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How to create a woodland nursery

Pinterest just announced that the trendiest nursery theme for 2017 is...woodland! Here's how to create this gender-neutral theme for your baby's room.

By Karen Robock

How to create a woodland nursery

How to create a woodland nursery – new

Babe in the Woods

Karen Robock is a self-professed "girlie girl," but when she and her husband, Barry, were designing a nursery for their daughter, Matilda, three years ago, they didn't want a ruffles-and-bows style of room. "We'd heard that the Disney princess years come soon enough!" she says. They took a cue from our family cottage near Bancroft, Ont. and created a subtly feminine “enchanted forest” nursery. 

A version of this article appeared in our spring/summer 2013 edition of Today’s Parent Pregnancy with the headline, “Babe in the woods” (p. 32-34).

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Cozy Corner

Karen with her husband, Barry, and Matilda. 

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Details Are Key

The birch tree wallpaper was their starting point. From there, they added woodland inspiration of all sorts: stuffed bunnies, a wooden bird mobile, a ceramic deer’s head and elk antlers on the wall, a squirrel night light, and more. "We think of it as a little bit of forest in the city," says Karen. "Topped off with a pretty chandelier, of course."

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Sentimental Value

The rocking chair belonged to Karen's late mother. "I love that I can rock my baby to sleep in the same spot she rocked me," says Karen.

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Shelf Decorations

The deer and owl bookends are both antique finds from Ontario’s cottage country. 

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Picture Perfect

The couple also scoured Etsy (etsy.com) to find unique and budget-friendly prints that would complement their theme.

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Deer Switch Plate

They also found the perfect finishing touch for the light switch on Etsy. "You just have to peel and stick it on," says Karen.

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Make Room

A hollowed out the closet makes a great nook for a dresser and changing pad. They spruced up the space by painting stripes in grey-taupe.

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