Safari Nursery

My favorite space in the room- books!

My favorite space in the room- books!

Despite the fact that we live on the chilly Tundra, Nathan and I decided that we wanted to decorate a Safari-themed nursery. Neither of us have ever really gone all out on decorating with planning and paint and such before, so this was an adventure for sure. I’m really happy with how things have turned out, and the obstacles we had to overcome to make this happen when we live in the middle of nowhere.

BEFORE: what the room looked like when we moved in last year, and pretty much how it stayed for a long time.

BEFORE: what the room looked like when we moved in last year, and pretty much how it stayed for a long time.

Because we can’t just run to the store and pick up anything we want, we started planning pretty early in the pregnancy. We got a swing from a family selling one second hand in the village, and painted the room before we left for vacation so that it would be free of any smells after airing out for the summer.

Starting to paint the room! We went with a neutral green for the Safari theme, before we knew if it was going to be a boy or girl.

Starting to paint the room! We went with a neutral green for the Safari theme, before we knew if it was going to be a boy or girl.

We were also able to get the big furniture provided by the school district (rocking recliner, bookshelf, nightstand and dresser). We found that no one really uses tradition cribs out here, as it would cost an arm and a leg to get it flown out, so we opted for a pack and play that has a bassinette, and can later have a mattress added for when baby gets bigger.

The pack and play currently in our bedroom. I know I'll have to take out the toys and blankets when baby arrives, but they looked so cute for now!

The pack and play currently in our bedroom. I know I’ll have to take out the toys and blankets when baby arrives, but they looked so cute for now!

Our changing area is in the hall between our two rooms due to limited space. During our baby shower, friends and family wrote little notes to the baby on safari animals, so I hung them above to add some whimsy to the space.

The changing area with love notes on the wall!

The changing area with love notes on the wall!

We finished the room just in time for me to leave for Anchorage where I will be spending the last month of my pregnancy, which is pretty standard out here. I’m glad it all came together so well, and it gives me one less thing to worry about while I’m away. Can’t wait to bring home our little bundle of joy!

One side of the room, with the gate up so our puppy can see us, but not eat all of baby's toys!

One side of the room, with the gate up so our puppy can see us, but not eat all of baby’s toys!

The other side of the room, including the great safari wall stickers my sister got for us! The pack and play will be moved into this space when he gets older.

The other side of the room, including the great safari wall stickers my sister got for us! The pack and play will be moved into this space when he gets older.

A little wonky, but a panoramic view of the entire room.

A little wonky, but a panoramic view of the entire room.

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