Warning: This has become a nursery brain dump.
Nursery plans are underway at the Woodwards. Even before we found out a little boy will join us in June, I was drawn to vintage and classic looks in navy blue, white and red.
A little vintage. A little Americana. A little nautical. But then again, not really any of those things. Make sense?
Check out my nursery inspiration images via my Pinterest baby board.
- Light walls
- Navy blue, white and a little red
- Mixture of patterns, stripes and solids
- Classic furniture and lines in white and wood tones
While I don’t really feel that there’s a strong theme, I am excited about the direction of the room. I’m aware that I’m not fooling anyone (baby daddy included) – this room will be a lot for me at first. I am well aware that Baby Dub could probably be perfectly content in a sparse room with a safe bed and space to store his stuff.
But, I enjoy the process of creating a space and I do hope it’s something baby boy can grow into.
A few things that guided my planning:
– The main furniture pieces should be gender-neutral and classic. I didn’t want anything that screamed baby boy or dated the room. I decided on a Jenny Lind crib and a vintage dresser. I will use the rocker that my mom used to rock my brother and I as babies and I’ll curtain the television stand my dad made and use it for extra storage.
– Everything should be moveable. In other words, I don’t want to put any time into wall details or permanent built-in structures. It’s no secret that we don’t plan to be in this house forever (or even more than another couple of years), and I want this room to be able to move with us. Also, the walls are textured, which means that many wall treatments are out.
– It has to be affordable. We will obviously be spending some money on creating a nursery, but will also be using much of what we already have and taking budget routes when possible. I also don’t plan to cram every spare space in the room with stuff. Trying to remember that less is more.
With that said, here’s my initial plan (forgive my horrific attempt at a design board) –
- The map is probably my favorite part of the room – Ryan scored it on Craigslist for his wifey before we were pregnant for $50 or so. It’s a vintage pull-down map and it’s huge. The bottom is coming loose from the wood pull-down piece, so I need to do a little fixing. But, it’s pretty fantastic.
- We already have the dresser and we just ordered the Jenny Lind-style crib, courtesy of Ryan’s parents (in white, but I couldn’t find a good example for the picture above).
- As mentioned, we’ll repurpose the hutch my dad made for storage, use an old ladder that belonged to Ryan’s grandpa as blanket storage and reuse a wooden rocking chair from my childhood. I’m still not sure what’s getting painted and what’s staying natural at this point. I’ll figure it out once I see it in the room.
- The fabrics are mostly navy-ish blues and white, with a touch of red. I plan to use Dwell Studio Bella Porte in Twilight for curtains. (I’ll need curtains for the windows and closets.) I’m hoping to use polka dots for the bedding, with a splattering of some other fabrics. I have a white bed skirt that I’m hoping to repurpose for a crib skirt, ala Sarah at Five Camels.
There are still parts of the nursery that aren’t included above – most notably, a fabulous sign that’s yet to be determined to be purchased from my buddy Jen at Onion Grove Mercantile. (She’s awesome. Go buy a sign.) I’m leaning towards one of her amazing “Locally Grown” signs.
But that could change before this post is even published. Because I’m fickle.
And don’t even GET me started on paint colors. I may be back tomorrow sharing the samples on my wall. My generous mother in law offered to repaint the room for me and it looks like it’s getting done THIS WEEKEND. Which means I must pick a color soon.
(And as an aside, Presidents’ Day means the ever-popular Behr paint sale at Home Depot. It takes all my willpower not to purchase 40 gallons of paint. Just in case.)
What do you think?