A Woodland Sanctuary in Milwaukee

A Woodland Sanctuary in Milwaukee

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Carrie McBride
Jun 13, 2011

Marcia planned this room to fee like a woodland sanctuary for a child: My husband and I recently became licensed foster parents (who are open to adoption) and are currently awaiting our first placement of a foster child anywhere from newborn to 3 years. I began decorating this nursery with the idea that I wanted it to be playful, but also peaceful; a place where a child could feel safe, protected and loved.

I began searching online for decorating ideas and I came across the Wee Gallery woodland wall decals. I loved the artistic style of Wee Gallery as well as the idea of a forest theme, both of which I found whimsical and soothing at the same time. So I purchased those decals immediately. Soon after, while shopping at Ikea, I found the moose coat rack and had to have it for the nursery! It was so cute and fun! So these were the two pieces around which I designed the room.

It was definitely challenging to figure out how to pair the bright red of the moose with the more subtle muted colors of the decals. I decided to use a lot of the green and the brown found in the decal and to make red my accent color.

This is my first time decorating a child's room, so I don't feel qualified to give 'advice' per say, but I can tell you that every decision about what to put in the room was based on my memories of what it was like to be a child. For instance, I remember being 3 and thinking my room was gi-normous! Everything was placed on high shelves which not only kept my toys out of reach, but also enhanced my perception of the ceiling as incredibly high and the room more than a little overwhelming. So I tried to place most things at a toddler's eye level where images/ things in the room were easily accessible and the space would feel a little more 'child-sized'; a little smaller and cozier. I also remember being scared of the dark when I was young, so I thought a lot about the objects in the room and whether they would have frightened me (even with a nightlight) if I saw them while waking up in the middle of the night. That may sound weird, but sometimes artwork and/or toys that I thought were cool because they were kind of funky and offbeat, had odd images/ facial expressions that that may not have been intimidating to most children, but could potentially frighten a child who has dealt with traumatic experiences.

With these things in mind, I've tried to make this room a warm and cozy space for any child that might be placed in our home. It is such a privilege to be able to foster/ adopt a child and I hope my efforts to make their room a 'sanctuary' prove successful!

Resources:
Wall decals: Wee Gallery
Crib: Ikea Gulliver
Chair/Ottoman: Ikea Poang
Bird pillow: Such Pretty Colors on Etsy
Pendant banner: nova0325 on Etsy
Bin on changing table: A Merry Mishap on Etsy
Finger puppets: Abbey Christine on Etsy

Thanks Marcia!

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