This boho-coastal nursery mood board is a light, bright, eco-friendly and timeless color palette perfect for a small room.
I’m so excited to share this mood board with you. We actually didn’t think we’d be able to have a nursery considering our one and only spare room was taken up by our clothes. We live in a small, older home that is not conducive to today’s wardrobe requirements so we ended up having to use freestanding storage for Doug and I’s clothes. In our defense, we are working to declutter but that’s for another day, or month.
We were so thrilled when we decided on going through with a room refresh to make it more than just a crib in the baby’s room. Since then, I’ve been so excited planning the furniture layout, the decor and most importantly, keeping it as cruelty-free and eco-friendly as possible.
Here are the items we’re using to create this beautiful, boho-coastal space!
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This mid-century modern style crib is beautiful and eco-friendly. It’s made of sustainably sourced New Zealand pine wood and finished with non-toxic paint and stain. It’s Greenguard Gold Certified which means it’s tested for over 10,000 chemical emissions and VOC’s. Furthermore, this crib turns into a toddler bed with a railing and then into a daybed. The exact color we chose which was white and natural is no longer an option. But, here’s another one that is similar and would work beautifully with this mood board:
This mattress is hypoallergenic, made of fully-recyclable materials and is fully recycled. It comes with a 2-in-1 removable, waterproof cover for washing and after baby is grown, can be flipped to offer a softer mattress for toddlers!
I love these beautiful crib sheets that are 100% organic and GOTS certified. They come in several patterns, but these blue watercolor moons had me drooling!
Repurposed dresser/changing table
This is a dresser makeover I did last year. I absolutely love how it turned out (please excuse the poor quality picture, an update will come). It will be ample storage for babies clothes and diapers and has a large enough surface to hold the changing pad and diaper caddy. The last piece we may add are some gold legs on the bottom to give her a little jazz. Here’s a beautiful piece that is FSC certified and Green-Gaurd certified if you don’t have one to DIY.
This sleek chair is free of plastic and leather. The fabric is made of linen and cotton with a wooden base. It isn’t visually heavy so it’s perfect for the small nursery we’re putting together. There is a small claim that the materials are eco-friendly. I don’t see any sort of specific certifications but it is free of plastic and animal products, and the design is versatile enough that it could easily be used in other rooms of the home when there’s no use for it in the nursery anymore.
Jute is a great choice for sustainability. It doesn’t need much attention to grow so depletes less resources. Not to mention it’s so natural, relaxing and safe to have around!
This is the existing rug we have in the baby’s room. It’s not one that is specifically made of eco-friendly materials but we’re going to use it since we already have it. Remember, green is also using existing things and not always buying new!
Digital prints are a great, cost-effective way to find beautiful artwork and supporting smaller businesses. This sunshine print is from Awesomehomeprints on Etsy and I just love the bright, beachy vibe!
This changing pad has a 100% Organic Cotton top layer, is non-toxic, non-allergenic and the final product is made in the US.
Since your baby’s skin will be right on the changing pad these 100% organic changing pad covers will be both safe and soft for your babe.
This diaper caddy is lightweight, portable, foldable and has a removable divider as the baby’s needs grow. It will fit perfectly next to your changing pad or hung on a hook above for easy access!
Skip the plastic baby toys and opt for wood! They’re more eco-friendly and more beautiful to look at. As time goes on, you can add more of the hanging toys to the gym to mix it up for baby and meet their growing needs.
Air quality is so important for babes so we opted for a Boston Fern that is not toxic to cats or dogs. We’ll also include a couple succulents that we’ll put on shelves out of reach from the cats or in hanging baskets. We purchase our plants from a local nursery that says they do not use pesticide on their plants so be sure to check when you’re buying plants. I also have a few succulents that I’ve been propagating for the last year that are just now finally showing growth those I’ll also use as hanging plants once they grow.
This eco-friendly instrument set is going to be perfect for when baby is around 6 months old. Although we may regret it when the noise starts haha! But in the mean time, it is going to look absolutely beautiful and again, doesn’t have any plastic.
Both the pacifier and clip are plastic free. The pacifier is 100% free from BPA, PVC and phthalates and is designed and manufactured in Denmark. Not to mention it comes in a ton of beautiful, boho colors!
The pacifier clip is made of wooden beads and premium quality 100% food grade silicone so they’re beautiful and safe for baby when they start teething!
Paint – Benjamin Moore
I wrote a whole blog post on some options for ec0-friendly paint that are safe for you, your baby and your pets! There are some awesome brands but we chose to go with Benjamin Moore because we have a local store we wanted to support and it was a little more budget friendly. The walls and built int’s will be Cloud White and the trim will be Balboa mist. These are paints we already have on hand and colors that are absolutely beautiful and bright in our small home! I’ll also find a peachy orange to have as some accent color and maybe paint an arch around the crib.
Built in storage
To solve the problem of our nursery also being Doug and I’s closet, we’re so fortunate to have a family member that is building us some built in cabinetry that will surround the window. It will be a nice bright white with gold hardware. This is a game changer for a small room and I can’t wait to see the final product. It will add more storage than what we’re working with now and make the room feel so much lighter and brighter. If DIY built ins aren’t an option for you, consider searching your local thrift stores or Facebook marketplace for storage pieces that you can disguise as built ins and paint them to match your room.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This book is such a classic and is definitely on our registry. Not only are the story and illustrations great, it has a beautiful cover that matches the color scheme and will be perfect on display.
Some other items we’ll be collecting as hand me downs, thrifting or shopping other areas in our home.
- Hand me down toys
- Miscellaneous decor and art reflecting our local region
- Baskets from family
- Macrame plant holders
- Baby books
The hope is to get most of the every day stuff as hand me downs so that we can add some of the necessities like eco-friendly diapers and baby wipes on the registry to help save some money. We’re still considering cloth diapers, but not during the newborn phase.
Remember this also, it’s not going to be perfectly eco-friendly! I know we’ll end up with some things that are plastic and will gladly sell or donate when we no longer have use for them.