Levi's Woodsy Wonderful

Levi's Woodsy Wonderful

Carrie McBride
May 20, 2010

Name: Levi Duncan
Age: 3 months
Location: Pacifica, CA

Sunni and Greg sought a room that felt serene, peaceful and calm for their newborn son and they achieved this with their cool color palette and the addition of neutral browns to play into their loose woodsy theme. Their furnishings and accessories are a mix of do-it-yourself creations, fun finds and strategic purchases. Most importantly, the room reflects their taste and personalities.

Sunni offers more insight into Levi's wonderfully woodsy new home:

Inspiration: We wanted a serene, relaxing room for our baby. We have fun ideas for a toddler room when Levi is ready to play and interact with his space more, but for the first year our focus was to have a peaceful place for all of us. We are big animal lovers and wanted to loosely do something with forest animals as accents for the nursery, but we live right by the ocean and so that played a part too. This combo lead us to pretty pale blues, greens and browns with many, many animal friends.

Favorite Element: Open shelves with open bins for everything from blankets to hats to burp clothes (mine - makes it so easy to grab whatever you need and looks good too); glider for rocking baby to sleep and all the random animals instead of just teddy bears (dad's - likes saying goodnight with Levi to the otter, beluga, and groundhog (for real!) stuffed animals); drawer organizers for all the tiny clothes (grandma's - easy to separate the pajamas from the long-sleeved onesies).

Biggest Challenge: Like many people space is an issue as we have a small house with smallish bedrooms. The crib and dresser are pretty big so we had to work on fitting in other pieces and elements while still making the room feel open and inviting. Luckily we were able to use wooden crates, bookshelves and an Ikea unit that all have narrow profiles to offer lots of storage but not take up a lot of space. Keeping the middle open and using light paint on walls with deeper colors on the flooring help it feel spacious I think.

What Friends Say: "Can I sleep here?!" Our friends say they love the tranquility of the room and the handmade things.

Proudest DIY: The pillows! I made freezer paper stencils of a fox and a crane for the pillows to somewhat resemble the fancy (pricey) ones I have always wanted. The dreamy ones are screen-printed and lovely, but I like my version too.

Biggest Indulgence: Definitely the FLOR carpet tiles. We have 2 great danes and discovered the wonders of FLOR tiles years ago as a way to easily clean or replace a small piece of carpet in the event of any pet mishaps without having to pay for expensive carpet cleaning or renting a steam cleaner and so on. Now that we have our first 2-legged baby, we thought the same benefits could be useful in the nursery!

Best advice: Um, look to Ohdeedoh for inspiration?! Seriously, we just winged this. By putting together stuff we already had in other places of the house, stuff we made, and some key purchased items I think we achieved a cozy room that feels like "us" to welcome our first baby.

Resources: FLOR, Ikea, Pier One, Target

Thank you Sunni, Greg & Levi!

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