I’ve had so much fun planning and executing this fun Flamingo Nursery for baby Finley! By the way, if you hadn’t heard, we announced her name!
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I can't wait any longer! Little Miss has a name 😊. • One of my sweet IG mama friends, @laytontribe, made this banner for us and it's PERFECT. Finley and Piper are both names I've loved for a LONG time and it just so happened that my husband loved them too. We were getting to the point where Leopold would out us every time someone asked about baby sister so I knew it wouldn't be a secret much longer 😂. I've had to delete many Instagram stories due to him saying it! • 30 weeks means I'm getting super close to having this baby and we are all pretty excited 😄. Check out the sweet photos we got from @mybabysfirstphotos A couple weeks ago…my favorite one is the middle photo! Picking her nose already 😂😂 • Check out Sarah's page, @silly.ollie and use the code YAYBABYFINLEY for 20% off your own personalized banner!! Trust me, they are so well made and ADORABLE. They will make the perfect addition to any room! • Bows: @littleellarae Rattle: @shopcactusblossom Pacis: @ryanandrose
I started the planning process a LONG time ago and have been working with some amazing brands to help it all come together. Many of the items in her room were gifted but I was not paid for this post! I’m so grateful to all of the brands who sent us their lovely products, if it weren’t for them her room theme would be ‘Goodwill Chic’ and not flamingo themed. I’ll include links to the products throughout the post!
I’ll start with some ‘before’ pictures. This started out as our guest/storage room, so I snapped these photos once I got about half of the junk and the bed cleared out. Her room is a bit smaller than Leopold’s, at only 10×10 square feet! Her closet is considerably bigger though. I’d consider it a ‘step in closet’. You can’t walk in there but you can step in and have a little space! I’m really curious about the state of our house years ago, because it appears as if there was a window in her room…which would have looked out into our living room. Our living room has high ceilings and is on the level below her room, so it would have almost appeared to be a projection room of some sort. Just…what on earth?! Whoever closed up that window did a terrible job covering it up!
The fan looked like it was installed when the house was built. I had to fight my husband to get rid of it, because he said he had the same one in his house growing up. Nostalgia is hard to fight, but he eventually got over his trauma. Really though it wasn’t THAT big of a deal…I’m not a mean wife!
The carpet in our entire house is this weird, old brownish color. It’s a different shade of brown in each room, based on the foot traffic, and it’s clearly very old. Do you know how expensive it is to get all new floors?!?! It’s on our list but it didn’t make the cut this time. Whoever did the carpet in my kids rooms did a terrible job. They measured wrong in BOTH rooms and there is an awkward seam about a foot away from the wall in each room. AKA don’t step there or you will step on those painful connector nails. Our solution in each room has been to cover those seams with cribs and furniture so no one has to walk there.
I decided to do an accent wall for the messed up side of the room. If you can’t fix it, cover it up, right?! In my search I came across Milton & King. They have some truly gorgeous prints on their wall coverings!! I fell in love with the flamingos and once I chose this print, my mind went wild with ideas. I knew it was the perfect fit for our little girl and one that our animal loving boy would enjoy too.
If you could have seen my sister and I applying it, you may have been in for a laugh! We applied it ‘late’ at night (around 10pm) and with me being pregnant and having to climb up to hold the top or sit on the floor to line up the strips…well it was kind of hilarious. I’d advise having someone do it for you if you’re pregnant, or doing it ASAP before you get really big!
It really was pretty easy to install though. You have to buy special wallpaper glue (10-20$ for a bottle) and just roll it on using a standard paint roller. The instructions included with our rolls of flamingo wallpaper were very clear and easy to follow, too. We used spackling tools to flatten the paper out and make sure there were no air bubbles. Something with a rubber edge would probably be more ideal but we used what we had on hand. It also helped us when we needed to trim the excess paper off.
There was an outlet for a phone cord on that wall as well so I took the plate off and just covered over it. I don’t see us ever needing it so I didn’t want to cut into the gorgeous wallpaper if I didn’t have to.
This accent wall totally MAKES the room. It gives it some flair without making it too dark or too busy. I tried to keep the rest of the room fairly simple with light colors and minimal decor. That may change depending on what we acquire between now and baby time, but right now I love it.
When I chose the paint color, I opted to look for a color that matched the very lightest shade of pink on the flamingo wallpaper. That way the pink wouldn’t be too dark or overwhelming.
I had grand plans for our old glider that I used with Leopold. A rocking chair/glider is very important to me! I know a lot of people don’t use them as much as they think they will, but we used ours a TON last time. It’s the main place I nursed Leopold, especially late at night…for almost two years.
The one we had didn’t match the room like I wanted it to. The colors weren’t ‘perfect’ and I really wanted this room to look nice and cohesive. Someone suggested upholstery spray paint. I found some meant for fabrics, we followed the instructions, and it still ended up feeling strange and crispy. Maybe we actually did it wrong, or maybe it was the wrong kind of material, but I knew I wouldn’t want to sit in it.
I began stalking my local Facebook Marketplace, and after a couple of weeks I came across this rocking recliner for $40! I loved the ‘tropical’ feel it gave me. To me, it looks like it would go great in an island themed home or beach house. It’s comfy too, which is a bonus! I also love that it’s not a HUGE recliner. It’s the perfect size for her teeny room.
This small side table was given to us as a hand me down, and it’s from Ikea! Leopold has one in his room too. I added a basket below (most of the baskets in her room were ones we already had around the house) for burp cloths and extra nursing pads.
I’m eventually going to hang up the ultrasound photos, I’m just not sure where. That was from my 27 week elective ultrasound!
Until I get a better night light (like Leopold’s Hatch Baby light), I have this simple glass touch lamp. It’s got three levels of light and is great for late night nursing. The bounce chair was a hand me down from family, the blanket is an ultra soft Saranoni blanket and the bunny is a paci holder/lovey from Bunnies by the Bay. We have an extra pink one and a grey one too.
I wanted the basket on top for nursing supplies. This way it will be close by when I need something like nipple cream (I currently have a jar of Motherlove nipple cream in there), nursing pads, or gel soothing pads. There is even a lactation cookie in there from ‘Milkful’ that I got as a sample at Mommycon! I was gifted a set of “Boobie Pillows” from a small shop on Instagram and I’m so excited to try them! They have flamingos on them, and are great for freezing or warming up to relieve sore boobs!
Most of the art on her walls so far are gifts from sweet mamas who have their own shops. The felt banner was part of her name reveal and is from ‘Silly Ollie’! It’s SO well made and really very beautiful! Use code YAYBABYFINLEY for 20% off in the Silly Ollie Shop!
The ‘F’ with the flamingo was created by ‘Love J&T’, a shop I’ve been following for a while on Instagram. She makes some really gorgeous prints! The one at the bottom is one I won in a giveaway from ‘Mom is Drawing’. My mother in law assured me that it wasn’t weird to put in her room, but my husband seems to think it’s a bit strange. Yes, it’s Leopold and me, but Finley is in my belly, and it goes with the pink walls so well!
So tell me your opinion, is it weird to have in her room!?
The prints in the middle were on clearance at Hobby Lobby and are PERFECT!
We already had this shelf for a while, and it was another hand me down from some friends. Her books are all of Leopold’s older ‘baby’ books (although he still loves coming in her room to read them). I put a jar of pacis on one shelf…time will tell which kind she will prefer! I have a mam one, two pat pats from Ryan and Rose, and two EcoPiggy pacis. One shelf has a few bibs from Little Kims NYC. A few baby toys, her Yeti from Slumberkins and some booties, and an Ollie Swaddle take up the bottom four shelves.
On top is a super cute photo album that Quarto Kids sent me out of the blue as a baby gift! I love forming relationships with brands and getting sweet surprises. The connections I’ve made through blogging are a huge part of what makes it all worth it! The album is a fold out month by month type album that even comes with pop out milestone cards. The cards are all cute little animals, which is perfect since we have been judging her size based on fun and cute animals!
The mirror might just be another baby toy but it’s also special to me, since it was one of Leopold’s first Christmas gifts from my mom. He won’t be getting those any more so we treasure the ones we have!
Speaking of my mom, the small black and yellow silhouette on the top shelf is my mom at age ten!!
Also on the top shelf, a keepsake box from Savor It All to collect all of those baby memories! They sent it to me a while ago for Leopold but when I found out I was pregnant I decided to save it for Finley. The bear was a gift from ‘Checkered Fun‘, and the giraffe toy was an early baby gift from my Stepmom, Kathleen!
We were gifted a fantastic crib from Delta Children that comes with a changing table attached. The changing table is another baby item that I was told over and over again I wouldn’t use. I don’t know what these people are talking about because I used the heck out of our old changing table! We had one from Ikea and our old crib was from Wal-Mart but they were both bulky and didn’t match my vision so I was thrilled to get one that was pretty and saved us some space too!
You can see her new fan in this photo! We got a fairly cheap one from Lowe’s, but I love how great it looks in her room!
My mother in law bought us the stuffed flamingo at Home Goods, the swaddle blanket on the changing table is from Saranoni Blankets, and the diaper caddy underneath was gifted a while ago from ‘EliKai Designs‘. The diaper pail was gifted to me from Ubbi, and it’s SO PRETTY.
Diaper pails are another thing that are apparently a hit or miss for people. I never had one with Leopold because we used cloth diapers for the first 15 months or so. I left them in a small laundry basket since I washed them pretty regularly. Apparently though, you can use the Ubbi Diaper Pail for disposables OR cloth. It’s stainless steel, so it doesn’t soak up any nasty smells, and is easy to clean. There is even a child lock on the top! One of my favorite aspects of the Ubbi pail (aside from the gorgeous gold color) is that I can use any bags inside, not special (expensive) bags!
As far as sleeping goes, we have a Dock A Tot (I won’t use it in the crib though, as it’s not up to safe sleep regulations in a crib setting). I plan on using it in the first few weeks to keep her close when she’s sleeping in my room, and from then on for little naps around the house if need be. I’ll probably play that by ear.
The sheets were bought by my mother in law at Target! Her camera was a gift from the Lollipop baby camera company. I won the fox Slumberkin in a giveaway but Leopold doesn’t love it like I want him to. SO baby girl gets an extra one! Fox is holding a rattle made by my good friend at Shop Cactus Blossom.
A few smaller details that I love!
A stuffed animal/extra blanket and pillow storage chair from Creative QT. It is also going to be great for extra seating in the room!
90% of her bows are from one of my favorite shops, Little Ella Rae. She’s always got great sales going on and has the CUTEST bows! I’ve bought a bunch and she has sent me a few to include in photos. I just need to her to make a flamingo bow next! I also just won a giveaway that I’m super excited about! The Knotted Co has also sent me a really cute headband from her shop that just opened up.
I made the bow holder out of a frame I bought in the craft section at Walmart, and some hooks I painfully screwed in by hand. I hot glued the yarn on for clip type bows but I don’t know how much hair she will have so we don’t have any of those yet!
The rug is a washable one from Lorena Canals! It’s so pretty and soft and easy to clean. I also love that it covers the large majority of our ugly brown carpet!!
Once I settled on the flamingo theme, everywhere I looked I saw flamingos! Flamingo clothes, flamingo furniture, and flamingo accessories…for babies AND mommies! For some reason I even feel like I need flamingo shirts and water bottles and decor now. Funny how our brains can work sometimes!
Just a couple of her dolls that are too cute to go in a storage bag! Karen from Rubens Barn, and Lucy from Cuddle and Kind!
See more of our nursery must haves in this post!
Let me know what you think!! Would you do a flamingo themed nursery for your little one? What were some of your favorite parts of the room, or products?