Atticus’ Nursery – DIY & Sustainable



I recently watched a segment on Good Morning America that showcased the toxins that are present in a baby’s nursery. Let me tell you, that is some scary stuff. As resilient as a baby is, there is no need to poison their environment and while I may choose to use a product despite the knowledge that it can harm me, I do not want my child to be subjected to that same choice. When selecting furniture for Atticus’ room, I really wanted pieces that would grow with him. I didn’t necessarily want new products, but I was too scared to use a used crib, due to safety concerns.

We selected an oval crib from Stokke called the Sleepi. It converts from a bassinet, to crib, toddler bed, junior bed and eventually into two chairs. It’s pretty amazing and pretty chic. From the same line of products we chose the Care changing table. Quite frankly it was a great deal, but using it for nearly 2 months I am so glad we purchased it. We change a lot of diapers, and it makes diaper changes a breeze. The table will also convert into a desk that he can use till college.



In addition to being a little unusual looking, they are made sustainably. This is huge to me. My child can chomp (please don’t Atticus) away at the wood and he won’t get lead poisoning. The wood is cultivated beech wood, and it is solid. The crib also adjusts to multiple heights so we can raise and lower the mattress as Atticus grows. The Care changing table is also height adjustable which is perfect for me, because I am short and Kevin is tall.


The Sleepi and Care are both on casters, who would have thought that being able to move nursery furniture would be so important, but it really is! We can also move the Sleepi from room to room as it fits through doorways. The crib gets pushed aside for playtime and is by far my favorite feature of the room.


The rocking chair is really neat. It belonged to one of our friends moms whose son happens to be a member of the band Rise Against. So we call it our “punk rocker.” Punny, I know.

I decorated the walls with a collection of pop art. No need to hang Winnie the Pooh, babies love high contrast artwork! We have a collection of Mark Ryden, Marian Peck and Shag prints on the walls. The empty frames will eventually get family photos, more artwork or vintage tidbits, just like that Bear flyer near the closet.


The orange wall mounted storage by Boon is handy for keeping all our vitamins and creams handy. Eventually it will house art supplies or other knick knacks.


The floating shelves allow us to store books at the perfect height, collectables on a high shelf and hang tomorrows outfit on the pegged shelf.

And finally the dresser was repurposed.

Dresser before and after. Purchased for $10 from a neighbors yard sale it was pretty hideous, but at leas it was functional. painted it using child friendly LOW VOC Benjamin Moore paint. Added zebra print handles and for about $10 including paint I upgraded the dresser to fit more fashionably into our nursery.



Other DIY features included the changing pad cover, curtains, peg board and painted frames. The frames were found at various thrift stores abd repainted with low voc paint to add bright pops of color to the walls.




Another DIY project was the white oak-toned side table. Slathered on some lime green paint and it was good to go! The owl coasters are 70s vintage and were purchased for .50 cents at an estate sale down the street from us.


About the author

Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.


  1. Endsleysmama -  January 21, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    I must say, I love his nursery. Absolutely adorable. But honesty – NONE of these things ever occured to me as I was building Endsley’s nursery. The fact that she even had one was a big deal for me, as we didn’t have any money or even our own home. Now that we do, I’m starting to wonder if our crib and rugs are safe. Her crib was given to us used by family friends of ours, I may be giving them a call to learn more about it now!

    • Xza Louise -  January 22, 2012 - 1:22 pm

      With three years to plan, I got the privledge to over think every single detail. It’s crazy how babies make you get hyper sensitive to things we wouldn’t normally blink an eye about.

  2. Chels -  January 22, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Wow Zxa, this is awesome! i love everything about this room! I can’t get over the knobs on the dresser, the zebra print it too cute. And that crib is awesome, I’ve never heard of something like that , that will last for so long! And the wall mount storage is so cool. Amazing job. xo

    • Xza Louise -  January 22, 2012 - 1:23 pm

      Thanks so much! I had a blast decorating his nursery.

  3. Shytantoon -  April 12, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    That is awsome! the furniture issue never occured to me either. I will definitely be covering his crib rails as soon as I see a tooth!

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