To say I am jumping out of my skin with excitement to design and decorate the nursery is an understatement. I am also very excited to be back in the blogging game and if you haven't noticed, you're on a completely new HOP site...also really excited about that! Be sure to browse around and to signup for my monthly email newsletter (you can do so at the bottom of this post) to receive tips, special offers and so much more!
Okay moving on and back into nursery design land.
When I think of a baby's room, I think of a calming, happy and inspiring place. There is SO much inspiration out there so coming up with the look of your baby's room can be overwhelming, but I think it's important to ask yourself a few questions before starting the design process -
1. how do I want this space to feel?
2. is there a theme I'd like to go with?
3. what colors am I drawn to?
From there, you should be able to have a clearer understanding of the direction and once you do you could then try searching on Pinterest whatever that look/theme is. So for me I searched, "calming and neutral nursery" or "neutral nursery".
this is one neutral nursery I am so diggin'...
And then there's this one that I also really love. I love the neutral pieces but the room as whole still feels very warm, happy, and full of life.
Alright so after I collected some inspiration and knew the direction I wanted to go in, I put together a couple inspiration boards to suggest the room's overall look and feel.
I don't know our baby's gender just yet (we find out in about 3 weeks!) so I put together two looks, one that's fitting for a boy and one that is more suitable for a girl. I like to make inspiration boards for my own personal projects as well as for client design projects. Often times, our brains can pick out a number of things that we like but then once all of those items are put together, sometimes they don't all work so well. So to see it all in an inspiration board like these is so helpful!
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As you can see both are very similar. Both use all of the same bigger pieces of furniture and really the only things that are different are the accents - area rug, side table and decor. I think opting for neutral furniture in any type of space but especially a nursery is always a solid choice. This allows me to use these items elsewhere in the future. Either of these area rugs could work well in other types of bedrooms - adult or child. We're actually using a dresser that we have in storage but the one shown here on these boards is a pretty close representation of what ours looks like. The bookcase can definitely grow with the baby and still be well suited to his/her needs as they get older.
And the glider is definitely a piece that can be most transitional as our family grows and our needs may change. We opted for the Graham Glider from West Elm. We recently went to West Elm to test it out and see it in person. We took home some fabric samples and decided on the performance basketweave (natural color). This glider is so comfortable and we loved the higher back on it which makes it really comfy to rest your head back on. I also loved the modern style and how it doesn't scream, baby glider. This was a little bit of a splurge, but it's money well spent in my eyes. Because we opted for a neutral color and the style is modern and a little more polished looking, this glider could totally be used for another nursery whether it be a girl or boy and/or further down the road in a living space or an adult's bedroom. When investing in furniture pieces for myself or specifying furniture for clients, I always consider its function and how transitional it is. Some furniture is definitely worth saving costs on and in those cases I don't get too hung up on how transitional it is/can be for other uses but for pieces that are a bit more of a splurge I think it's important to consider its function.
We're definitely set on the Stokke Sleepi Mini Crib and are excited about its compact size. Given the lack of space in our apartment, we love that this is great for smaller spaces and that we can wheel it between our room and baby's room if we find that's necessary. We definitely plan on buying the bed extension to turn it into a regular sized crib and then into other sized beds as the baby gets bigger.
So that's it for now! I'll keep you posted on what the gender is and the final furniture selections as time goes on. : )
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Thanks for reading! xo