Chic Yet Practical Must-Haves For A Rustic Nursery

Interior stylist Magdalene Liacopoulos shares her favorite furniture and décor pieces from The Tot to create a chic and practical rustic-inspired nursery.

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When you think about rustic style, it’s everything that a nursery should be – a warm and inviting space with charming details peppered throughout. To create a rustic nursery that’s both chic and practical, it’s important to maintain a balance between warm woods and textural pieces that can be offset with a neutral, earthy palette. And of course, don’t forget to include some furry friends – it’s a rustic-themed nursery, after all!

Here’s what you’ll need to create the look:


A wooden crib


A solid timber crib is an obvious choice, but what if I told you that there was a beautifully crafted option with unique detail to suit your decor? The Milk Street Baby Branch Convertible Crib  is made with New Zealand pine and comes complete with branch-like slats – a lovely, restrained feature that’s made for a woodland-inspired room. Complete the look with the complementary Milk Street Baby Branch Double Dresserwhich can also double as a changing station, too.

Lorena Canals Woods Symphony Rug

The Milk Street Baby Branch Convertible Crib



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Milk Street Baby Branch Double Dresser

The Milk Street Baby Branch Double Dresser



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A comfortable rocker


Every nursery needs a comfortable rocker for feeding, story time, or simply a place to sit and settle your baby. The Nursery Works Sleepy Time Rocker ticks all the practical boxes and it’s upholstered in an ivory bouclé, making it both ultra-cozy and on-trend. It would also be remiss of me not to mention that the cream fabric beautifully offsets the traditionally rustic materials.

Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker - Ivory Boucle with Light Legs

Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker – Ivory Bouclé With Light Legs





A spacious rug


What’s more inviting than a soft, generously sized cotton rug in a bedroom? The Lorena Canals Woods Symphony Rug fits the bill for a rustic style to a T. For starters, the design is inspired by nature, and features charming cotton dots spotted throughout. It’s also available in three color ways including olive, vintage-nude and linen.

Lorena Canals Woods Symphony Rug

Lorena Canals Woods Symphony Rug



Available in more colors



Textured accents


When it comes to furniture and homewares, rustic usually refers to pieces made from raw, natural materials like reclaimed wood, woven seagrass and rattan. Olli Ella has a range of furniture and décor that’s handmade using sustainable materials. One of my go-to items is the Reva Change Basketa beautifully textural piece made from woven seagrass. And because it’s really hard to stop at just one Olli Ella item, I have to sneak in the Rattan Piki Baskets, too. What might start as a decorative piece in the nursery will likely become an item your toddler puts to use for years to come. 

HART + LAND Organic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee's in a Olli Ella Changing Basket

Olli Ella Reva Changing Basket





Maileg Ballerina Mouse, Big Sister, Olli Ella Rattan Mushroom Basket and Olli Ella Piki Picnic Basket

Olli Ella Piki Basket – Large





Neutral linens


You simply cannot go wrong with investing in good-quality bedding. I always recommend thinking about a design and color that will not easily become dated. One of my favorite pairings is the Hart + Land Organic Fitted Crib Sheet, which has a subtle galaxy-inspired motif, with the Organic Solid Muslin Blanket in Chai TeaThe earthy mustard hue in this softer-than-soft blanket stays true to the rustic vibe and pairs seamlessly with the classic design of the star-print sheets.

HART + LAND Organic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee's hanging on bed

Hart+Land Organic Fitted Crib Sheet – Galaxy Stars



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HART + LAND Organic Solid Muslin Blanket - Chai Tea

Hart+Land Organic Solid Muslin Blanket



Available in more colors



Furry friends


The finishing touch to a rustic-themed nursery is, of course, the addition of furry friends. You can create a focal point in the room by decorating a wall with a set of four woodlands inspired wall prints. For a more subtle inclusion, layer the Louelle Play Mat over the rug, add some of the Maileg Noah’s Ark And Friends Rattles and voilà! I couldn’t think of a better spot for your babe to spend some tummy time.

Louelle Play Mat/Quilt - Husk

Louelle Play Mat/Quilt – Husk Grey





L'amour Fou Print Shop Woodland Nursery Prints - Set of 4

L’amour Fou Print Shop – Woodland Nursery Prints – Set of 4


$49 – $70

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Maileg Noah's Ark and Friends

Maileg Noah’s Ark and Friends Rattles





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