Green Room in a Box: Planning an Eco-Friendly Nursery

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I suppose this post was inevitable. Because the very second I found out the baby in my belly is a girl and we decided that she and my daughter would share a room, I started brainstorming what the room would look like. That it would also be eco-friendly was a forgone conclusion.

I picked furniture in my head and rearranged the room to maximize space. But it wasn’t until I picked the perfect organic crib bedding that the rest of the design really started to take shape.

Here’s the plan, thus far.


Paper Poms | I will be making a bunch of poms of various sizes and colors to hang in the corners above the crib and my older daughter’s bed. This was the closest color scheme I could find, so hat tip to Etsy seller createandadorn for the photo. They make and sell paper poms in bulk, if you don’t want to make them yourself.


Handmade, Organic Owl Pillow | $36 | I found this pillow from Etsy seller sassandperil and immediately fell in love. The colors are perfect for the room, and I love all things owl themed. I will officially be passing that onto my girls — or at least attempting to. Plus, it’s handmade of organic cotton. What’s not to love?


Pottery Barn Kids Pink Chevron Rug, 8′ x 10′ | $499 | We’ve done a lot of painting in this apartment, and I’m just not in the mood to paint again — only to have to repaint back to the original color when we move out. Since one wall in room that will become the shared nursery is currently blue and gray, we will paint it back to the original color now, then bring in color with the bedding and other soft furnishings. This rug would be icing on the cake, and I want it. I want it bad. And unlike synthetic rugs that offgas horribly, this one is made of wool with recycled canvas backing.


babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib | $376 | Everywhere you look, there are traditional cribs aplenty, with sleigh rails and ornate carving. SO not my style. I LOVE this simple crib with a slight mid-century vibe (look at the legs). The fact that it is made from sustainable New Zealand pine with a non-toxic finish and that it is free of lead and phthalates just make it a clear winner. (aff)


Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker | $499 | When my daughter was an infant, having a rocker in the nursery was indispensible. It made late-night feedings a lot easier, and provided a cozy resting place for bedtime stories even when my daughter was older. I definitely want one this time, but want a stylish one that I’ll be able to move elsewhere in my home even when it’s no longer needed in the nursery. I LOVE this option from Nurseryworks, a company that works hard to make eco-friendly kids’ furniture. This one is still covered in microfiber, but it is free of flame retardants, so I can work with it. (aff)


Argington Ginkgo Organic Twin Bedding | $26 | Given that this will be a shared room, I had to consider my older daughter’s bedding and furnishings in the plan. When I discovered this organic Ginkgo patterned bedding from Argington, I knew I’d found the key to the room, particularly because it was available in crib and twin sizes and on steep discount. From here, I planned the rest of the color scheme for the room.


Argington Ginkgo Organic Bumper | $10/ea. | Did I mention this pattern was on steep discount? The full Ginkgo crib bedding set is available at Amazon for $125, but I’m on a budget, so when I found the bassinet-size bumpers on the Argington site for just under $10, I decided to buy two of those and figure out the rest of the bedding. I may still get the full set, but with the sheet linked below, I’m loving the way the pattern mixing looks in the room thus far.


Pottery Barn Kids Organic Cheetah Fitted Crib Sheet | $14.99 | Continuing the trend of discounted organic bedding, I found this gorgeous pink cheetah print crib sheet on sale at Pottery Barn Kids. They actually have a really great selection of organic bedding, but I really loved the way this print, subtle as it is, worked with the bolder, more large-scale ginkgo pattern. Be still my beating heart! I will likely finish off the bedding with this organic ruffled crib skirt, because my daughter already has white ruffled curtains, and I have every intention of keeping them.


babyletto Hudson Changer Dresser | $399 | This is the dresser/changing table to match the Hudson crib. I love the fact that the changing tray can be removed when it is no longer needed, and I’m OK with the cabinet on the right side for holding things like reusable diapers. And when the time comes when we need to use it for drawer storage, we can always slide bins onto the shelves. Like the crib, it is made from sustainable New Zealand pine with a non-toxic finish and is free of lead and phthalates. (aff)


Way Basics Triplet Shelf | $69 | We have a lot of kids’ books for a variety of ages, and I’m glad that we kept them all even once my daughter outgrew them. However, now that she has switched rooms and no longer has built-in shelves, we need somewhere to store them all. This shelf from Way Basics is the perfect solution, because it is narrow enough to fit a small wall next to the closet door, freeing up floor space in the rest of the room. Plus, it is made of recycled paper. Can’t beat that.


I Love My Hair Prints | $25/ea. | One thing I have every intention of doing with my new little lady is instilling a love of self from the very beginning. That means surrounding her with beautiful, positive images of girls who look like her, since — realistically — she’s probably not going to see them show up in too many other places. I’ve been doing this with my older daughter for years. These prints from I Love My Hair feature four little brown girls with fluffy hair, cute and colorful as can be.

Some things may change here and there as we get closer to my due date, January 27, but this is the basic look and feel that I hope to capture in the room. Bright and colorful, but not gaudy. Sweet, but not sickly sweet. And appropriate for both an infant and an 8-year-old.

Also, several people have asked, so here are my Amazon baby registry and my Target baby registry. I also made buttons for them in the sidebar.

What do you think of the nursery plan?

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  • Avatar Lynn October 29, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Jennae, I think the room is awesome. Love the crib especially. One suggestion on the rug. If you’re using it just for decorative purposes and not something the girls will play on, why not consider making a canvas floor cloth (or two) with the chevron pattern. They’re easy to paint and you can give a coat or two of low-VOC clear “varnish,” they will add color to the room without the cost. Excited to see the room come together and happy you are feeling good.

    • Avatar jennae October 29, 2013, 7:41 pm

      Thanks, Lynn! I can always count on you for added perspective 🙂 I hadn’t considered painting a rug, and now the wheels in my head are turning. In this case, though, I actually want it to cover up the wall-to-wall carpet and to create a softer surface for tummy time for the baby and for when she starts crawling. So I’m thinking a more plush surface would work better for that situation. Thanks for your input, though!

  • Avatar Lynn October 29, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Totally makes sense 🙂

  • Avatar James Paulson October 31, 2013, 10:52 am

    Great planning tips for an attractive and eco-friendly baby room! One of my good friends is in the process of planning and setting up her baby’s room, so I’m sure she’d love to see this post. Spot on!

  • Avatar Natasha B November 3, 2013, 11:14 am

    Oohhh….an awesome Interior Design blog. I’m in heaven. Love your blog dear. xoxo

    • Avatar jennae November 4, 2013, 4:17 pm

      Thanks Natasha! Glad to have you!

  • Avatar JHEANELL November 3, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Your nursery plan is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Congratulations on your baby girl 🙂

    • Avatar jennae November 4, 2013, 4:26 pm

      Thanks Jheanell. My fingers are crossed that the finished room will turn out the way I’m seeing it in my head 🙂

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