A big thanks to Dyson for sponsoring this post and my search for our perfect nursery.
As we try to figure out where we’ll be living when baby gets here (we only signed a short term lease when we moved), I can’t help but get excited over decorating this new space. Wherever we go, most of our home will stay the same (maybe some new towels or a new side table, nothing dramatic) but we have nothing when it comes to baby/extra furniture (obviously).
Maybe its because we don’t know if our little one is a girl or boy, but I have really been loving neutral nurseries. I’d love to create a space that we can easily reuse for future children, regardless of gender and fits with the rest of our house. We have a lot of neutral tones, dark woods and leathers, and bright whites throughout our apartment — so most of these nursery pieces can be used throughout the house later on. Plus, I love how easy it would be to change this sort of space with a few small pieces in an accent color. Having a girl next? No problem, a pink blanket over the crib, a pillow on the chair, and a framed piece of fabric on the wall.
I found this shot of baby Ford’s nursery on pinterest and I really love what Nicole did with the space. I’ve used it as a starting place and collected a few pieces/ ideas from around the web that I love:
1. The white tufted rocker: this one in particular is a little pricey and I’m hoping to find something similar (thanks for your tips on facebook to splurge on a comfortable chair! –I’m just hoping to find a splurge that’s below the $1000 price point of this beauty). I can imagine this chair going from the nursery to a toddlers room, and easily back into a sitting room or sun room when the kids are older.
2. The gold pendant: I love the idea of using unique lighting to add interest and maturity to the room (yeah, I realize it sounds absurd to add ‘maturity’ to a nursery … but, that’s the best way I can explain why I like it :).
3. The swing shelf: Animals would a fun, neutral, theme to tie into the brown, white, and taupe decor and I love this fun way to display stuffed animals.
4. The elephant lamp: Going along with the animal theme, how fun would it be to DIY a little lamp like this elephant one? I’m imagining it in gold with a white shade …but we’ll see!
5. Sheepskin rug: I found this rug for $9.99 at Ikea and I love the texture it would add (and maybe make late night pacing with the babe a bit more fun for my feet?).
6. Accent fabric: The polka dot print is a linen fabric swatch from Laura Ashley and while I’m not sure how I’d work it into the nursery just yet, I really like it and the fact that my childhood bedding was Laura Ashley too.
7. DIY storage: One more DIY idea (and another shot from Ford’s nursery) is this open baby’s closet. I love being able to keep the closet free for other storage and having a fun way to display outfits and toys. The plan is to find something like this as well as an old dresser to update into a changing table and stain them to match.
**I’m still working on ideas for art and mobiles (as well as, you know, actually finding items from my inspiration board – but hey, I have months and months, right?) but you can follow my nursery inspiration board on pinterest here. Also, I do recognize I need a crib. I have done zero crib research. All I know is I love dark wood cribs.
Realistically, I’m going to care about this space far more that baby ever does so I want it to be a haven of sorts, and some place that makes me feel calm and rejuvenated (is that possible with a tiny human living in it that will need me night and day?).
Either way, a huge part of that will be keeping it clean. There is nothing that adds stress to my day like a messy space — enter the Dyson DC59 Motorhead.
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What did I completely miss about designing a nursery?
What tips/advice/ ideas do you have for me?
What is your dream space?