshine painting is DIY, the animal prints are from Etsy, I painted the once white frames that sunshine yellow. The embroidered art above the bed came from my own nursery. My mom made them while she was pregnant and I just love that Leo now has them in his room. She gave them to me while I was pregnant, I had no idea she kept them all these years. It makes her so happy to see them in here.
The bookshelves in the first picture are actually picture ledges from IKEA. They’re perfect for holding a LOT of books. Leo can reach the lower two shelves now, so he can select the books he’d like to read and put them away himself – with lots of encouragement :). We really like these in this small room – they’re not too deep, so the door can still open all the way and they really utilize the entire wall. My cousin made the growth chart as a gift for my baby shower. Now both kids love having their height measured here. I made the custom name art that’s at the top of the bookshelf. I just painted the stripes using painters tape, added the gold triangle and then used simple vinyl stickers to add Leo’s name. Very easy to do and Leo loves spelling his name out.
Here is the bookshelf-turned-changing table-turned-dresser. I added casters to the bottom to lift it a bit to the perfect height for a changing table and then added a contoured changing pad on top. I also added the Kallax inserts for drawers and cabinets, and bins for closed storage for diapers, creams, lotions, sleepers and all the other baby stuff needed close-by. We changed the pulls to these super-cute fox ones from Anthropologie. Now that Leo is potty-trained, we mainly use this for pyjamas and bedding, his clothes are all in his closet and we don’t keep very many toys in here right now so he’ll actually go to sleep! But maybe in the future, we’ll use it for toys or something else. The art above the cabinet is the night sky on the night of Leo’s birth – super cute.
I just love his little room, and I hope you do, too!
Next on the house tour, let’s go downstairs and start from the front of the house: our entryway and built-in bench project.