Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Practically Green Vlog: Child's Nursery

What you NEED to know about this nursery:
  • Buy used! All of the pieces in this nursery can easily be found at garage sales, used furniture stores, thrift stores, craigslist, etc.
  • Check your own storage or basement to find uses for items that you have retired.
  • Find second uses for things - dresser as changing table, media center as armoire.
  • Reusing items can bring history and sentiment into the space.
  • With items that are frequently recalled (such as a crib) do your research before buying used.
  • Oops - I called the "rocking horse" a "rocking chair." Pregnancy brain.
  • Don't fall into the you need everything to match trap. An eclectic mix of furniture can be aesthetically pleasing when matched with the right accessories.
  • Design a room that your child can grow into so you are not pressured to redesign when your child gets older. For instance, the crib we purchased converts to a headboard so our son can use it later in life.
How have you used green design in your child's room?


  1. Hi Ali. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I love those!

    Our dog likes to play with our baby's toys, too. The room is very cute; it's neat that you have those hand me down pieces. Thanks for the vlog.

  2. All of the furniture in Parker's room is hand my down - there is nothing new. He bed we got off craigslist (we did research!), his rocking chair is his great grandpa's chair. Changing table was his daddy's changing table, the bookshelf I have had for a while, same with the lamp and curtains. His bedding some of it was given to us, the mattress is used, his hamper is new! I agree, I am eclectic so I am not in too matchy matchy, as long as it looks good together, I am happy!

    Loved this!

  3. Loved this video! Loved seeing Henry too, so cute just walking all around =)
    His nursery is adorable and I love the outdoorsy-cabin theme going on, very nice! I wish I would have done Jimmy's room more "grown up" like that. We also used all 2nd hand furniture in his room, except for a bookshelf that I found that I loved, but totally could have used a 2nd hand one there too, just didn't try my hardest! Great job!

  4. Ali, I've been wanting to see that "name frame" you have in Henry's room again! I want to make one for Marin. I was hoping you'd do a close up of it in the vlog, but, oh well! Is it archived somewhere? It's so cute! Love the room, love seeing Henry, and Jaeger is so handsome (and humerous!).

  5. I found you @ Blis.Domst. - I agree with you about using items that have already been lovingly used...we try to do the same thing.. it's amazing what you can find in your own house that can be used in other areas. Cute baby room (and I love the pictures on the wall)

  6. Cute nursery. All the furniture in my son's room is over 30 years old and was once my grandma's. It serves a purpose so I don't mind that it is so old. In fact, it reminds me of my grandma and being at her house when I was younger.

  7. Ali,
    My daughter loves that quilt!!! Can you post a picture of it. I'd love to make one like that for her, they are recycling her husbands old dresser, her Dad's old dresser (complete with a drawing on the back he did when he was about 7!) and lot's of hand-me-downs from relatives! Go green!

  8. Maureen - Here is the link:


    I bought the quilt from Target. It is part of a collection - so adorable! I'd love to see what you come up with!