Modern Woodland-Themed Nursery Decor

Budget-friendly repurposed furniture, meaningful memorabilia and DIY accents make this unisex woodland nursery a calming place to be

Robin Itotani knew she didn’t want a “cookie-cutter nursery.” And since she and husband Jesse both love hiking in the forests near their home in Markham, Ont., a baby’s room that takes its cues from the natural world seemed just right. “I also figured it was pretty unisex because I didn’t know my baby was going to be a girl.”

Since Itotani needed to pull the room together on a budget, creative reuse and DIY elements were the order of the day. Luckily, she’s well versed in both. As co-owner of event-planning agency Hoopla, Itotani and business partner Shannon Fitzpatrick are often called upon to make magic happen with limited funds.

Although it’s not a woodland creature, a rhinoceros carved from wood served as a jumping-off point for a nursery decked out with animals.  The first of two foxes came next, prompting friends to contribute other animal elements to the mix. A large dresser in the perfect green was repurposed from elsewhere in the house to anchor the room and do double duty 
as a changing table and clothing storage. Birch tree limbs leftover from a wedding that Itotani and Fitzpatrick planned solidified the theme.

Itotani began layering in meaningful memorabilia, including favourite books from her childhood and a sweet felted wool fox in a sweater from Etsy. “I had a lot of artwork from the One of a Kind Show that I’d collected but hadn’t put up yet,” says Itotani. Her advice for other expectant parents planning nurseries? “Before you go and buy everything, figure out what you love.” Splurge on one piece you really like and find cheaper ways to do the rest. “It takes a lot more work, but in the end it’s something that you’ll really love.”

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