Southwestern Cactus Nursery with a Sophisticated Flair

Woods' Southwestern Cactus Nursery

Yea for babies, and yeaaaa for sister-in-laws that let us scratch our nursery itch in her home! Sweet Millie was expecting her first baby and knew she wanted a cactus inspired nursery, but she was sick of seeing the same thing over-and-over-and-over again on Pinterest. She wanted something simple and modern, that didn't throw up cactus all over her nursery, but definitely had a more mature vibe in the room with a little southwestern twist.

Southwestern Cactus Nursery for a Baby Boy

Sometimes pictures can be so misleading - I love how the main shot makes this look like a huge room, but the best part of this southwestern cactus nursery is how cozy and snug this little room is. My brother and his wife live in a little ranch house, and the charm just spills out of this room with its low ceilings, imperfect walls, and funky little windows. 

As a designer, we love when the lines are unexpected - so little spaces like this usually lead to BIG designs.

Baby Boy Cactus Nursery in a Small Bedroom

With not a lot of space, we knew we had to maximize the storage in the nursery! The 2 perfectly placed storage baskets on each side of the crib not only are a great resting place for toys and blankets, they also look like pots for the cactus string art! Love, love, LOVE!

Being from Texas, we love a little Southwestern charm. I love how the rug adds a southwestern touch to the room without overpowering in color or print. The muted colors seem to warm the room, and although nothing is exactly the same color, the gray macrame curtains, the green cactus crib bedding, and the yellow, black and gray rug seem to all flow. Even the crib and dresser are different wood shades - never be afraid to mix it up! Sometimes the unexpected is what makes the design work.

Nursery Animal Prints over a Mid-Century Modern Southwestern Cactus Changing Table

Who doesn't love baby animals!?! We love the idea of these easy downloads on websites like Etsy, a few simple frames and the total cost on these 3 adorable pieces was less than $100. 

Design Tip: Add interest to the room - I love the single hanging plant in the corner, by bringing decor off the walls, it gives depth to the design and adds an interesting touch. Mobiles are also a great way to add the 4-dimensional look to the nursery.

Hedgehog animal artwork above a cactus changing pad with little baby moccasins for a southwestern nursery changing station

The entire room started with our Watercolor Arid Desert Cactus Baby Bedding, Millie loved the design but didn't want it to be the entire room - so we kept it simple with a printed flat panel crib skirt (which works perfectly with the modern platform crib styles), and matching crib sheet. See print on print DOES work! Added a few fun accent pillows - the llama is my personal favorite!

Cactus Crib Bedding to set the tone for a Cactus Themed Nursery

We definitely focused on spending money where it counts! Most of the items were budget friendly, with the only real splurge being the dresser. (Hello! I'd totally have that dresser in my master bedroom! And I'm sure it'll stay in the fam for years to come!) The cactus string art was simple, easy, and inexpensive, and the glider was actually a hand-me-down that she bought a white slipcover for and made new again. Here's a quick list of where everything was from...

We'd love to know what you thought of our Southwestern Cactus Nursery - and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us! We'd love to help inspire your dream nursery too.

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