Eli’s Adventure Themed Nursery

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One of the reasons we purchased this home was because it had enough bedrooms for each kiddo to have their own.  Eli’s room started out as our makeshift office turned storage room (after I transitioned out to my Farmette Cabinette studio).

I knew early on that I wanted to do an adventure themed room for him; partially after seeing a friend’s adorable “adventure awaits” nursery but also because I thought it suited him and our journey to become a family.  It feels weird calling his room a “nursery” knowing that he may be two-years-old before he ever sees it.

When I planned Ian’s room, I knew every detail I wanted to include and had a really clear vision of the final look.  I wish I had done that this time around because it would have saved me from having to return a few of the curated items that didn’t make the final cut.  I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out though!

I knew we would be transitioning Ian to a toddler bed (it was time… he was a month shy of turning three…) so that we could move the crib across the hall to Eli’s room.  I also knew I wanted the boys to have matching dressers; unfortunately, IKEA didn’t have the same blue version Ian has, so I opted for white instead.  (We actually have the same dresser in our master bedroom… and in Sophia’s room…)

I love the sign above his crib: Be Brave, Strong, and Courageous – Seek Adventure & Truth.  The first part is a nod to his given Korean name from his birth mother.  I pray that his life is surrounded by all of those things and more.

The book shelves were my starting point.  We had these IKEA picture ledges in our playroom at our old house on both sides of a larger double window and it was one of my favorite parts of the room.  I decided to go with a roman shade instead of curtains and added another IKEA piece underneath to make a “window seat.”  The Target bins are perfect for toy storage.  I can’t wait to snuggle up with him and read.all.the.books!

I love this dresser because it doesn’t scream “IKEA!”  It is versatile with so many different styles (…farmhouse… firetruck… adventure) and is long enough to double as a changing table.  The boys rooms were added on to this house after the original build and neither room has a closet.  This dresser provides plenty of much needed storage.

The gallery wall definitely stressed me out the most.  As a type-A perfectionist, I tend to come off too matchy-matchy and struggle to mix different elements together.  I love the way it all turned out.  I can’t tell you how many times I have gone and stood in his doorway to look around his room and think about him.  I pray that Eli always knows we will be here to lovingly guide and accompany him throughout his life’s journey.

Crib – Walmart
Be Brave Sign – HomeGoods
Window Seat – IKEA (Kallax)
Storage Bins – Target (Pillowfort)
Book Shelves – IKEA (Mosslanda)
Roman Shade – Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Dresser – IKEA (Hemnes)
Gallery Wall Decor – TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Walmart, Target
Wooden Basket + Plants – IKEA (Gabbig + Fejka)

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