Real Room: This Baby is Going Places!

I think you’ll agree that one of the best things about the nursery Tracy H. put together for her son Noah, is the subtle way she incorporated a transportation theme.  She explains, “we wanted a theme, but not a room that felt “theme-y”.  As the mother of two boys who are fascinated by all things car, truck, plane, or train, I know that a transportation theme is actually something boys can love from a very early age.  Tracy added transportation accents throughout the room, but in a subtle way that adds interest to a chic and sophisticated color palette.  This room is also cleverly designed to grow with its resident and will easily transition from a nursery to child’s room to teen’s room through the years without much effort!

Tracy purchased the very popular Baby Mod ParkLane Crib from Walmart, which looks great in every nursery I’ve seen it used in.  The rug is a focal point in the room and one of my favorite elements.  Notice that the door has been painted with magnetic and chalkboard paint– how fun is that?!  The black center just looks fabulous on that style door even without the added bonus of being able to write on it.

This Dorel rocker was another Walmart find, but Tracy and her mom customized it with a green cover.  The corner is topped off with the fantastic Traffic Mobile from Djeco.

The changing table is a dresser with a changing top.  This Aristo Dresser from overstock.com is not a typical nursery piece, but that makes it one that will look great in a more grown-up bedroom as Noah gets older.  The matching side table is next to the rocker.

Above the dresser is the main focal point of the room– the huge airplane Tracy found on clearance at Pottery Barn and then customized with some cloud decals.

Above the crib, the wall decor is made up of framed bus tickets, tokens and maps– all tying in to the “on the go” theme in a personalized yet inexpensive way.

I’m a big fan of storage buckets for toys.  They make for easy clean up while looking cute and keeping toys accessible.  The orange bins under the window are from The Land of Nod.  Above the bookcase, this charming bicycle print features yet another mode of transportation.

In case you’re wondering by now, Tracy made the mobile over the crib herself using the frame from an old mobile, some leftover chair fabric and a set of little wooden vehicles.  It’s just perfect and nobody else has one like it.

Toy storage, mobile, name train, framed tickets

All the little details of the room were carefully selected, arranged and customized to add pops of color and character to an otherwise neutral room.  These are perfect for her lovely baby boy but can be easily changed as he grows and his interests change.

Thanks Tracy for sharing this tour of your wonderful nursery.  I’m sure Noah is going to enjoy it for a long time!

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