Baby Boy’s Nursery.

A few weeks ago, a girlfriend of mine — who is expecting her second any day now! — mentioned that she would be using her third bedroom as the baby’s nursery, and that she planned to install a bassinet and changing table in there, but keep it otherwise untouched. “You know — so it would principally be a guest bedroom,” she explained, and I nodded. She and I both share the intention of having our children sleep in the same room once their sleeping schedules even out, and her approach seemed practical to me.

“But then — around six months, I went into crazy nesting mode and decided to redo the entire room and make it a proper nursery for him. I felt badly I wasn’t going to give him all of the fun stuff I gave my first. Did that happen to you, too?”

While I did go into the most intense nesting mode in the weeks leading up to Hill’s birth (I could not go to sleep without leaving the house virtually impeccable, fearing, every night, I’d go into labor), I’d missed out on this particular preparatory ritual. I had spent weeks and weeks planning and designing and decorating mini’s nursery back in our home in Chicago, but with micro, all we had to do was place his bassinet in our bedroom and that was that.

Because we are in the midst of preparing to move to a larger apartment, I am excited about the opportunity to properly decorate micro’s nursery. It’s kind of fun to undertake this activity now that he’s here. It will feel like a decompression in many ways, after living in such tight quarters and with such taut anticipation for so many months. I thought I’d share a few items I’m eyeing for his room, below.

I should start by saying that I have always adored Katie Ridder’s beetlecat print (seen above), and would love to somehow incorporate it into his room. Since we will be renting, wallpaper is not practical, so I am thinking of exploring whether we could have valences/roman shades made out of it for the windows, or possibly an ottoman upholstered, or simply pillows?

Beyond that — you’ll notice below that not everything “goes together”; I’m sharing a bunch of items that have caught my eye as possibilities. You can see I’m debating between color palettes — red, navy, pale blue?

LESLEE MITCHELL TRUCK/PLANE PRINTS

REGENCY CHANGER

GENTILLY CRIB

VILAC METAL CAR

A SLEEPER ARMCHAIR SEEMS LIKE A BRILLIANT IDEA TO MAXIMIZE THE ROOM’S UTILITY

IF NOT THAT, MAYBE “A CHAIR AND A HALF“?

DOWN THE ROAD, LOVE THESE BUNKBEDS IN THEIR FUN COLORS

ALSO LOVE THESE UPHOLSTERED FOUR POSTER BEDS (ESP IN THAT BLUE STRIPE!)

TUFTED OTTOMAN

DEBUCI BABY CRIB SHEET

NAVY GRASSCLOTH WALLPAPER – PROBABLY NOT ON THE WALLS (RENTING!), BUT MAYBE IN THE BACK OF A BOOK SHELF OR SOMETHING

BALBOA SHELF

NOAH’S ARK SHAPESHORTER

CANE ARMOIRE

ANTIQUE FEDERALIST MIRRORED SCONCES

WHITE BAMBOO DRESSER

TOILE STORAGE BENCH

CAR COIN BANK

REVERSIBLE INITIAL THROW PILLOW (ON INSANE SALE)

GINGHAM CRIB SHEET

ACRYLIC AND METALLIC DIAPER STORAGE

TIGER PRINT CHAIR

PEHR BINS

AREA RUG

CUBBY BOOKCASE

STUFFED LAMB

STRIPED RUNNER

ROPE FLOOR LAMP

PENDLETON BLANKETS

P.S. A true dream nursery.

P.P.S. Don’t you grow up in a hurry, back to school shopping for little ones, and first and lasts (<<seriously relating to this one as micro grows).

P.P.P.S. The best organizational gear.

3 Comments

  1. Love these inspiration jumping-off points for micro’s new nursery! That Beetlecat pattern is so adorable, and I love the fun colors of that R&B bunkbed. I have a treasured Hudson Bay blanket (looks very similar to the Pendleton one you linked) and it would look so great in a nursery!

    If I was decorating a little boy’s room, I would definitely use the same sheets that my mom selected for my brothers’ room when we were small, and that they had for a handful of years — Marimekko’s Bo Boo print! https://www.finnstyle.com/pikku-bo-boo-white-fabric.html

    xx

    1. OMG – my brother had the same Marimekko print sheets! What a small world. Love their styling.

      xoxo

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