If you haven’t heard or are new to my blog, this past November we got some very exciting news that we have a baby on the way! I am beyond words, and can’t wait to meet this new little person that is sure to change our lives. It’s our first child, but I’ve been thinking about the nursery since even before this babe was in my belly. So, what better way to kick my butt into gear than to get the it decorated with a springtime One Room Challenge? Truthfully, if it weren’t for deadlines, I’d never get anything done!
So – a baby boy nursery or baby girl nursery you ask?
On Easter, Vito and I hosted family and some close friends for brunch to find out what we are having. We had the technician put the gender in an envelope during our last ultrasound, and gave the envelope to one of Vito’s co-workers. She kindly wrote the verdict on an assembled puzzle I bought from Target, and we had the kids put together the puzzle to find out the gender…
The puzzle was kind of anti-climactic, (the first thing assembled was the giant “B” – ha) which we had a feeling might happen, but it was exciting nonetheless! I feel like we had waited forever to know – more power to you mamas who hold out till birth!
Parents to be with the proud grandparents to be! Liz, Dad, Vito, Me, & Mom
Truth be told I was completely unbiased as to what gender I had hoped for. Vito and I are both thrilled to be having a baby boy, and now the name battles begin. Yes, we’ll consider your suggestions..
On another note, and the reason for this post, I’m participating in the One Room Challenge for my second time. Last challenge I refreshed our master bedroom, and now is the perfect time to transform our current guest room into a nursery over the next six weeks. Here’s what we’re currently working with. It doesn’t usually look this messy, but for the sake of keeping it real:
It’s a total cluster F. The room is small to begin with, and we have this full size bed taking up most of the room. I do my hair and makeup in here, we store linens in a teeny closet (there are literally zero linen/functional closets in this house), Vito irons his clothes here, and it’s the catch-all for everything else (i.e. currently storing baby hand me downs too!) The bed will move upstairs to our renovated attic, and I’m selling the bookshelves I made over.
We still need to find space for the crap in the closet, and I’ll move that little bar/makeup cart to our bedroom I suppose!
As for inspiration, I’ve pinned a bunch of images for look and feel and certain elements.
Vibe: relaxed, natural, unique.
Color: I’m ready to go dark. I love all of the light and airy nurseries, but I’m wanting to infuse some dark green here. There will be plenty of light elements, and the room itself gets nice light.
Daybed: I got the daybed idea from Emily Henderson and quite frankly it’s genius. Having an extra place to sleep will be ideal for those nights where the baby is up and I want to let Vito sleep. There will be many, I hear.
Elements: I’m going to use some fun fabric panels behind the crib, similar to this look. I was originally going to use this same application adhering the fabric to the wall and trimming in moulding, but we are looking for our next house so the less permanent for resale, the better.
A single hook to hang the cutest clothing.
Delicate mobile, and shallow ledges for books.
I put together a mood board with as many actual items I could (crib, glider, fabric, rug) and I am loving the general direction so far:
Don’t mind the pink sheets in the crib, I didn’t photoshop those out.
The tough part is that my shower isn’t until June and I’ve registered for a few of these things, so that still needs to be worked out.
There’s a bunch to do but I think it’s all manageable (famous last words). For the changing table, I have a beautiful hand-me-down dresser that I’m going to strip, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed to get it down to bare wood that looks like the one above. And the day bed – Vito may have some carpentry in his future for that. Paint and some textile mixing will take the room to the next level, so I hope you follow along with the progress!
There’s tons of talent out there, so make sure you stop by Linda’s page to check out all of the designers participating this season.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!