So much has happened in a year. Hudson just turned 11 months old and I’m somehow just now posting about his nursery! We moved into our “new-to-us” house last January and have been renovating every square foot since July of 2016.

When we first moved in, Hudson’s room was one of the first rooms I wanted to finish. It wasn’t until recently though that I actually felt like it was done.

I was inspired by a safari theme, but didn’t want the room to actually feel themed. Color was important to me, so I incorporated colors like cobalt blue, kelly green and bright yellow. I even added some teal here and there to mix it up. You can see my original design plan here.

1. SHAW Flooring Carpet – Quite Durable (style) in Champagne (color)
2. DaVinci Poppy Regency 3-in-1 Convertible Crib (Target)
3. Giraffe & Elephant Safari Run Framed Print (Wayfair)
4. Round Rattan Mirror (DIY Painted Green) (Target)
5. Trigg Hanging Large Wall Décor  (Wayfair)
6. Mod Botanical Baby Quilt (Land of Nod)
7. Blue Stripe Changing Crib Skirt (Land of Nod)
8. Lion and Zebra Head Wall Decor (Target)
9. Best Chairs Sutton Swivel Glider – Linen (Babies R Us)
10. Black and White Stripe Teepee (Amazon)

After I designed his room on paper, things obviously changed. I didn’t want to buy everything new, so I started to incorporate some items I already had, like all those lovely pops of yellow you see (those ottomans, that lamp, those throw pillows etc.)

One final edition, which is actually one of my favorite parts of the room, is that kelly green mirror. The mirror was originally black and found at Target. I have two downstairs in my living room as well because I love them so much. But I wanted to incorporate more greens into his room, so I painted the black rattan a kelly green. I’ll share the full DIY with you on another day. I really love how it turned out. It was exactly what the room needed.

To give you guys a refresher of what the space looked like, below is a before and after of the nursery. This used to be a much larger room; it used to be the master bedroom of the previous owners. As you can see, we put up a wall to create a separate room for the nursery. This 3,500 SF house was pretty much a 1 bedroom, 2 bath (with a lot of extra living rooms, offices, etc.) In our renovations, we transformed the floor plan into a 4 bed, 3 bath. Thankfully, this room is still very large, and has a good-sized closet as well.

We also added carpet to make the room feel larger and more cozy. We knew Hudson would play a lot in his room and we wanted something soft for him (and us) to crawl, sit and play on. We actually carpeted all of the rooms upstairs because we loved the look and feel so much. This is a low-pile “loop” carpet, so it looks and feels super clean and modern. It’s also stain resistant, so I don’t worry about spills or stains.

I seriously LOVE the carpet we chose. It’s from Shaw Flooring’s Lifeguard line and the style I chose is called Quite Durable and the color is Champagne. You can watch this cute video showing an example of how Shaw Flooring’s Lifeguard line is waterproof.

As I mentioned earlier, Hudson is nearly a year old. We’re due with our daughter in just a few short weeks and needed the rocking chair in her room. Since we don’t use his rocker as much anymore, we decided to move it into Harper’s nursery. My heart literally broke when my husband was moving it out of his room. He’s just growing up too fast!!

We decided to replace his rocker with this adorable teepee from Amazon. It was only $37 when I bought it ( though the price has since gone up to around $70, which is still way cheaper than others I’ve found). I LOVE this teepee. I had originally purchased one from Target, but it was too large. This teepee from Amazon was the only smaller scale one I could find for such a great price – and since I’m a Prime member, I also got free shipping.

I added the green pom poms from the $1 spot at Target. I was so sad taking Hudson’s rocker out of his room, but this teepee put a smile right back on my face!

We also considered removing the window bench to give the room more square footage, but I’m SO glad we kept it. With a little paint and restoration, the window bench turned out even cuter than we imagined. It will be perfect for story time one day. I eventually want to add some custom-made linen bench cushions, but that will be a project another day!

I might have been a little late in posting about Hudson’s nursery, but believe it or not, our daughter is due very soon and I’m actually almost finished with her nursery. I just posted a sneak peek on my instagram (@theblissfulbee), so make sure to check it out here.

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Thank you for stopping by The Blissful Bee! I'm Amy and I'm the writer and designer behind the blog. I have a passion for interior design, fashion and simply living a stylish life. I hope you enjoy your "stay"!


  1. Great job Amy, I love reading your posts. I’ll have to check out that stain-proof carpet when it’s time to redo mine! Look forward to your next blog segment!!

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