Rory Neil is six weeks old and I have finally finished his aviation nursery. (Better late than never, right?) When I found out that we were having a boy, I was clueless as to how I wanted to decorate. My daughter’s nursery, with all things pink and girly, came much easier of course! After scouring Pinterest for ideas, I stumbled upon Jennifer’s nursery at MommyBeta. I fell in love with the airplane wall she had designed above her son’s crib. With my husband’s career in the Air Force, aviation was a perfect theme for my Rory. I re-created her look and then let my imagination go from there.
Luckily, I was able to find the airplane wall decals on Etsy. The galvanized letters were not as easy to find. They were on sale at Michael’s but were out of the letter “Y” both in store and online. Of course. Enter Etsy to save the day. I reached out to MockingbirdCottage on Etsy and asked if she could make the letters without the rust look added to it and they were good to go! Another alternative is always to DIY and Her View From Home has a great tutorial using paper mache letters and a little spray paint.
For the rest of Rory’s nursery, I knew I wanted to stick with a gray, light blue, and navy theme with a red accent thrown here and there. His room is also pretty small, so a big bookshelf was not going to work. Instead, these DIY rain gutter bookshelves from Sunshine on the Inside worked perfectly for a small wall. They are functional, look great, and have stood up to the test of my eager three-year-old. Parenting win-win.
One of my favorite features of his nursery came by accident. I was browsing on Target for something completely different and stumbled upon this Adventure Awaits sign. It had the gray, navy, and red colors and of course it works perfectly for a baby boy aviation nursery in Alaska. Then I added a few adorable airplane coat hooks underneath. How’s that for practicality and keeping with the aviation nursery theme!
If you’ve ever lived overseas, then I probably don’t have to tell you that getting this dresser (and the crib) to our home in Alaska was an adventure itself. Initially it is not the one that I wanted (of course they didn’t ship that set up here), but when all is said and done I like the way it works in the room.
Another awesome Etsy find and another customized request. I had this sign printed with the accent color red for just a pop of color on an otherwise white wall.
So far, the only one sleeping in here is the cat, who seems to think that the crib is his new bed. I’m not ready for Rory to move in quite yet, but that’s okay. This room already has so many memories and so much love, it is easily my favorite room in the house.