We’re nearing week 31 of pregnancy which feels completely unreal to me. I feel like the last 15 weeks have just escaped me and we’re nearing the very end. That sounded a big ominous, but you know what I mean. My last calendar ticks just happened so quickly and I found myself looking in on Baby J’s room this week thinking, “Well, I suppose I should tidy up those piles of presents and hoards of hand me downs at some point.”
So I’ve finally taken some time this week to sit down and put all my plans to paper. I wrote a similar post when we first purchased our house and I found that my scribbles and drawings really helped focus all my design ideas once I got into the house. You all know me- I get overwhelmed so easily. Having a resource to just narrow all my ideas gives me the ability to concentrate when designing a room. Even if it’s just a rough idea, I find drive and motivation to start projects once I’m a bit more organized.
To start, I picked the wall color after some painstaking back and forths in my head. I’m partnering with Magnolia Home by Kilz on this project so of course, when your choices come from Joanna Gaines’s favorite colors, you feel like you can do no wrong while also feeling there’s no way you can pick just one beautiful color.
After a lot of painstaking hemming and hawing, I settled on Emmie’s Room for the wall color and True White for the trim. We wanted to keep the whole nursery very gender neutral even though we knew we are welcoming a man baby into our home. Looking forward, we both felt like it would be ten times easier to have a neutral design that we could work a little lady babe in if that happens next time around than to design and entirely new room in the future. So I felt as though the soft, gray/green was a the perfect color.
I wanted to definitely stay away from blue but also wanted to be careful that my choices weren’t too girly. We also wanted to design a space that was based off of decor that could be easily worked into the rest of our house once we’re finished with nursery days. Let’s be honest, babies don’t really care what we pick so why not choose things that you can continue to love and use once they outgrow their little space?
I’m big on open storage and our closet for Babe is a little challenging. It’s very narrow and deep so a big more difficult to access things quickly. I thought having some open shelves with room for stacks of blankets and swaddles, baskets of diapers and wipes and stacks of favorite books would be first of all visually pleasing and second of all, convenient while trying to juggle a baby. I’m absolutely obsessed with this set of bookends and am waiting for them to hop in the sale (that was a terrible pun, but natural so I’ll leave it in there) for me to snatch up! I also will be picking up some plants closer to the time of his arrival. I love using natural air purifiers and appreciate the texture and pop of color a good fern can bring to a space.
My parents gifted us with this gorgeous crib and mattress and I’m completely in love with it! I would love to have a queen size version for myself. It converts into a toddler bed later on so it will give us options once he gets older. We’ll either transition him into the converted version or we’ll get him a new bed and use the crib for the next Little. Again, it’s gender neutral enough for a lady babe and works perfectly for our boy right now. My parents also treated us to the Piper bedding set from Pottery Barn and there are few words for how obsessed I am with the print! Behind the crib, I’ll be wallpapering the wall with this design I stumbled upon on Spoonflower. I’m going back and forth between getting paper and getting fabric to starch up on the wall. I’m leaning towards fabric so that I can peel it off later and possibly use it for other projects after nursery days. I’m pretty sure I’ve settled on a beige color for the wall and navy for smaller projects like blankets and pillows around the room.
For our changing table, I designed a little unit attached to an antique dresser we picked up a few weeks ago. It’s gorgeous and has a marble top and I can’t wait until Baby J outgrows it so that I can put it in my room! I wish I had written down the source, but I found these prints on Society6 years ago and have had them in storage ever since. If I can find the source, I’ll come back and link them for you!
I’m not sure how the furniture is going to come together in the space quite yet. The room is pretty small and narrow so I need to arrange some things before I land on a solid plan, but we’re planning to have some sort of chair for night feedings and let’s be honest for me to read in while I get used to him napping. Whatever we pick will probably be really neutral and again, convertible into our living space. We’re still on the hunt for the perfect chair and will have a better idea of what to look for once we get the other larger pieces in place. My plan for curtains is to keep things simple. I’m thinking probably a beige or cream to match the wallpaper but certainly nothing fancy or complicated.
I have lots of little DIY projects I’ll be sharing as we complete them and I an so anxious to get going on the process!
Until next time!
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