Project Nursery: Rocking Horse Love

Look what arrived in the mail!

Ever since I spotted the little wooden rocking horses in several of these nursery inspiration rooms, I decided I’d love to track one down for Liv’s room, too. There’s just something about an old-fashioned wooden rocking horse that is the iconic symbol of a kids room (besides the fact that it’s soo adorable).

Nursery Rocking Horse

And a modern, plastic version won’t do. It needs to have that vintage, antique feel that stands the test of toy time (I’m not a huge fan of the box store plastic toys, anyhow.)

Nursery Rocking Horse 2

I did a bit of Craigslist searching and even some antique shopping but only came across pricier, not-for-kids collector models. Wooden rocking horses are not easy to find!

Then a friend, knowing I was on the hunt, sent me a link to Zulily – a daily deals site for moms, babies and kids (just like Gilt and One Kings Lane, but for the babes!). KidKraft was one of the featured sellers for the day and they had the perfect wooden rocking horse for $32.99. Sold. (I found the same rocking horse on Amazon today as well – ironically it’s called the Modern Wooden Rocking Horse).

Liv doesn’t take much interest in it now, but I think she’ll love it here in a few years.

Nursery Rocking Horse 5

She helps me out a lot in the nursery these days – and by helping out I mean she finds a comfy little nook and passes out while Mom compares fabric swatches and organizes bins of clothing & toys.

I’m considering painting the horse a complimentary color (but not matchy matchy) to the curtains, which are in the same palette as the wall animals. Perhaps a more saturated tone? Or maybe I’ll leave it white?

Nursery Rocking Horse 4

Decisions, decisions. Until then, it’s back to creating those curtains!

If you’re catching up on Project Nursery, here’s a link to the fabric board, curtains part 1, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.

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  1. says

    The nursery is absolutely gorgeous! Thomas just started playing with his rocking horse and it is so cute! Liv will love it.

    • Morgan says

      Hi Hatton, I can’t wait until Liv’s big enough to play with her rocking horse! Such a great, old-fashioned, timeless toy. Glad to hear Thomas likes his!


  2. Anna says

    :) So glad this worked out for you. My jaw literally dropped when I spotted it. Gavin will come over and test it out for Liv.

  3. says

    Oh I LOVE wooden rocking horses! I had one when I was little and just adored it. That one would be so pretty as a green or blue. Or polka-dot? :)

  4. SheilaG says

    Great find! I saw those horses a lot at craft shows years ago. Maybe paint it with some of those whimsical spots and stripes that your wall animals have? Whatever you do will look wonderful!

  5. says

    I so wish I’d seen something like that before T ended up in love with the toy store one that we have. She’s just so adorable snuggled up with her big bear. I can’t wait to see how the nursery finally comes together!

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