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Tribal Rustic Nursery for my Baby Boy: Reveal

Tribal Rustic Nursery for my Baby Boy: Reveal

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I am so thrilled (and relieved) to say that the nursery for my second baby boy, who is due in April, is finally complete!

Due to a hectic few months (including everyone in the family coming down with some sort of illness), this project has taken twice as long as it should have. But, that is just life I suppose.

So, without further ado, I present to you the rustic, tribal nursery……


To fully appreciate the transformation, let’s take a look at what the space looked like when we first moved into our fixer upper.



Between the popcorn ceilings (painted in a dingy tone called “Cinnamon Roll”), a dark beige paint color on the walls, and dingy trim and baseboards (also painted in “Cinnamon Roll”…wtf?) , the space was dark and outdated.

To brighten the space (and bring it into the year 2016) we  removed the popcorn (which was a bit of a messy ordeal), painted the walls in Benjamin Moore “Revere Pewter”, installed a ceiling fan and painted the trim, doors, baseboards and ceilings in an ultra-white.

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In fact, I spent an entire day painting the trim, baseboards and doors in an ultra- white (all while getting down to some old-school, gangsta rap might I add). It is amazing what a difference brightening the trim and doors truly made. Why anyone would have chosen “Cinnamon Roll” as the primary color for ceilings and trim is completely beyond me…..the room is now so much brighter and uplifting.

If you are a regular on my blog, you know I love hues of turquoise and aqua. So you know,  there was no way I was going to go without it in the nursery.

rustic tribal nursery for boy

The crib originally belonged to my two year old son. In preparation for the baby,  I figured it would be a good time for my two year old to transition to a bed. So,   I took the crib out of his room and moved it into the nursery. BIG MISTAKE!

To say my two-year old has not transitioned to the bed well would be putting it lightly……the past two weeks have been hell.  The mobility and freedom that comes along with a “big boy bed” has been way too overstimulating for him – the kid simply refuses to sleep.

rustic modern nursery for boy

My inspiration for baby boy #2’s nursery first came from a tapestry I purchased at Target. I loved how the elements of the wall art were fresh,  modern, rustic and tribal, all  while still being “soft” and “sweet” enough for a nursery.

rustic tribal nursery

I found these awesome turquoise door handles on sale at Hobby Lobby for $3 a piece. With my love for turquoise, I was in hog heaven….I knew I had to find a way to incorporate them into my home.

turquoise handles

And while I love a good chandelier, don’t kid yourself…babies are adorable, but they are stinky! With all of the dirty diapers, I knew I had to compromise fashion for form…so I went with a minimalist, modern ceiling fan.

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With all of the stinky poo poo diapers, we will need all of the circulation we can get in here.

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modern tribal nursery


grey and turquoise nursery

I wanted  the kiddos to have a space of their own for arts and crafts. So,  I up-cylced this kiddie desk I found at a local antique store and painted it with some grey milk paint. My two-year old has already managed to place stickers (which i cannot seem to remove) all over the desk and chairs.

grey rustic boy nursery

Eventually, I would like my husband to build some custom shelves to store books and art supplies, but with everything he has had to do lately, I simply don’t have the courage to boss him around anymore than I have already. He needs a break.

grey and turquoise nursery


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I found the colorful prints at Hobby Lobby and incorporated taxidermy I already owned into this wall gallery.

tribal boy nursery

I found these tribal, geometric textiles at Target.


And here is a shot of the wall tapestry that propelled the creative process in motion for this room. I would have rather used a more modern, utilitarian type of lamp here, but I already owned this mercury glass lamp and wanted to put it to use.

tribal boy nursery

I purchased all of the components of this vignette from Target. I love how these accents exude a more modern take on rustic decor.

And with all of the mentions of Target, you would think I am a brand-ambassador, but no one is paying me to promote their products. Actually,  a  lot of these purchases are made on a “grocery run” to Target….I go in with a mission to adhere only to my grocery list and always  manage to leave with more than just “milk and bread”.  It gets me every time.



rustic tribal nursery for boy

I feel so much better to know, my little one now has a place of his own  With about 7 weeks to go, I am in major nesting mode right now.For that matter, I am also in “about to pop” mode “pregnancy insomnia” mode, and  “you better not look at me the wrong way or I may just bite your head off” mode.

rustic nursery for boy

Here is a list of the sources used in this design.

Source List:

Tapestry- Target

Rug- Hobby Lobby

Turquoise Wall Prints- Hobby Lobby

Taxidermy- At Home

Geometric Print Pillows and Throw Blanket- Target

Crib Sheet- Target

Fur Pillow- Homegoods

Velvet Turquoise Pillows- World Market

Woven Garden Stool- Southeastern Salvage

Vases, lamp and Turtle Shell- Target

Curtains- Ikea ( see here how I  hacked them )

letter “R” and arrow- Hobby Lobby

Turqouise door knobs- Hobby Lobby

Ceiling Fan- Home Depot

Kid’s Desk and Chairs – Up-cycled from a local antique store

Wall Paint- Benjamin Moore “Revere Pewter”

Now get out there and design some good vibes! Please don’t forget to pin!

rustic, tribal nursery for boy

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Rachael @ This is our Bliss

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Erica! This nursery turned out so fabulous! I saw snippets on IG, but wow! The entire room is SO good! I especially love your mini gallery wall over the crib...its perfect :) Thanks so much for linking up to The Pretty Project Party this month. We hope to see you again in March!!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Thank you so much, Rachael!!! That means so much coming from someone as talented as yourself. :)


Saturday 20th of February 2016

Simply Beautiful! I love all the animal elements and that tapestry is gorgeous. Makes me so sad we don't have Target in Canada anymore. xx Neelam

Designing Vibes

Saturday 20th of February 2016

Thank you so much, Neelam! Oh my goodness, I would have a really hard time adjusting to life without Target. haha

Tessa Kirby

Thursday 18th of February 2016

LOVE his room! We were definitely on the same page that day! Both posting our baby boys rooms! ☺️

Designing Vibes

Thursday 18th of February 2016

I know! Love your boy's nursery too!

Tonya Johnson

Thursday 18th of February 2016

Great job on the nursery and fun read!!!

Designing Vibes

Thursday 18th of February 2016

Thank you so much! Love you!

Mary-The Boondocks Blog

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

This is such a pretty nursery. I love your choice of colors. It makes the whole room look bright and cheery Rest up now for the big day!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Thank you so much, Mary!!!

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