Tropical Garden Nursery

Over the past 2 years nurseries have quickly become one of my favorite rooms to design.  I loved pouring over magazines and Pinterest for inspiration when I was pregnant with Jack, and putting together his room brought me so much joy.  (You can see posts about his old room here, here and here, and a tour of his current room is here.)  Oh and here is the post I wrote on my baby boy nursery inspiration.  Now that I’m pregnant with a baby girl I get to create another nursery, and I’m so excited to get to work!  As I’ve mentioned before, we will be leaving the mainland (the continental United States) in late June, we will have to find a house shortly after arriving in Honolulu, and then baby girl is due September 1st.  We won’t have a lot of prep time once we get there, so I’m planning and buying everything now so that all we have to do is set up her nursery and wait for her arrival (easier said than done).  

I’m dreaming of a tropical garden nursery, full of light pink, white, natural wood tones, yellow, green and a little bit of black.  Think Palm Beach meets Hawaii, complete with flamingos, palm prints, flowers and pineapples.  The plan is to use lots of the art I already own, I’m going to make curtains out of the extra fabric I have leftover from the “NYC Trash Chairs” makeover, and I’m going to make pillows out of the banana palm fabric I have leftover from the Chinese Chippendale bench makeover.  We are also going to finally paint our vintage faux bamboo dresser/credenza white and use it as a changing table and dresser in the nursery.  Be sure to check out my Tropical Garden Nursery Pinterest board because I’ll likely keep pinning my inspiration up until our baby girl gets here.

Product Sources (clockwise from top left):

Felt Balls–  I’m going to make a mobile out of these.

Stuffed Flamingo Bust–  Just $17.99!!! 

Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Crib–  We have the Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 crib for Jack and love it, so I’m excited to put together the Lolly crib once we get there.

Pineapple Shelf

Striped Curtains–  I’m going to make ours but they will likely look similar to this (although the stripes will be thicker).

Banana Palm Art–  A great Etsy find at a great price.

Gold Circle Shelf–  I plan on organizing all her tiny shoes in here.

Flamingo Stuffed Animal–  I plan on perching her in a mini vintage peacock chair I found at a thrift store.

Pineapple Crib Sheet–  Perhaps one of my favorite things I’ve bought so far.  The print is so fun!

Palm Leaf Wall Hanging

Palm Pillow–  This one is from Society Social, but I have the same fabric some I’m going to make a pillow or two.

Lemon Crib Sheet

Faux Bamboo Credenza–  I found a similar one at a thrift store a few years ago and it’s still ugly and brown.  Tom currently uses it now, but we will paint it white and put a changing pad and some organizational baskets on top once we move it to the nursery.

Pineapple Lamp

Pineapple Pillow Case

Rug–  I love how colorful this rug is!  We’re waiting to buy this because I have no clue what size her room will be.

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Katie Vail
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  1. March 22, 2017 / 12:05 am

    I absolutely love this room! It's so light, bright, tropical and FUN 🙂

  2. March 28, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Oh how I love this theme!!!! So pretty!

  3. March 28, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Thanks Kait! It's going to be so fun to finally put together! I CAN'T WAIT!

  4. March 28, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Thanks Jen! I can't wait to get to work on it!

  5. April 10, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Aw, this is so charming! We did something very similar–but slightly more gender neutral, since we didn't know whether we'd have a boy or girl–for our six-month old son's room. Ours leans more jungle/safari, even though those two habitats don't exist in the same places… 😛

    I love it so much! Like you, we used a lot of what we already had (e.g. curtains I'd made in the banana leaf fabric you feature here; a pineapple print from Minted), found most of the other items on Craigslist/at yard sales (e.g. a pair of dressers; a pair of stuffed tiger busts; a giant stuffed giraffe), and bought a few key pieces new (e.g. the Hudson crib; a set of Bright Lab Lights that's perfect for nighttime feedings and changes). Nurseries are so much fun to design! Can't wait to see how yours comes together. The pineapple bedding is just fantastic. 🙂

  6. April 19, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Your son's nursery sounds gorgeous, Catherine! It's so fun pulling a baby room together, isn't it? If I had enough of the palm fabric I'd definitely make curtains out of it too. It's such a wonderful print! And I'm totally with ya, even if jungles and safari landscapes are technically in the same space, they totally go together 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to write!

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