We’re talking NURSERY today! Probably the number one questions I get asked as of late is “Have you started the nursery yet?”. Along those same lines… “How’s the nursery coming?”, “What does the baby’s room look like?”, “What colors are you using in the nursery?”. Well, friends, today’s the day to answer some of those questions! But let’s start at the beginning. When we first bought the house, the nursery was being used as… a nursery!
When we moved in, it became more of a catch-all. We used this room to hold a desk for office space, the futon from our spare room in the last house, a dresser that we are no longer using in our current master bedroom, and a bunch of other things that either need to be unpacked, organized, or put elsewhere. I should back up and say that the room I’m talking about is the one directly across from our bedroom. It’s the smallest room in the house and we think it’ll be a great fit for the smallest member of our family. Most recently, we’ve moved the office stuff out of there and have been using it as our stash spot for all things baby that we received from the shower.
It took us awhile to figure out the direction we wanted to go with the nursery, partially because we wanted to wait and find out if we were having a boy or a girl before making too many plans. I knew that I wanted it to be specific to the baby’s gender to allow for flexibility to add personal touches that might not be possible in a totally gender- neutral space.
We’ve already started on the makeover and even have a few of the pieces you’ll see in the moodboard below for the foundation of the room. I can’t wait to show you some of the progress we’ve made, as it’s looking quite a bit different than it did before! For now, though, let’s get into the game plan with… you guessed it… a MOODBOARD!
Alrighty, why don’t we just dive right in? I’ll spew all of my general thoughts and ideas at you and we’ll see how intact we all are at the end.
- White Walls: I am really loving the challenge of working with white walls in this house and the plan for the nursery is no different. Because the room is small, keeping the walls white will help to make the space feel larger and more open. Have no fear, though, we’ll be getting some color in there with…
- Pink Ceilings: We’ve never painted a color on the ceiling before, but I’ve always wanted to try it! And because the colors we’ve landed on are navy and pink, we chose a really light shade of pink for the ceiling to bring out that feminine touch for our little pea.
- Hard Wood Floors: All of our bedrooms have hardwood floors already and I figured it was helpful to have that represented in the moodboard as we piece together colors and patterns.
- Gray Glider: This was gifted to us off of our registry and we LOVE it. I searched high and low for a rocker/glider that was functional, but also looked good. Most of the ones I saw were purely functional and I really didn’t like the way they looked… until I stumbled across this one, that is. It came from Target and lately I’ve been having trouble finding it on their website, but here it is on another site.
- White Crib: This convertible crib (over time, it can transition from crib to twin bed) also comes from Target and fits the “simple, not too traditional, not too modern” bill.
- Navy & White Curtains: I really wanted a mix of sweet and soft and sporty and bold… which come to think of it, is a lot like my own style. These curtains anchor the whole look and help to tone down the pink with a bit of nautical-meets-structure. They are actually one of the pieces we’ve already purchased and they came in the mail last week! What we didn’t realize, but are grateful for, is that they are also light-blocking and VERY thick (these babies have some serious substance to them), which will be great for daytime naps. These ones are from Target and come also come in pink, gray, aqua, and yellow (plus they’re on sale right now!) for anyone looking for something similar.
- Fluffy White Rug: I spent quite a bit of time looking for the right rug for this room. As our last house was pretty much all carpet, we’ve never actually bought a rug! After reading through A LOT of reviews on different products, I think I finally found one that is soft and sweet for a nursery, but will not be shedding all over the place. This one comes from Amazon and we can’t wait to order it and see how it looks in person!
- White Changing Table: In good ‘ole fashioned “use what you have” style, we are opting to transform our Ikea Kallax bookshelf into a changing table for little miss T. I did some googling to see if it’s been done before and people were happy with the results (safety first!) and it seems to be a pretty popular option, so we went for it. We already own the white one and have already begun the retrofitting process by adding a few drawers for storage.
- Blanket: Ahh, this blanket… the blanket that sparked my entire inspiration for the room. I love this thing! I had been doing a little bit of hunting and stumbled on the LottieDa Baby company on Etsy. She makes beautiful bedding and I loved the mixing of the soft floral with the bold stripes in this set. Every room needs a “special piece”… something that just makes you smile every time you walk in. This is it for the nursery. We ordered the blanket as our one splurge for the space and I am SO EXCITED for it to get here! A couple weeks ago, we got swatches of the fabrics in the mail and they are even more beautiful in person. I also managed to find where we can buy excess of the navy floral fabric and have been entertaining the possibility of trying to make my own crib skirt. We’ll see how that pans out. Here’s a sneak peek of those swatches we got, plus a little bit of paint color dreaming…
- Coral Pillow: I found this guy awhile back and liked the gumdrop-shaped print and the fun pom pom fringe! A cute addition to the room that fits the overall picture, but won’t be too matchy matchy.
- White Morrocan Pouf: The infamous pouf that’s all over the internet these days and in virtually every house I’ve seen across any blog. For good reason… it’s cool! Who knows if we’ll end up getting one for the baby’s room, but this is a space for ideas and thoughts, so it made the moodboard. Here is the white option, but I could also see us going with a fun pink or exotic dark tan leather and using it in other spaces as well.
- Wicker Hamper: She’s going to need a hamper and this dark woven one from Target seems like it’ll do the job just fine (although, I think with a little hunting around, we could find a cheaper alternative elsewhere). Plus, it’s versatile enough to be used elsewhere if we ever wanted to.
- Wall Art: As the space develops, we’ll be on the hunt for some pretty art to hang on her walls… I love how the gold lettered pieces look and we might end up using the one we got from Southern Glen (it says “Choose Kindness” and you can see the post about it here) for the room!
- Wire Baskets: Last but not least, some fun accents to bring everything together and give it some personality. I found these (coincidentally coordinating!) wire milk crates at Target and think they’ll be a cute and functional way to stash odds and ends, or maybe even books and toys.
And that, folks, is where I leave you in terms of “nursery land”… we’re slowly getting the room together and so far, it’s been a lot of fun. It feels different than any other room for some reason. Maybe because it comes with feelings of anticipation and joy for the baby to get here. I also think it has something to do with the vision for the space… as soon as we had a direction, it’s been pretty easy for us to fill in the missing pieces and make decisions… I don’t know, it just feels like this room has come together more easily and quickly than any of our others so far. And good thing too- she’ll be here before we know it!