When I found out I was pregnant for the first time, creating a eco-chic nursery wasn’t on the forefront of my mind.
But slowly, as the years have passed and my philosophies on both design (I’m an interior designer by higher education) and life changed, both my style and desire to live a more waste-less clean life has increased. So as time has crawled by, my husband and I have started taking baby steps to “green-up” the nursery a bit. Little by little, tiny changes for the better have taken place. And while we still have a ways to go, I think it’s shaping up nicely.
8 ways I’ve reduced, reused, and recycled in the nursery:
Repurposed window treatments & crib skirt
While thrifting one day, I stumbled on a vintage hand-quilted coverlet that I absolutely fell in love with. I took it home, and with minimal effort re-purposed the fabric into a few fun window treatments and a crib skirt.
When buying the boys gifts, we try to lean in the direction of toys made out of wood opposed to plastic (this little panda is made out of bamboo, a renewable resource).
Did you know that traditional paints can release low level toxic emissions into the air for years? But by choosing a low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint it greatly reduces these emissions without sacrificing any aesthetics.
Second hand furniture
I’ve been a “junky treasure hunter” for as long as I can remember. This toy box, a re-purposed buffet table I converted into a changing table, and our rocker were all found second-hand (and for pennies on the dollar, I might add).
Organic crib mattress and sheets
Buying an organic crib mattress has probably been our biggest nursery purchase to-date. I justified the cost (around $300) because not only of the health benefits it provides, but also because I was able to save in other areas of the room such as buying second hand furniture and making my own window treatments.
Thanks to the many horror stories my own mother told me regarding cloth diapering, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be a cloth diapering mama. But after doing a bit of research, I realized cloth diapers have come a long way since I was little, and it’s not nearly as hard as I had once imagined. By going this route, we save tons of money, my kids look adorable, and it’s an eco-friendly decision as well!
We have a huge personal library, and my kids bookshelves are primarily stocked full of second hand stories. Not only does this save a ton of money, but the stories from years gone by are fun and enjoyable to read aloud. Bonus: if baby rips a page? No worries, the book cost 50 cents!
The art in the boys nursery was created by a friend of mine, creatively using old scraps of wallpaper and vintage buttons. The pieces are absolutely stunning to look at, and knowing it’s a trash to treasure creation make is even more amazing.