Squirrelly Minds Gender Neutral Nursery

Post by Tan of Squirrelly Minds

Squirrelly Minds Gender Neutral Nursery

When designing our first baby’s nursery (lovingly nicknamed squirrelly baby), I didn’t know what theme I wanted. What I did know was that it had to be gender neutral as we haven’t found out the sex and that I wanted the room to be filled with items from The Land of Nod to make it the perfect oasis for our little baby… and us too, because who am I kidding. I decided on a color scheme of white, gold, grey and mint, and put together our dream nursery from there.

Squirrelly Minds Gender Neutral Nursery

This nursery hails from north of the border, and truth be told our options are kinda limited up here, so I was thrilled when I first realized Land of Nod ships to Canada. It was important to me that the nursery feel cozy and unique rather than filling it with stock items from a big box store. Little touches like the planets poster and the overcast shelf gave the room those special details that help it stand out.Squirrelly Minds Gender Neutral NurserySquirrelly Minds Gender Neutral Nursery

While we started out with just a color scheme, we ended up with a very subtle ‘stars and space’ theme as well, and it all started with the planets banner. This eventually grew into a constellation changing pad and a gold wall hanging saying “I love you to the moon and back”. While not strictly space related, the overcast wall shelf works with the theme, keeping up with an ‘up in the sky’ kind of feel. I’m not one for very obvious themes that occur consistently throughout a room, so these little touches were just perfect.

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I’m loving the practical details too. The flokati rug is SO SOFT both to the touch and visually, bringing in added coziness to the room. We’ve laid down on it quite a few times now, imagining squirrelly baby playing with a bunch of toys or learning to crawl on the soft wool. The yellow knit basket is perfect for storing toys in. It sits right by the entrance within arms reach of the rug, so once squirrelly baby is big enough, he/she can reach over and grab a favorite toy to play with. The stylish grey laundry hamper is fantastic too. No ugly white plastic here! And when it comes time to change baby’s diaper, the hamper will collapse when I walk right up against the dresser, then I can pop it open again to place dirty onesies and other items to be laundered. I envision this item getting a whole lotta use in the coming months.

Squirrelly Minds Gender Neutral Nursery

The nursing/play area is my favorite in the room. Every day I sit and relax in that rocker with my feet up on the gold leather pouf. It’s so comfy as a foot rest and as a chair! It’ll act as great extra seating once squirrelly baby is older and has friends over to play.

Squirrelly Minds Gender Neutral Nursery - Teepee

And of course, what kids aren’t going to want to play in this gold striped teepee? I put a couple sheepskins inside to make it the perfect reading/playing hideaway. Our cat Lucy loves it too and sits in there whenever she can. Sorry kitty, squirrelly baby has first dibs.

I can’t wait to spend a bunch of time in here with our first little babe. I just know he/she will love it too. A huge thank you to Land of Nod for making squirrelly baby’s gender neutral nursery possible!

Meet Tan, during the day she teaches elementary (while downing coffee with coconut milk) and spends evening and weekends with her friends, husband, kitty, and of course, Squirrelly Minds.

Back to School Organization Must-Haves

Styleboard by The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team

Back to school season is the perfect time to get organized. To get you prepared for the flood of papers and art projects that will start to flow in soon, we put together a few of our favorite back to school organization must-haves. From art rails for displaying your kiddos art to hooks for those book bags, we’ve got all your organization needs covered.

Back to School Organization Must-Haves

A to Z Wall Art / Gallery Art Rail (Aqua & Black) / Chalk About It Wall Hook (Square, Triangle, Circle) / Touch Tone Wall Hanger / Natural Cargo Desk / Panda Backpack / Navy Sidebar Rug / Blue Floor Bin / Green Color Pop Storage Bin / Red Homeroom Metal Desk Chair / Acrylic Drawers / Acrylic Double Cup

The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team offers free one-on-one design advice, mood boards and space planning. You have a room to decorate? They’d love to hear from you.

Kids Reading Corner & Workspace by Lay Baby Lay

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay

Every little kiddo needs a quiet space to read and do homework once school starts. This kids reading corner and workspace encourages the imagination and is cozy too.

Kids Reading Corner & Workspace by Joni of Lay Baby Lay

Hangin’ Around Lt. Pink Ceiling Lamp / White Shape Shifter Wall Shelf / Day Dreamer Framed Wall ArtCloud Corkboard / You Look Marvelous Circle Mirror / Pink Fine Feathered Wall Hook / Swedish Tower Wall Art I Heart Happy Throw Pillow / White Cubby Cups / Gold Domino Desk Chair  / White Campaign Desk / Cascade Floor LampUrban Design Playhouse / Campground Throw Blanket / Twinkle Rug / Pink Triangle Go Lightly Blackout CurtainsAntique Chic Floral Throw Pillow / Walnut and White Next Chapter Bookcase /

For even more kids room design ideas, check out our kids room Pinterest board.

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.

Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

Post by Eden of Sugar and CharmDinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

When my son, Romeo, turned 3 years old, it was time to say goodbye to the baby crib, baby toys and give him a “big boy” room. Since we moved into a house and his current room is pretty small, I wanted to keep it fresh, simple and not too cluttered.
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
The theme of the room is really just a classic, modern, rustic vibe. We peppered in dinosaurs because who doesn’t love dinosaurs as kid?! I still do! I figured it was one thing he might still like at the age of 8 because, let me tell you, we go through character phases fast around this house! Thomas Train one day, Darth Vader the next! Still can’t decide which song is driving us crazier.

I figured keeping the room somewhat classic and simple will hold the longevity of the room look and keep everyone happy for awhile.
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
We chose the Bayside Panel Bed from Land of Nod for its timeless, traditional style and then  incorporated a modern bedside table to add a touch of retro to the room. The bedding was too cute to pass up with tiny orange arrows and we both fell in love with the flannel bedding and dinosaur pillows, which we take on vacation with us now!
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
I tried to keep the furniture to a minimum since it can really fill a space up quickly. So we put a few shelves up on the wall, for books and toys and then two small vintage crates, I picked up at an antique store, for the other toys.

Inside the closet, we have a shelf filled with books and of course, more toys!! I layered a jute rug and a classic blue rug to add to the traditional decor of the room. I really love the contrast between traditional and modern!      Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

And, to spruce up the white walls a little, we added tiny tree decals to one side. They’re charming, easy to put up and easy to take down! Yay for keeping it easy. We’re really happy with the results of pulling Romeo’s dinosaur themed big boy room together and the best part is that he seems to be happy with it! Although I’m sure he’ll want it to look like Vader’s Death Star by the 2nd grade!

Eden Passante founded Sugar and Charm to share her passion for sweet recipes, hosting inspiration and easy ways to add charm to the daily life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and darling baby boy, Romeo.