His Crib

We are THOSE parents. The ones who, if we were in the 70’s, would name their child Love or Peace or something just as ridiculous. We are, fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) not in the 70’s but our son has a hippy dippy middle name just the same. It’s Orion. There are a million and one perfect, meaningful, bring a tear to your eye reasons why we gave him the second name of Orion. Most people out there get shivers hearing the story and agree that it’s absolutely perfect but I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes right now and adding it to the list of North Wests, Apples and Blues of the world. Regardless, a child with such a name needs a nursery decor to match it… and that’s exactly what we did.

See what happens when a nursery is designed around an unorthodox middle name!
See what happens when a nursery is designed around an unorthodox middle name!

Room Layout

I didn’t have the luxury of setting up the nursery well before my due date. I didn’t get to spend a sunny Sunday hour in there reading or dreaming of my gorgeous baby lying in the crib just out of reach. I didn’t get to arrange and rearrange, organise and reorganise. Our house was being built, you see, with a move-in date that nearly matched my due date.

Caleb’s crib after hours!

I may not have had time to nest but dear God, I had time to Pin and purchase online, and boy did I ever. I must have changed my theme a dozen times before I said there will be no theme, just a relaxing atmosphere. The problem was I had bought items to go with almost every decor I was planning that week. This was my first lesson in having a baby: Got a plan? Great! Now toss it out the window.

SloganPillowsCustom PlaqueMarquee

Everything was in boxes when we got the keys what would be 4 weeks before Caleb came along, so the nursery ended up being a mash-up of things. Regardless of what popular boys nursery pin was splashed across my screen each day, though, the floor-to-ceiling chalkboard with custom constellations was my anchor.


I didn’t quite have it completed by the time Caleb was born, but from what I hear, most women aren’t completely finished their rooms when their bundles arrive. I didn’t even spend any time in the room for months after Caleb was born anyway. It HAS given me the chance, however, to dot the room with creations of my own including the “Where The Wild Things Are” wood plaque, the crib skirt (shown below) and above all, the mural (No, even that wasn’t finished!).

Crib SkirtSleeping Beauty

No matter it’s lack of flow, I LOVE how it turned out anyway and it still remains my favourite room in the house! The hardest part will be picking a new epic theme the next time around!


    1. I have seen your home (in pictures) and anyone who deeply loves RH as much as you and I do, can’t go wrong lol. I covet quite a few things I know they have! I have every faith that their rooms will be gorgeous!


    1. Thank you! I found a design online that I liked. I brought it into illustrator and cleaned it up a bit. Then I hooked our laptop up to a projector and simply projected the design onto the wall. Then I sat on a very uncomfortable foot stool for an hour and a half and basically coloured inside the lines with a chalk marker lol. I’d like to say I just winged it but there’s the ugly truth haha.


  1. I love all your posts!! Thanks for sharing all your tips and being honest that the process isn’t always easy and glamorous. Did you add some type of glow-in-the-dark stars/dots on the constellation wall? That wall is just beyond adorable! (Well, so is the whole nursery)..and I love the rug!


    1. Thank you Susan for your kind words! We did, in fact add glow-in-the-dark stars. I started off drawing them too but it didn’t have the pop I was going for. And since a guilty pleasure of mine (since the 90’s) is to incorporate glow-in-the-dark stars somewhere, somehow, I figured there wasn’t a more appropriate place than this. And now the wall can be enjoyed both day and night!

      The rug, if you’re curious, is from Urban Outfitters and it’s on sale! http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/ca/en/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=33296773a&category=SALE_APT


  2. Can you tell me what color/brand of paint you used for the dark “chalk wall”? Also, is there a brand of chalk marker you preferred for this application? Love what you did with the room and how it transitions so well, crib to the tent bed you made. Just gorgeous!


    1. Great question Nadine and thank you very much!

      I used Rustoleum brand chalkboard paint: http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/specialty/chalkboard-brush-on. I bought it from Home Depot. A word to the wise because I didn’t know these were 2 different things until a few weeks ago; “Chalk” paint and “Chalkboard” paint are not the same thing and can’t be used interchangeably so make sure whatever brand you use that it is chalkboard paint.

      And the chalk markers (I love these!) I got from Michaels. They look like this: http://www.uchida.com/p-3-bistro-chalk-marker.aspx I was also given a jumbo marker from the same brand that came in really handy for such a large application.

      I hope this helps and let me know if you have any more questions!


  3. I noticed in some other pictures that you have a canvas sheet hanging with a tree on it in his room. Did you paint that or buy it? I’d love to have that in my sons room!


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