Our Gender Neutral Cactus Nursery is finally done! It’s about time since I’m almost 40 weeks pregnant.
Lucky for me, there’s cactus stuff everywhere these days. I fell in love with them when Anthony and I lived in El Paso, TX, next to the Mexico border. We used to take weekend trips to the mountains in New Mexico and Arizona. Hiking with our pup was one of our favorite things to do, and the landscape in the desert was so beautiful and different.
Photo from our hiking trip in Tucson, Arizona.
Now, you can find cactus themed clothing, artwork, kitchen items, everything! I typically don’t like to dress or decorate based on fleeting trends. But since I’ve loved and grown cacti for so long, I don’t really care if it also happens to be popular right now. In fact, it made it super easy for me to decorate! So without further ado, here’s our gender neutral cactus nursery!
Gender Neutral Cactus Nursery
I’m a huge fan of the gender neutral stuff. We don’t plan on having another kid anytime soon (let me recover from this pregnancy first). But when we do, it will be awesome to be able to reuse everything, even if we have a girl next. And I’m not a big fan of the cheesy gender specific things anyway.
Because of the amazing friends and family we have, we hardly had to buy anything ourselves. My sweet sister, Brooke, planned an amazing baby shower for me (read about that here). And she let me take home all the adorable artwork that she used for decorations. That kicked off my collection beautifully!
Between that, a few additional gifts, and artwork of my own, we were set with all things cactus.
“Still Growing” print by Melodious Monster.
I apologize that the nursery photos aren’t stellar. We live in an apartment and there’s only one window in baby boy’s room, so that means pretty crappy lighting. But just because you’re a renter doesn’t mean you can’t create the nursery you want! Don’t let that stop you from creating a sweet space for your babe. Its an important part of nesting and so much fun!
My girlfriend Laura made me the beautiful cross stitch. I love it so much!
And Anthony made all the shelves for the nursery. He made and stained the triangle shelves for me last year and I roped him into making the long one to match. This guy always makes my dreams come true.
Cactus print from Hobby Lobby, the pillow was a gift, and the chair is Ikea.
I love having all the little handmade pieces mixed into our sweet gender neutral cactus nursery! The two pieces below are coloring pages from a Two Headed Baba event I went to at The Poor Porker. Local art + my coloring + dollar store frames = fun & colorful nursery decorations!
The nursery does have a closet, but its full of storage bins. So we decided to keep this large shelving unit in the room for all the sweet baby things. We hung this world map muslin swaddle blanket over it so it wouldn’t be such an eyesore. ROAK Boutique in Plant City carries these monochrome muslin blankets.
I’m obsessed with this adorable Graco Pack ‘n’ Play! It has a napper that flips and turns into a changing table, and is a great replacement for a crib. I’m all about simplifying!
My favorite piece in the gender neutral cactus nursery is the changing table. Anthony took this hideous, green, abandoned dresser and totally transformed it. Have I mentioned how amazing he is?
A little before & after action for you. I wasn’t kidding – this thing was hideous!
Since we live in an apartment, we have crappy, yellow blinds on all the windows. The ones in the nursery really bothered me, so we decided to replace them with these pretty bamboo shades. I love them! And it made a huge difference in the overall feel of the room.
All in all, we probably only spent about $100 on decorating baby boy’s nursery. We started out strong with a ton of artwork from friends and family. We combined that with items we already had and Anthony’s handyman skills to create a space we really love!
Although I had a blast decorating the nursery, I’m no interior designer. It would’ve been amazing to have a little help figuring out where to start and how to stay focused on a vision.
This post by PersonalCreations.com has a ton of nursery decor ideas so you can incorporate your personal style into baby’s room. You’ll find ideas on choosing color, furniture, and how to keep the nursery organized. (They aren’t paying me to say that by the way, I just truly loved their post). So if you’re in the market for nursery decor ideas, check out their post and learn how to create a space that speaks to you.
Thanks for reading! I hope the next time you’re here, I’ll have a sweet baby boy in my arms.