Boho Desert Gender Neutral Nursery

Find out how I created our gender neutral nursery in the desert theme with cozy boho textures, including the how-to on a DIY felt cactus mobile!

Our boho, desert themed, gender neutral nursery…try saying that three times fast! What a mouthful! My first pregnancy we decided to wait for the gender reveal until the big day, but we still had to have our nursery ready. I got inspired by the desert since we were moving from San Diego (where our daughter was made haha) to Texas, and I was in the middle of a SERIOUS obsession with cacti and succulents.

I started building upon the theme with my first purchase of the deer skull, and then the cactus wallpaper which I ordered through Spoonflower. Since the wallpaper is so busy and the real showpiece, it was important to keep much of the furniture neutral with white wash, and instead, focus on lots of natural textures and bringing in green with plants. Much of the nursery decor was hand crafted by me during my pregnancy: including the felt mobile, the air plant holders, pyrography art, and macrame. All of the furniture were hand-me-downs gifted from family, originally different colors that had to be sanded and white-washed. The three pieces of art I framed and hung were found at local markets, I am obsessed with watercolor!

Items bought for our gender neutral nursery:

On the walls:

Cactus pattern
Cactus wallpaper
Walt Whitman Quote
Wild and Free Wire Art
Texas Wildflower Print
Can’t Touch This Print
Cactus Hooks


Rocking chair
Storage cubes


Llama Lamp
Changing mats
Watering Can + Mister
Cement Pot

Items hand made for our gender neutral nursery:

Himmeli Air Plant Holder
Wood Mounted Air Plant Holder
Baby Mobile
Macrame Wall Hanging
Pyrography art made on basswood with this kit (tutorial to come soon)


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