As I mentioned in this post, we are clearing out the nursery to start with a blank slate.
One question I’m having a hard time answering is: Do I want to create my dream nursery and spend more money and/or time or do I just dress up the room with the essentials and leave it at that. Find some of my preliminary ideas on Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/katheats/baby/
Perhaps you guys could give me some feedback on nursery decisions or regrets you have.
I’ve been wanting to use gray + yellow + white together in our house for a while, and I think the nursery is my perfect opportunity. I’d love something as an end result like I mentioned in this post, and I absolutely love what Ashley did with Baby Ada’s room – modern and somewhat minimalist and beautifully decorated.
The green walls are staying green. We just had them painted in September and I don’t love the color. But it’s gender neutral and baby friendly, so I don’t think it’s worth the energy to re-paint, even if it would make the room slightly better.
I also love Chevron as a pattern, so I hunted high and low for a gray and white chevron rug and found one at Urban Outfitters – for only $75! It has yet to arrive in the mail, but I’m really hoping the quality and size are what I need for the space. If it works, that’s a huge cost savings and design plus! Results TBA : )
I have a white duvet cover and this pretty quilt. But the quilt doesn’t really go with my theme or colors, so I’m considering getting new bedding. The white is perfectly neutral, but wouldn’t it get dirty in a heartbeat? I might end up nursing a lot in this bed, so I wonder if something more colorful – in our yellow/gray colors or a complementary color or a chevron pattern (one that matches the rug or a contrasting color?) would be better? I love the pillow, so that’s staying!
The closet in the room is an off white and very scuffed. I’d love do what Young House Love did and paint the inside. We have leftover paint from when we painted when we moved in. This can be a total DIY project, but should pregnant women be painting? The paint is low-VOC, but still, should I delegate this to Matt? The closet in general is pretty empty. I’m wondering also if I should get a tallboy dresser to fit inside for more drawer space?
The room has plantation blinds already, which I love. I’m wondering if these need to come down because of the cords? I know that’s a safety concern, but so long as the crib/changing table are no where close by, do you think it’s OK to keep the blinds?
I’d like to do curtains because they make a room cozy, but my modern side says to keep the windows simple with clean lines and save the effort of buying or making some. Thoughts!?
I hate the ugly brown ceiling fan in this room.
I want something pretty and bright. I’ve thought about spray painting the fan white or another fun color or adding a pattern, but I’m already thinking about resale of our house! Won’t that go against the neutrals that a realtor recommends? Should I even be worried about 5 years down the road right now?
Yellow Chevron Lampshade – only $80 from Nest Emporium!
I could also hunt for a nice replacement fixture. I’m leaning towards doing this, as paint will only improve the light so much. And I think a new fixture would really change the room’s mood. Maybe a drum pendant like the above, or one that is more neutral? Matt proved his electrician skills by hanging our dining room light, so I know this would be an easy change if we could just find the right one.
Shelves + Décor
Beautiful nurseries I have seen have lots of attention to detail, but I’m such a clutter-phobe that I worry about adding too much. This room isn’t big! But we probably could use a few more pieces of artwork or décor to fill in the furniture. But I think I’ll worry about this detail once the furniture is in place.
Ahhh the biggest decision to make.
Necessary items include:
- A crib
- A dresser with changing table on top
- A nightstand
Optional items include:
- A chair or glider (which the room is really too small for and is so expensive that I want to skip this altogether)
- Bookshelves, wall shelves and/or toy storage boxes or bench [if there is room after necessary stuff is in place?]
- Dresser/storage system to go in closet
And the options are so overwhelming! I know I want a really modern and simple lines crib. Nothing with curves. My new favorite is this lighter grey Baby Mod crib from Wal-Mart of all places. It’s the same brand that Young House Love bought (thanks for the research!) and got great reviews. AND it’s only $199, but
it’s OUT OF STOCK! Otherwise I would have bought it today! YAY IT’S BACK AND I JUST BOUGHT IT! Ugggg nevermind it says it’s NOT AVAILABLE. So frustrating.
I know I want a white low dresser with several small drawers and several larger ones that I can put a changing area on top and have more space to the right for baskets/lamp/etc. I’ve thought about searching vintage stores for something with tons of character, but after playing with my friend Holly’s new IKEA dresser, I realized how important smooth gliding drawers are when you quickly need to get out a diaper with one hand. So I think unless I can find an older dresser with awesome gliding drawers, we will look for this new.
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