We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery

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So, my baby girl is 11 weeks old today. That means this post has been at least 12 weeks coming. I really wanted to share it before she was born, but since she surprised me and came 3 weeks early, the nursery wasn’t quite done. And since she’s been sleeping in her co-sleeper in the master bedroom since she was born, I was in no real rush to finish it. This newbie breastfeeding mama had more important things to worry about. Click the link to read more about that over at Green & Gorgeous.

Anyway, now that Juliza is starting to sleep for much longer stretches at night and going to bed at a decent hour, we’re going to start transitioning her to sleeping in her crib. Which meant I needed to finally finish the nursery. I have, and I love it! More importantly, my daughters love it.

Without further adieu, here’s our green nursery, in shades of pink and yellow:

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First, let me talk about this awesome crib. I really wanted something eco-friendly, but cribs that are truly green are also really pricey. So I started combing thrift and consignment stores, as well as Craigslist, to see if I could find something that would work. When I saw this one on Craigslist, I had to have it. First, it was gorgeous. But I was also intrigued by the fact that it had only ever been used as a display model in a store that had gone out of business. Even more than that, though, I knew I recognized it as the Hiya crib by Spot on Square, a company that makes gorgeous, eco-friendly furniture. So it is technically green twice over: It was eco-friendly in the first place, but it is also secondhand. And I only paid $200 for it, where the price brand new is $749. (aff)

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As for the bedding: I REALLY wanted the Ginkgo design from Argington, but they had discontinued it. The regular crib size bumpers were sold out and therefore, no longer available. Amazon did have the whole crib set, but I didn’t feel like spending $125 for it. Instead, I found the pattern on steep clearance at the Argington website (which appears to no longer exist). I also grabbed the matching duvet cover set for Ja’Naya’s twin size bed and spent less than $50 for all of it. I love that the pattern is reversible, so I can have the crib and bed coordinate without being too matchy-matchy. (aff)

On the crib, I paired the Ginkgo pattern with a cheetah print organic crib sheet from Pottery Barn Kids and a plain pink organic crib skirt, found via Zulily.

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In other rooms, we have used paint to really make the room pop. Since we’re not sure if we’re going to renew our lease when this one is up, we really didn’t want to paint another room. In fact, we had to undo the paint job that was here before. Instead, I chose to add color with the bedding and carefully curated patterns, decor and accessories, like the paper poms above the two beds. They cost me a few bucks worth of gift paper and an hour, including the time it took to hang them from the ceiling with white Duck tape.

I also found some free printable initial art at On to Baby. They are completely customizable by color and you can add names, so I knew they’d be perfect for the room. I didn’t want to hang heavy frames over either of the beds, so I grabbed some simple white picture mats at Hobby Lobby, and mounted them on the wall with colorful fabric Duck tape. (aff)

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This photo represents one of my favorite vignettes in the room, because of this piece of furniture. It is the Mandal dresser from IKEA, and I heart it. No, really. I had a very particular look in mind for the furniture in the room, and I needed the dresser to be equally as modern in design as the crib. I went looking on the IKEA website only after I found nothing anywhere else I looked. As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to have it. It’s not necessarily eco-friendly, but unlike a lot of other IKEA furniture, at least this is made of solid wood.

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We also grabbed a bookcase at IKEA to hold the girls’ growing book collection, along with their TV.

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Finally, this is a nursery, but it’s also a room for an 8-year-old. I wanted to give Ja’Naya a dedicated place to do her homework, because more often than not, she’d do it at the dining table. That corner of the room felt empty and in need of a purpose, so we found this desk at Target, with a 20% off coupon, no less, and now she has a place for her betta fish, her computer and her work.

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I don’t know…I think Juliza likes the room!

Honestly, I’m not sure how she feels about it yet, since, as I mentioned, we’re just starting to transition her into her crib. But we shall find out soon enough. I know that she does love the paper poms above the crib, because she stares at them every time. Score one for mama!

So what do you think of the room? I’d love to hear your thoughts, and feel free to link to your own nurseries and kids’ rooms in the comments!

SOURCE LIST:

  • CRIB: Spot on Square Hiya Crib, found secondhand
  • CHEETAH PRINT ORGANIC CRIB SHEET: Pottery Barn Kids on clearance. This pattern is no longer available, they have a ton of other organic crib sheets from $7-29.
  • GINKGO PRINT ORGANIC CRIB BUMPERS & TWIN DUVET SET: Argington (aff)
  • ORGANIC CRIB SKIRT: Babee Talk via Zulily. I only recently discovered this company, and they have some really nice organic crib bedding. 
  • ORGANIC CRIB MATTRESS: Courtesy of Naturepedic
  • ORGANIC HANDMADE PILLOWS: Humble Collection
  • RUG: Reoriented pattern courtesy of FLOR
  • TOY BOX: Mod Mom Furniture
  • INITIAL WALL ART: Free customizable printable from On to Baby
  • PAPER POM POMS: Homemade
  • DRESSER/CHANGING TABLE: Ikea Mandal
  • DESK: Target
  • VINTAGE YELLOW CLOCK: Thrifted

That’s all the big stuff. If there are any other specific items you’d like to know about, let me know and I’ll be happy to share the source.

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8 comments… add one

  • Nisha April 1, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Omg I love this!!!! Come make over Anya’s nursery for me! Awesome find on the crib.

    • jennae April 1, 2014, 8:12 pm

      Thanks Nisha! I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the crib :)

  • Janelle King April 2, 2014, 8:19 am

    I really love this. I love how you put everything together. You got a great steal. It is so adorable. I love the mint chair? Where is it from? OAN. I am finally sending those stuff this weekend. Sorry for my procrastination.

    • jennae April 3, 2014, 6:28 pm

      Thanks Janelle! Thanks for reminding me about the chair, too. I forgot to mention where I got it. I found it on clearance at Home Goods, and it is extremely comfortable. The perfect nursing chair!

      And, no need to apologize!

  • Sheena Tatum April 4, 2014, 5:10 pm

    OMG this nursery is laid! #shedidthat You pick the best color palettes. I pinned the initial printable to use in the boys’ future room. I want to do a black and white look with pops of color from vintage elements.
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  • laura Madalene April 8, 2014, 9:35 am

    Beautiful! You know I’m a color loving girl but your white and soft colors are just beautiful. Gray is perfect for your mantel and mirror.
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  • Andy June 3, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Wow, it’s amazing and very beautiful,
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  • James Wright July 1, 2014, 11:06 pm

    I would love for you to tell me how you put everything together from a color and design perspective. Do you surf the internet a lot looking for rooms you like and then take pieces here and there? There must be something wrong with my brain, because I can’t quite put it all together like you can. :)
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